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Columns and Editorials

  • It’s okay for children to be around funerals

    Michael Duncan

     

    I first saw the little boy about thirty minutes before the funeral was scheduled to begin. I guessed him to be six or seven years old. He was standing at the edge of the chapel, looking toward the open casket. As I watched, he slowly approached the casket where his mother stood looking at the body of her father.

    “I thought you were with your dad,” the mother said.

  • ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS YOUTH

    The Eminence Rotary club sponsored four ninth grade students from Henry County at a Rotary Youth Leadership Camp in Greenville. They participated with students from around the state in team and leadership skill building activities during the weekend camp. The students were honored at the Rotary meeting on Oct. 15. Pictured from left are Tatiana Perez (EIS) Izabelle Miller (HCHS) and  Jacob Watson (HCHS). Jeremy Beach (EIS) was not able to attend.

  • Making the trip back to Henry County

    By Candy Clarke

    Ahhh. It feels so good to be back in Henry County! After more than nine days on the road; our little place in Henry County could rival the Biltmore House. At least in my eyes. Even Gunner Puppy was happy not to ride any more — a rarity since he loves to ride in any type of vehicle. It’s a long trip from North Pole, Alaska, to Henry County, but well worth every minute of it.

  • We could take a lesson from bike gang

    By Michael Duncan

    My cousin Rickie was a born hunter.  He was only two years old when he made his first solo hunt.  Sometime during the morning, he left home wearing only his diaper and was accompanied by his dad’s two hunting dogs.  Shortly after he left, he was missed.

  • October in Alaska is a wild ride

    By Candy Clark

    October is a month of contradictions for Alaskans. We begin the month with the beautiful autumnal colors of fall and end the month shoveling snow. Whether raking leaves or shoveling snow; life, for Alaskans in Interior Alaska changes drastically during October.

    Our days get shorter; many of us leave for work in darkness and return home in darkness. Exterior home improvement projects must be completed before the wood or glass freeze solid for six months. Any outside painting  needs to be finished for the same reason.

  • It all belongs to God... and us, too

    The Psalmist declared, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1 NRSV

    Really? Well, of course the Lord created heaven and earth and all living things. I know that. Is that what the Psalmist meant? Maybe, but maybe more is meant.

  • A full report after my first Harvest Showcase

    Disclaimer: please read the following with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
    After attending my first Harvest Showcase, I must say I am disappointed.
    I didn’t have the opportunity to spend $20 dollars attempting to win an anemic gold fish in a plastic bowl. No chance to bust a few balloons for a Black Sabbath mirror or purchase a $5 plastic souvenir lemonade bottle which could’ve added to the shelves of useless cabinet clutter.

  • Wildlife has right-of-way on the Alcan

    By Candy Clarke

    Traveling the historic Alcan Highway is always an adventure in itself.

    The highway, built as a joint effort between Canada and the United States during World War II, still serves as the main highway to Alaska. You never know who or what you will encounter around the next curve or at the top of the next hill! It could be incredible scenery, messy road construction, an animal, or interesting travelers.

  • Awed: God takes notice

    A young boy stood in the center of the driveway of his family’s home. Beside him was a small telescope, mounted on a tripod. It was early in the afternoon on a hot summer day. The boy had attached a round, white screen to the eyepiece of the telescope.

    According to the boy’s science teacher, a total eclipse was to happen on that particular day. The telescope with its white screened eyepiece was aimed directly at the sun.

  • 1887: 43.5 acres purchased for $400

    200 Years Ago

    On July 27, 1812, two citizens were before the county court on the charge of breach of peace.  Both were found guilty and fined for their actions (no explanation given).  Peter Troutman was fined $4.17 and William O’Nan was fined $8.

    On July 24, 1812, Isaac Green posted a marriage bond for 50 pounds in order to secure a license to marry Nancy Roberts, daughter of James Roberts.  The bond was co-signed by James Roberts.  The wedding ceremony was performed on July 30, 1812, by the Rev. Isaac Malin.

    175 Years Ago