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CITY BEAT: A VERY CLOSE CALL AT THE INTERSECTION OF WILLIAM AND FRANKLIN STREETS

       I’ve pointed out in past columns the crazy way that a lot of people are driving on Decatur’s streets and roads and it seems to be getting worse. Of all the “near-accidents” I’ve personally witnessed involving irresponsible drivers I think the award for the “most heart stopping” near-accident came at the downtown intersection of…

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CITY BEAT: REPORT INDICATES THE MAIN REASONS FOR VACCINE HESITANCY

       Why is the vaccination rate so low in Macon County? It’s a little over 42% at this stage. I received information from Emily Lamb, a Public Relations Specialist for QuoteWizard by LendingTree, LLC, with the latest update on its vaccine hesitancy report. Lamb stated: “Our analysts reviewed the main reasons people aren’t getting vaccinated.…

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CITY BEAT: REMEMBERING 9/11 AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD

       It’s been 20 years this coming Saturday since a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America happened on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. On that day, those of us old enough to remember, had horrific, sad memories burned into our…

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CITY BEAT: PEOPLE, PLACES AND POLITICAL TRACES

      • IT IS so nice to hear and read about the football season getting underway after the cancellations of games last fall. Special thanks to my longtime Sports Editor J. Thomas McNamara for his efforts in preparing the area high schools’ football preview that starts on page 10 of the print and online…

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CITY BEAT: MACON COUNTY HEADED WRONG WAY IN COVID-19 BATTLE

       I knew when I received the notification that the Joint Crisis Communication Team (CCT) would be holding a press conference Friday in the Macon County Office Building that it would not be good news — and it wasn’t. The message delivered was: “Macon County continues to experience high transmission levels of COVID-19.” In fact,…

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CITY BEAT: IMPRESSED BY INTERIM POLICE CHIEF SHANE BRANDEL

      I enjoyed getting to know Interim Police Chief Shane Brandel better during a one-on-one conversation in my office at the Tribune recently. Brandel was appointed to the position by City Manager Scot Wrighton and began his duties on July 30 when Chief Jim Getz retired. Brandel was serving as deputy police chief before his…

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