Editorial: ‘The Ballad of Ken Gamble’

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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Come and listen to a story of a man named Ken

Poor town manager barely kept his big pride in

Then one day he was flipping through his mail

And out popped an idea, for this we can’t fail.

All American City that is. Pure gold. Davie tea.

Well, the first thing you know, ol’ Ken’s formed a team

They meet and meet and meet and meet, working on that


Colorado, you know, that’s where we need to go

We’ll take some of our brightest, and give them quite the


You know Colorado. Rockies. Coors. Broncos. Pot shops.

Well, now it’s time to say goodbye to Ken and all his


And they would like to thank you guys for sharing your


They’ll all be back next week, after giving it their best

And we’ll all be better off, sorry for the rest.

Colorado Cronies, that’s what they call ‘em now,

Nice folks. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

Like usual, I apologize to Paul Hennings, who wrote the original “Ballad of Jed Clampett.” (I still watch the Beverly Hillbillies occasionally just to hear the music.)

Ken Gamble, Mocksville Town Manager, is speerheading a team of folks filled with civic pride that is applying for the All-American City Award for Davie County. The ceremony is this weekend. We wish them luck, and know they’ll make us proud.

Heck, we’re already proud. That’s why we applied in the first place.

– Mike Barnhardt