Package liquor passes, Patrick re-elected
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TONY STINNETT Courier Sports Editor

You will soon be able to buy liquor in retail package stores in Woodbury.

Citizens voted to permit the sale of liquor in retail package stores in Woodbury during the 2012 General Election by a slim 80-vote margin Tuesday. The referendum passed 407-327.

Voters were not as favorable when it came to increasing their taxes as the sales tax referendum failed by an overwhelming 68 percent of the vote. Of the 4,560 votes cast, 3,122 were against.

Woodbury incumbent Mayor Harold Patrick ran unopposed and collected 99 percent of the 628 votes cast. There were four votes for write-in candidates. All incumbents also claimed the six available seats for alderman.

Charlie Harrell received 510 votes and will serve as vice-mayor. Also returning are Dotty Duggin (500), Lois Larimer (450), Adam Melton (443), Faye Knox (474) and JoAnn Davis (401).

Auburntown incumbent Mayor Roger Turney ran unapposed and was re-elected with 77 of the 78 votes cast at the Auburntown precinct. Aldermen Rita Davis, Winfred Gaither and Tina Fletcher were elected to city council.

Cannon Countians voted predominately Republican in the races for state and national elections. More than 60 percent of the 5,077 voters preferred Gov. Mitt Romney in the Presidential race. Romney received 3,308 votes in Cannon County, as opposed to 1,560 (31 percent) for Barack Obama.

Bob Corker, R, received 3,189 (70 percent) of the votes for the U.S. Senate. Mark E. Clayton, D, picked up 1,088 votes.

Diane Black, R, was a runaway winner for the U.S. House 6th District seat with 3,094 votes, and Mark Pody, R, was unopposed and earned 3,173 votes.

Member Opinions:
By: MMW on 11/7/12
When the fat lady got around to singing last night, the aria that reverberated through the nation was one with the donkey braying while the elephant cried in his/her beer.

And in Cannon County it was the schools losing and boozing winning. Such is life. Not enough stupid folks like me I suppose.

Good to see Mourdock and Akin go by the side and mary jane is now legal in a couple of states along with same sex marriage. Wailing and knashing of teeth by many on those issues, particularly across the southland. But the Darjarlais win shows how some folks like their southern values.

Anyway, we know how appointments to the SCOTUS will go for the next four years and ACA will survive–we are blessed by that, especially those with serious illnesses and the low income and no insurance company will cover (we can exclude Romney from that group), women will still be in charge of their own lives and the Right will claim we are on the road to socialism with a Marxist at the helm

Stalemate for four more years in Congress. A snowball in hades would stand a better chance of survival than any legislation tinged in blue would have in getting to the White House.

By: ladyreader on 11/7/12
This article was posted at 4:20 pm on Tuesday afternoon. I would like to know how Tony came up with these numbers, being, as the polls did not close until 7:00? At 4:20, not every one had voted.

By: MeMe1 on 11/7/12
Thanks Cannon Courier for some NEWS !!!!!!!!!

By: hammerhaid on 11/7/12
Ladyreader...the 4:20 p.m. marks the time the original story was posted that said watch this space for an election update.

By: MissMary on 11/7/12
What kind of "victory" is it when the candidate ran unopposed? Would the sales tax issue have had a better chance if it had been discussed more than just showing up on the ballot? I did not hear much about it until I saw it on the sample ballot in the newspaper.

By: flower63 on 11/7/12
I agree with MIss Mary and also with MeMe1. Has n't been much news on here lately.

By: ladyreader on 11/8/12
I agree with flower63. We see the news in the hard copy of the paper by the time we see it online. Used to be, "up to the minute", so to speak. What's going on?

By: ftenpenny on 11/8/12
Kevin spoiled us.

By: PurpleHaze on 11/9/12
Little quirky, but yes he did keep the web site current and humerious at times

By: horseman on 11/9/12
Miss Kevin to think he made coryd mad so he had to go!!

By: MMW on 11/10/12
Kevin, as an on-line editor, made the show go with the Courier becoming a stellar small town paper maintaining a site with the current news, provocative articles and continous updates. Best in the state!
Wherever he went, I wish him well.

And Big Bird survivies

By: CoreyD on 11/10/12
horesman, Kevin never made me mad. We ate lunch together a few months ago at Joe's. And trust me when I say that if he had made me mad or I didn't like him we would have never ate lunch together. I didn't have the power to hire or fire him. For that you need to talk with the owner Mr. Fryar or contact Kevin himself. He and Elvis were both spotted at Save-A-Lot last week.

Two things that have hurt the webpage is:
#1. The layout is not good. It is not user friendly.
#2. Everything is pretty much Premium articles and people really don't see the benefit in paying for the same information they get in the Courier paper vs. the website. What is the real benefit to that?

I do enjoy the non-biased reporting that is now standard vs. the old way of skewing the information to help out certain elected officials.

I find that refreshing and accurate to how a real newspaper editor should professionally act. Keep up the good work Mr. West.

By: MissMary on 11/10/12
I don't understand why the same lead articles are still the lead articles two weeks later. Move on with new information. I understand the paper edition is only printed weekly; but, if you are wanting to read daily news on-line it just isn't there. Example: dump truck wreck on Friday afternoon, no information concerning injuries, fatalities, or cause. Inquiring minds want to know, the basic, who, what, where, and why.

By: MeMe1 on 11/10/12
Some news would be nice rather than "history" or nothing at all.

By: Bonnie on 11/10/12
The learning curve is short in today's digital world. We love our Cannon Courier and hope to see it survive the changes and challenges ahead. News is only news when it is timely and thorough.

By: MMW on 11/11/12
Possible that the editor may want the most popular, most viewed articles on-line to be the individual obituaries, which seems to be the norm right now.

Time will tell.

By: Bud on 11/11/12
Love em or not you must admit kevin was on top of Cannon county news. Since his departure i have found myself at more offen. give them a view--nice to the point site

By: ftenpenny on 11/12/12
Thanks for the wbry tip Bud.For no more than we are getting from this site, may as well be shut down. The format is terrible,why do some people think that a good thing has to be changed.As I said before Kevin spoiled us.But the new editor has had amble time to get this site up an running.

By: MMW on 11/13/12
ftenpenny, remember the days of the old wbry and the posts there. A little wild.

Nowadays, with the election out of the way, when I want serious news I go to American Finest News Source, The Onion, and for real comic relief I go to Grassfire Nation.

horseman, I wonder if someone understands what a facetious comment is?

By: CoreyD on 11/13/12
Ahh the good ole days with Roosevelt and his fireside chats and his dog Fala when I sat on his cabinet and gave him advice about the war and how I couldn’t serve with my brothers because of the Sullivan rule.

Man those days were like really wild and non-existent along with every other lie and exaggeration I drag out of the Google internet search and post as my own.

Oops was I being facetious?

By: Bonnie on 11/13/12
Now, now boys. Lets be constructive with the election out of the way. Time to look ahead. Maybe to prepare for the future. Whatever that future holds for us individually and as a town and county. Where is Cannon County headed? Where will we be in 10 years, 20 years from now? Will we even exist or by this time be annexed by some other adjoining county? Will we have made the transition from the 20'th century to the 21'st century? Will rural areas have high speed Internet or will it even be needed then? Who will be the leaders of our county who guide our transition forward?

By: CoreyD on 11/13/12
I would love to stick to the issues Bonnie, but for some it is impossible and not within the realm of their ability to focus, talk sensibly, stay on tract, speak without trying to demean or actually offer a solution to ANY subject whatsoever.

When all you know in life is to stick your hand out and expect others to give you something without earning it or working for it and then complain when it is not given to you fast enough then being facetious is not your only problem.

Again, as I have stated many times. It is very easy to complain or be a bigot because actually doing something or offering a solution requires effort. And it is more than obvious certain people are never going to put forth any effort.

By: Bonnie on 11/13/12
Maybe the Courier needs to devise a commentary section where "anything goes" as long as it doesn't use profane language in making such expressions. In this way many can get the things off their minds that seem to be smoldering there.

MMW, I do remember the days of the WBRY posts and they were indeed wild. Sadly, the posts weren't monitored and one bad apple brought the entire website down. Something bad came out of someone attempting to do something good. Thank you Dave for those exciting times!

Corey, you have a remarkable love of Cannon County and an undying belief in its future. I hope you and others who share such beliefs can stay focused on steering the county toward progress .

By: CoreyD on 11/14/12
Thank You Bonnie, I do love it here.

As someone who was born here, raised here, lived here my entire life, went to school here, raised three children here and have every plans of being buried here I take what it being done here and said about this place very seriously.

I am also of the opinion you should always be involved in your community that you live in and make it a better place if you can make a difference and I do live by that rule.

I look forward to your comments because I believe you are on that same path as well.
God Bless!

By: Bonnie on 11/14/12
I wish for Cannon County to grow strong and meet the challenges ahead with success. I do not engage in politics but wish those who aspire to do so be well equipped to lead. Cannon County needs good leadership and such interest must be cultivated in our youth. Our present leadership must provide a good example for them to follow.

By: CoreyD on 11/15/12
Bonnie, well said and I have the same feelings that you have!

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