• Chataunga, now Brock, Mountain

    Chataunga Mountain has been moved about considerably on maps, being placed all the way from 25 miles to 71 miles from its exact location, according to an article, “Chataunga Mountain and the Cherokee Line” by Virginia McAdams in the Independence County Chronicle’s January 1961 edition …

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  • Lessons from my 12-year-old

    My laptop computer has been having some issues for months. It stopped connecting to the Internet, the sound quit working and appeared to be plagued with viruses despite having anti-virus software installed. From time to time I would try to fix it but would eventually …

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  • 2012 deadline nears

    It’s not quite time for the new year to roll in, but close enough to tell you that I have not accomplished my 2012 resolutions of losing weight, saving money, getting organized, etc. As it stands right now, I am a big fat loser. It’s …

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  • Anniversaries and conspiracies

    While many Americans were considering all they had to be thankful for and/or making shopping lists, there was an anniversary that went largely unnoticed amidst all the Black Friday hoopla, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the 35th president …

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  • ’Tis the season to be early

    We all know Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year in part due to retailers who bombard shoppers with all the fa-la-la-la of the season even when the long days of summer are still in the air or channels like Hallmark or Lifetime …

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  • Just another day at the office

    My job isn’t boring but every once in a while it gets a lot more interesting. On Monday morning two community service workers walked away from work detail and the police were searching for them in a wooded area. I heard it come over the …

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  • Action, words have consequences

    Vickie Freemyer loved life. She loved her family. She loved her students. And most importantly, she loved her 2-month-old granddaughter who was the newest addition to her family. Every day was a new adventure for the 52-year-old gifted and talented teacher. In addition to her …

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  • Blessings all around

    Thanksgiving is here, and you don’t even have to wonder what Gary and I are thankful for this year. A lot of our friends are doing a 30 days of thanksgiving but I have thanksgiving in my heart every month since little Kaylee Ann got …

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  • Do you remember when?

    Remember when: • Your garbage disposal sat at the back door, wagged its tail and never needed a repairman on Thanksgiving? • Your BFF (best friend forever) really was and still is. • You could open your glove box and sit two drinks, a sandwich and an order …

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  • ‘Clothier to the King’ dies at 85

    The combination of pink and black. Pegged pants. Two-tone shoes. Flipped collars. Elvis Presley may have made it popular but Benard Lansky is credited for supplying him and others, rock stars and common folk alike, with the look of “cool.” He died Thursday at the …

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  • Useless Thanksgiving facts

    I am one of those people who love useless facts. Although they are called “useless” I believe anytime you learn something you haven’t wasted your time. Here some facts about Thanksgiving that most people don’t know: • There is an “Unthanksgiving Day“ that commemorates the struggle …

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  • Disaster disappointments

    It never ceases to amaze me how people act/react when a natural disaster strikes them. A few go into survival mode, for they have prepared in advance; others go into the gripe mode (to put it mildly). Specifically I’m thinking of all the folks along …

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