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Bank of America to close Clarksville branch

Banking giant cites growth of online options amid exodus

Prison terms meted out for animal cruelty, abduction

Facilities steering panel backs single school complex

The final report of the Mecklenburg County school facilities committee endorses the construction of a single high school-middle school complex centrally located in the county. The call to build a…

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Clarksville Babe Ruth all-stars finish strong

Team posts 3-2 record before bowing out of district tournament

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Striking a balance

After the week we’ve been through — with two fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge by white cops, followed by the assassination of five Dallas officers by a revenge-minded African-American gunman — the desire to recoil from the world and bury these dispiriting events without a full reckoning is understandable, and perhaps even the most human reaction of all.

Saying goodbye

People ask every so often why I don’t write about this topic or that — the answer is, this column runs long enough as it is, why make poor readers suffer further? — but some months ago someone did want to know why there hadn’t been any recent mentions of a familiar figure in this space, my first cousin not far enough removed, former Fifth District GOP chairman Tucker Watkins.

The sounds of silence

A quick Internet search this morning reveals considerable doubt about who first came up with the famous quotation: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Compare and contrast

When we last touched base with the Mecklenburg County Republican Party — in this space last week, as a matter of fact — the joke was on our partisan friends. Why? Because the county GOP unit had posted, in all seriousness, a link on its Facebook wall from The Onion (http://www.theonion.com) that purported to take the wraps off the mainstream media’s shameful underreporting on President Obama’s “son,” Luther.

Compare and contrast

When we last touched base with the Mecklenburg County Republican Party — in this space last week, as a matter of fact — the joke was on our neighbors to the east. Why? Because the county GOP unit had posted, in all seriousness, a link on its Facebook wall from The Onion (http://www.theonion.com) that purported to take the wraps off the mainstream media’s shameful underreporting on President Obama’s “son,” Luther.

True believers

Passed on by a friend: a recent story from the on-line satire site, The Onion, (http://www.theonion.com) where the writers have the toughest job in America: coming up with a steady stream of content that’s more ridiculous than the reality.

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