Opionion pieces published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during April 2000 included:

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

April 2, 2000


Pennywise approach at Auburn would hurt quality of journalism

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Pennywise and pound-foolish.

April 4, 2000


Messenger needs your help on Rec League opening day

Saturday, opening day of Troy Parks and Recreation League baseball begins and this year and honor of the occasion, staff members from The Messenger will be out to shoot pictures of this year’s team members in order to run them in the newspaper.

April 5, 2000


Caution necessary with suspect on the loose

If ever there was a time for residents in the county to take precautions, this is it.

April 6, 2000


Summer baseball is about the kids; that’s worth remembering

The Troy Parks and Recreation Department is taking a positive step toward preventing flare-ups that are bound to result from emotionally-charged baseball games during this summer’s rec league season – it is asking parents to behave themselves on the front end.

April 11, 2000


Opening Day problems few thanks to coaches, participants, parents

Opening day of rec league baseball this year went over with very few hitches other than dismal and threatening weather that packed a cool punch at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Column by Beth Lakey:

Constables have power of deputies, with no training

When Pike County residents go to the polls in June, some of them will be voting for constables.

April 12, 2000


Joining the chamber is investing in community

Making a business grow is not always an easy thing to do, but many Pike County businesses have discovered an ally in their quest for more business.

Column by Brian Blackley:

And now for the newspaper’s election groundrules

In Troy and Pike County, the political season is hotly underway, with candidates making requests of the newspaper and wanting to know our policies regarding election coverage. This column is written for the candidates for city and county office, but I hope it benefits the voters in the community so all can gain a better understanding of how our political season will work at The Messenger.

April 23, 2000


Let’s keep campaign on the right track

Elections are heating up and the list of candidates indicates that for the numerous seats that are up this year, there are some good candidates who plan to run.

April 25, 2000

Column by Beth Lakey:

Alabama, Legislature may not be

true to thee, but I will be

"Little, little, can I give thee, Alabama, mother mine…"