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Pictured is Scooter, a dog up for adoption at the animal shelter on Oakdale Street. (Photo provided)

Coffee County commissioner wants to consolidate animal shelters

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Coffee County Commissioner Steven Jones is working on a consolidation plan for the Manchester and Coffee County animal shelters that he thinks could capture efficiencies, increase adoption rates and help rehabilitate jail inmates all at the same time. The current combined shelter on Oakdale Street has been criticized for its oddly inefficient setup, consisting of two county employees and one city employee, all of whom frequently have to leave the

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  • North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department could see budget cut

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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    The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee passed a motion on Tuesday (March 24) to withhold $22,000 in proposed annual budget funds from the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which currently stands at 9, can be improved. Commissioners Margaret Cunningham and Kimberly Martin, both of whom are members of the committee, said that homeowners in the North Coffee area have been paying

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  • DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am


    “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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Business News

Al White Motors in Manchester is celebrating 60 years doing business in Coffee County. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS AT AL WHITE – ‘Manchester has been good to us’

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

By Josh Peterson, editor Developing the best business model for guaranteed success can be a complex task. But perhaps the best solution is simplicity. In March, Al White Motors began celebrating 60 years of business in the Manchester community. And to hear dealer Jerry White speak, it’s the simple things that have helped drive the popular Ford dealership to not only six decades of success, but to be the model

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  • Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center yet to turn profit

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center

    While members of the Public Buildings Authority (PBA) are optimistic about the new general manager of the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, her recent status update to the county’s Budget and Finance Committee was a disturbing reminder that the center has lost money for its entire 13 years of operation. And the worst is still not over, according to audit reports. While new manager Alyce Heifner appears, by all accounts, to

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  • JUST CHILLIN’ – Manchester Chill offers frozen yogurt, local hang out

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Manchester Chill is open on Hillsboro Blvd. with 18 flavors of frozen yogurt, over 40 toppings and a dessert bar. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor A summer trip to visit family for the Independence Day holiday turned up more than just fireworks and good times for Corey and Michelle Hummel. The husband and wife team returned home to Manchester with a community-changing venture in mind – a frozen yogurt shop. A few short months later, just one day before Thanksgiving, they opened Manchester Chill to serve Manchester the finest frozen yogurt

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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Marriage – hot and cold

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm

When I married my lovely wife I anticipated that we would occasionally encounter conflicts. I am young, therefore inexperienced and relatively stupid in the realm of marriage, but I knew for sure we would have disagreements in everyday life and philosophical disparities that would need worked out through the years. All relationships do. After all, every rose has a thorn or two. With all that is out there in the

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  • SUNSHINE WEEK MARCH 15-21: A media conspiracy that’s good for you

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Eric Newton

    Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups. What’s the conspiracy? It’s called Sunshine Week, and it is built around the birthday

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Dancing with the … stars?

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    All of us Saturday Night Live connoisseurs remember this skit well. Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze, who both left this earth void of their talents too soon, auditioning for Chippendales. I still Google it from time to time to get a good laugh during times of depression (like when snow and ice blanket our area for three weeks). However, I no longer have the need for Google. I can just

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