Jun. 22, 2013 @ 04:46 PM

Boundaries, borders and city managers

“I don’t want to talk to that damn Yankee.”

Shortly after I became General Manager of The Daily Journal in Rockingham, N.C. in 1989, a subscriber visiting the newspaper’s office expressed that sentiment when asked if he would like to speak with me about a change in the newspaper.

Jun. 01, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

Snakes evoke our primal fears

A number of years ago, a small copperhead crawled into the garage of our then neighbors, Ebie and Marilyn Vaughn, and slithered behind some boxes.

May. 28, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

Police Department gets the animal control calls

We are like the Waffle House — we’re open 24/7. When people don’t know who else to call, they call the police.

May. 24, 2013 @ 09:14 AM

The terrible, fascinating power of tornadoes

Storms fascinate me.   When we lived in Russellville, Arkansas, I often sat on our front porch and watched thunderstorms come across Mount Nebo, several miles in the distance

May. 04, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

Accreditation is important to police, city

When I interviewed for the police chief’s position in 2006, then City Manager Craig Meadows gave me a list of things that he wanted the police department to accomplish. At the top of the list was to get the police department nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA.

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 01:53 PM

Taxes should support public, not private schools

Freshman Rep. Mark Brody of Union County and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature have plans for a host of new private schools that would siphon students away from public schools. And they want taxpayers to foot the bill.