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YOUR OPINION: ‘White privilege’ doesn’t apply to all

Know what that is? That means after working all day, my parents installed the main floor, paneling on the walls, overhead ceiling, wiring and plumbing. Daddy always said, “Why pay someone to do what you can do yourself?” Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to continue reading. On Saturday, June 9, Lena Mitchell wrote about white privilege. Now, I will write about it. I was raised in rural Chickasaw County in the 1960s. We were so privileged we didn’t have indoor plumbing or running water. In 1962, at the ripe old age of 7, I was dragging a cotton sack…
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Complaint targets Tennessee governor hopeful’s business help

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign finance complaint is questioning how a Republican hopeful for governor is getting political help from his businesses, among other concerns about how he’s raising money. The complaint filed Thursday with Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance claims Bill Lee is using his businesses to supplement his campaign without disclosure and beyond limits, including through Lee Company TV ads that feature him. Lee heads Lee Company, which provides services ranging from construction to plumbing. There have been several campaign finance complaints filed so far in a te…
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Marlar grabs his second win of the race season

Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 74F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Mike “The Winfield Warrior” Marlar was the big winner on Friday night in front of a packed crowd at the Ransomville Speedway as the World of Outlaws Craftsman. Late Models made the much-anticipated return in the 50-lap A-Main presented by Busch Beer, Stirling Lubricants, Champion Oil, and Kubiniec Plumbing. For the third time in 2018, 13-time Krown Undercoating 358 Modified track champion Pete “Mr. Small Block” Bicknell from St. Catharines, Ontario celebrated a win. Wilson, NY’s Chris…
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REHAU Offers Education Seminars for Engineers and Contractors

REHAU announces a series of commercial plumbing and heating seminars to be offered as Lunch and Learns upon request to industry professionals throughout the US and Canada. The 1-hour seminars provide an introduction to design and installation of PEXa piping in plumbing, radiant cooling, radiant heating, geothermal and snow and ice melting applications. “We’re pleased to offer this series of seminars specifically tailored to the needs of specifiers, designers and installers working on commercial and multi-family building projects,” said Max Rohr, manager of REHAU Academy. “Learning abo…
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Dust to Dazzle tour showcases Butte homes

Six historic buildings highlighting turn-of-the-20th-century architecture will bring Butte’s past alive during the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization’s annual Dust to Dazzle Home Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23. ✓ Unlimited access to E-Edition ✓ Unlimited access to the website and apps ✓ No more surveys blocking articles Rain early…then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.. Showers this evening, becoming a steady rain overnight. Low 47F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. This year’s tour includes a Victorian miner’s cottage, a two-story 1898 brick duplex, two Queen Anne mansions, a neoclassical revival mansion, and the “fourth” Copper King’s townhouses resembling an Italian villa with tile roof. During the tour, the public can explore the buildings to see how residents have renovated and restored many of the homes’ features. Volunteers from Butte CPR will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the many architectural features. The tour, which is open from noon to 5 p.m., showcases recent and ongoing residential renovation projects in Butte’s historic district. Visitors can start at any home and continue the tour at their own pace. The Kelley Mansion at 829 W. Park St., will host a tea starting at noon for ticket holders and a silent auction will be held at 3 W. Agate St. Tickets are $15 and are available at the homes on the day of the tour, or in advance at Cavanaugh’s County Celtic, 131 W. Park St., or Books and Books, 206 W. Park St. 235 E. Granite St. – This unassuming little house was one of a handful on this block when it was built around 1886 by the home’s first owner, James Coughlin. He and his wife Julia Geagan had five children between 1888 and 1898. The neighborhood around them, Finn Town, grew substantially in that period. After Coughlin died in 1900, Julia and the children remained until 1907. It stood vacant many years afterward. In fact, it was vacant for as much of its history as it has been occupied, with no resident (save one) staying longer than just a few years. Butch Gerbrant and Gretchen Geller acquired the house recently, and began an extensive renovation. The interior work brought the house up to modern standards, but its history peeks through in several places. 3 W. Agate St. — What is now a two-story brick duplex began as a boarding house. Labeled the Norman Charles Block after the saloon owner who had the building erected in 1898, it became the Butte General Hospital in 1907. By 1921, the building seems to have been converted to single family use. The duplex retains many of its historic elements, on both the interior and exterior. These include a pair of stained glass windows. Inside, one historic set of pocket doors in each unit is intact as is much of the central stairway, 301 W. Granite St. — The house evolved from a modest single-story dwelling into one of the most architectural sophisticated mansions in Butte as original owner, Michael “M. J.” Connell, amassed a fortune. Irish immigrant Connell started in Butte managing a dry goods store in the late 1870s, but soon opened his own store and immersed himself in other business opportunities. By 1888, his home boasted a new second story. Further embellishments followed in 1892, including a large east wing, and semicircular front porch and bay. The design product of local architect Charles Prentice, these additions were executed in the Eastlake tradition. Before 1900, Connell sold the home and left Butte. Today’s owners, Bart and Dana Wackerbarth, have honored Connell’s heritage by restoring the historic house while adding another large yet tasteful addition. 315 W. Broadway St. — In 1892, prominent Butte architect H. M. Patterson designed the house, which was constructed in the Queen Anne style, and includes such details as a portico entrance of square posts with decorative brackets, a projecting bay window, and gorgeous stained glass. The interior is equally outstanding. In the foyer, there is embossed-leather wainscoting, parquet flooring, and a mahogany stairway. Mary Gallicano and her family moved in several years ago. Since then, she has made several renovations, including to the house’s plumbing and heating systems. 403, 405, 407 W. Broadway St. — This property was built by Patrick Largey in 1895. He was considered the “fourth” Copper King in Butte through his investments in warehouse storage, banking and shipping in the early days of Butte. The Largey Flats were built next to the Largey mansion (which burned down in 1965), and stood next door to the east where the community park is now. Built by Moses Bassett in 1895, the “Flats” resemble an Italian villa with tile roofs, the front portico, and arched entrances. The staircase is made from solid wood molded into a curved ascent to the second floors of the apartments. Each unit has detailed stained and beveled glass in the front of the building that refract light onto the walls of the living room. Many original features are still in use today and the current owner has added back enclosed sunrooms. 829 W. Park St. — Join us for tea and desserts at the Kelley Mansion. Built for Cornelius Kelley in 1906, this neoclassical revival mansion features a large circular entrance portico with ionic columns supporting a third-floor porch with decorative balustrade. Guests visiting the ballroom could spill out onto this porch with its expansive views. Recent work has restored original features while accommodating the comfort of its residents. For more details about this historic home tour, call 406-498-5982 and leave a message, or e-mail Visit our webpage: or our facebook page: Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don’t Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Who was voted Best of the Best for Butte this year? View all the winners in our special publication. 
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Couple’s brush with death leads to lifesaving donation

A Stafford County husband and wife, who wish to remain anonymous, were out to dinner a few months ago when he suffered a cardiac arrest. That’s when the heart suddenly stops beating, usually as a result of an “electrical” issue such as an irregular heart beat. It’s different from a heart attack, a “plumbing” problem caused when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Mainly cloudy. A few peeks of sunshine possible. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 92F. Winds light and variable.. Mostly cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower o…
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 Posted on : June 17, 2018

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