This Week in Milford

November 11, 2019

The Education Beat

Filed under: Marjie Ducey, Substandard Sherlocks, Walking and Talking — nedryerson @ 6:34 am


Last week, Gil shared his suspicions about Chet Ballard with Marjie Ducey. He was just “curious” if it was Chet who called the Milford Star with an anonymous tip about Chance Macy’s record of misbehavior in school.

Now it looks like Marjie is picking up the ball and running with it. There might be a story here! So she’s conferring with a new character, Niah. She’s an education writer at The Star.

What? I’m gonna have to let that sink in. There’s an “education writer” at The Star? Does Niah cover the school board? Has she ever covered any of the other weird goings on in the school system, like reality shows filming at Milford High or assorted school board blowhards getting smacked down by Coach Thorp? Given the idiocy that has gone on in Milford, I’m going to assume that up until this point, the press has not served as a bulwark against unethical practices in the school system. So I’m going to assume that the Star’s education beat probably just involves putting bus schedules and cafeteria menus in print. Which means Marjie might be on her own in developing solid sources.

Maybe Niah will prove me wrong. If she truly has a nose for a story like this, she might just snatch it away from Marjie and run with it in the hopes of raising her profile and getting out of Tank Town. Or maybe we could have a chick fight to lift us out of the doldrums.


  1. Yeah. Wtf is a “education writer”? I don’t think such positions or titles exist, even at a real paper, like the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, or Washington Post, much less a puppy training device like the “Milford Star”. R&W are really diggin’ deep to scrape whatever they can from the bottom of the barrel with this one.

    Comment by franku2016 — November 11, 2019 @ 8:08 am

  2. At least they didn’t claim she’s just the education writer, so we can figure Niah also covers city council, DPW, police log & interviewing everyone in Mfnrd who turns 90.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 11, 2019 @ 8:27 am

  3. Wasn’t the Milford Star the paper that took down Nixon?

    Comment by billytheskink — November 11, 2019 @ 8:38 am

  4. Gil’s been stealing for years by “coaching “ and “teaching”. The hard hitting rag Milford Star has not uncovered that corruption yet. Or the disappearance of the Thorp kids. Thorp has them in his back pocket more than Obama had the whole damn media in his!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 11, 2019 @ 9:22 am

  5. I guess what gets me is that this “investigation” has all the setting of a story in “Encyclopedia Brown Guns ’em Down”. If his police chief dad discovers the Idaville State Bank spray-painted with “Encyclopedia and Gil go behind closed doors!!!!!!!!!!!” and it came down to Bugs Meany and The Partridge Family, I think people know whom his dad would send Encyclopedia to first.

    Couldn’t you see the answer section?
    “…trapped in his lies, Greg Brady confessed. He admitted he had broken into the Milford School Board Annex and stolen all of Chance’s records that he kept hidden under Greg’s baseball card collection and agreed to In-School Suspension at Milford High for 2 weeks. And Chance got off the DL from a Charlie Horse to score the winning TD that night.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am

  6. Actually, papers used to have “education writers” and the big ones still do. Thirty years ago, local dailies had full staffs, usually with ten or more full time reporters who tended to specialize. Now, most locals are part of huge chains, often with no more than two or three actual writers at the local paper. The rest comes from tears from the parent company, such as Gannet, the USA Today chain. This trend, aggravated by TV news, is not limited to small markets, either. When I was a kid there were ten or more major dailies in New York, now we’re down to the “big four” and the Brooklyn Eagle.

    Comment by vaganova — November 11, 2019 @ 11:17 am

  7. 1. As a former newspaper guy, YES — Education writers are a thing… But they’re usually focused on bigger picture stuff like the school board happenings or bus driver strikes, or whatever…

    2. I hate this storyline even more than the usual bullshit seasonal storylines because in the short five years I’ve been reading this strip, Gilberto+Kaz have multiple instances of invading the privacy of their players (and sometimes their parents), along with illegal snooping, spying and surveillance on par with old Communist Hungary, and nobody EVER drops a dime on his smug holier-than-thou ass…

    3. I was happy to see Tru Standish’s Wake Forest get their asses kicked in Blacksburg on Saturday… Fun times!

    Comment by hitorque — November 11, 2019 @ 11:39 am

  8. And how long ago did Marjie hear this phone call? Had to be a month ago. Just now she’s asking her colleague about it? Dont they see each other 5 -6 days a week? What takes so long to ask about it? Again we waste time on these trivial conversations. Now we need another day for her answer. By Thanksgiving maybe we’ll play another game.


    Comment by robmize2013 — November 11, 2019 @ 12:27 pm

  9. October 24th. 18 days ago.

    Comment by robmize2013 — November 11, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

  10. @hitorque. Agree with the non-stop snooping angle that this strip takes on lately, especially since it’s usually a minor that is the victim of the snooping. If it isn’t Gil/Kaz doin’ the snooping, it’s some other busy-body(s), like Daphne D., Andre Ruffin, the softball girls, the video geeks, and the Aaron Aagard friends club to name a few. All snoopers seem to have a clueless female/mom character at their side too. Chet needs to be dismissed from the board and sued by Chance’s guardians, but with this being Milford, no such thing will ever happen.

    Comment by franku2016 — November 11, 2019 @ 12:42 pm

  11. Hitorque, LOVED your Communist Hungary comparison. The Party will get Chance’s records. Or Chet’s(ha). And I can relate to your Standish’s Demon Deacs comment. Fun times indeed.

    Ned and the TWIMers, I would like to remember our Veterans on Veterans Day. I would like to single out 2 people, Leonard Thomas Hardin, my grandfather, a WWI Veteran who served as a cook in the Army and Gabriel Feltner, Jr., my stepfather, a WWII Veteran, who served in infantry in the Navy. Without their sacrifices, I don’t have the freedom to express my views and enjoy the many things life has to offer. May God be with them.
    Please do your part to do SOMETHING for Veterans. I always shake the hand of 1 Veteran per day but whatever you do, do SOMETHING. Our Veterans deserve it.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 11, 2019 @ 2:41 pm

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