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New York Times (New York, NY), June 7, 2005
In county made rich by golf, some enclaves are left behind
by Shaila Dewan
Golf has made Moore County rich. There are spas, country clubs and new $2 million homes. The United States Open, to be held later this month on the most famous of the county's 43 golf courses, is expected to bring $124 million to the state. But as developers rush to provide "resort quality" amenities in the newest subdivisions, some neighborhoods have been left behind - without sewers, police service, garbage pickup or even, in some cases, piped water. Read the story.
photo by Lohn Loomis
Tolerance.org (Online), May 25, 2005
REDNECKOPOLY': Cashing in on stereotypes
by Carrie Kilman
No stranger to controversy, the maker of the board game Ghettopoly is creating a new stir with his latest Monopoly-style game, Redneckopoly. Some say the game -- with squares that feature moonshine, crystal meth and Klan rallies -- exploits offensive stereotypes about rural people. "Stereotypes in the marketplace let us write off a group of people," Tim Marema, vice president of the Center for Rural Strategies. "You don't have to consider their humanity. In the end, we're all weaker for it." Read the story.
Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), June 8, 2005
Rural life sour for disabled in Utah
by Kirsten Stewart
Safe, clean and friendly - rural communities are supposed to represent the best of America. But for people living with disabilities in rural Utah, life is anything but idyllic. A team of surveyors from the Disability Law Center, who recently studied 278 disabled citizens in 26 Utah counties, found conditions were worse than expected. "We talk a good game about love and compassion," said the Center's director, Fraser Nelson. "These people are living lives that are really quite shocking." Read the story.
Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY), June 05, 2005
Breeders have their say
by Peter Mathews
When state police raided an elaborate cockfighting operation in Montgomery County, Kentucky, on April 16 and cited more than 500 people for animal cruelty, it brought new attention to an old sport -- one with deep cultural roots in rural America and around the world. Today, 48 states have outlawed cockfighting, including Kentucky. An official with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals calls the activity "ancient Rome with rifle racks and beer," describing supporters of the sport as "cruel and heartless." But many cockfighters think the personal criticism is unfair. "Compared to people in government, chicken fighters are a better class of people," says Wayne Elkins, who breeds gamefowl. "This bunch tells you something, you can count on it." Read the story.
photo by David Perry
Oregonian (Portland, OR), June 5, 2005
Rural effort closing gap on nurse shortage
by Richard Cockle
Small communities often have a hard time attracting nurses to staff hospitals, and the accelerating medical needs of aging baby boomers aggravate the shortage, but a nursing program at the Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University hopes is training rural residents at home to become nurses. Eighteen nursing students are enrolled in the three-year Rural Frontier Delivery Program, and thirty-two are scheduled to be enrolled in the fall. Unofficially, it's known as a "grow your own" program because students train in the same communities where they will work, said clinical instructor Erin. Read the story.
For more rural news, visit the web log of the the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based at the University of Kentucky.