If you weren’t able to make it to the county mayor forum, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.
The forum gave both candidates – incumbent Bill Newman and challenger Rick Head – an opportunity to introduce themselves and then answer questions on a variety of issues, including community growth, government transparency and accountability, and their vision for the future of Lincoln County.
Early voting is now only a month away so I’m diving back into the commission races, this time out in the Blanche area.
I talk with Darrin Simms, who’s currently a county commissioner for district one and is running for re-election. We talk about his last eight years as a commissioner, his view on the property tax increase, and what infrastructure updates we need to make happen.
Check out the Guide to the County General Election here. It’s a list of all the candidates along with what they’re running for and any podcast episodes they’re on.
Events Happening This Weekend
Music in the Park – June 14th at 6pm
Featuring Highway 64 this week. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs along with a picnic to enjoy free music in the park!
52nd Southern Weekend of Art – June 15th and 16th
The Southern Weekend of Art is an annual fund raiser for the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying and selling their handmade and handcrafted works in the picturesque park. We also have a number of performing arts activities planned for the stage in the park. Bring the family and spend the day. Admission is *free* to all!
Meet Your Farmer – June 16th at 9am
Come out and meet the Pilaroc Team at Holt’s IGA in Park City and try samples of our sausage links, hamburger and more. Enter to win a meat basket among other giveaways. And come learn a little about animal agriculture.
Town Hall Meeting – Blanche – June 16th at 12pm
It’s election time in our community! Come by for snacks and an opportunity to meet the candidates looking for your vote. This Town Hall Meeting is sponsored by Rick Head, candidate for county mayor.
Petersburg Truck and Tractor Pull – June 16th at 6pm
Admission is $10 per person. Children 8 and under will be admitted free of charge. Pulling will begin at 6 P.M., but the gates and concession stands will be open by 4 P.M.
Make sure to check out the community calendar for more events and info on all of these.
A Few Stories to Note
Last but not least, I want to pass on a few articles that caught my eye and are helpful to all of us.
- Watch this month’s Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting here.
- “You probably have one in your downtown. Maybe a building burned, or maybe the roof just fell in. These things happen. Now you have an empty space, maybe with walls, or maybe just an open lot. What can you do with a roofless building? The standard answer for small town governments has been to make a pocket park: a little green space, a bench or two, and that’s about it. Maybe a memorial or piece of art. Pocket parks are OK, but they aren’t the only possibility. There’s much more we can do.” Read more on how roofless buildings can become so much more useful to the community.
- “It’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of, purportedly, of the same party.” Watch Senator Corker’s response to his party after it failed to give a vote for his bipartisan amendment on tariffs.
That’s a wrap for me this week. Have an awesome weekend!
– Chase Clemons | Founding Editor
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