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Today's Opinions

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Good home sales reports in 2013

    It’s starting to appear that a “for sale” sign in front of property in Shelby County is not a bad billboard.

    A rising, continuing trend of home sales – some new homes among them – and a decline in foreclosures in 2013 and economic growth plans in place have real estate-brokers and administrators crowing about the possibility of the next few years.

    One even said we are nearing a “seller’s market,” a term not uttered in honest conversation since 2007 or so, depending on where you live.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Good home sales reports in 2013

    It’s starting to appear that a “for sale” sign in front of property in Shelby County is not a bad billboard.

    A rising, continuing trend of home sales – some new homes among them – and a decline in foreclosures in 2013 and economic growth plans in place have real estate-brokers and administrators crowing about the possibility of the next few years.

    One even said we are nearing a “seller’s market,” a term not uttered in honest conversation since 2007 or so, depending on where you live.

  • MY WORD: ‘Greatest snow of the age’

    In 1971, Ben Allen Thomas Sr. brought his father’s diary to me at The Shelby News’ office, which at the time was located where Sixth and Main Coffeehouse is today. The fragile and well-worn ledger was becoming illegible, and “Mr. Ben Allen” (as I fondly called him) wanted me to type the pages so he could read them easier.

    I was fascinated. I was intrigued with the daily accounts of livestock and crops. I was amazed such a document still existed, because pages dated back to 1863.

  • DOYLE: Today is a good day for the beach

    My younger daughter, when she was maybe 1 or 2, had this CD that played constantly in her mother’s vehicle. The cover song was “Let’s Go To The Beach.”

    Today we all stand as the amen chorus to that anthem.

    Indeed, let’s go to the beach.

    Even if you don’t like sun, sand, wind, oil, heat or the sometimes runaway crabs and flies, you have to admit that you would trade what you feel outside your doorway today for just a few hours of all of that.

  • DOYLE: Today is a good day for the beach

    My younger daughter, when she was maybe 1 or 2, had this CD that played constantly in her mother’s vehicle. The cover song was “Let’s Go To The Beach.”

    Today we all stand as the amen chorus to that anthem.

    Indeed, let’s go to the beach.

    Even if you don’t like sun, sand, wind, oil, heat or the sometimes runaway crabs and flies, you have to admit that you would trade what you feel outside your doorway today for just a few hours of all of that.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Parks program’s public input concept

    We think the idea of a pair of public forums conducted by Shelby County Parks & Recreation is a winner.

    Parks officials announced that there would be public input sessions tonight and Feb. 5 in the Waldridge Center at Clear Creek Park.

    Parks Director Shawn Pickens said that all activities are open for discussion, that any idea can be considered, for the way current or proposed atheltic programs may be created and operated.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Parks program’s public input concept

    We think the idea of a pair of public forums conducted by Shelby County Parks & Recreation is a winner.

    Parks officials announced that there would be public input sessions tonight and Feb. 5 in the Waldridge Center at Clear Creek Park.

    Parks Director Shawn Pickens said that all activities are open for discussion, that any idea can be considered, for the way current or proposed atheltic programs may be created and operated.

  • DOYLE: Is this new friend really our old friend?

    About two weeks before Christmas, a young, black-and-white cat took up residence in our barn and promptly became part of the family. That may not seem unusual to you, but it was downright eerie to us.

    We only that month had been talking of getting a barn cat to help ensure pests didn’t invade the feed bins. Then appears this cat, nice, clean, young, looking for a family and a home.