Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:

Free Political Consulting – From a Main Street Bench – Stepheny Is In

  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  Buckminster Fuller       You’ll pardon the use of a political slogan that is a cliche … Continue reading

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Looking for a Way to Help Save Main Street? Sign This Online Letter of Support

  Many of you have asked, “How can I help?” Here is your chance by simply signing an online petition to show community support for a Facade Grant Program that is being considered by City Council.     Our Downtown … Continue reading

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A Downtown Facade Grant Program Being Considered by Rocky Mount City Council

Believe me, this is an important step when talking about saving Main Street. Programs across the country, regardless of what they are called, that have focused on the restoration and renovation of the facades of their commercial Main Street buildings, have … Continue reading

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Don’t Lose Sight Of The Issues At Hand With The Rocky Mount City Council

An Editorial on Main Street Rocky Mount – SFH Who Stayed Up All Night and Thought of This? That was my original reaction to the announcement of a new city manager. She came with a dark cloud over her head … Continue reading

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Another Prism of Light in Rocky Mount – Steve Felton

I spent time with Steve Felton this week. Among many things, he is a Financial Advisor and Franchise Owner of Carolina Capital Advisors, – Ameriprise Financial. He started his business at age 24 in 1985. I knew of him through his … Continue reading

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‘Planting Your Flag in the Ground’ – Another City Council Meeting

“If you have eyes to see past the broken glass and boarded facades, if you look up as I do, you will see what I see. Commercial architecture holding the heartbeat and stories of Rocky Mount.” -Stepheny Houghtlin This quote … Continue reading

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They Call Me – Machaven – Great News – I’m Back!

  “The old house had a thousand doors in it. All old houses do. You can see them if you know how to look: the noontime shadow of a windowpane crawling with intent across a floor; unmeasured angles of wall … Continue reading

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