Good news

We notice recent events are seeing more people attending. The Fairfield Bay city council meeting had talk of more people showing up for its fireworks display on the fourth than they’d ever seen. The recent Archey Fest in Clinton set records. Even this past weekend while playing music on the square a lot of cars were coming by, a lot of people checking things out - the community yard sale not in the least.

This is, of course, not the best marketing. Professionals would be out there with clipboards and calculators and getting data which let them know about trends and all that. They’d use it to create a slide presentation, a meeting would be called and we’d hear about dynamics and synergy.

And that’s good. Somebody needs to make a professional effort at getting a handle on all these people to the best advantage of the county. But not us, we see things and journal about them. We’re seeing a lot of people participating in a lot of things, and we - we journal - find that to be good, if not encouraging, news.

Excuse us if we put too fine a point on this, but people showing up ‘round here is what it takes to keep the community viable. By appearances viability is what’s taking place.

Gospel Fest

Well we’re excited. Gospel Fest this weekend promises to be a lot of fun, and a chance to hear some good music, all-the-while supporting a good cause. Check our calendar section for details, and we have a story up on it as well, also.


We understand there’s two warring (as it were) factions for the Wild Game Cookoff in Clinton, scheduled for Sept. 30 at Archey Fork Park.

Faction I wants the name “Wild Game Cookoff” and Faction II prefers “Roadkill Cookoff.” Put us down as Faction I. We like fun, and heavens knows we enjoy using words to express an attitude, but “celebrating,” (again, as it were) preparing and eating roadkill - all done, granted tongue-in-cheek, is a bad idea.

Just to be clear: Call it the Wild Game Cookoff and leave “roadkill” out of it. Further for the record we’re looking forward to enjoying some wild game cooked out in the open this Fall.

The news

We only have so much news every week matched by only having so much space to stuff it all in. Which is to say in a given week we have more news than places to put it. (We consider this, for the record, an embarrassment of riches.)

Anyway, we had a choice this week to either run a story up top on one about a cop helping a young man with a missing bicycle, and another above-the-fold on the Gospel Fest, or plugging in stories about various forms of mayhem - vehicle accidents, that sort of thing.

We went with the good news. This may get us low marks on the “traditional journalism” score sheet, but we’d rather take the risk and put good news on top of the stack. Call us crazy: We’ve been called worse.

While we’re talking

We (still) don’t read unsigned poison-pen letters, notes, etc. apparently designed to compel us to take a given person or group of people to task because the letter-writer doesn’t like them. If you want to accuse somebody of something, but don’t want to sign your name, you’re part of the problem. We don’t read stuff from people who are part of the problem.

“But they’ll get me.” No they won’t. Stop being dramatic. This isn’t a movie, this isn’t 1920’s frontier justice, nor is it a television show with an evil genius pulling levers in a back room. Adults will be treated as adults, less than adults less so. Sign your name or be ignored.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (NIV)

9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,

what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”[a]—

the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.