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Children learn to cope with life’s hard knocks

Camp CourageBy Joe Starkey“I love my mommy and she’s gone and I’m so lost.” The quietly crying young voice from the middle of the chapel expressed the collective soul of the campers and counselors of Camp Courage. The Brave Heart Ceremony conducted the evening of the 3rd day of Camp Courage gives each camper the…

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When pastor takes wrong turn, church hits ditch

When pastor takes a wrong turn, church hits a ditch By Charita M. Goshay It’s only May, but the Rev. Chan Chandler likely will be a finalist for my year-end “Thunk on the Head Awards.”{{more}}The Waynesville, N.C., minister caused an uproar recently after it was learned he led an effort to oust nine members of…

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Aids and African Americans

We have to talk about itBy Rachel Smith, MABig Country Aids ResourcesHIV is one of those things we would all like to believe will not touch our lives. Like cancer, or drunk drivers, or teen pregnancy. It?s one of those things, like the boogey man in the dark closet, that we would prefer to keep…

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Childers Assumes Presidency

Childers Assumes Presidency of Texas City Management Association Rickey Childers, City Manager of Longview, will assume the office of President of the Texas City Management Association in Galveston at it?s annual conference on June 13, 2005. {{more}}Childers is the 79th president of the TCMA which was founded in 1926. He is the second City Manager…

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Providing for pets after death of the owner

R.G. ELMORE, D.V.M. Q: Because we are getting older and worry about what might happen to our dog, if we had one, at the time of our demise, my wife and I are hesitant to get another one. We just lost our 14-year-old corgi. We miss her greatly. Are there organizations that care for pets…

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James Francis comments on Juneteeneth

What Is Juneteenth Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. It dates back to June 19, 1865. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been issued almost three years earlier, in 1862, and had become effective on January 1, 1863 in the Union States. The Civil War had ended. Major General Gordon Granger…

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Town Hall Meeting Followup

Town Hall Meeting Follow-upBy Joe StarkeyCouncilman Williams opened the June 12th meeting and welcomed everyone back to hear the responses by AISD and the City of Abilene to the concerns raised at the Town Hall Meeting on 1 May, 2005.{{more}}Mr. Erasmo Martinez gave the written responses of the AISD to those concerns dealing with the…

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Old cars sweet memories

Arrow Ford FestBy Joe StarkeyCar enthusiasts and history buffs came together at Arrow Ford on Saturday, June 4, 2005 to admire over 100 Ford and Mercury cars ranging from brand new Ford muscle cars to 1920 Model Ts. This was the 7th year that Arrow Ford sponsored the show. They provided free entry, T-Shirts, lunch…

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Myrle Greathouse All-Star Classic

Myrle Greathouse All-Star ClassicBy Joe StarkeyIt is unusual to attend a football game in June. It is fun to watch a team come back from 21 points down at the half. It is wonderful to watch a hard fought game end on a 55 yard field goal with two seconds left. It is absolutely magnificent…

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My Father Stayed

Austin, TexasLooking at the condition of the world today, and the situations so many children are in, I must say that I was truly blessed to be raised in a two-parent home. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have both of our parents present did not know the struggles of a mother raising…

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