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Highway 16 drainage needs short-term fix, long-term solution

  God bless him.   You’ve just got to love Westport resident Rudy Bauer for his persistence and desire to see Denver become all that it can be and to keep it from becoming what it should not.   At just about every county commission meeting you can count on Rudy to stand up during […]

Learning an important lesson from some ‘newcomers’

  And “a little child shall lead them.”   I passed by a father/daughter duo Saturday morning picking up trash as I  headed to the Denver Farmers Market.   I thought “Oh, that’s nice.  Must be some sort of school or Scout project.”   On the way back, they were still on Webbs Road heading […]

Give state an ‘F’ for support of public school teachers

Got an e-mail the other day with a subject line that piqued my curiosity – “Teachers plight, teachers flight.”   Because we have teachers in our family, it made me stop and read the e-mail.   The NEA had released its Annual State Rankings report.  The good news is that North Carolina leads the nation […]

The message was delivered, and the messenger lives on

Someone around here tried to kill the messenger last week and failed.   In this case, the “messenger” was news@norman, and although I’m not sure which message they wanted to hide from the public, my best guess is that they didn’t like my story about a controversy at the Pumpkin Center Fire Department.   The front-page […]

Time to consider the transition to a countywide fire department

   Lincoln County taxpayers spend about $6.5 million a year to operate 11 fire departments across the county. In most cases, they do an exceptional job protecting lives and property and providing first-responder emergency medical services.   Each department is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, governed by an elected board of directors whose members […]

Firefighters stood tall, and stood proudly behind their chief

I found myself in an unusual position Monday night, and although it all seemed to work out fine, there were some very tense moments.   After months of unsuccessfully seeking answers from the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department to four simple questions, a board member invited me to their monthly meeting where I could ask […]

What’s in a name? Why not ask ‘Pee Anna?’

What’s in a name?   Well, in our case, it may be everything.   I’ve previously written about the confusion with my name.  I was named “Anna” after someone in the family…not sure who.  I always thought I was named after my mom, but her birth certificate is “Annie” and I am Anna.  As one […]

EZ Innovation Grant is a waste of your tax dollars

If you’re like me you get a little weary of all the creative ways the government comes up with to spend your hard-earned money.  Usually, the bureaucrats disguise the waste of your tax dollars by claiming the expenditure is actually going to save you money (that never happens) or is going to make your life […]

High school proms have become outrageous – and expensive

 If you haven’t been around teenagers lately, you may not know how expensive proms have become. While it’s been years since my own children participated in prom and then many, many more years (ancient) since I participated, I find it has become almost as expensive as putting on a wedding.  Well, I exaggerate a bit, […]

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