Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Do You Rate an Obit? Lauderdale Executive Session?

When, at the age of 101, you die peacefully in your sleep, will you rate an obituary? Probably not...at least if the Decatur Daily continues to publish our local rag; however, it was no better with the New York Times as owner.

Last week we mentioned the death of local author Margaret Phillips; the TimesDaily did not. We received several e-mails thanking us for remembering such a great woman. There are many great authors in this area, most of whom are experts on various facets of local history. We don't expect Random House or Doubleday to publish books that have only a narrow interest range, no matter how well written. Yet, Mrs. Phillips enjoyed much success with national publishers including HarperCollins. Among her fans were Eugenia Price and Jan Karon, yet she didn't deserve a special obituary in the TimesDaily.

Mrs. Phillips was not alone. A few years ago, former TD editor Fred Dillon died. Did he merit an obit? Apparently not. So who does? We would guess those who have the money to advertise on a regular basis with the TotallyDecatur.


Our source at the Lauderdale County Courthouse informed us the county commission went into executive session after their regular meeting yesterday. Among those present was an attorney for the county's insurance carrier. No other details were available to us, but we hope the TimesDaily will have more information when they publish later today.

If you haven't yet read it, The Connection recently had an excellent article on the findings of the Alabama Ethics Commission concerning Rhea Tays Michael Fulmer's complaint against EMA Director George Grabryan: Link