The deadline for our competition in collaboration with the Clifton Forge Camera Club is looming near. The deadline for submitting your photo of your favourite place in town is on the 11th this month. The winner will be revealed, along with a gallery display of all contributions, at the Cliff View Inn Conservatory at 1pm the 25th of October.
Clifton Forge Telegraph is now accepting submissions. Got a question for Auntie Em? You can either drop a note in the mailbox just outside of our office or email one of the editors! All communication with be kept strictly anonymous. Whether it’s advice, rumors, or leads that you want in the paper; we’re accepting all submissions at this time.
Additionally, we are now hiring! Got an itch for journalism? Want to interview the walks of life of Clifton Forge, and follow the latest news? Then Clifton Forge Telegraph is the occupation for you. We are also accepting applications for photographers as well! Contact Blair Stagger (lauraisnotonfire) or Caspian Douglas (GaiusVincent) to submit your application today.
“It’s important that our generation takes the necessary steps to build the world up. With our current leaders, things aren’t getting done properly. I pride myself on being the first one outside with a sign to let others know it’s okay to be themselves.
Back home, I had the chance to march for women’s rights as well as LGBTQ+ and black lives. I don’t know if you’ve ever protested but it feels your entire being up with pride and joy. Did we experience some violence? Yes. But this didn’t come from our side. We were peaceful. The opposing side is who shot rubber bullets and maced us. It turned it from peaceful to violence.”
– Blair Stagger
Dear Aunty Em,
I met a man when I was interviewing him, and I immediately became infatuated with him. We went on a date and he convinced me that I was his light, and that he needed a family. And wanted me to have that family with. One thing led to another, and now I’m pregnant – but the father was nowhere to be found. I’ve texted him multiple times and received nothing back.
He came back recently and told me that he was in a ‘coma’. With no details. He’s convincing me again that he wants to be with me, but I feel like I’ve ruined my life only at 23. Should I just give into this being my life now? Should I trust him?
The Red-Headed Light
First let me offer my heart felt congratulations on your pregnancy. Honestly, this was a difficult question for my to conquer for many reasons. There are many layers to pull a part and analyze and discuss here, but I will try to answer your question the best I can.
While that is an incredibly fast timeline, your life is your own. Much of your hesitance to trust the father of your child likely stems from simply not knowing him. Spend some time with him. Spend a lot of time with him. Get to know him. See if you think you can trust him. Without knowing him, I cannot in good conscious, tell you whether he is trustworthy or not. Just because he is the father of your child does not mean you must be with him. We are, after all, in the 21st century.
Now, let me be very clear, here. He should give you more details. I believe this is something that you should press him on. If he is telling the truth about his coma, you should know if it was a health issue, for the future of your child. If it was a situation including another person or a situation he got himself into, these are also things you should know for your safety and that of you child. If he truly wants a life with you, he should be willing to let you in.
As far as you giving into your life. Life never goes the way we want it. While it is ultimately your body and your decision what happens at this moment and the rest of your life, a child is far from a death sentence. School, career, travel, all of this is possible with a child. Your life is not over. That is so important for you to remember. This child will be a source of love and inspiration you didn’t know you could achieve. This child’s father doesn’t need to be part of it. You are a strong, fierce woman. You got this.
Have you noticed a recent upswing of fighting all over town recently? And have you also noticed how suddenly all this fighting has come to an end? Let us assure you. The fights have not ended, but only gone below ground.
For roughly a month now, citizens of Clifton Forge have been engaged in an underground fighting tournament hosted by a mysterious unknown organisation. And the prize? The winner is said to be awarded by a cash prize, and will be allowed to request a special boon from this mysterious group themselves.
Do not be alarmed! This is all in good fun. According to one of the competitors, who has requested to remain anonymous, all kinds of people are competing. “There are people with both physical and mental disabilities, and we even have a pregnant lady!” they told us during our brief chat.
The question however remains. Who are these mysterious benefactors of this contest? Is there a new group of well doers in our sleepy little town? Or a new crime syndicate growing its roots under ground? Perhaps it’s just a group of hackers and hobbyists getting together for a laugh? Only one thing is known. They sure seem resourceful.