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Southern Eyes

In last week's column, I wrote about the dangers of crossing Main Street on foot. I made a suggestion that somebody needed to do something to make downtown Thomson safer for pedestrians. Ideas included road signs at the crosswalks and police enforcement of the speed limit and motorists stopping for pedestrians.

I've since learned that there are two road signs -- one on each end of town. They are bright yellow with a pedestrian silhouette on them, and had to be pointed out to me, because I've never noticed them before. Apparently, neither did other people. As I stood today at the crosswalk at the Wilson Company corner, someone in a black Chevrolet Colorado stopped for me to cross, but the gold car behind it honked impatiently. Ironically, the gold car was stopped right beside the road sign that said "stop for pedestrians."

Since last week, traffic has slowed on Main Street. In fact, it's down to a crawl. And we can thank the Chamber of Commerce. The "fall"crows lining the sidewalk every 10 feet or so are definitely attention getters. I don't know how long it'll last, but motorists are interested to inspect each "fall"crow they pass.

Plus, there's a whole lot more pedestrians. Over the weekend, there were so many families and groups walking the sidewalks looking at the "fall"crows, that downtown Thomson looked like a New York City sidewalk in the movies. So, not only has the Chamber accomplished their goal of bringing people downtown, but they helped the traffic-vs.-pedestrian situation at the same time.

To learn more about those "fall"crows, read the story on the front page. I like covering those bright stories. But The Mirror also covers a wide-range of topics every week. If it's happening in the local courts, jails, on the roads, at the fire department, in the city/county governments or on the sports fields, Billy Hobbs is committed to bringing it to you. If it's happening in the schools, the museum, arts and entertainment, among the senior citizens, in the preschools, local clubs, historical societies, tourism board or the Town of Dearing, I showcase it for you. Personally, I think my stuff is more fun. Except for sports.

Since I've been here, I've only covered one baseball game, and shot pictures for one softball game, one basketball game and one football game. The fact that the hoops game was a faculty vs. student one, and the football game was a powder puff game doesn't really matter. I was providing well-rounded coverage for our readers.

So you can look for your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors in the pages of The Mirror. I found my neighbor this morning, sitting behind the steering wheel of that Chevy Colorado. Thank you, Ryan Nelson.

Web posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009

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