Emeralds Gem Box

Your local newspaper… I love the newspaper business. I was raised in it, and know of nothing else but this business. It has become my life, and I wake up every morning and truly enjoy where I am going and…

Watching the Finances

The request to convey “A-Building,” formerly known as Jefferson Academy, from the elected school board to the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as “paid in full,” continues. The taxpaying public should not be paying the elected school board…

Reporter’s Corner:

Be kind to retail workers this Black Friday First of all, let me start out by saying that I get it. We’ve all been in situations where the customer service in a particular establishment was far from five stars. We’ve…

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Happy Birthday, Cheltsie Today (November 27) marks the 27th birthday of my oldest daughter, Cheltsie. To say the least, my life changed dramatically 27 years ago. At the young age of 23, I became a first-time mother. Everything about her…

Reporter’s Corner:

Four years of writing Four years ago, in November of 2015, a 19-year-old girl stood in the big office of a local newspaper and wondered what the heck she was doing there. This girl had no experience in writing for…

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Trump’s impeachment – 3 years ongoing and counting Impeachment is something that is supposed to be exceptionally unusual. It is supposed to be bipartisan and it is supposed to be fair. None of these statements hold true to the last…

“Watching the Finances”

The finance saga continues pertaining to the $149,648.85 “Councilman Troy Avera,” project. His project, known as, “North Cherry Street Hardscape Improvements,” is a sidewalk plan primarily serving the Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant. On Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2019, Avera requested a…

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Veterans Day – In honor of those who have served Veterans Day came and went this past Monday. With it came a three-day weekend for some, special family gatherings for others, or just another day at work (depending on what…

Emeralds Gem Box

Why is no one holding Joe Biden accountable? All we hear in the news, every day, is reports about the impeachment and how corrupt President Trump is. However, why does it seem that many on the “hill” only care about…