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Watch Your ‘hood

MONTICELLO — You wouldn’t think this would be a topic to discuss in the South.

People once sat on front porches waving at everyone coming up and down the street. People once knew not only everyone on their block, but likely on the entire street and more than a score in the community. Southern life isn’t like that anymore.

So it’s a good thing to get outdoors on National Night Out. You might even enjoy an evenin’ breeze.

And if you happen to run into a police officer, give a wave. Get to know his or her name. Let ’em know where you live and that you appreciate the efforts to deter crime. A teaspoon of prevention is worth a pound of enforcement.


Around the South: Mosques, Sikhs, Church Apology, Nat’l Night Out

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Second Fire in a Month Destroys Missouri Mosque | Tennessee Mosque Undergoes Final Inspection

Temple Gunman Linked to North Carolina, ‘White Power’ Music | Maryland Music Label Removes Gunman’s Music

Sikhs No Stranger to Violence Recently | Kentucky Victim Leaves Grieving Indian Family | Sad but Safe in D.C. | North Carolinians Worried, Seek Understanding | Mississippians Pray for Gunman | Arkansans Pray for Victims | Floridians Remember with Prayer | Shooting Hits Home for Georgians | Alabaman Prays for Peace | Tennesseans Strive to Educate | Maryland Members React | West Virginia Orders Flags Lowered


Mississippi Church Apologizes to Black Couple for Banning Wedding

Leaders: Calvinism Should Not Divide Southern Baptist Convention

National Night Out: Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Missouri | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia | West Virginia

Drought: Poses Risk to Arkansas Fish Population | Kentucky Can Help Farmers Find Livestock Forage | NRCS Announces Financial Assistance for Drought-Hit Arkansas Producers

Maryland Catholics to Push Same-Sex Marriage

Gay Married Couple in Kentucky Files Joint Bankruptcy

Appeals Court Upholds Hate-Crime Conviction

Arkansas Continues Inquiry into Handcuffed Mississippi Man’s ‘Suicide’

Police: Ohio Boys, 13, Drove Stolen Car from Ohio to Missouri

Guards Replaced after Tennessee Nuclear Facility Breach

Federal Penalties for Illegal Firearm Use in Arkansas


Maryland Student Lands Perfect ACT Score

Louisiana School Expels Girls Who Refuse Pregnancy Tests or Test Positive

Voucher Program Allows Louisiana Students to Enroll in Creationist-Teaching Schools

Finalists Interview for Top Missouri Teacher Award

Arkansas Teacher Sows Real Estate, Farmland Investments


Higher Education and Student Loans: Victims and Victors

University of Maryland Student to Plead Guilty in Online Rampage Threat

Virginia Tech Receives Rolls Royce Engine for New Engineering Building

Mississippi State Helps Starkville Police Go High-Tech with Drones

West Virginia University Named Top Party School


Former Virginia Sailor Sentenced in Death of Navy Superior

More National Guardsmen, Reservists Deactivated — DOD

Pentagon: No Base Closures in 2013

Virginia Cemetery for Alabama Civil War Dead to be Dedicated

Boozman Law Expands Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment for Veterans


Soybean-Sucking Kudzu Bugs Reach Mississippi

Rice Expo Draws Large Crowd, Arkansas Governor

West Virginia Land Trust Works to Conserve Properties Forever

Penguin Chicks Born in Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Man Wins Idaho’s Bighorn Sheep Lottery


West Nile Virus Proving Deadly in Louisiana

Feds Scrutinize Heart Procedures in Florida

‘Cave Man Diet’ Blogger Giving Advice Ignores State’s: Get a License

Organ Donor Affiliates in Kentucky Raise Awareness of Growing Problem

Alabama Child Restraint Law Not Obeyed, Needs Updating


Arkansas Grows Moon Trees

Virginia Considers ‘Payment’ to Eugenics Victims

Mississippi Bite Expert Now Says Analysis Not Reliable

Alabama Schools Chief Urged to Pull Plug on Channel 1

Kentucky State Police Producing Documentary Series


A West Virginia Strike and the New Labor Reality

Alabama Firm Wins NASA Contract Worth up to $51 Million

Florida Construction on Verge of Comeback

Shale Gas Boom Lifts West Virginia Jobs

Small Arkansas Banks Feel Consolidation Pressures

East Alabama Businesses Receive Grants from Governor

Will Gay Marriage Controversy Hurt Chick-Fil-A’s Expansion Plans?

West Virginia Summit Focuses on Energy Issues, Policies

Arkansas Places Conditions on Entergy’s Move to Midwest Power Grid

Expensive Closing Costs: Florida, 4th | D.C., 10th | Alabama, 40th | Arkansas, 45th | Mississippi, 46th | Missouri, 50th

Chamber of Commerce Demeans Missouri Constitution in Support of Damage Caps

POLITICS For additional regional political coverage, visit our sister site: The Locust Fork News-Journal (TOP)

Maryland Considers Overturning Pit-Bull Ruling

North Carolina Lawmaker Plans to Propose Puppy-Mill Legislation

Florida: A Bellwether for Medicaid Expansion

Florida AG Battles Legislature over Mortgage Settlement

Florida Regulators Dispute Auto Insurance Savings

West Virginia Agencies Brace for 7.5% Budget Cut

Internet Gaming Not in Maryland’s Gambling Mix

Conservative Groups in South Carolina Feel Betrayed by Haley

Southern Republicans Make North Carolina Stand

Planned Parenthood Equates to ‘Murder for Hire’ — North Carolina Republican


Missouri Votes on ‘Right to Pray’ Amendment

Virginia Won’t Further Probe Charges of Illegal Voter Registration

Fulton County Reports 23,300% Turnout in One Precinct

Election Board Seeks Probe of Virginia Petitions

Courts Hold Key to West Virginia Election Issues

Labor Backs Roy Moore in Alabama’s Chief Justice Race

Failure to Disqualify Senate Nominee Lies with Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman

Keep Alabama Working Campaigns for Sept. 18 Amendment

Race: Simmering Issue in Florida Battleground

On the Road in Florida: Hard Times, Politics and Smoked Bat

Summer Wanes, School Approaches

Around the South
by Ronald Sitton

As the academic calendar rolls, summer recedes. Now’s the time to say goodbye to your favorite beach and prepare for the fall onslaught.

Of course, that means back-to-school specials. For those planning to get a post-secondary education, the Princeton Review named 141 colleges and universities as “Best Southeastern Colleges” to help you (note: registration required to see the list); Forbes came out with its own list. Interestingly, Miss Gay Texas questions if SMU belongs on the Princeton Reviews’ homophobic schools list.

Education can only help the region: job losses have a distinctive Southern drawl, but home foreclosures seem to be stabilizing. Many Southern communities celebrated the 26th annual National Night Out, and a Tennessee celebration featured a 30-foot-long banana split. Now if we could just get people to donate as blood banks are running critically low in North Carolina and around the Southeast.

Of course if food is your thing, you need to know tomato sandwiches ain’t just a Southern thing … or so we’re told. Perhaps it’s just another indication that Southern food is spreading. That’s good news for Waffle House.

A continued economic downturn caused Time Inc. to shutter Southern Accents, a magazine dedicated to interior decorating. The economy also caused the Gulf Coast Black Mayors’ Conference to be postponed, but it isn’t holding up preparations for the 29th Annual Mule Day Southern Heritage festival in Georgia.

On a brighter note, Site Selection magazine recently featured Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and the Southeast in its July issue. That’s good news for business, as is a report that Louisiana’s transportation department wants to use “wasteful” federal spending to create a passenger railway from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

Politically speaking, Sarah Palin recently endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, perhaps in hopes of a 2012 ticket. Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) keeps speaking at southern GOP fund-raisers, including an upcoming one in Florida.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may cancel another climate-change summit as he backs away from his cap-and-trade energy policy after fellow Republicans chided him. Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) plans to resign when Crist finds his replacement; Crist had planned to run against Martinez, but vowed not to tap himself as Martinez’ replacement. Elsewhere, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s son, Dr. Rand Paul (R), will seek the seat of outgoing Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning.

Some question if Southern politicians are what’s wrong with the GOP. Clashes of wills about health care-reform and Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination have rekindled talk of The Southern Strategy. It can’t help that Mississippi Republicans continue to call for a voter identification bill. Interestingly, despite being a big player in the Civil Rights movement, the Southern National Leadership Conference hasn’t been noticeable recently. (If you’re into prose, you’ll want to ruminate over the limits of Southern liberalism).

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to play hardball in the three-state legal battle over federal water rights. (Wonder if there will be a similar battle over Southern Co.’s proposed nuclear plant?)

On a somber note, former Vanderbilt chancellor Alexander Heard died a few weeks back. He authored “A Two-Party South?

And on the sports scene, the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll predicts Florida will defend its national championship. Officials slashed ticket prices for next year’s Southern 500 at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. Tallahassee’s 13 and under All-Stars won the Southeast Regional championship for the right to compete Aug. 22 in the Babe Ruth World Series in Utah. And never fear, Dr. Lou will NOT run for Congress!

As we close, you should know you can still get your tickets for the 15th annual Southern Brewers Festival. I want to go, but don’t see it happening. BTW, I didn’t receive any money for this promo, but maybe they’ll send samples of the best of show?