Baby Brag/Pet Pride, Historical Review and a few random thoughts
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Jan 22, 2014 | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week, The Cadiz Record is working on a pair of projects that I think display in a great way the close-knit small-town feel of our newspaper. They’re both annual projects, and one of them has been expanded a bit.

This year, the Baby Brag special section will also include Pet Pride. We know most people around here love to fawn over baby pictures – seeing those little faces flow in to the office is a highlight of our year.

But I figure most of our readers are keenly aware of how animal-friendly this community is. And I know for a fact that a lot of folks around here treat their pets as if they were their children. So why not give those people a chance to brag on their “babies” as well?

The deadline is Thursday, and the entry forms are on page B2 and can also be found on our Facebook page. Don’t miss out!

The other annual project on our docket is the Historical Review special section. We’ve been fortunate over the years to receive a plethora of old photos from Bob Brame, and this year will be no exception.

We invite all local businesses, churches and organizations to be part of this section by purchasing a $26 space in which we’ll list your group’s name and the year the group was first established here. It makes a great keepsake and is the perfect opportunity to remind readers of the rich history this community is blessed with.

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I never cease to be amazed at what it takes to cancel a school day.

Some of our readers may feel this is a relatively new phenomenon, but I’m 34 years old and I can remember being told to stay home from school, looking out the window and wondering why.

I didn’t wonder for long, mind you. I was a kid, after all.

I was in elementary school in the early 1990s when we missed a few days because someone predicted an earthquake. Reminder: Most scientists maintain today that earthquake prediction is nearly impossible.

In recent weeks, local schools have closed for winter weather, the most reasonable excuse for missing days. Whether any of the recent winter storms have been significant enough to justify the amount of time missed is probably debatable, but when you’re talking about kids spread across an entire county, better safe than sorry.

Of course, it got really cold again Tuesday, and with that storm came the risk of quick snow accumulation (which did not occur) and high winds (which did occur). Schools were in session Tuesday.

Live and learn?

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Who doesn’t love Facebook drama?

Some folks up in the Paducah/Metropolis area reported hearing several loud explosions over the weekend. This, of course, led to immediate panic to the point that some people were afraid the world was ending. Which led, of course, to people taking said panic at face value and spreading it.

Seriously, people. There’s nothing so dangerous as an uninformed mob.

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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