McIntosh Mirror: Reflecting news in the Tosh

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Light-up McIntosh December 15

Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

Editor's Note: Changes to comments

After some thought, I've decided to change the commenting options on the blog so that readers will need to register for a Google account in order to comment.

I've been considering this for about a year now. I've done some reading and listened to what my peers have noticed about commenting in other blogs and media forums. Other placeblogs and newspaper forums have the same issues that McIntosh has with comments. Give people the free reign to say what they want, and at first it's pretty cool. Then, the haters come out.

My initial reasons for wanting to keep anonymous comments available have been that I do believe McIntosh is a very difficult place to voice an opinion that goes against the status quo. I've seen this happen over and over again.

Changing the settings so that commenters have to register in no way eliminates the possibility of challenging the status quo and still keeping your name out of it. But it does throw another step in there by requiring commenters to register for a Google account and log in to post. Some commenters already have registered using an alias, the like poster called the Flash. So, anonymous comments are still possible. They're just not going to be as easy.

Oh, you can sign up for an account at the link under the comment screen. You never know, you might like it enough to start your own blog.

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McIntosh Historic Festival

Click the following image to view a slideshow of festival images.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: Sun story mentions McIntosh Mirror

I had a nice surprise this morning when I scanned the front page of the campus version of The Gainesville Sun and saw that the McIntosh blog was mentioned in a story about blogging turning 10 years old.

In case you missed the paper version, check the story out: Blogging booming at age 10

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AGENDA: Rezoning hearing, Town Meeting Oct. 11

Town Council Public Hearing – Glass/Wright Rezoning 7:00 pm
Town Council Meeting – Upon Completion of Public Hearing
Civic Center
October 11, 2007

Anyone wishing to place a subject on the agenda may do so up to 72 hours before the meeting by notifying the Town Office.

I) Call to Order, Lord’s Prayer, and Pledge to the American Flag

II) Roll Call

III) Consent Agenda:
All matters listed within the Consent Agenda have been distributed to each member of the McIntosh Town Council for reading and study, are considered to be routine, and will be enacted by one motion of the Council with no separate discussion. If separate discussion is desired, that item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda by request. Please call 591-1047 for questions on Consent Agenda items prior to the Council meeting.
A) Minutes of the Town Council Workshop of September 13, 2007, Town Council Public Hearing of September 13, 2007, Town Council Meeting of September 13, 2007, and Final Budget Public Hearing of September 27, 2007
B) Financial Report for September 2007
C) McIntosh Area School – Permission to park cars for the 1890’s Festival

IV) Guests:

V) Citizen Board Committee Updates:

VI) Message from the Clerk:
A) Special Election – Tuesday, November 6, 2007
B) McIntosh Area School – Reimbursement towards upcoming maintenance

VII) Message from the Mayor:

VIII) Message from the Attorney:
A) Senior Homestead Exemption Ordinance No.: 2007-162 – Final Reading
B) Water Ordinance No.: 2007-165 – First Reading

IX) Old Business:
A) Repeal of Ordinance No. 2006-150 Fire & Emergency MSTU (Renewing May 1, 2008)
B) Resolution No.: 2007-09 Site Plan Fees (Repealing Resolution No.: 2006-03)
C) Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Contract Renewal

X) New Business:
A) Yearly Anniversary Date and Salary Increase – Town Clerk Miller
B) Terry Westergard – Letter Requesting Replacement of Survey Marker (Lost with tree removal.)

XI) Message from the Council:

XII) Citizen’s Comments:

Meeting Adjourned

***Notice to Board Meeting Attendees: As a courtesy to others, please ensure pager and cell phones are turned off during meeting***
Welcome to the Town of McIntosh Town Council meeting. All persons wishing to address the Town Council will be asked to limit their comments to the specific subject being addressed. However, in order to foster mutual respect between the Town Council and the public, it is requested that comments are directed at specific issues rather than personal comments directed toward Board members or staff.

Please note that if a person desires to appeal any decision made to any matter considered at the above meeting, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding be made, which record includes the testimony and evidence which the appeal is to be based.

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I'm Cher From McIntosh, FL I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida working on a master's degree in Mass Communication. While I was finishing my undergrad degree in journalism last year, I reported on McIntosh, Fla. for an in-depth reporting class. I figured that the reporting and the public record files should go somewhere people can access them. Reporters don't report to keep the information they find to themselves. Some of that reporting is included here in a forum that allows response. McIntosh suffers because with no news coverage, the local government and the rumor mill have too much potential to run rampant over residents. I moved to McIntosh in the fall of 1999. My profile

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