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A Chunk of Change

A Chunk of Change

The numbers are in, well sort of in, and the bottom line for the proposed Commerce Park in White Pine is just a little steeper than I thought it would be. I figured on being north of five million dollars and even closer to ten million but fifteen million dollars is so north that it [...]

Tough Decisions

Tough Decisions

I have to say that I was more than a little disappointed this week, as the Jefferson County Budget Committee passed a motion to only hear from non profits that made the funding cut for this fiscal year. Just like many Commissioners, I remember the lists of non profits that were requesting funding a few [...]

#overmyhead

#overmyhead

This week I am going to take a page from the National news and try to jump on the tweeting boat. I hate to admit it but tweeting is just one form of communication that has alluded me. I guess that I need more words to express myself than is allowed in that format and [...]

Budget Season Arrives Again

Budget Season Arrives Again

Budget Season kicks off this month for Jefferson County and if history is any indication it should be an interesting process. I am in hopes that this budget year will see the return of funding for some of the non profits that have been cut in the past few fiscal years. It is easy for [...]

Just Who Are We?

Just Who Are We?

Here we are, one month into 2017, and we are still facing an identity crisis. Jefferson County is the Victor/Victoria of communities. We have as many faces as we do places and it is high time that we identify the road that we want to travel and get on with the journey. Never is our [...]

Snowflake

Snowflake

This was a historic week in more ways than one. We saw the installation of a new President of the United States. To be honest, I was one of those people who didn’t really believe that President Trump had a snowball’s chance in Miami of becoming the 45th President of the United States, at least [...]

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

For a small town it appears that the Pines are getting a great deal of attention and I am not at all sure that they want it. At least not in the form that they are getting it. Like Strawberry Plains/New Market who just seem to be plagued with issues like the Intermodal and now [...]

Time to Get Back on Track

Time to Get Back on Track

The snow covered ground and frigid temperatures may not be the only thing getting a frosty reception this week. It is back to business as usual for the County Commission and it should be an interesting start to the new calendar year. The County Budget Committee closed out 2016 with a joint meeting of their [...]

A New Year

A New Year

2016 is officially in the books and we are starting a brand new year. I must admit that I am generally ready to see the old year end and am eager for a fresh start. This year was no exception. But, as eager as I am to move on, there are a few things that [...]

Farewell, 2016!

Farewell, 2016!

Christmas has just passed and, hopefully, folks are still in the holiday mode because the season won’t be over for another week. For me, the time just before the changing of the year is a time for introspection. This has certainly been the year for change, especially on the national level, but even here at [...]

Who is Getting Coal in Their Stocking?

Who is Getting Coal in Their Stocking?

I hate to get all Grinchy right before Christmas but some things are just designed to turn you green and this week’s joint meeting of the School Board and the Jefferson County Budget Committee is one of them. I must admit that I, briefly, lost my sense of good will and holiday cheer while I [...]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Well, unless you are trying to get any real business done and then it is the most frustrating time of the year. That is the position that the Department of Education finds itself in, as they struggle to fund the White Pine School renovation project. Now, [...]

Even the Hottest Fire

Even the Hottest Fire

I am afraid of fire. That may seem to be a simple, less than profound statement. After all, most people are at least respectful of fire. What I should say is that I am terrified of fire and have been since an unfortunate incident that happened when I was just a very little girl. I [...]

Not Enough Bang for the Buck

Not Enough Bang for the Buck

There are many things in this world that I just don’t understand. I don’t understand recounting a vote three weeks after an election. I don’t understand geometry and I don’t understand the actions of the School Board last week. Do I believe that White Pine needs renovation and more space. Yes. Most reasonable people agree [...]

Thanksgiving Countdown

Thanksgiving Countdown

It is that time of year. The day of dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie is nearly upon us and so it is time to remember the things that we have to be thankful for this year. Of course, most of us are thankful that election season is over and we can get back to [...]

Get over It and Get on with It

Get over It and Get on with It

Last week was a relief for some and other found themselves needing a safe space. I must say that I have little understanding of the need for a safe space unless circumstances involve great personal danger. I know people who have needed a safe space in their lifetime. People whose situations brought them risk of [...]