Local fiction writer, Les Cochran, is a retired university president and lifelong educator. In Presidential Affair, his latest release, he adamantly claims that the aspects of the novel advocating the reform of our nation’s education system are NOT fictitious.
“That part of the novel reveals true facts about the dire straits of education in the United States along with my serious recommendations regarding what must be done” states Cochran. “It’s not a joke. Our country is in trouble.”
Signature Affair, Costly Affair, Presidential Affair by Les Cochran
Order autographed copy: www.LesCochran.com
Available at Amazon.com and other online book sources.
Local McDonald’s® owner-operators recently honored its top employees in Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. Britany Cox, a resident of Lehigh Acres who works at the I-75/Daniels Parkway restaurant, which is independently owned and operated by Tim Fenton, was named Shift Manager of the Year for the second year in a row.
Cox began her career with this restaurant in 2009 as a crew member and has worked her way up to swing manager. She credits the restaurant with providing a flexible work schedule; as a single mother of two, her job allows her to spend quality time with her children. Her favorite activities include organizing the restaurant staff’s annual holiday party; coordinating activities for People Week, which celebrates the contributions of the restaurant’s people; and motivating crew members to sell thousands of dollars worth of paper hands during the restaurant chain’s annual “Give a Hand” fundraiser, which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities®.
Cox also attributes several customer service skills to her time at the restaurant, including communication skills, professionalism and understanding/empathy.
Written by Andy Coy
I have some random thoughts and questions as I look out the picture window pondering our county, culture, and country. Some deep, some not. Some fun, some worrisome. Some temporal, some for an eternity.
* Does anyone but me think the way the University of Kentucky, Coach Calipari, and their basketball program does the “one and done” system in college, is bad for both college and also professional basketball? The NFL might have it right when they do not allow college students to play professional football until after their sophomore year.
* I hope that the leadership at Florida SouthWestern (EdisonCollege) comes up with a way to recognize Coach Hugh Thimilar in their new gymnasium. Coach Thimilar is the Wooden and Krzyzewski of college basketball in southwestFloridaand it would be great if this icon could be recognized in some way at the new gym facility. It would connect the past to the present at Florida SouthWestern State College. Alums would love it.
Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll Winter term have been announced by Oregon State University. A total of 889 students earned straight-A (4.0). Another 3,767 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work. Local student on the Honor Roll included:
From Lehigh Acres 3.5 or Better: Jerald D. Noble, Senior, Horticulture.
By Caresse Equileor
When artist author, entrepreneur, and rehab reality show addict Kimberly Powers got word from her father that her tenants had moved out of her house on 11th Street West in Lehigh, she felt the usual anxiety associated with having to restore her house and find a new tenant. But this time, with the real estate market improving, her dread quickly turned to possibility.
As a single mom with one son away in college and another getting ready to enter college, she realized she was given a blessing rather then bad news. Kimberly’s father, Doug Garton, a builder and developer in Lehigh, had built the house for her in 2003 as an investment. Giving her one of his best lots, he introduced her to Lehigh and his vision of the pure potential Lehigh held. Over the years, she, like others, weathered the down turn of the economy. But it was her father’s belief in the community that helped her hold on knowing that her investment would one day turn around. This was the day.
Lehigh Publick Theatre, a new non-profit organization, will hold general auditions for actors teens and up, and non-acting personnel, for its premier production in 2015. Auditions will be held at the East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres, Saturday March 21, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Actors should bring a photo and resume and be ready to perform a prepared piece of no more than a minute in length, or will be asked to read. Non-actors should bring a resume of theatre experience, if any, and will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
Founder and producer-director Donato Colucci brings to the table 45 years of experience in Chicago, Boston, New York and most recently Naples. He has worked at every level of theatre from academic to Broadway. He is a director by trade, with over 60 productions to his credit.
For those who cannot attend the audition, Mr. Colucci can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Charlie Whitehead (Used by Permission) Byline Charlie Whitehead
A certain Lee County commissioner is right in his NP opinion that there is misinformation about impact fees. He is either ignorant of its sources or willfully misleading. Builders and developers have always told the lie that impact fees hurt the building economy. Every study I have ever seen that wasn’t paid for by a builder/developer group disputes that. The factor that controls new home pricing is profit. Period. Spend as little as possible to build the house and sell it for all the market will bear. Only a complete lack of media institutional memory and understanding allows those lies to carry weight.
The commissioner says impact fees were used to push the city south and the gated communities east. The decisions that allowed the sprawl we have seen were not caused by impact fees. The decisions were made by county commissioners – commissioners who, now more than at any time since the 1980’s, were selected by builder/developer money. Including the one making the false statements to the NP.
by Wayne Daltry (Used with Permission – Published in the Banana Peel – Deborah M Maclean Publisher)
“What is Truth” asks the philosophers. “It is what can be reasoned through the mind and experience” states the scientists. “It is what compels you through the heart,” state the poets. The rest of us have to look at the record.
The record states that unincorporated Lee County lagged behind the cities in the recovery resulting from new construction and increased values of existing property, from the time of the impact fee reduction until…well, now.
And the cities kept the fees. Go figure.
The record states that prior to 1987, Lee County citizens imposed upon themselves a one cent gas tax, and didn’t lynch the Commissioners who passed 4 cent gas taxes, in order to relieve congestion. This was also the time the State passed the 6th penny sales tax, and passed half to local governments for infrastructure. This was also the time that congestion continued to grow. Not enough money? So the Commission then passed the impact fee.
According to GasBuddy; The transition from ‘winter blend’ to ‘summer blend’ gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing you’ve seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks.
“Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline wholesalers are seeing huge increases,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “Wholesale prices today alone have increased coast to coast from 10 to 27 cents per gallon; and when you add that on top of the increases that occurred earlier this month, it’s inevitable that retail prices will climb aggressively in weeks ahead.”
“Just since Monday, Feb. 2, wholesale prices nationwide have increased by an average of 54 cents per gallon,” DeHaan added. “And the west coast, by far, has seen the steepest increases, with Los Angeles wholesale pricing up $0.96/gal., San Francisco up $0.84 and the Pacific Northwest up by $0.73.”
Nearly two and a half decades after his death, a “new” book by Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is all set for publication, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. It’s called “What Pet should I Get?” and the famed author of books for children of all ages wrote it more than a half century ago.
Sometime after the good word-doctor’s passing, his wife set out to do a little remodeling in their La Jolla, CA home. She put a few of her husband’s possessions-including the manuscript- in a box and set it aside so that workers could go about their chores.
Random House, which plans to release the book this summer, said: “This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure!”