“Tina, what do you want to be when you grow up?” asked my third-grade teacher. I remember the scenario clearly. It was early in the school year and my teacher asked me and my 8-year-old classmates what we wished to be in the future. There was a chorus of “doctor,” “veterinarian,” “police officer” and one student shouted “millionaire!” When it was my turn, I puffed up my chest and proudly stated, “I want to be a writer.” Fast forward nine years later and my goal has roughly stayed the same. In fact, here I am today, working for the newspaper. It’s temporary and I’m just an intern more or less, but I consider it to be one of my greatest achievements. But how did I get here? It’s kind of a long story…
It’s Not What They Say …
BY VERN TURNER The smartest woman on television, Rachel Maddow, keeps telling us to watch what they are doing, not listen so much to what they're saying. Examples from the last three months are plentiful to underscore the duplicity coming from our body politic controlled by arrogant, spiteful, backward-thinking and corrupt politicians, aka Republicans. The…
Former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman indicted for sexual assault of a minor
A former public information officer for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student in an ...
Woman arrested after attempting to run naked among Corbin Track team
Corbin Police say a 26-year-old woman was under the influence when she attempted to run naked among the Corbin High School Track team Friday morning. Even though classes had been cancelled the track team was at the field behind the high school for practice. Corbin Police Captain Coy Wilson, the department’s public affairs officer, said several …
WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure...
The park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth.
Minnesota Winters Now More Bark Than Bite
So - is this a good thing? There are exceptions to every rule, but MOST Minnesota winters are a pale imitation of what our parents muddled through in the 60s and 70s. It doesn't get down to -25F or -30F in the metro anymore. Now 0F is a big deal and potentially headline-generating. Really? Our winters are no longer (consistently) cold enough for mostly snow. 22 days with rain or glaze ice since November 1 in the MSP metro. The longest January Thaw since 1944. No wonder winter weather lovers are in a funk. A lot of people like the additional warmth. Others lament the loss of something fundamental, part of our Minnesota identity. I see both sides - I'm just the messenger. But no, our winters aren't nearly as forbidding, on average…
Why Do Democrats Get Away With Lying About Guns?
The Fourth Estate has a responsibility to correct Democrats' wild exaggerations and untruths about guns. Yet they rarely do.
Mayoral challenger calls out Gregerson
Matthews pledges to restore ethics, integrity to non-partisan position By Nicholas Johnson | May 24, 2017 Candidate Dan Matthews, left, filed at the last minute Friday, May 19, to challenge Mayor Jennifer Gregerson in this year's Nov. 7 general election Dan Matthews says he’s challenging Mayor Jennifer Gregerson out of disgust at how she has politicized the office “My plan is to run a respectful and courteous race,” he said. “My concern is that historically my opponent has done neither – unethically laundering partisan dollars and using a political consultant who has a clear record of torching and trashing their adversaries and inventing dirt where none exists.” For her part, Gregerson said she, too, plans to…
NorCal OUTreach director praises O'Callaghan for coming out as gay
A local LGBT organization director said Ryan O'Callaghan coming out as gay could have positive effects.
'Dixie Mafia' member Billy Sunday Birt dies
Birt died sometime overnight Thursday, according to his son, Billy Stonewall "Stoney" Birt. He was 79. Stoney Birt said Friday night he will be planning funeral arrangements Saturday. Billy Sunday Birt was convicted of the 1972 murder of his former "Dixie Mafia" associate and Winder resident Donald Chancey as well as the 1973 slayings of an elderly couple in Wrens. He is reputed to have been involved in more than 50 murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Stoney Birt has authored a book about his father that he plans to share more widely after Billy Sunday Birt's death. For the full story, see the April 12 issue of the Barrow News-Journal. Trackbacks