Town of Carthage Historic District

The Town of Carthage, in Moore County, North Carolina features a Historic District that is on the National Register of Historic Places with approximately eighty-five (85) historic buildings including contributing structures and an object.

This collection of Historic Homes includes Colonial Revival, Cottage, Craftsman Bungalow, Federalist, Foursquare, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian style of architecture. There are some “pre-historic” sites and anomalies and interesting asides. Also, combinations of styles in many of the home designs. Many of these structures have been renovated – a handful are vacant and lying in wait for rediscovery before going to waste – of those, many are still furnished, even though roofing repairs are needed but this is not easily observed by the passerby as the grounds-keeping remains intact within the Historic District.

According to The Gombach Group’s study of the Town of Carthage conducted some years prior,

The Carthage Historic District contains the largest and most intact concentration of buildings reflecting the growth and development . . . from the second quarter of the nineteenth century to the beginning of World War II . . . the county seat of Moore County in the state’s Sandhills region, dates its origins to 1796 . . . the earliest datable buildings are from the early 1850s . . .

The Gombach Group and “other” historic journals typically identify the following homes:

  1. Adams-Bryan House
  2. Carthage Community House
  3. Carthage Methodist Church
  4. Charles Sinclair House
  5. D.A. McDonald House
  6. Dr. John Shaw House
  7. Edgehill
  8. George Calvin Graves House
  9. Harley-Muse House,
  10. Humber-Spencer House
  11. J.F. Cole House
  12. Jenkins-McIver House
  13. Methodist Parsonage
  14. Presbyterian Manse
  15. Seawell House
  16. Shaw-McKeithen House
  17. T.B. King House
  18. T. Jones House

However, this list excludes another sixty-seven (67) Historic notations, which this “series” on the Town of Carthage’s Historic Homes will update over time as we work to achieve the total count with current still photos of each location and perhaps some “videos” as well.

Look for part “2” . . . where images may be added as well as citations for the remaining Historic Homes.

Author Cliff Hill’s title, “The Broken Looking Glass” 2nd Edition release

“The Broken Looking Glass,” combines the perspective of the author’s cutting edge science and spirituality focus regarding materialism and duality as being causal of problems currently existing in the world.

Cliff Hill’s title, “The Broken Looking Glass: An American Adventure” in second edition summer 2019 through the Pashar Sage Press. This interesting title about self-discovery is reformatted, with new cover design and the authors’ changes, which expand on the original theme. “The Broken Looking Glass: An American Adventure,” combines the perspective of the author’s cutting edge science and spirituality focus regarding materialism and duality as being causal of problems currently existing in the world. Much in the tradition of J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain the book follows the author on a journey that begins with a wrong turn and takes him down a road of self-discovery he never imagined existed.

An excerpt:
They say Philadelphia is a dangerous place. Most of the people I had met were afraid of the area where the shelter is located. I felt no danger or fear. I was at peace.

Over the previous years of my life, I had discovered there were far more dangerous places to be. In 1963, the hospital delivery room at My Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had offered more possible danger to my survival – but somehow, I managed to survive that experience.

Somehow, I had survived many dangerous and potentially lethal situations. I had cheated death many times. I had grown comfortable in places others considered dangerous. The truth was; for the most part, I felt safer and more comfortable lying on the ledge in Philadelphia than any other place I had been in the previous 48 years of my life.

As I was headed north on a greyhound bus one week earlier; it had occurred to me that Philadelphia was the place of the conception and birth of the American Colonist’s quest for liberty and transformation . . .

Later, it had also occurred to me that my quest for liberty and transformation had become a journey into the heart of what America had become; AND, it appeared it would end in the city where America had begun.
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About the author: Cliff Hill was an awarded organizational change and leadership development specialist. In Cliff’s final engagement, he provided strategic advisory services to Leadership at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cliff has over 15 years of successful experience providing services to government and private sector organizations.

From 1983-1986, Cliff was a major label songwriter and re-cording artist. In 2007, Cliff co-wrote songs with Grammy-nominated pop producer and author, Ford. Additionally, in 2007, Cliff co-wrote songs with John Allen, the 2007 BMI Pop Award recipient for the most played Pop Song. Cliff currently lives on the road in his on-going pursuit of knowledge and freedom.
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Comedian Ed Tasca’s novel, “GOOD MORNING: Why Is Everyone Here Naked?” releases

Actor, comedian, humorist, playwright Ed Tasca is prepared to share a unique spin on Christopher Columbus this season . . . his latest work is an alternate ending satirical illustrated journey where readers make the travel log decisions

Readers are always thinking up plot twists and turns while reading their favorite titles. Ed Tasca’s newest creation, “GOOD MORNING: Why is Everyone Here Naked,” is just what the doctor ordered for the spirited reader. Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and that everything else is a blur – so what if some re-navigation or plot adjustments happened along his way?

Well . . . Ed gives some alternative answers to this modern dilemma regarding what Christopher Columbus actually did do. Readers have an engaging time determining their own endings for Columbus. Mr. Tasca’s nonsense humor is highlighted with his showcased wordsmithing that remains a delight for book lovers of all ages. Ed charms readers by brandishing his satirical pen coupled with zany illustrations.
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About the Author: Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Ed is an award-winning humor writer currently residing in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. As a successful actor, author, columnist, humorist / comic, playwright and screenwriter, he has also published multiple works of fiction – most are comic novels or novellas. He has been published in Australia, England, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. And he currently writes a humor column for The Guadalajara Reporter, Mexico’s largest English-language newspaper. He has often said, “People become humorists because the job market for roofers is so overcrowded.”

His humorist, playwright and screenwriter awards include (non-comprehensive):
2014 – American Movie Award Finalist for Truthers.
2011 – Screenplay Search Competition Award for Vinegar and Brown Paper.
2009 – Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing Award.
2006 – America’s Funniest Humor Award in several humor publications.
Humor Press Award.
M. Culbertson’s Life and Humor Award.
Page International Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalist for They Call Me Mother.

His books, columns, and writings include (non-comprehensive):
2019 – Good Morning, Why Is Everyone Here Naked? DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Novel:
2017 – The Fables of Leonardo da Vinci. RoseHeart Publishing. Collection: ten fables fleshed
in from annotations in the great genius’s notebooks. For readers of all ages.
2016 – Apocalypse Now… Grab the Karaoke Machine. Aardwolfe Books. Novel: comic story about a Homeland Security spokeswoman who inadvertently and clumsily foils a bioweapon attack.
2016 – Mark Twain, Uncensored. Mexico’s largest English-speaking Community Theatre. Two-Act Play.
2015 – Something Tells Me. StageScripts. Full-length Play.
2013 – Parlor Games. Eldridge Play Publishing. Full-length Play.
2012 – God’s Creatures . . . or Darwin’s? American Star Books. Collection: a collection of comic essays on the controversial subject, done in the voices and styles of America’s greatest comic icons.
2010 – Lub Dub. Roseheart Publishing. Novel: runaway donor heart is sidetracked when delivery team driver sees girlfriend with another lover.
2010 – Autobiography of a Worm. Eternal Press. Novel: man, fraught with depression descends into murder and madness.
2008 – The Fishing Trip That Got Away. Roseheart Publishing. Novella: comic misadventure in the wilderness that ends in redemption and discovery for both principal characters.
2002 – Return of the Lost Horses. Publish America. Novel: metaphysical romance that takes place over many lifetimes.
1999 – Rosebud (Comedy Short Screenplay). Delonra Films. Sold outright.
1998 – Most Dangerous Woman in America. Docudrama: optioned in 1998 in Los Angeles. By Orly Adelson Off-Camera. Momentum Pictures. Comedy | Drama: feature optioned in Canada.

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Publisher, Publicist and Book Developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. located in “Sweet Carthage” within the J. F. Cole House

Every little town has hidden gems and Carthage North Carolina is no different! Within the city limits is publisher, publicist and book developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.

The Founder and President, Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry resides in the J.F. Cole House, which is located in the Historic District with her son, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. The J.F. Cole House was bought at auction June of 2017, it had been auctioned a few occasions with “no” purchasers meeting the seller’s (Housing and Urban Development) bottom-line. Thankfully, the Quesinberry – Hatcher purchase met HUD criteria and renovations brought the home to more current standards.

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Authors that Q represents are from nine (9) countries and five (5) continents and she features a variety of imprints, such as: 2nd Spirit Books, Beat Deep Books, Laughingcleaver Press, Ironmantle Books, Moondust Media, Nocturnum’s Muse, Owlhouse Books, Pashar Sage Press, and Thunderforge Pubs, as follows:

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What does DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. do for authors?

As an author’s title representative, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. reviews the author’s query and synopsis. Upon approval, a title agreement is prepared for the author review, any agreed upon adjustments are executed and then signatures are executed. Once this occurs, a press release is presented to industry regarding representation of the impending title. From there, standard book development and production is committed with copyright and registrations taking place. There is no cost for representation, which may take a year or longer from acceptance and signing of the agreement to production of the book for retail sale. Q states, “We are not a dump and pump entity – books go through layers of development and even at the time of release – I often feel we could have taken more time, but there is a point where you just need to let the title leap in faith.”

During this process, authors are supported through monthly conference calls, newsletters, marketing tips and target / secondary market strategies, etc. that include:

  • Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)
  • Author Website (3 to 5 pages – that carries an advertiser logo, without logo costs a monthly fee)
  • Audiobooks
  • Author’s Page on DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Website
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  • CDs
  • CD Cover Design
  • CD Jewel Case Enclosure Design
  • Cover Design
  • eBook Design
  • eBook Formatting and Layout
  • Edit (basic; developmental and/or substantive edits or ghostwriting cost a fee)
  • Fact and Sell Sheets
  • Formatting and Layout
  • Front Matter
  • Ghostwriting (for cost)
  • Graphics
  • Information Page
  • Illustrations
  • Market Kit
  • Press Releases
  • Print in soft or hardbound (terms of production are included in agreement)
  • Registrations
  • Retail Distribution
  • Review
  • Tables
  • Target and Secondary Marketing
  • Etc.

What about unrepresented titles and authors?

Unrepresented titles feature the “same” support services; however, each item has a fee associated with it. Some authors desire to self-publish, or publish elsewhere, but require a cover design, help with formatting, or other requirements that DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. will assist with at cost-effective rates.

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Faces of Rap Mothers by Candy Strother DeVore Mitchell available in pre-release

Faces of Rap Mothers by Candy Strother DeVore Mitchell available in pre-release

“Faces of Rap Mothers,” by Candy Strother DeVore Mitchell is a first of its kind collaborative compilation, published by Beat Deep Books.

“Faces of Rap Mothers,” by Candy Strother DeVore Mitchell is a first of its kind collaborative compilation, published by Beat Deep Books. This title shares gallery images and back-stories of women who are artists, business owners, relatives or mothers of Rap and Hip-Hop’s most infamous Superstar Icons. Candy’s minimalist approach, represents the important women who educated, nursed, represented, supported and upheld Rap and Hip-Hop through their shadowing of its Icons or self-exposure as artisans within the industry. These women rise, oftentimes in the shadows of Ultra-Famous Rap and Hip-Hop performers, who they love. One can only imagine being a cousin, niece, mother, sister or wife of an infamous personality. Quietly observing the rank and file within media, and the music industry, experiencing the waves of success involve with their ebbs and flows in the tides of life, the extreme highs and extreme lows of the path of stardom must inure even the strongest of these women; however, elements of soul remain at the core of their lives and it is demonstrated in, “Faces of Rap Mothers.” Contributors to Mrs. Mitchell’s book include:

Beretta (e.g.: Sharon Lynette Young), CEO of one of the hottest recording studios in Hollywood, many of Rap’s and Hip-Hop’s Superstars record there. Her chapter is certain to entice future music entrepreneurs interested in engineering soulful sounds.

Honey Blunt, a six (6) time award-winning West Coast recording artist; is also a model and dancer as a well-known Rap and Hip-Hop entertainer. Her sultry personality shines in revelations of the boundaries of emergent music trends she fashions to a taste of honey in golden performances.

Monica Davis, ex-wife of a well-known R&B star (we’ll learn who in her excerpt), grew up in Hollywood after spending years touring with Ralph Tresvant Sr. (e.g.: also known as Rizz and Rizzo, American actor, record producer, singer, and songwriter best known as New Edition’s Lead Singer). She’s also dated some very influential Rap and Hip-Hop artists who include LL COOL J, Jessie D., and  Johnny Gill, Jr.

Angel Gilcrest Guyton – illustrious rap and hip-hop celebrity formerly married to two (2) Superstar Producers and an independent woman in her own right – more to come . . .

Queen G (e.g.: Shonta Gibson), award-winning CEO and Owner of Letsgotowork Entertainment Network; also, Animateur de radio at BlackOut Radio and Media Director at CLUB HIS HOP Las Vegas, grew up in Hollywood where she performed as a movie extra. Queen G is Superstar Tyrese’s sister.

Tyaunna Harris, actress and model, grew up within Rap and Hip-Hop and keeps her finger on speed-dial within the industry today . . . we’ll learn more about Tyaunna very soon . . .

O.G. LIL MAMA (e.g.: Angel Hicks), West Coast Hip-Hop Artist grew up with Snoop Dogg. What else is there to say? Looking forward to this slice of music industry history . . .

Lena Moss, Superstar Aaron Hall’s wife and mother of beautiful Kaloni Hall, Lena and Aaron’s daughter. Aaron Hall is an American singer and songwriter whose debut album sold over a million copies and is certified platinum.

Jamie Paris, mother of one of Snoop Dogg’s recording artist, JP Cali Smoov discloses the facts about living the life of a Rap and Hip-Hop Mother.

Nina Womack, award-winning actress, event producer and filmmaker is also the Founder of Transmedia 360° a multimedia and branding agency. Nina has an extensive background in event production, festival, film and theater. She’s also the creator of “Let’s Be Whole” (e.g.: an interactive, grassroots outreach program designed to reach communities of color at high risk for cancer, disease, mental illness, obesity, poverty and other stress-related trauma.). Her son is a producer and she is the niece of Superstar Bobby Womack.

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About the Author:
Candy Strother DeVore Mitchell is the niece of a civil rights leader who worked directly alongside Dr. Martin Luther King. This may have resulted in her burgeoning interests as a human rights activist. Mrs. Mitchell has testified on Capitol Hill and aired in national news broadcasts regarding newsworthy topics. She is the creator and executive producer of “The Face of Rap Mothers,” an affiliation of women leaders in the rap industry who work in unison to build better futures for humanity through entrepreneurial, solopreneur and philanthropic efforts. Candy is also the CEO of Black Cash Universal Studios Entertainment and her son is King Tha Rapper – she shares her story in an introductory chapter of, “Faces of Rap Mothers.”

To contact the author write to: candisbook@mail.com

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Our Town

CourthouseThere were / are two ongoing dilemmas (among all the others) in our Town of Carthage.

One involves the creation of a “new” courthouse when an “old – new” courthouse was built approximately thirty (30)  years ago. The “new” new courthouse redirected revenue from “other” potential projects in the Moore County Seat – the Town of Carthage. A post was made on Facebook in 2017 and forwarded to me today, when an update was posted recently, regarding the raise in taxation for the “new” new courthouse.

However, a little history here regarding the image above may address the topic of the “new” new courthouse. It appears the County Seat – the Town of Carthage – was built based on a court complex and the courthouse has undergone renovation every 30 to 40 years consecutively since the 1800’s. It is the formation of revenue that has stayed true to the locality and now knowing this – in searching for an image for this story on WordPress – it is easy to understand the County has a history of a new courthouse every thirty years or thereabouts. So the new courthouse may be as simple a concept as – well – it was the normal time to solicit new courthouse funds based on nearly 200 years of doing so every 30 to 40 years. It is a tradition. It is a standard-bearer and probably as subconscious as walking in the enactment of the action to build a “new” new courthouse by the County collective. It is what Moore County has done since the 1800’s, perhaps as far back as the 1700’s because the town stems from the Revolutionary War era.

All that history aside, the post I read, and my response, are listed below; additionally, listed below is a response to the recent Town Council Meeting where a League of Women Voters representative came to Carthage from “Pinehurst” (nearby progressive golf community where everyone complains all the revenue goes for our County) and what occurred at the Town Council Meeting (a cantankerous display of impropriety).

Well, Pinehurst may not reach out again for another decade but in the end – is that the hope? Of course, too, it must be said, a number of Town Council Members kept their heads and didn’t join in the rancor and the damage done was as much an issue for them as citizens embarrassed by the tirade.

Here’s my two cents . . . to another citizen’s take . . . which I’ve posted first . . .

Big news was made in Moore County today. No, not the ONLY news reported by “The Pilot.” The fact that property taxes are going up is not news. We all KNEW that.

No, the real news was that county manager Wayne Vest FINALLY admitted in an open forum that NO court order mandating the building of a new courthouse actually exists.

I already knew this (see posts below). I new it because I spent HOURS going over public records and scouring newspaper articles a while back.

Interesting. The BoC COULD have asked voters to approve this new courthouse in November (you know, like they did for the schools). But they didn’t.

Oh, and that property tax raise? Part of it is to pay for this courthouse.

So, let’s talk about this new courthouse for Moore County, shall we?

In today’s article in “The Pilot” (you know, the one where the county commissioners _REuZyv-denied flip flopping on school funding and inadvertently admitted to flat out lying instead) Commissioner Gregory said they had to move forward with building the new courthouse without voter approval because the courts had mandated it.

Well, as it turns out, that isn’t entirely true. No court order to build a new courthouse exists. Two grand juries have found security at the current courthouse to be lacking and a previous board “pledged” to a superior court judge that a courthouse would be built within 5 years. Now, as the past week or so has shown us, normally a pledge from these county commissioners doesn’t mean squat, but in this case, I suppose they feel the need to follow through. Seems like they are a lot more uncomfortable breaking promises to a superior court judge than they are breaking promises to their constituents. However, in truth, the worst thing that could happen if the pledge is broken is the judge could then possibly use a court order to force the county to build a new courthouse.

Now, I won’t go into the entire history of the courthouse debacle, as the current board isn’t responsible for the actions of previous boards (although I will note that commissioners Graham, Daeke, and Ritter were elected in 2014 and were members of the most recent previous board) but I will outline the most recent series of unfortunate events.

In July, the Commissioners voted to move forward with a courthouse design that did not include offices for probation officers. They did this against the advice of a consultant firm they had paid almost 50 grand of tax payer’s money to advise them and without consulting the advisory committee that had been tasked with well, again, advising them on courthouse design. This led to a public and childish spat between commissioner Graham and the head of the consulting firm and, even more embarrassing, a public rebuke from Judge Webb, the Superior Court judge that presides in Moore County.

Then, in September, the commissioners announced they were throwing out the baby with the bath water and going back to the drawing board. This of course means new consultants with more bills for us tax payers.

So…it seems, at least in my humble opinion that schools funding isn’t the only area where our commissioners have been willing to play fast and loose with the facts. But, unlike with school funding, with the new courthouse, they seem to be more than willing to spend (and waste) our money WITHOUT our approval.


My response:


MLKDoes anyone have the statistics on the creation date of the former courthouse, the land being used for the proposed courthouse, the purchase date of both, the assessment of earnings for both, the tax delineation and the projected earnings for both? To form any quality discussion we need those figures, dates, the square footage, the origination documentation regarding the timeline, the official mandate for funding, the official cessation for funding for “other” projects in lieu of the courthouse and the projected income.

I do know, in listening to the new Sheriff, that there is a projection of earnings for 1318856539-1a078e61d484af08617fb26862b3f56fmoving female and juvenile inmates to the old jailhouse by nearly 200 cells at nearly $200.00 per day. With the existing cell base (I don’t have that figure) and the new redeployed cells – it amasses to a couple million in annual revenue.

Personally, I believe in the system of law and in law enforcement. I see a lot of prosecution that is fluff here and then a lot of criminal activity that is walked. And, a lot of hokey pokey regarding who’s who and adjudication that is improper. Rules and regulations shouldn’t be malleable toward what family’s member is in court – it should reflect the law – but politics seize the day; however, the fear of revenue fixation on cell count is this – it is the same in hospitals or rehabilitation facilities to bed count – when cells are empty adjudication will be harsher to fill the cells and acquire the revenue – when cells are full adjudication will be lighter to keep from needing cells that do not exist. 

Additionally, movement from cells in jail to penitentiaries and/or prisons will also be reliant on jail cell mining – if they are full – more movement to prisons – if they are light prisons-usawe’ll keep more serious offenders in jail with less security until there is an ability to fill cells because it is a basis for revenue. The jailhouse system should not be a basis for community revenue – it has too much reasonable fallout toward adjudication and verdicts because of the “need” of the locality to earn that revenue. So we become a County with County seat earning capacity based on crime and we don’t want crime in order to grow the community in a quality manner. It would seem wiser to move the prison to a more remote location with holding bays for court prosecution only in the locality. 

We need to determine unique revenue streams of a nature of abundance based on a growth exponential derived from the arts, sciences, benevolence, historic significance, etc. not on adjudication, prosecution and crime. However, I do applaud a proactive legal system that is ethically driven, fair, secure and ensures citizen safety first and foremost. I happen to love our police department and proactive sheriff deputies who have quality training and ethics coupled with honesty and a conceptual awareness for constitutional rights in action.

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There are grants for body cams from the FBI and other gear and training our law enforcement could garner that are in the hundreds of thousands. There are grants for arts, sciences and programs relative to same fixated on localities such as Carthage. There are big grants for head start programs that Carthagians could acquire and apply for – there is federal funding our community can acquire for brownstones (town buildings) for renovation and reformation – I’m happy to assist with grant applications I’ve been performing same for over thirty (30) years with an 85% or higher return on investment among mixed-diverse clientele not sure wins. Also, we have military bases nearby that require SOF skills training sets and also varied types of training locations – that many town sites could proffer to the community.

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While embracing the current system of the County that is largely punitive in nature – we should envision new revenue streams utilizing our existing infrastructure to keep the essence of our history but renovate these structures using grant and federal funds in an efficient manner. There is no need to fear federal and grant funding – it uplifts rather than redirect. My two cents for what it is worth.

My PS regarding conjecture, retorts and decency when commenting regarding politics locally:

PS – in our discourse on topics such as this – we should pivot our conversational fodder to that of uplifting one another in prayerful consideration so that opposing views can be aired with stalwart rhetoric that our Heavenly Father would deem appropriate among us as his children – or for agnostics . . . we should speak to one another in the act of a conscious stream of intellectual capitulation wherein we lift our discourse to reflect the stream of consciousness we desire for the future of Carthage . . .


Second story:


ERA Talk Sparks Bitter Exchange Over Race, Equality in Carthage

https://www.thepilot.com/news/era-talk-sparks-bitter-exchange-over-race-equality-in-carthage/article_261013bc-20bc-11e9-90bf-8fb7334544bb.html

Town Council

Note: some of the Commissioner’s responded well to the League of Women Voters; however, the entirety of the discourse was handled inappropriately where the Vice-Mayor was not permitted to “lead” the commission and not heeded; instead rancor was exuded that was 100% inappropriate. Citizens need to feel the Town Council is a resource – not a joke. For our “good” commissioners this exchange harmed their plight to make changes that are positive.

The brow-bashing that took place at the Town Commission meeting where a member of the League of Women Voters from Pinehurst (of all places) was insulted was insidious. Why, why, why would Town Leadership representing citizens (not themselves) place our town’s reputation in such a poor light of such disdainful disharmony?

We, as Carthagians, look like the laughing stock.

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The political figureheads in our County and Town need to begin realizing they are not elected for personal opines – they are elected to represent the citizens and that means “all” citizens.

We need the League of Women Voters to want to come to Carthage – women live here too.

We need to be gracious in hearing other people’s opinions – no matter what we think personally. And, such rancor by long-standing commissioners makes it difficult for all commissioners to feel any level of comfort in voicing their thoughts on a matter that they know their constituents may represent, but long-standing commissioners almost get fist-a-cuffs going.

An elected official has to be enabled to remove personal conjecture from a discussion about citizenry and look at what citizens desire and sometimes that might mean that they have to put aside their emotions for the community’s voters who “may” have elected them but “may also” have a view or two that they do not correlate to the elected official. And, rancor does not allow those officials, who remove personal conjecture from a discussion to join in the discourse.

It is then, an Official’s duty to hear their citizenry and allow their key decision-making to be rendered in upholding the reason for their election – the trust they’ll do what we elect them to do. We are better than this tomfoolery and nonsensical high school antics.

str&buildcomprayerLet’s all pray, and ask for Heavenly, intervention to uplift our community to be more than water cooler tales and sordid outcomes of what are citizen meetings that should elevate our Town for the people who live here. When will the next League of Women Voters representative grace our Town Meetings?

And, to the League of Women Voters, I have no idea if you received a formal apology, but I’m extending a formal apology for our Town. Many of us were appalled, and so disappointed, in how you were treated. I know that Mrs. Farr, who passed recently, was a good member for many years and I am friends with her son and family – I’m very sorry the Town Council wasn’t as gracious and abundantly loving as I know she was.

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We are collectively very sorry you endured an altercation in visiting our Town’s meeting with information for us to be edified in under-standing impending potential legislation that we “need” to be informed regarding, and that you were not telling us what to believe, as was depicted.

Let’s pray for Carthage and see an image of beautification and growth and propriety and healthy outcomes based on quality living and innovative resources while revitalizing our community for revenue bursts that build citizenry through things other than social services, healthcare and litigation.

And, I sent a Letter to the Editor of a local news publication – let’s see if it gets printed.

What about your community? Small, insular, localities seem to have the most difficult time in creating a unified voice that all voters can benefit from . . .

If your town is getting it right . . . let’s hear what is happening.

If they are getting it wrong . . . let’s hear that too.

Perhaps we can arrive at solutions to share with our local leaders.

About the author: Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a resident of Carthage North Carolina, and lives in the Historic District in the J. F. Cole House, created in 1889. Originally from the metropolitan Washington DC area, she has resided in Hawaii, California, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland. Donna has published in excess of twenty thousand journalistic quality publications and was a syndicated columnist for many years, including business documentation and solicitations as well as books and poetry. She is a mother of five successful adult children and Grandmere’ to eleven (11) les enfants petits. Currently, she is working on a new book while publishing authors’ works, performing grant and proposal efforts and continuing as a publication guru.

Visit: http://www.donnaink.com or http://www.donnalquesinberry.com to learn about Ms. Quesinberry’s business pursuits.

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Audience

There was a time when I knew my audience innately and writing flowed to and Increasing Readershipthrough them but what happens if your audience changes? Recently, I’ve come to want more from my writing for the sake of audience and desire to include greater shares of readers. Albeit, this is altogether different than the audience changing, it is more closely related to an expanding horizon of readers.

 

How do you increase readership in a basic sense?
The answer is multi-fold. First, good writing. Second, consistent writing. Third, writing what you know and then, writing about what you know. It goes without saying, if you want readers to grow in number, your content must warrant them. In today’s quick-pace publishing landscape, how often do you see one novel from an author clearly well-edited that you thoroughly enjoyed; so much so, you research the author to learn more and find their website, blog, random media and additional materials. Taking a closer look you clearly note their Internet work is unedited and sometimes poorly written . . .  I don’t know about you but when this happens to me, I’m often disparaged and curious as to the variable. It makes for a tenuous budding reader interest on my part. The best use of every writer’s spare time is to “clean it up” on the Internet – make certain everything rings with a bell of clarity and consistency, with proper editing, featuring researched topics.

A mortal literary sin I’ve fallen victim to, is lack of consistency, not in relativity of accurate data but in seeming bursts of material followed by hiatus’ that can really put-off readers. And, I know it is a folly of mine, I’ve had since elementary school. When you have good writing that is relative throughout all your media with content you can even brag about – don’t stop there. Keep your eye on the ball, keep it in play, stay the course, move the game forward.

Expressly, if you are a blogger or entertaining syndicated columnist or features writer . . . don’t shirk readers with five weeks of effort followed by three weeks of off the radar. Readers have a synergy with writers, especially columnists and/or bloggers. People used to laugh at Internet bloggers when they came on the scene, the “Oh she’s just a blogger” was a chiding remark heard round about under the breath between others. Today, it is obvious, bloggers often experience take-off careers with par excellence! And, they earn them through consistent and loyal presentation.

Of course, writing Rules 101 states, “Write what you know.” Novice authors often think, “Well, I’m from XYZ, haven’t traveled the world, only know ABC, how can I write what I know and be compelling?” It seems like a reasonable question. Writing what you know is about morphing experience for reader consumption. For instance, you reside in a small town. All around you are characters and monumental visual imagery to share with readers – so many stories – so detailed and so riveting – so much so they entertain an entire landscape for generations. In writing what you know, take the bits and create original characters, combine some stories, take out the boring part, put your genre of spin on it and create a new community that is all your own that your readers will love to share. Or, if you are from the city, with its diversity, developing universal intonation when wielding the pen should come naturally, you can speak to the world – you know its characters.

So, content, consistency and knowing your story grabs readers who, in turn, share what entertains them and expands your reach.

How do you make a pivotal shift toward greater audience without compromising your writing style?
Your style is your own. Every writer is special in that regard. Many emerging authors start out wanting to write like a previously famous author and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – eventually their own voice emerges – but for a surety, all writers have a method that is theirs. The glory of a literary or nonfiction writing career, is the art. Every keystroke belongs to the writer who strikes it – just as every brush stroke belongs to the artist holding the paint brush.

Expanding your audience isn’t a sell-out. I know a famous artist who has famous artists for relatives. His family members market their work and earn a great living doing so but my friend believes it is a sell-out to broaden audience through sales and marketing. He believes his art should speak for itself. It is the classic, starving artist syndrome and while I see both viewpoints – I know the art is best served viewed. Regardless of what comes first, art or marketplace, each is essential to the audience – without the art their is no market and without marketing their is no realization of the art’s existence. The same is true for writers. In thinking of audience, and growth, you are not duping readers – you are privileging readers to have greater awareness and access to your work!

It isn’t a sell-out to increase readership through expanding writs within and around genre, target and secondary markets.

It is my hope we all reap our greatest intended rewards regarding our art and our audience!

About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. Donna
has five adult children and eleven grand-children. She also has two dogs
(Scuddle and Charlotte) from two states, and four cats (Cali, Garfield,
Jersey and Lucious), from three states. And, she’s thinking about getting a
goat and some laying hens in 2019. Ms. Quesinberry is also a federal proposal
and grant writer, business developer and capture administrator through dpInk
Ltd. Liability Company as Founder and CEO. She has a small publishing initiative through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as CEO and President. She has an inactive partnership, Developmental Arts and Community Services, L.L.P. as a General Partner and manages an Airbnb at the J. F. Cole House (J. F. Cole Mercantile, since 1889) in the historic district of downtown Carthage, North Carolina, where she is the Proprietor / Host along with her son, Mr. Hatcher who has a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) post-insult fifteen years. Donna has written and published works since childhood. She has over 10,000 published stories to her name. She is a former syndicated columnist, online university course instructor, author, poet and journalist/stringer and story writer. Her second volume of a poetic series is being released fall 2018 and a year plus over-due.