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Fifteen to twenty people have been meeting since February planning June Fest hoping to enhance the Motley Fair experience this year. This group of determined retiree’s, business people, representatives of various Motley organizations wanting to create a destination every June for families, Motley...
We would like to invite everyone to the Motley Fair! This year the Motley Fair and Motley June Fest are being held in conjunction with each other so there will something for everyone to do.  The fair runs June 17-19 and June Fest activities will be June 18 and 19. On Friday the fair will be...
Lots of folks fly the flag every day as a show of patriotism, but what many might not know is there are specific rules outlined in the U.S. Flag Code concerning its display. For example, flying the flag 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is not necessarily appropriate. If you fly the flag at night, it...
Editor’s Note: Two dates rapidly approaching on the calendar caught our attention. We hope they are of as much interest to our readers as they are us.   Our legal foundation Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers with reverential awe, as if they alone gave birth to representative democracy,...
City of Motley tax dollars The City of Motley has lost another employee - Terri Smith, the city clerk/treasurer. In the last year or so the city has lost one chief of police, two police officers, one deputy clerk and one attorney. The city now has one police chief, one part-time police officer, no...
Fabulous foodie night Egg drop soup, made-from-scratch egg rolls, fried rice, General Tao’s chicken and cream cheese wontons with zesty Suracha sauce. This was the menu for the Chinese cooking class held this past Saturday evening sponsored by Staples Motley Community Education. There were only...
On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces. We honor the memory of those who lost their lives protecting our nation’s freedom, and we salute all those who have served in our military past and present. Their selfless dedication reminds...
I went to my first military funeral in November 2003. A local newspaper wrote that Jacob Fletcher, a 28-year-old private from Long Island, N.Y., was being buried with military honors at the national cemetery in Pinelawn. U.S. troops had already died in Iraq, and I believed deeply that their...
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! This Friday, you will achieve something you will value for the rest of your lives - a Staples-Motley High School diploma.  It has been a joy to watch this senior class during my first year at Staples-Motley. Even with the days of “senioritis,” these students...
    In June of 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed increasing the salaries test used to determine if an employee is eligible for overtime from the current threshold of $23,660 to $50,440 annually. This means that employees – such as managers, supervisors and other professionals who are...

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