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Archive for October, 2007

I’m a little hesitant to raise the subject of the Autumn Leaves Festival, given the can of worms that opened up when I asked about Mayberry Days. I’ve heard some people say that a lot of merchants don’t like Autumn Leaves, but it’s hard to argue with an event that brings in thousands of folks from out of town, hopefully spending their dollars here. What say you? Will you be going, or leaving, so to speak?

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Next Tuesday we’ll have a pointless, expensive primary in Mount Airy. Three candidates are running for two nominations on the November general election ballot for city council. So the entire elections mechanism is being cranked up to eliminate one person. What a waste. Want to bet on what the voter turnout will be? Want to be optimistic and say 15 percent? Tell you what, respond with your prediction of voter turnout (in percentage) and we’ll award a Messenger t-shirt to the one who comes closest. I’ll need your predictions no later than when the polls open next Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.

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Is Visitors Center DOA?

Uh oh. Looks like the visitors center project may be in deep . . . stuff, what with the construction bids being about twice as much as hoped for, and that’s without any of the nicer add-ons. It’s going to be tough politically to find three city commissioners willing to push forward with a project that has already caught so much flak. Any of you willing to come up with another $3-400,000 to make this dream a reality?

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