Anyone who knows Cedar Posts understands my longing for a simpler time. I really liked Charlotte 20 years ago. She was big enough for a basketball team, yet small enough that everyone knew my name at Myers Park Hardware or the NCNB branch at SouthPark.
Today I enjoy the feel of small Carolina towns like Camden, and Hendersonville. Flat Rock is peaceful this time of year, and I love the fact that downtown Beaufort rolls up the sidewalks around 10PM most nights.
My wife's family is from a small town in Maine with a population of 5,234. I got laugh a couple of weeks ago when the town's local paper ran a head line in tempo type "Major Drug Bust" and the sub hed declared that more than a pound of pot was seized along with $500 dollars.
The Lincoln News has a staff of nine. The paper's editor is also the staff photographer, crime beat reporter, salesman and part time accounting staff. Sports is covered by the same staff that run the presses and drive the one delivery truck.
This morning I was surprised to see a "local" story where the photographer and reporter was none other than Charlotte Observer Editor Rick Thames.
The Saint Andrews community of Piper Glen lost water for a period overnight when a valve failed in a water main at Piper Glen Drive and Links Drive. The incident opened up a sinkhole eight to 10 feet wide. Partial water pressure had been restored by this morning. RICK THAMES, firstname.lastname@example.org
It made me smile, now if I could just close my eyes and make all this 485 traffic disappear.