Morning Dave’s Blog

Food Drive Time

Last year, we did a little patting of ourselves on the back here for raising the better part of ten tons worth of food to feed Veterans in Highlands County who have fallen on hard times. That drive hit me hard at the time, since Gladys and I are part of the “Viet Nam Generation,”…

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Never Forget Our Neighbors

Gladys and I took one our rare vacations last week, up to St. George’s Island, off the coast of Florida’s Panhandle. The barrier islands up there are a bit different from the ones off the Sarasota coast – rolling dunes that look more like the Outer Banks of North Carolina than what we have in…

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Ooops …

I screwed up last week. I broke a promise to myself, and paid for it with a rotten day. What did I do? I broke down and got into a POLITICAL discussion on Facebook. God, but I hate those things. And I didn’t used to. Y’see, I’m old-school enough to believe this Republic was built…

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Vote Whatcha KNOW

Early voting is ON in Highlands County! If you’ve made your mind up, avoid the crowds. I post something like this every election cycle, and it amazes me every time how many people it surprises; YOU DO NOT "SPOIL" YOUR BALLOT BY NOT VOTING IN EVERY RACE. Feel strongly about the governor’s race? Vote there…

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Uncle Jim

Well, THAT hit me a little harder than I thought it would. My family lost our last World War II vet this week. “Uncle Jim” was my only uncle on my mother’s side of the family, so he kept that childhood title for me all the way to the end, which came this week in…

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Farewell, 2247

Wow. Just. Wow. I drove down to the Lakeshore Mall parking lot this morning to witness the beginning of the motorcade heading to Deputy William Gentry’s Memorial Service at the Fairgrounds. As the SUV’s, EMS vehicles, marked and unmarked cars, fire trucks and other vehicles prepared to leave the south end of the lot, I…

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Rest In Peace, Deputy Gentry

I just came back into the office after watching the procession go by carrying Deputy William Gentry back into Highlands County. One of the things that makes working in a community like this fulfilling is the almost universal outpouring of mourning when we lose one of our own. I didn’t know William Gentry, but I’m…

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Nice To Be Back

Well, after a day in the digital darkness, it looks like our website’s back online! Funny how fast we got "hooked" on internet connectivity. Like anywhere, we lose service for a few minutes every once in a while – even if I’m not online myself at the moment, I can tell because SOMEBODY comes staggering…

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Ko-ko-Kokomo!

One of my favorite parties of the year is April 21, at Sun N Lake – the annual Kokomo bash from the Ridge Area ARC. 6 to 10 pm, great food, soda, beer, Margaritas and fun, with California Toe Jam providing the music. I’d show up just to annoy Harry and the band, but when…

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There Ain’t No Free Lunch

I have to giggle a little bit over all the righteous outrage over Facebook using and (shudder) making MONEY off the junk we post and play with on the site. To hear some of the caterwauling from people who should know better – ahem, Steve Wosniak – you’d think people actually believe Facebook, Twitter and…

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