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Pookie

Matthews, NC

#1 Dec 14, 2013
Whatever happened to the Holiday Spirit of Marshville. NO holiday lights on our telephone poles on 74 or in town. Scrooge attack. Coal for all involved. The Grinch must live in Marshville.
Marshville Knight

Columbus, NC

#2 Dec 14, 2013
What not ask your mayor and town manager? They runnin this town and decided the cost was too much for us to have lights. Notice there isnt any lights around town hall as well. Maybe the gring has an office there?? This town is about going to the sh!ts and we have a mayor and council to thank. Cant quite figure out what my taxes actually go for, other than high salaries in town hall. Has anyone visited town hall in recent months? I remember the days when Caroline and Deborah were behind the counter, always polite and happy to invite you for a conversation. Went to pay my "high" water bill about a week ago and noticed they have added a new desk near the drive up window for the short chunky girl. The drive up has been closed for months so not sure what they have her sitting there for. Anyhow, went in and the young man welcomed me, asked to help me, and then the chunky girl scurried over and about pushed him over to get to service me. She called him Stan or something like that. Seemed like a nice boy. Gave her the water stub and a check, went to walk out and thought i heard her speak something to me so i stopped and looked back. She was motioning me back with the index finger and said "that will be $10 dollars more because I was late with my payment as it was due the day before at 5pm. I did of course give her a strange look, and she proceeded to tell me again i was late and needed to pay an additional $10 or my service would be on the delinquent list. She said there was new rules in town nowadays. Without an arguement I threw a bill on the counter and left. What is going on with this town? Do the workers have issues with the people {us} that pay their salaries? What happens to that $10? Cant be to help pay Christmas lights I guess. Could be lunch money? In closing, as I walked out couldnt help to notice Stan and the other lady seemed to be in awe as they watched the transaction. Why do they need one to collect the fee and two to watch? Just reflecting on my visit.
Pookie

Matthews, NC

#3 Dec 15, 2013
The whole town hall experience is quite shocking. While attending the town meeting you can' help but notice the plywood blocking the town manager's office. How welcoming is this? You take the time to attend the meetings and then they speak so softly that you can't hear what they are saying or discussing. Maybe the late fees or cost of the plywood wall should be placed toward a PA system so we could get more involved.(BUT we know they don't want us to know their secrets.) It is amazing how THE HOME NEWS highlights some of the council and only small sentence at the end of the column for the rest. So much for equal press. Maybe he needs to have someone look into his reporting. I am sure the Anderson Health Service detention center will get full page POSITIVE coverage as it is NOT WHT WE NEED here in town. We have enough troubled teens being released into adulthood. They don't leave - they stay and create more problems. There is so much to correct here but no seems to become the leader to follow.
Old Tired Citizen

Columbus, NC

#4 Dec 15, 2013
sorry pookie, i have not noticed the plywood nor have sat for a meeting in recent months, but i do hear you loud and clear. the plywood is probably for privacy, with all the secrets being kept around that building. and the table they sit at is setup for privacy, voices only directed to one another. this is the way they like it. they should raise their habds when voting since their voices cant be heard. thats what marshville calls "open government".
talking with my friend this morning, discussed the christmas lights, she heard the town manager spearheaded the stoppage of decorations throughout town as a whole nack when they made the year budget and now she said was lack of money and staff since the new council put a hiring freeze on her. she was planning to hire two workers, i guess to hang decorations, but council said no. theres a scapegoat for everything. sounds more like this new council needs to oversee what goes on in the managers office. oh yes, plywood in the way.
Elm Street Visionary

Charlotte, NC

#5 Dec 15, 2013
I'm old enough to remember when Marshville had a vibrant "downtown" with all, or almost all of the shops occupied by businesses. Christmas was when most of them made real profits.

All the stores were decorated and the town was filled with colored lights. The Baptist Church was in town then. It, the Methodist and the Presbyterian churches would have cantatas and special music. The churches worked together to schedule the Christmas music so that people could attend all three.

Back then the Christmas parade had bands and floats and Santa always was on the last float or a firetruck. One year Santa was at Griffin Furniture (it was really Mr. Griffin pretending to be Santa so he could find out what his children wanted). another year he would come to Mr. Hill's store and Guion's Drugstore.

The week of Christmas was always special back then. One year one of the churches had a live Nativity with cows, sheep, goats in a stable along with Mary, Joseph and the Wise men. One of the Griffin brothers was Joseph, his wife was Mary and their baby was Jesus. Mr. Clontz was one of the wise men. I don't remember who the others were. A group of singers sang sacred Christmas music. People came from all over to see it.

My daddy, my brother and I would go south of town, way out White Street and then down a long dirt road to a farm where we would cut down a cedar tree for Christmas. We always got a big one and it would hang over the cab of the pickup. One time we cut one down with a hornet's nest in it. We stopped at Carpenter's Service Station to get some gas and Mr Carpenter knocked the nest out of the tree with a big pole. Thankfully the hornets weren't at home! Once we got the tree home daddy would make a stand and set it up in the living room. We would get out the colored lights, tinsel, glass balls and spend an evening decorating it. My daddy was a good singer. He knew every Christmas carol and soon had us all singing parts.

I remember my Uncle Ed would bring his family and have Christmas with us in our little house on Shady Lane. Mama and Aunt Eloise would cook ham, roast beef and pots of delicious vegetables. Then they would make bread and mouth watering deserts. Daddy and I would try to sneak a piece of pie or a cookie before dinner but Mama would always
catch us. Dinner on Christmas eve always included the reading of Christ's birth from the Bible and a prayer from Mama. Mama was one of the best prayer sayers EVER. I'm sure God heard her because he always provided for us, in good times and in bad times. After the final "amen" we would eat and enjoy the fellowship around the table. We all helped clear the table and wash and put up the dishes. It payed to be on our best behavior!

After dinner Daddy and Uncle Ed would walk outside and smoke cigarettes. Sometimes they would have a snort of homemade brandy. They tried to keep it a secret but we all knew. Afterwards they would come in and we would sit around the tree and open family presents. Aunt Eloise was an accomplished knitter. Often my brother and I would get beautiful sweaters she had knitted for us. After the presents were opened it was off to bed for the youngins: myself, my brother and my two younger cousins.
resident

United States

#6 Dec 17, 2013
The town may have turned into a serious. But we still got good people. If wanna see lights and meet Santa come on over to forest drive behind the park. Kids will love it. Our neighbor. Has more lights than u can imagine.
Elm Street Visionary

Charlotte, NC

#7 Dec 18, 2013
Christmas morning would come early for my brother and I. We would wake our cousins and make a dash for the Christmas tree in the living room well before sunrise. The twinkling colored lights from the tree would be the only lights in the house guiding us. We would cut on the lights and shriek and jump for joy at the presents Santa left for us under the tree. Our parents would come sleepy eyed into the room dressed in their robes and housecoats. Oh, the joy those presents brought. I have such sweet memories of my parents, my Uncle Ed and Aunt Eloise and cousin Bobby who have long since left this earth. My brother, my Cousin Jerry and I are left to carry on the family memories of those days. One day we will be also be gone and no one will remember the happy times at that little house on Shady Lane in Marshville, NC.
K Y Lube

Indian Trail, NC

#8 Dec 18, 2013
Even smaller towns in area have lights up.What a bunch of as*ho*les that are running this place.Do any on the payroll for Marshville live in town. Bet they tell jokes on how they yank citizens chains around here. Then gets the he*ll out of town.Manager and others should have to relocate here in certain time frame, good enough to work hear and get paid then good enough to live hear and become a part of community they represent and WORK fo. Not to just to get a little experience and leave. Bunch of as*ho*les up their at town hall must be a atheist bit*ch running things now.
Black Knight

Columbus, NC

#9 Dec 18, 2013
who give a sh!t about lites. that a white thang anyhow. you do have pointe about the manger livin in town. she can live wit me and my hoe. be some nice times ever day for sure. she cant raise my tax, shit i dont even pay the man the rent some months. i give her a raise thou, no what i mean. she aint seen a snake like mine befor i mean. i am suportin her for election again. town hall is a good place to visit wit her and the short fat girl wit the big butt. you seen it? heaven sent. i no i can get it, she be waggin it every time i pays the water note. she a bit nasty mouth but only need put a rag in the mout. she be silent. got to go my hoe out of work now, home soon.
hole in the wall

Baltimore, MD

#10 Dec 18, 2013
B'K' you sound like a racist
phil robertison

Indian Trail, NC

#11 Dec 19, 2013
black knight is GAY and RACIEST
Stacey E Lemmon

Indian Trail, NC

#12 Dec 19, 2013
I guess they listened to my having said that those "pitiful" white wire decorations that lined Hwy#74 looked like "Crap
of a day... and had been told this by more that a few drivers that had driven through our town...
Stacey E Lemmon

Indian Trail, NC

#13 Dec 19, 2013
Maybe the Plywood is to protect him from the irate Towns people...
Black Knight

Columbus, NC

#14 Dec 19, 2013
phil robertison wrote:
black knight is GAY and RACIEST
may be a bit racey, nut no gay in this nro
hole in the wall

Baltimore, MD

#15 Dec 19, 2013
BK why do you feel this way
Black Knight

Columbus, NC

#16 Dec 19, 2013
meet me at wilco tonite and i esplain it to yu
hole in the wall

Baltimore, MD

#17 Dec 19, 2013
What timetime
Marshville Knight

Columbus, NC

#18 Dec 19, 2013
Lets not fight amongst ourselves Marshvillians. Let me apoligize for my neighbor BK. He and I do not agree on politics, but I can assure you he aint GAY. We go back a long way and actually have had some wild parties together with the opposite sexes. He dont like whites because his great grandmother worked for the whites that ran Marshville many years ago and was mistreated. She actually was a cleaning lady for the town and got the lowest pay and no benefits that the white workers got. I told him that being this way was not good for relations these days and he has gotten better. Please BK, no more color comments, just not progressive.
Angie

Indian Trail, NC

#19 Dec 19, 2013
It's obvious that BK and MK are one and the same. The bad grammar doesn't fool anyone. I don't know any African Americans that are that dumb. Most are more articulate than that. BK is white and just trying to get something going on topix. You should spend your time doing something more constructive than trying to stir up trouble. It's also apparent that you know quite a bit about what goes on at town hall. Mind your own business and stay out of trouble.
Main St Business Owner

Columbus, NC

#20 Dec 20, 2013
It would be better everyone used their own names, but that wont be happening, until then we can only assume what is written here is 1/2 truth and 1/2 BS. How you would think BK and MK are related is quite simple, they have admitted they are neighbors already, duh. Guess if you think "they know quite alot about what goes on at town hall", then you must be on the inside of town hall. Are you the short chunky girl? Perhaps you are the "dictator"? Perhaps you have something to hide? Are they getting too close to the truth? Rest young lady, topix will continue forever and ever, and you will be recognize the ones swimming naked when the tide finally goes out.

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