Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson: In the age of COVID, model railroads find new relevance

As a child I spent part of my summers with my mother’s parents in Portsmouth, Va. Granddaddy and Grandma Kee didn’t officially live in the country. But they had chickens, a mule and a huge garden field alongside the house where they grew green beans by the bushel and sold them at a local market.
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Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson has joined Rosendin as a Senior Project Manager based in the Charlotte office. A graduate of the IBEW Sound and Communications Apprenticeship, Allen brings more than 20 years of electrical experience in a variety of roles including estimating and project management. Allen’s areas of expertise include commercial construction, data centers, and high-technology projects. He is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and coaching little league.
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Martinsville Bulletin

Allen Johnson: What in the world did I do to anger a carload of strangers?

I took a stroll the other night to the songs of cicadas, punctuated every now and then by a chorus of nightbirds, with scattered amens from barking dogs. Overhead bats fluttered in nervous orbits around streetlights, but never too close for comfort. Occasionally, a plane would wink its way across...

Allen Johnson

Allen W. “Swede” Johnson, 75, of the Township of Northfield (York), passed away at home surrounded by loved ones in the early morning of May 16, 2021 from cancer. He was born November 25, 1945 in Winona, MN to Arnold and Ruth (Dahl) Johnson. He married Judy Flatland from Eau Claire on August 29, 1970.

Allen Johnson: For a time, at least, Greensboro had its own Liz Cheney

As expected, House Republicans in D.C. cynically booted a staunch conservative, Liz Cheney, to the curb last week for refusing to declare unconditional adoration for His Exalted Wonderfulness, Donald Trump. But even more amazing than the GOP’s willful descent into darkness was Cheney’s stubborn refusal to go along. Or to...

Allen Johnson: At long last the mystery of Mr. Ed Page is revealed

I want to be like Ed Page when I grow up. There are few of us at the paper who are as well-liked or universally popular with readers, no matter their political persuasion or background. Almost always, your emails to Ed are generous and gracious and respectful. “Good morning, Mr....

Allen Johnson: Ronnie Long is mad as hell. You would be, too.

For now, at least, Ronnie Long wants no part of either. He is mad as hell. And it’s easy to understand why. Long has had nearly 44 years of his life stolen from him for a crime he didn’t commit. A sloppy and willfully negligent miscarriage of justice sealed his...

Allen Johnson: Melvin's gotten lots of things right ... Nov. 3 isn't one of them

Jim Melvin is right about everything and don’t you forget it. The former mayor and current president of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation has rarely been shy about expressing his opinions, unvarnished and unexpurgated. Such was the case when I first met Jim … and we first disagreed. I don’t...
Seymour, TNMountain Press

Christopher “CJ” Allen Johnson

Christopher “CJ” Allen Johnson, 50, of Seymour, Tennessee, was called to Heaven on Monday, March 15, 2021. He was employed by Denso Manufacturing for the past 6 years. CJ had a passion for music and loved playing pool. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Virginia Ruth Parker Justice...
Daytona Beach News-Journal

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: Allen Johnson accepted health risks to lead Pine Ridge rebuild

Allen "B.J." Johnson felt content with his original decision to sit out the high school football season this past fall. First diagnosed with congestive heart failure in May 2019, Johnson resigned as Deltona High's coach at the conclusion of that year's campaign. He later cited health concerns as part of the reason for his departure.

Allen Johnson: Is the new, improved Skip Alston here to stay?

No one around here my be as practiced in the art of local politics as Melvin “Skip” Alston. Ask anyone, friend or foe, who knows Alston, a Democrat, and they’ll tell you how smart he is and well-versed on every nut, bolt and washer in the machinery of county government.

Allen Johnson: You name it, we throw it away, anywhere. Slobs are us.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the saying goes. Most of the time it’s just trash. I see it for myself on daily walks along Elm-Eugene Street and JJ Drive. There’s the unsightly (wrappers, plastic bottles, beer cans); the unusual (shoes, socks and other articles of clothing; tires, screws and mysterious metal fragments) and the downright disgusting (used condoms).

Allen Johnson: Our readers are right about local vaccinations

When a sudden downpour of positive letters about local COVID-19 vaccinations flooded our inbox recently, please forgive me for being suspicious. Rarely in this job have I seen so many people agree on an issue. Many of the letters gushed about the pleasantness and efficiency of the process at the...

Allen Johnson: Slowly, our memorials are beginning to reflect us all

As this community, this state and this nation continue to grapple with the question of historic monuments, perhaps one thing we can all agree on is that some Americans are vastly underrepresented in marble and stone. So it’s encouraging to hear that a Guilford County lawmaker is trying to help...