Columns/Opinions

Wed
18
Jun

Quotes good for reporters, not public figures

“I like your column about Charlie Wilson. Sounds like you know him pretty well, like maybe y’all’s hats hung from some of the same bedposts.” - Joe Tonahill, renowned attorney and bon vivant.
Reporters love good quotes. They make a story more real, more human.
Sometimes they “spice up” a story that might otherwise be rather dull.
Often, they’re pretty funny, occasionally hilarious. And, sometimes a quote is downright scary.
Quotes from colorful people like

 

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Wed
11
Jun

Father-in-law original ‘Ol’ Man with Rock’

On several occasions, including a few Father’s Day columns, I’ve written of my late father and those particularly special moments in his all-too-short 57 years.
This year, I’m going to memorialize another great father, my late father-in-law, Joel Clifford Bollinger, known all his life as Jay or J.C.
The reason he was known by the initial is somewhat amusing.
Jay was

 

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Wed
28
May

Did you know

Did you know there are two new clothing donation boxes in Fairfield?
The Shriners are accepting items of women, men and children’s clothing, along with shoes, linens and small household items at two locations.
One is located at the

 

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Wed
21
May

Did you know

Did you know you can buy a sewing machine in Fairfield?
Darlene Jones, who is in charge of Market Days, told me there is a vendor that comes to

 

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Wed
14
May

Did you know

Did you know behind the courthouse Annex II on East Main Street where it meets FM 488 was Turner’s Gin?
The owner L.J. Turner built the gin in 1952 and advertised it as modern in every respect.
The gin building was used

 

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Wed
07
May

Did you know

Did you know soccer existed in Fairfield in 1952?
Games were played on the high school football field, known as Tate Stadium on Hwy. 75 between Main Street and West College Street.
Two teams, one 7th and 8th grade boys, and the second,

 

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Wed
30
Apr

Did you know

Did you know the Masonic Lodge in Fairfield is 162 years old?
It was granted dispensation (permission to organize) on December 15, 1851.
The lodge was given its number and has been

 

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Wed
23
Apr

Did you know

Did you know the dial telephone system was put into operation in Fairfield in December of 1951?
The telephone company at that time was Three States Telephone Company.
The transformation took place in the city first, followed by rebuilding and converting the rural lines.
A temporary telephone directory

 

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Wed
16
Apr

Did you know

Did you know in 1951 Fairfield had a Piano Company?  Web Hughes, local piano tuner, and E.A. Treadaway opened the Treadaway-Hughes Piano Company on the south side of the square.  They offered an inventory

 

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Wed
09
Apr

Did you know

Mary Small

Did you know one of Fairfield’s well known nurses was chosen as “Best Dressed Girl” during her high school days?
Patricia Robertson, known to most as Nurse Pat, was awarded this distinction by the Homemaking Girls.
Even today she is always

 

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