The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Editorials

August 20, 2012

Sharing random thoughts

TARBORO — Now that the Olympics are over, what did you think about some of the events?

Come on. How can baseball no longer be an Olympic sport but advanced gymnastic ribbon twirling can get you a gold medal?

Who won the ribbon twirling, anyway?

But talking about the Olympics, how about those two women’s relay teams —he 4x100 and 4x400? What a show they put on!

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Princeville residents will have the opportunity to attend and participate in a public hearing on the 2012-2013 budget on Thursday.

This is the LGC budget and not the one proffered by members of the town’s board of commissioners.

The LGC is encouraging both attendance and participation in the meeting and process.

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With proper promotion, the upcoming — and future — bluegrass festivals hosted by Edgecombe Cultural Arts Council can prove to be a tourist draw for the community.

There are bluegrass festivals all over the country that are financially beneficial to the host communities.

Down In Angie, La., the festival starts at noon on Thursday and runs through Saturday night. Some 100 or so campsites and RV sites are reserved from one year to the next and every room in town is sold out for the Great Southern Bluegrass Festival.

The local Piggly Wiggly stays busy the entire time as do other merchants — plus, there’s just some really good bluegrass music.

The folks in Angie — about a Macclesfiled-sized community — do it twice a year, in April and September and draw people from throughout the coastal region.

The bluegrass festival can be the fall version of Happening on the Common, as there are festivals where there are arts and crafts as well.

If you haven’t made plans to attend, you should do so on Saturday, Sept. 8.

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A reminder to motorists that school is about to be in full swing.

While North East Carolina Prep began almost three weeks ago, we are in the final days of summer vacation for those students who will attend classes on an Edgecombe County Public School campus and it is time to begin paying attention to the comings and goings of the students.

Watch for kids darting across the street ... be aware of school buses and watch for kids getting on and off.

Be safe.

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner and may be reached at 823-3106 or editor@dailysoutherner.com.)

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    A check of the calendar tells us that spring arrived last Thursday while my memory reminds me we saw snow flakes flying by in that March wind throughout much of the day.
    With Easter this coming Sunday, I’m reminded of a wet Good Friday snow in West Texas that brought anywhere from six inches in Big Spring to 18 inches in Sweetwater on April 5, 1996.
    The wind that day was straight off the Polar ice cap and the snow was horizontal much of the time. In fact,the wind compacted the snow so much that it was more that six inches thick on the sides of utility poles in front of the Big Spring Herald.
    On Saturday, it was almost completely gone.
    Mom and Dad always warned of an Easter freeze and the weather this year seems conducive to such a phenomena of Mother Nature.

    March 25, 2013

  • Why is there no answer to the question ‘why?’

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    December 17, 2012

  • On dealing with humanity

    I’m probably not much different from any other grandparent.
    As we heard the story Monday morning about the 2-year-old who was treated just about every way but humanely last weekend, we started trying to track the story down.

    November 12, 2012

  • Remember all history, good and bad

    As we maneuver the ins and outs of life, we develop connectors to link with the timeline of events stored in the recesses of our brain.
    On Saturday, Sept. 29, Mom, Daddy and I were in Mississippi Memorial Stadium looking on as Coach Johnny Vaught’s Ole Miss Rebels beat the Kentucky, 16-0.

    October 3, 2012

  • Sharing random thoughts

    Now that the Olympics are over, what did you think about some of the events?
    Come on. How can baseball no longer be an Olympic sport but advanced gymnastic ribbon twirling can get you a gold medal?
    Who won the ribbon twirling, anyway?
    But talking about the Olympics, how about those two women’s relay teams —he 4x100 and 4x400? What a show they put on!

    August 20, 2012

  • Football Fridays not just about game on field

    This is the week when it’s time for local schools to be ready, as Friday night signals the start of the 2013 high school football season.
    But it’s not just about the game.

    August 13, 2012

  • News with color not part of paper’s DNA

    Once upon a time, I had a publisher whose seem to think that a day in which at least one hour wasn’t wasted in meetings was, well, a waste.
    I don’t like meetings ... especially those that drone on and on and on when one of the participants wastes everyone else’s time asking questions after the fact when it would have been easier for them to have done their homework.

    August 13, 2012

  • Olympics: It’s hard to not be jingoistic

    Sitting in from of the television, it’s hard not to be jingoistic when you see some young American on the top step of the Olympics award stand, gold medal around their neck and hand over their heart as they sing the Star Spangled Banner.

    August 6, 2012

  • Princeville administration claims conspiracy against its efforts

    To the Editor:
    These are the people who are against our Administration and their negative efforts affect everybody in Princeville since the beginning of this Administration in 2010:
    • Former Mayor Delia Perkins
    • Commissioner Ann Howell
    • Commissioner Gwendolyn Knight
    • Former Commissioner Ann Carney Adams
    • Former Commissioner Carolyn Sharpe
    • Newspaper Reporter, Calvin Adkins
    • County Commissioner Viola Harris

    July 13, 2012

  • Heat offers opportunities

    I’m thankful I don’t have t toil outside for a living, as do many people.
    I’ve always been one to take care of my own yard, yet Saturday, we paid Tom Williams to cut the grass.

    July 9, 2012