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1964: Fire destroys school, vote for creating tech school

Septembers past, 50 years ago.From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.Front Page News:Early Morning Fire Destroys Harwell Avenue School — Four hundred students pondered today where their classes would be after a pre-dawn blaze destroyed Harwell Avenue Elementary School.City School officials are meeting today to answer this question, arranging for placement of 400 students in other schools in the city ...

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Book of Revelation and The Beatles

I remember getting on the school bus one day and being handed a small Gideons New Testament.Everyone on the bus received one and most of the children were very excited to get it. Of course, this was before a person could get sued for handing a child a Bible.The thing I remember most vividly about that day is what all the kids were looking at and talking about from their new New Testaments. They didn’t open to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and start talking about the ...

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The actual value of a college education

Few topics today are more debated than a value of a college education. Supporters like Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-j-lowe/education-is-worth-the-in_b_5767518.html) have focused on better employment rates for college graduates, while Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich highlights the high cost of college and the relative lack of technical training alternatives (http://www.salon.com/2014/09/03/robert_reich_colleg...

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Stay in shape and be healthy

I know many of you have medical conditions that hold you back, however, that in itself doesn’t mean you are physically “out of shape” or, “unfit.” Let’s examine the “factors” that help you determine if you are indeed – physically out-of-shape. If you feel tired, run-down, and believe you are “out of shape” – well, you most likely are. Our bodies have a way of letting us know that we are unfit – whether it’s be...

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Aggravating Argentine ants

It’s early morning and your eyes are barely open. Your cat is hungry and you reach for the bowl to fill and you realize that your hand is covered with ants. The bowl is just covered with ants and legions of ants are making a trail from an electric outlet to the cat’s bowl. Welcome to a home invasion from a critter called the Argentine ant.

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People who have forgotten how to blush

When the prophet Jeremiah wrote about the condition of his people, and told them why God was allowing them to be taken into captivity, he said it was because they had forgotten how to blush (Jer. 6:15).All of the calamity that was going to be poured out on them by the armies from the north (i.e. Babylon) was because of their rebellion against God. The list of their transgressions was long and ugly.In addition to their idolatry, they were guilty of all manner of gross imm...

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1939: Corps awarded in Chicago, welcoming new LC freshman class

Septembers past, 75 years ago.From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.Front Page NewsLaGrange Corps Leaves Saturday for Chicago — The crack LaGrange Drum and Bugle Corps, state champions, will leave for Chicago on Saturday to participate in the National Convention of the American Legion Sept. 25 through 28.

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Figuring out figs

Figs are very popular backyard trees that supply plenty of nutrition to both humans and wildlife.They are members of the Mulberry family and are loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin B6 among others. Figs claim a lot of health benefits, especially antioxidants.They go back a long way. Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves. Egyptians were thought to be the first cultivators of figs, which then spread to Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Romulus and Re...

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How a lunch lady brought a town together

As my wife and I drove up to Hogansville for the funeral of a friend’s mother, I thought about the recent events in America at the time. The tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri was very on the minds of many across the country. Our college discussed having a forum on the subject. The news media covered the protests and response to them around the clock. Pundits speculated that we were watching the unraveling of America.The small Georgia town seemed fairly deserted for an early eveni...

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Pass the 28th Amendment

Dear Editor,In reading Lynn Cheney’s “James Madison, a Life Considered,” I was struck with the great injustice of gerrymandering. Patrick Henry’s vitriol kept the noble James Madison from serving as Virginia’s senator. At Henry’s direction the House of Delegates passed an election law that put Orange County in a hotbed of Federalists. They almost kept the magnificent framer of the United States Constitution from serving in its fi...

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History unlearned?

When President Obama was elected in 2008 many saw it as a turning point. It was a sign of hope for a better world. Six years later the United States is a laughing-stock. Terrorism is rampant. Hamas is treated with a dignity once reserved for sovereign countries. And our traditional ally, Israel, is ignored and castigated as a perpetrator of violence rather than a victim.

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Would clearing criminal records lead to less unemployment?

“Request for Criminal Background Check,” the words announce at the top of the page on the job application. It’s a sign of the times that such a form has become increasingly commonplace in the work environment. Is it contributing to higher levels of unemployment, though?The debate is over two types of rights. One is the right of employers to request such information of job-seekers so they can know whether their employees are going to be a problem or not....

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1914: Community anticipates new cotton mill

Septembers past, 100 years ago.From the LaGrange Reporter, 1914.Front Page NewsHalf Million Dollar Cotton Mill Planned for LaGrange — The launching of any enterprise requiring the investment of money is a piece of daring that but few would even consider in these troubled times, but Fuller E. Callaway and his associates have done just that. Moreover, the idea has “taken” and progress is alrea...

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Is Bible for everyone?

Jesus said, in what we call the great invitation, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).While there are many lessons we can draw from that great text, the one most relevant to the question, “Is the Bible for everyone?,” is that Jesus said “...

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Truth behind GMO hype, part 2

Agriculture has been the flash point for those opposed to genetically modified organisms, GMOs.This process of genetic engineering accelerated development in genetic breeding. Scientists were able to add traits to organisms that were not “native” to that organism.When the genes of one organism are inserted into the genetic material of a different species the result is called a transgenic organism. The resulting DNA is called recombinant DNA.This ha...

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