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Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...

Growing up, I was a big fan of The Lone Ranger. On Sunday mornings, I used to watch the old black-and-white reruns of the 1950s television program. I was fascinated by the idea of this masked man riding around the Old West helping innocent people who needed him and meting out justice to those villains who thought they were beyond the law's reach....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Letter to the Editor: VFW collecting labels, box tops to help kids

Kathy Hubbard, a member of the VFW Auxiliary 334, is collecting labels and box tops from such companies as Campbell's, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, V8, Goldfish, Pop-Secret, Dannon, Post and Glad....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Making a go of this time

When life gives you cherries, spit out the pits

For the past few years I have heard from folks in our office, from our readers and from our business partners that times are hard. I'll admit, it is hard to dispute that conclusion when using logical equations with variables of higher energy costs, higher food costs, fewer automotive-related jobs, more home foreclosures and charitable need....more >>

Wild Ideas A column by Mary Keck

Making history

As soon as I get home, my dog (Killeen) is ready for a hike whether it's been snowing all day or not. She may be covered in fur, but I'm the softy. It isn't only because of her brown puppy eyes or the need for exercise that I give in, but also because the snow captures nature's history, and I don't want to miss it....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to supporters of Friends of Ryan

Dear Editor, We wanted to give the following special recognition for supporting us in our inaugural Friends of Ryan Kennedy fund raiser this past weekend: A Space 2 Dream, Ryan's friends and family, Buck Shots Bar and Grill, Turtle Toys of Clarkston, The Clarkston News, the Graphic Wizard, Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors, Clarkston Schools staff, Matt Walls and The Locals....more >>

Shelly Says

Take time to think when making decisions

Knowing when to and when not to is key in so many aspects of our lives. This quote was handed down to me from my dad he would say, "Shelly you have to know when to and when not to!" At the time I was a teenager messing up little tasks given to me from him, I would get all emotional and frustrated with either myself, others or HIM! I remember thinking, "yea, yea, whatever that means!" It's funny how as we get older we seem to understand those little lessons our parents were trying to teach us but at the time were over our heads! Have you ever had a time in your life where you needed to make a decision that made you have to weight out the "pros & the cons"? Or had your feelings hurt by a friend? Or felt like taking a stand in something you believe in? Sometimes we just act on it based on emotion only to find out that we've made the wrong choice or made a fool out of ourselves....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Reach out to those in need

We are well into the season of Lent in the church calendar. During this time it is not unusual for people to give something up as a reminder of what our Savior, Jesus, gave up for us....more >>
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Born September 20th
1878: Upton Sinclair, author best known today for The Jungle.
1884: Maxwell Perkins, editor, the first to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.
1885: Ferdinand Lamenthe (Jelly Roll Morton), jazz pianist, composer and singer, one of the first to orchestrate jazz music.
1891: Lamine Gueye, Senegalese political leader.
1917: Arnold Red Auerbach, second winningest basketball coach in history with 1,037 victories for the Boston Celtics.
September 20th
in history
1604: After a two-year siege, the Spanish retake Ostend, the Netherlands, from the Dutch.
1784: Packet and Daily, the first daily publication in America, appears on the streets.
1806: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pass the French village of La Charette, the first white settlement they have seen in more than two years.Ken Burns' unique vision of the American West.
1830: The National Negro Convention convenes in Philadelphia with the purpose of abolishing slavery.
1850: The slave trade is abolished in the District of Columbia.Dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule ironically gave his life for the red man, not the black.