Opionion pieces published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during December 1999 included:

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

December 1, 1999


Game brings crowds to town; be patient

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Between holiday shopping and socializing and the football playoff games at Troy State University, more out of towners than usual are finding their ways to Troy.

Column by Brian Blackley:

Social Security seems to offer little sense of security

I find it shocking and a little bit disconcerting that the age at which Americans born after 1960 can qualify for Social Security is going to rise from 65 to 67.

December 2, 1999


National spotlight will shine on Troy Saturday

Saturday promises to be the biggest day of the year for the Troy State Trojan football team, and experts say it spells big bucks for the city of Troy and the local business community.

December 3, 1999


Hard work makes Christmas Parade a terrific success

Monday’s Christmas Parade through downtown Troy was a staggering success, with an estimated 120 units participating and thousands of spectators turning out for the event.

December 4, 1999


It was a sad end to a stellar season for a deserving TSU team

The Troy State University Trojans closed a tremendous season on a sad note with Saturday’s 17-10 loss to Florida A&M.

December 7, 1999


It takes more than schools to prepare children for the future

It was a mixed bag for the Troy City School System, as was expected when the Alabama Department of Education released its annual report card rating each school system in the state.

December 8, 1999


Keep safety in mind; always buckle up

Everybody knows an auto accident can ruin your day. But it may end your life too if you do not make a practice of wearing a seat belt every time you get in a car.

Column by Brian Blackley:

Knee-jerk reaction is no way to resolve problems

An unfortunate incident occurred on Dec. 3 when an 18-year-old college freshman suffered terrible injuries to his spine, resulting in an operation and a room in the intensive care unit of a Montgomery hospital.

December 9, 1999

Column by Fran Sharpe:

Careful listening brings rewarding memories

Listen carefully when old people speak, for they not only talk softly, but important lessons long forgotten may be whispered into history. Three ladies, ages 102 to 106, convinced me to listen closer as I interviewed them for an article for Friends and Family magazine, an Alabama Farmers Federation publication. I call them my Ladies of the Century and they were a joy to write about, and a blessing to know.

December 12, 1999


Troy leaders make bold, positive move to fix wastewater problem

Though Troy’s drinking water is safe, the Alabama State Attorney General’s office has decided that wastewater being dumped into Walnut Creek carries a risk of disrupting the balance of nature.

December 17, 1999


Organizations deserve credit for economic development grant

A special thanks is in order to Southeast Alabama Gas District, the organization that donated $12,500 to assist with the economic development of Pike County.

December 19, 1999


Law enforcement officers must move forward to resolve Ozark murders

Several months after the senseless slayings of two young girls who were found in Ozark, law enforcement officials don’t seem to a good idea of who could have been responsible for the murders.

December 30, 1999


Troy’s Millennium Celebration bound to knock your socks off

It’s almost time for the New Year’s Eve gala of Troy’s Year 2000 Celebration, which is expected to top all the events in the city’s history.