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You have found the official blog of B. J. Drye, editor of The Stanly News & Press (SNAP), your hometown newspaper. I have been hanging out in the SNAP newsroom since 1998 and have been editor since August 2010.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Heat vs. Mavericks

The NBA Finals begin tonight. Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks. I don't really have a favorite in this. I was pulling for the Bulls and Grizzlies. I guess I'll have to go with the Heat. It wraps up the story they've been working on since signing LeBron last summer. It's his time.

Cell phones

News released today suggests that cellphones may cause cancer. What do you think? Will this cause you to stop using your phone? I'll have more on this topic later.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Home Show

The home improvement show on Friday and Saturday was certainly interesting. I met some wonderful people at the show, some old friends, and hopefully some new acquaintances. Read more about my home show experiences in Tuesday's SNAP.

Joplin Tornadoes

The tornadoes that hit Joplin, Mo. hit close to home for us at the SNAP. We have a sister paper, The Joplin Globe. Some of the members of its staff lost their homes. It is unknown if any of the employees or their families were hurt.

This does make us think about our situation here. How are we prepared? What would we do in a situation like this? Any thoughts?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Macho Man

I just saw the news that Macho Man Randy Savage has died in a car crash.

Most people know that I have been an avid follower of wrestling forever. Macho Man was one of characters from my youth. His match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is one of the best ever. It is crisp, fast-paced. It happened to fall on the same card as the much-hyped Hogan vs Andre.

Macho Man had that voice and gimmick that could not be completely duplicated, and who can forget those Slim Jim commercials?

Anyone have any thoughts on the Macho Man?

Home show

The first day of the Home Improvement Show is in the books. Still have more excitement tomorrow from 9 a.m. To 6 p.m. Lots of freebies, drawings and good info about local businesses. Stop by the SNAP booth and see what deals we have to offer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

I know all good things must end, but it still saddened me to see that this year's MDA telethon will be Jerry Lewis' last. It will also only be 6 hours instead of the usual 21 1/2 hours. He says It's time for a new era.

I have always done my part to help raise funds and awareness about muscular dystrophy. I will continue to do that, yet it won't be the same without Jerry.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Summer Plans

The school year is almost to an end, which means vacations, mission trips and summer jobs are just around the corner.

What do you planned this summer? Do you have an interesting trip that might make a nice story? It never hurts to submit a story idea. We may be able to use it in some way. Photos can be uploaded at thesnaponline.com. Head on over there to find out how.

My summer plans are not fully developed, so we'll see what happens. Any suggestions?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Awful sportsmanship

What a game.
Dallas shot the lights out from the three-point line.
The Lakers fell apart mentally. For two players to let themselves get thrown out for stupid plays is inexcusable.
Who will replace Phil Jackson?
No one. No one can do what he has done. Sure, he has had high-caliber players, but it takes a good leader to keep all the egos and talent in line.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Derby Day

I always enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby. My prediction for this year is Mucho Macho Man. I usually pick some winners, mainly because of the names or stories. Macho Man is in stall 13, my lucky number. Only a few minutes to see if I'm right.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

No photo, no problem

President Obama has decided not to release bin Laden's death photo.
I think this is a wise decision.
Sure, there are the theories that he isn't really dead, but a photo could always be photoshopped.
I don't think the president and his people are that stupid to make this up. If it turned out to be fake, it would really end his presidency.
Besides, who really wants to see that gruesome of a photo?
I don't.
Do you?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And So It Begins

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