Friday, May 21, 2010

Two hours later

Two-and-a-half years of dust in the wind

Seconds before the accident...

The view from 5 p.m. Friday afternoon

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thank You For the Two-and-a-half Great Years

To Everyone Who Has Helped Me Bring Quality News to the Community,

As of Friday, May 14, I resigned my position as a staff writer at The Union-Recorder to accept a communications coordinator position at Digital Bridges in downtown Milledgeville.

I am writing you today to express my appreciation for the patience and understanding you have shown me over these last two-and-a-half years while I tried my best to inform The Union-Recorder’s readers about goings-on in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community. In addition to lending me your time so that I might convey the importance of pertinent community events and information to the paper’s readers, many times you took a few extra moments to share the humor and unique insight that have encouraged me to want to become a more permanent part of this community.

Although I'm not entirely convinced of the supposed demise of print media, I am confident Milledgeville and surrounding communities will continue to look to The Union-Recorder to read and learn more about Baldwin County’s story, no matter the format it arrives in each morning. But there is a new day rising in this community, and I feel this opportunity with Digital Bridges will put me in a better position to positively impact Milledgeville’s future.

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to learn how Digital Bridges is working to assist Milledgeville as it moves into the 21st Century, then I invite you to come out to the Knight Community Innovation Center, next to the Campus Theatre on Hancock Street, to see how we can work together to build the future we want for Baldwin County.

Thank you again for all the time you have spent helping me cover this community, I look forward to continuing to work with you to help build a stronger future for Milledgeville. Please feel free to contact me at through the comments section of this blog or by stopping by Digital Bridges in downtown Milledgeville


Daniel McDonald

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Griffin launches Baldwin election season with coffee talk

Former Milledgeville Mayor and state Senator Floyd Griffin launched the campaign for his old state Senate seat today by hosting an early morning get together at the Blackbird Coffee in downtown Milledgevile.
And as it was indeed early, he provided the coffee.
The former state Senator from the 25th District, who resigned his Senate seat to seek election as Lieutenant Governor in 1998, is hosting four local coffee talks to talk with voters about his candidacy. Today's installment focused on legislation Griffin said he'll introduce should he be tapped by voters come November.
Griffin said he'll introduce legislation to urge a study on Central State Hospital that will inventory all the resources no the South Milledgeville campus and identify the institution's mission in the future, another bill would urge the creation of a new Youth Development Campus in Milledgeville and to require an impact study be performed before any state facility is slated for closure in Georgia.
Don't be surprised if legislative oversight becomes the rallying cry in Baldwin elections this year. See Thursday's Union-Recorder to read about another candidate who's making oversight Milledgeville's main issue this year.
Griffin said he'll be meeting again at the Blackbird next Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. to talk about jobs.

Rosalyn Carter on The Daily Show talking about Mental Health

Thanks to Jessica for pointing me in the direction this clip featuring an interview with Rosalyn Carter from yesterday's Daily Show.
Carter is promoting her new book "Within Our Reach" about the ongoing mental health crisis in America.
In addition to mentioning Central State Hospital, Carter tells the unrealized truth about the way our society is turning incarceration into the primary method of dealing with mental illness.
Watch for yourself:

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