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Making jury duty less cumbersome
Ongoing changes to the jury selection process at the Elmore County Courthouse are seeking to streamline the selection process while making it less cumbersome for local residents. While this type of civic duty has existed in one form or another for roughly a thousand years, it doesn't need to be antiquated or a miserable process for those selected, said county jury commissioner Tyler Tindall...
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Applaud MHNWS for checking facts of things reported in social media.

-- Posted by Old guy on Wed, Sep 14, 2016, at 5:21 PM

I knew you were on it Brenda, Thank you :)

-- Posted by lifetimemthomey on Tue, Sep 13, 2016, at 2:16 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher:
You are very welcome :)

joe_smoe, thank you for mentioning that I wanted to do the same.

I also would like to know the best way to help this family. I am finding at least 3 different "go fund me" pages on social media. I am sure people are just trying to be helpful but hopefully the mtn home news can/will report on it and give accurate info on the situation.

Thanks :)

-- Posted by lifetimemthomey on Tue, Sep 13, 2016, at 1:12 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
As soon as we are contacted by the individuals initiating the pages and can follow up on the go fund me pages we will report it online. We were not able to get all that particular info prior to going to press. We did begin following up on one in particular that I am aware of but at the same time sharing information electronically became a problem as their area was affected by the power outages this morning.

No news report on a house fire that 2 MHPD officers reportedly saved a handicapped female.

Why do I find it on social media but no mention here?

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, Sep 13, 2016, at 12:54 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
The story is in tomorrows paper. We have spent the morning collecting information from the departments and individuals we could speak to prior to going to press. Social Media is not a news source for publication due to verification on our part. thank you

My issue is that this paper is not fluent with its decisions. If a post is deemed inappropriate, all similar posts should be deemed inappropriate. Its my opinion that Brenda allows certain posts and deletes others as she deems appropriate even if they are the same in nature. Shame on this paper for being discriminate in whose posts are allowed and whose are not.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Sun, Sep 11, 2016, at 1:56 PM

Goat beard,

So only 'non-victims' are allowed to use social media? It is a complete contradiction to say in the first line of your post, "victims should never be silenced" but then continue on to say that in certain circumstances (deemed approproiate or not by you or Brenda) social media is not the place for these "personal matters." Sexual assault being a personal matter is up to the victim. If a victim of an egregious crime chooses to identify themselves in a public forum as a means to give a personal connection to the accusations, or to inspire other victims to come forward, and as a means to cope with his/her victimization who are we to tell that person, "sorry, this is too difficult of a topic to discuss openly." According to RAINN a sexual assault happens every two minutes. 800.656.HOPE

-- Posted by yoB on Sun, Sep 11, 2016, at 9:54 AM

True, victoms should never be silenced. But they should voice their accusations in a proper venue. Social media isn't the place to spout such personal matters. And if you had seen the trash that followed you would understand why. The whole story needs to be known before making comments. Brenda made the right decision!

-- Posted by goatbeard on Sun, Sep 11, 2016, at 7:55 AM

That is a very wise, brave and insightful statement. Victims should never be silenced.

-- Posted by justone on Fri, Sep 9, 2016, at 4:17 PM

Silencing the victim ought to be considered bad for business.

-- Posted by yoB on Thu, Sep 8, 2016, at 8:23 AM

Good decision Brenda! Friends and enemies alike had this blog boiling by 6:00 yesterday. I for one agree with you on keeping those judgements where they belong.........in the judicial system. Sorry you have to take flack from others for doing your job in an excellent manner.

-- Posted by goatbeard on Thu, Sep 8, 2016, at 7:58 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Thank you.

What kind of forum representing a newspaper does so much censoring? What is the point of this column if the people are kept on such a short leash? You divided the forum into two different sections and still remove posts that are posted in the correct forum. Brenda I believe you monitor this forum and delete or disallow anything YOU do not agree with. It just keeps on dwindling down, eventually it will be only you!

-- Posted by McCallumS on Wed, Sep 7, 2016, at 11:29 PM

Brenda, why was my reply not posted?

-- Posted by McCallumS on Wed, Sep 7, 2016, at 8:04 PM

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