Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March Madness in Denver NC

Hard to believe it's been so long since I posted anything to this blog. I can only say that life has must have been keeping me pretty busy here in the laid back countryside of Denver, North Carolina. Yes, Denver...North Carolina. Not Colorado. Around here they refer to us as the "Denver of the East".

No, we are not as big as the other Denver. In fact, this small community often seems much smaller than it actually is. Even though the current estimated population is somewhere around 10,000, you might actually think its somewhere in the low 100s.

To illustrate the how small town Denver can sometimes be, all you have to do is read the local News@Norman or read it online. Yes, even small town America has online newspapers. News@Norman is a privately owned, family run newspaper that covers much of the local political happenings here. The publisher, Ken Fortenberry, is a seasoned newspaper man and reporter. Over the past ten years he has made it his goal to let everyone know what is going on in our little town. Ken is joined in his efforts by his wife Anna, and their daughter, Leslie.

While a lot of the paper may seem to be about local politics, they do also cover the local high school sports teams, as well as local events and happenings. But I think most people read the paper to see what Ken is going to write about this week. Depending on who you talk to, people either like it or love it. Not everyone is always happy about Ken's articles. Although his 'news' articles are straightforward reporting, his editorials do allow him to voice his opinion. Like I said, not everyone appreciates his opinion, but isn't that what editorials are all about?

From what I hear through the grapevine, some people do take umbrage. In the past, the building has been egged, nasty messages have been left on voice mail more than once, and some people are not shy about stopping in to complain about this or that. But so far nothing compares to what happened to Ken when he had a paper in South Carolina where he received threats to him and his family and had bombs go off in his yard. You can read about that in his book "Kill The Messenger" which is available on Amazon.com.

Aside from what is reported in News@Norman, we tend to really like living here in our small town. We're only 30 minutes away from downtown Charlotte, 2 hours from Ashville, and about ten minutes from Lake Norman. It's nice to live near a lake, although we've been here for three years and have yet to go out on the water. But we do get in the car or on the motorcycle and venture out on the quiet country roads, enjoying the quiet serenity, fresh air, and scenic views. This is definitely not South Florida and we like that. It may be small town, but that's alright with us. The people we meet tend to be nice and polite and will actually talk to you. Of course that might change as the developers continue to build new houses and stores and the population grows. We saw it happen in West Fort Lauderdale and, inevitably, it will probably happen here. We just hope that it isn't anytime soon.

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