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Opinion

My feeders are not a McDonald’s for deer

Pettus Read

By Pettus L. Read As a young boy walking the lanes of my grandparents’ farm, I often heard the beautiful calls of a certain bird that seemed to make those days a little bit brighter, no matter what the purpose of my trip involved. If the walk involved getting up the milk cows for the […]

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Lucky and qualified to write today’s thoughts

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By Robert McGowan Yep, in a few months I’ll be 92 years old. I suppose that’s old and I will admit to stopping my writing here because I don’t know what to say next. I am really thankful to be such a lucky guy in many ways. Yes, lucky in many ways. But, instead of […]

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News from the North Pole

Rick Jacobs

By Rick Jacobs The wait is over! It is time once again for my annual, “News From the North Pole” column! (I will pause for a moment for the applause to die down). From the North Pole:   Santa’s elves have had to call in extra help from the Jockey Guild and work around the […]

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Thankful for the right to be unthankful

Rick Jacobs

By Rick Jacobs Thanksgiving is upon us. Again. I understand the idea behind it. This is the day when everyone gathers with family and loved ones to celebrate their blessings by eating until we’re barely able to walk. We do this on the fourth Thursday of every November. On the fourth Friday, we convert the […]

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Without sorrow, there is no joy

By Rick Jacobs A few weeks ago a fundraiser was held for my sister, Becky. For those who don’t know, she is in the fight of her life, for her life, against cancer. This has been, far and away, the most difficult life-challenge my family has ever had to face. And, naturally, thoughts and questions […]

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Saint Francis most recent target of BlueCross network disruption

By Jeremy Clark As a local healthcare leader providing care for the people in our community, Saint Francis embraces and enjoys many partnerships that make our mission possible. Some of these include working with other healthcare companies and some are simply with local individuals who advocate for what we provide our community. Regardless of their […]

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Without sorrow, there is no joy

  By Rick Jacobs A few weeks ago a fundraiser was held for my sister, Becky. For those who don’t know, she is in the fight of her life, for her life, against cancer. This has been, far and away, the most difficult life-challenge my family has ever had to face. And, naturally, thoughts and […]

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Preparing for my empty-nest years

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It’s almost back to school time! This year, for me anyway, is a bitter-sweet time. It’s my last year. My youngest, Scotty, will be a senior at CBHS. Therefore, I have registered him for the last time. I will pay for his books for the last time. I will periodically check his grades online for […]

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It’s OK, Mayor; no need to apologize

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I can see the headlines now: “Fireworks Snafu Blamed for Mayor McDonald’s Failed Re-election Bid!” Or how about this: “Hundreds Of Angry Citizens Protest City Hall! Chant “What do we want? Fireworks! When do we want them? Now!!” Sheesh! The much anticipated rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air this past July 3rd at […]

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Time to make memories here

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It was always my favorite holiday. Sure, Christmas meant presents – army men and race cars from my parents – underwear from grandma and grandpa. Easter meant egg hunts and Halloween brought candy but the Fourth of July meant a family reunion at the most prized location in town. Grandma and Grandpa Hook, you see, […]

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I miss hearing from you

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As a newcomer to Bartlett, I’m continually impressed by how generous and positively involved the people are here. So, it surprises me how few of you write to me to share your point of view. I’ve been a newspaper editor since 2002, and this is the first time I’ve encountered a town where its citizens […]

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Take time to enjoy youth now

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A few days ago I found out from my middle son, Sean, that I am soon to be a grandfather. Again. This will be my fifth grandchild. Or, put another way, I will soon boast to all my friends that, “I have five grandchildren!” Just how, in the name of all that is good and […]

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