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Today's Features

  • Second Baptist Holiday Arts & Crafts Show and Brunch

    Second Baptist Church will be holding a holiday art and crafts show and brunch on Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, located at 401 Jefferson Street in Taylorsville.

    There will be baskets, vases, hand-crafted ornaments, jewelry, motivational hand-painted canvases and more. Proceeds will benefit the children’s church. Please contact Mary at 477-2066 to let her know the number that might be attending. You can also email her at mowens10@yahoo.com.

  • It’s junk mail season again. Junk mail exists all year, but the true avalanche comes during the holidays. Catalogs and sale flyers, post cards and letters, offers for new credit cards, and leaflets announcing, “THE GREATEST SALE EVER!”

    Every day the mailbox is filled with the often annoying, but sometimes intriguing, junk mail. So, while my forty-third offer of an oil change for 10 percent off isn’t that impressive, a new bazillion dollar Publishers Clearinghouse letter may catch my eye.

  • Someone once said, “You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” I completely agree with that statement. Ideas without action are simply amusements of the mind. I have engaged in long conversations, spirited debates and personal diatribes that resulted in nothing more than an exchange of words and for practical purposes, a waste of time.

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    Kennedy Shelburne was named the 7-8 Academy WT Pleasure National Grand Champion for Silver Lining Stable at the Academy Championship held in Murfreesboro, Tn., earlier this month. Kennedy was named National Champion on a unanimous judges card scoring all number one votes with her horse, “Vegas”. Kennedy has been showing for two years and this is her second try at the National Finals. Her instructor is Nicole Reason from Silver Lining Stable in Cox’s Creek. She is the daughter of Courtney and Tommy Shelburne of Taylorsville.

  • Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy, because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy; adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (within reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

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    It took just nine weeks for Spencer County Middle School faculty to know they were onto something. Since the school implemented its after-school program, test scores had improved.

    Now in its second year, Grizzlies Beyond the Bell has become a sensation. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a pack of students were running laps outside around the school while robots were taking form in a classroom and arrows were whizzing across the gym. It’s all carefully supervised, of course.

  • Thanksgiving will be here in just a couple of weeks. One of the first things that comes to mind when we think about this holiday is the importance of the meal and the traditional foods that will be served. I do not know of any other holiday that has more food tradition than Thanksgiving. We will be feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish of some sort and then for dessert–pumpkin pie.

  • At first, Tina Dwyer of North Carolina thought it was a scam. The letter said that her $615 debt to Everest College was forgiven. “You no longer owe the balance of this particular debt,” it read. “It is gone.” But it was not a scam. A non-profit debt buyer called “Rolling Jubilee” really had bought and then forgiven her debt. And she was not alone. The group claims that it has forgiven $18.5 million in debts.

  • Knights of Columbus Chicken Dinner