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Too Early To Slay Dragons

Too Early To Slay Dragons

A new cohort of the Jefferson County Commission and a newly appointed Jefferson County Mayor met on the County Commission floor Monday evening for the first Work Session since August elections placed nine new Commissions at the round table. Was it smooth? With no Chair in place and no opportunity to elect a Chair until [...]

Workforce Development, Are We Up to the Task? – A Guest Editorial

Workforce Development, Are We Up to the Task? – A Guest Editorial

David Seal is a guest editorialist this week on The Post. David is a long time educator in Jefferson County, as well as a recognized artist and local businessman. He also serves Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and as a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain and broadband accessibility on [...]

Editorial – Equal Equity In Sports

Editorial – Equal Equity In Sports

Does there come a time when a politician simply outstays their ability to grow and change? The answer to that question was abundantly clear at last week’s school board meeting. This was the first meeting under the direction of the new director of school, Dr. Shane Johnston, and I have to say that I really [...]

New Faces, New Points Of View

New Faces, New Points Of View

It will be a new, and not so new, day in Jefferson County come the end of this month. We have a new Sheriff in town, literally, and a new Mayor and a new Director of Schools. In addition, we will have nine new faces on the Jefferson County Commission and one new face on [...]

Take An Interest

Take An Interest

I like funny cat videos and I like sarcastic memes about television characters from the past and even about a certain politician’s hair. I laugh as much as the next person. But what I really like, what I really love is the freedom that I enjoy on a daily basis that allows me laugh at [...]

True Worth

True Worth

Sometimes unexpected events show the true worth of people, not only as individuals but as local, state, national and world communities. That has been the case with the youth soccer team that has been stuck in a cave in Thailand for more than a couple of weeks. Specialists from many countries, including our own, have [...]

The Die Is Cast

The Die Is Cast

So, the die is cast, so to speak, and the County budget has been laid to rest for the fiscal year 2018/19. The full body followed the budget committee and will use the hospital lease money to balance the budget. The arguments for and against both had merit. Hospital lease money has historically gone into [...]

Practice What You Preach!

Practice What You Preach!

It is very easy to want things. For instance, I hear politician after politician rattle on about how we need to increase sales tax in Jefferson County. More business equals more revenue and that is the truth. Not only for sales tax but, as importantly, for livability we need more in Jefferson County. What really [...]

Go Hug Your Dad

Go Hug Your Dad

This is always a strange time of the year for me. Six years ago my father passed away and my life changed forever. As adults, it is hard to imagine just how impacting the death of a parent can be; after all, it is not like you still live at home or need the wisdom [...]

A Wonderful Pounding

A Wonderful Pounding

There are days and weeks that I believe that nothing can surprise me and then, wham, something comes up that leaves me shaking my head. With the first round of elections under our belt and the next round not coming for several months, I suppose that I thought things would slow down. You couldn’t have [...]

Magic 8 Ball Says “Not Held Accountable”

Magic 8 Ball Says “Not Held Accountable”

So, we have passed our fist round of elections in Jefferson County and, frankly, I was somewhat surprised. Oh, not so much at the outcome because I had expected close races for most offices, but in the spread of the election when the numbers rolled in. Never would I have anticipated such a mandate on [...]

Get In The Game

Get In The Game

Early voting has ended and this week those that are waiting until Election Day to cast their votes will be able to exercise their right to vote. This election cycle has been a little tense and I expect that the tension will not ease until after the last vote is counted on Tuesday evening. In [...]

Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Do you ever wonder just when things started spinning out of control? We are in the full throws of election season, and this is just part one; already we are wading knee deep in muck. I really did not expect this May election cycle to be pristine, but there was hope that we would not [...]

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

Question of the week-what is more important than student safety? The answer should be nothing but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Last week, two prisoners who were working at White Pine School managed to escape in a Department of Education vehicle and the school did not go on lock down. Please explain that [...]

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Despite qualifications and the communities’ desire to see a Jefferson County native hold the office, the school board has, once again, gone outside Jefferson County to find a director for Jefferson County Schools. One local candidate, Mark Garrett, made the final three for the directorship, but it was clear that he was fighting an uphill [...]

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

This week the Jefferson County Post will host a public debate for candidates in the May Primary Election. The debate will offer voters the opportunity to see the various candidates answer questions that have been submitted from the public. Judge Ben Strand (retired) will be the moderator for the debate and will be keeping things [...]

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