The end may, or may not, be near, local columnist T.J. Ray writes, but there is no doubt that there is a decline in our country and our culture. What’s ahead? It’s up to us, Ray writes. (July 10, 2014, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the use and misuse of the American flag, and stresses the importance of its proper use. (April 17, 2014, Page 4)
Editor Don Whitten writes about the history of Armistice and Veterans Day and urges all to thank the veterans they know and honor all that serve our country. (November 11, 2013, Page 4A)
What do you know about Syria – other than the fact that it’s the center of controversy and could spark military action from the United States and U.N.? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the situation and wonders if this is the time to be getting involved in another military action. (August 29, 2013, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the lack of respect shown for the U.S. flag, the national anthem and even the Pledge of Allegiance and urges all to learn the meaning behind those national symbols. (March 7, 2013, Page 4)
Veterans Day is Sunday and it’s time to seek out the veterans in your family, your neighborhood, your church, et cetera, Editor Don Whitten writes, to thank them for their service to our country and for giving us the rights we enjoy today. (November 9, 2012, Page 4A)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute to the man – Sergeant Major Henry Dawkins – who played a key role in shaping his life-long beliefs and actions during a tour of military duty. (June 14, 2011, Page 4)
Do you get bothered when people use the term “old fogies” about older citizens? Local columnist T.J. Ray does, too, and he was upset with a recent piece titled “Old Fogie Pride” that came his way – until he gave it a closer look. (May 20, 2011, Page 4A)
After almost selling out last year, organizers of this year’s International Christmas Market at the First Presbyterian Church are offering a special premier party Friday night for those who pay a $5 entry fee.
Profits from the sale and Friday’s entry fee will be donated to Oxford Medical Ministries, which provides medical care to the working poor with no insurance
The merchandise being sold has all been created by artisans from countries around the world, including Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India.
The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian on Van Buren Avenue. (October 7, 2010, Page 2)
News Editor Jonathan Scott notes that today marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and he recalls that time in his life with brothers in the service and growing up wondering about whether the war would end before he turned 18. Memories of stories from family and others who served in Vietnam are important, Scott writes, and he notes that local veteran Gene Hays has penned a book, “Year of the Monkey,” that tells some of those stories we need to hear. (April 30, 2010, Page 4A)