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Columns and Editorials

  • When a receipt is more than a receipt

    File those Receipts

    When we bought our home in 1992, we installed ceiling fans in every room. I know decorators hate them, but who cares what they think? Anyway, in 2008, my Mom reached up and pulled the chain on the fan in her bedroom and kaboom! It shorted out and burst into a ball of fire.

    Thankfully, my husband was home and he was able to disconnect it and save the night without anyone getting hurt or the house burning down.

  • Confessions of a rebate addict

    Oh, how I love to get paid to shop! I adore getting checks in the mail for things I normally buy. There’s just something about it that makes me smile. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars back from rebating in the form of checks and gift cards. Want examples? Here are a few:

  • Will you be your neighbor’s neighbor?

    After years of bouncing from one dead-end job to another, George finally landed the one for which he was created. Some of his friends didn’t think the job was so great, but George did.

    He liked the work. He got along with his co-workers, he had a good relationship with his supervisor, and the company’s clients liked him. Plus, the salary, while not great, paid the bills. George was a good employee. He gave a full day’s work for his pay, and he was willing when necessary to stay past quitting time or to come in early.

  • Coupon basics from the Goddess

    I digressed a bit last week with a lesson about online shopping. Hope you didn’t mind too much. Today, we’re back to coupons and I’m going to give you the basics.

    There is a difference between a purchase and a transaction. Each individual item is one purchase. All of your items together make up a transaction. Seems rudimentary, I know, but some cashiers need to be educated on this point.

  • 1862: James Cureton buys 65 acres on Drennon Creek for $1,007.50

    200 Years Ago

    Hugh Baker, constable of Henry County, presented a bill to the February 1812 term of County Court for $10.75.  The bill was for arresting Lawson Moore, Margaret Hammon, and Ann, James and Amos Kelly on charges of committing a felony (unspecified) in March and April of 1811.  Part of the bill was for summoning witnesses at the rate of 12.5-cents each.

  • February 1952: Halcyon Hotel Owner found dead

    Hotel Owner found dead

    Charles W. Bauer, 76, owner and operator of the Halcycon Hotel, farmer, and extensive property owner at Eminence, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon. He had been to the Henry County Clinic in the morning and returned to the hotel.

    He went to the furnace room and while upstairs evidently suffered a heart attack and fell. He was dead on the stairway when found by Mayor A.N. Miles.

  • Date violence prevalent among teens

    When asked about problems facing young people today, you might think about drug use, teen pregnancy, depression, or cyber bullying. These are all important issues, but did you know that dating violence is one of the most prevalent issues affecting “tweens” and teens between ages 11 and 19? One study shows 1.5 million high school students have experienced some type of physical abuse by a dating partner in the past year.

  • An Opportunity to Create Jobs: Will the President Act?

    At a time when more than 13 million Americans are unemployed, we should be doing everything it can to create a stable atmosphere for our economy and encourage job creation. 

  • Relishing the pleasure of snow

    I am one happy camper this week; we have snow! I am one of those people who love the snow. Do I sound like an overgrown kid? That’s probably because I revert to being a child again when it snows.    

    The rest of the adult world may see snow as being problematic, but I see it through a child’s eyes, and I light up brighter than a Christmas tree when I see the white fluffy stuff falling from the sky.

    Nature’s white blanket has always delighted me. As a child, snow meant we might have a day off from school.

  • The Bible: Breath of life or smothering weight?

    After all these years, the Bible remains a best-selling book.  For many, it is a source of life and inspiration.  For some, it is a window through which the revelation of God shines. For others, it can be a smothering weight.

    I can’t remember a time when I did not read the Bible.  I still have my first Bible, which I received as a Christmas present when I was 5 years old. My name is written on the presentation page, in pencil, in my father’s handwriting.  It is the only example I have of his handwriting.  I cherish that Bible.