April 16, 2014

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Around Here, Big News Happens All At Once

You're not imagining things...it has been a busy two weeks.

If you think the local news lately has been depressing, that's understandable.

In the past two weeks, we've had a fatal fire, a double homicide, a fatal boating accident, and a body (apparently, at this point, of a missing person) found in the Ohio River.

Add to that, a trial of a man accused (and convicted) of obscene acts involving minors that, to some of us here, was both disgusting and disheartening.  (I should add to this, that the defendant, Daniel Keck, plans to appeal the jury's verdict.)

It always seems to happen this way.  In large markets, things like this happen more often.  Here, these things happen over a period of several days or weeks, one right after the other.

In 1983, I covered an explosion at then-Elkem Metals, where there were fatalities.  The next day, I was in Caldwell, Ohio, for a natural gas line explosion.  Fortunately, no one in the latter incident was seriously injured.

It also reminds me of 2004.  In just a little more than two weeks, we had campaign stops by then-President Bush, Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards, and a devastating flood (the "Hurricane Ivan" flood) that kept us busy throughout early fall doing flood cleanup stories.

The positive side of this is that things like these DON'T happen in our area as often as they do in larger cities.

I just hope no more happen for awhile, so we (and perhaps you) can catch our breath.

 

 

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