Remembering and honoring our nation’s fallen heroes

Memorial Day is a day when we come together to honor and remember the servicemen and women who answered America’s call to service and paid the supreme price.  Memorial Day is the time for Americans, as one body, to stand up and say, “Thank you. We remember you. We are eternally grateful for your ultimate sacrifice.” “For the love of country, […]

Susan Steen: Relationship with parents succeeds in both directions

“And teach your parents well …And feed them on your dreamsThe one they pick’s the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them, ‘Why?’If they told you, you will crySo just look at them and sighAnd know they love you.” –Graham Nash It was January 1965. The couple received a call that a little 5-month-old baby girl was still […]

Jack McCall: Even whistling is music to my ears

I sang in a choir Sunday. The production was months in the making. The choral director, Robert B. Thurman, is a longtime friend. He and my wife, Kathy, share the same birthday and the same middle name. He and I go back a long way. He and Kathy go back a longer way. They sang together in a youth group […]

Who needs you? Or better yet, who do you need?

Recently a volunteer with Community Life Ride shared about her decision to volunteer with the senior adult ministry at her church. She felt led to be around people who were a bit more seasoned than her and thought she surely could be a help to them. Around the same time, she also became a volunteer driver with Community Life Ride. […]

Considerations for choosing an in-home care provider

As people age, many require assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. For those who want to stay in their own homes, in-home care can be a good option. But how do you choose the right provider? Here are some things to consider: 1. Services offered: Make sure the provider offers the services you […]

‘Thirty-two and living in the basement’

“Who gives this woman to this man today?”  In a traditional wedding, this often is the first words uttered from the officiant’s mouth. When our oldest daughter got married, I didn’t think a thing of it when my husband was asked this question when he walked her down the aisle. His answer was “her mother and I.” My husband and I […]

Trust In God’s Plan

When you’re up on the mountain and everything is going your way, Keep your feet firmly planted and continue to pray, For life has a way of changing in the blink of an eye, And the mountain you were once on, no longer touches the sky, Nothing has changed for God is still on his throne, And you, as his […]

Recognizing exceptional faculty work

Commencement is over and done with (it was great! And exhausting!), and the halls of SRB are extraordinarily quiet at the moment, except for the whirr of the floor cleaners as our godsend janitorial staff buffs some of the semester’s wear and tear off the building. The end of spring semester is a time of celebration, of course, and commencement […]

Susan Steen: Great teachers give us a love of learning

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” — Kahlil Gibran Mr. Hill will always be a teacher I remember. He allowed me to figure things out on my own. Well, I, along with a travel agent and many pages in […]

Commission saves county over 13K removing properties from FEMA grant

The unfortunate demolition of the Old School House/Community Center on Hwy. 25 in Cottontown in September 2022 set off a community firestorm. The fires are only getting hotter from all sides. Part of that firestorm includes a property at 2268 Hwy 25 in Cottontown where the Old Historic Post Office and the Old Postmaster’s Home reside. This was one of […]

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