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Today's News

  • Help bring soldiers home for holidays

    When Christmas neared last year, Rodney Goodlett wasn’t a happy man.
    While speaking with his son Seth, a soldier stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Goodlett learned that many of Seth’s fellow soldiers simply couldn’t afford a trip home for the holidays.
    “Those soldiers fought for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and shouldn’t have to spend Christmas alone on a base just because they don’t have the money to get home,” Goodlett said.

  • A Homecoming to remember

    Church members trickle into the church and shake raindrops off umbrellas as Pastor Bobby Chesser conducts a short tour through Mount Pleasant Baptist on Sunday morning.
    He points to the new drywall. New tile. New carpet.
    The small country church’s sanctuary has also been completely rewired since a flash flood hit the church eight weeks ago, Chesser said.
    The faint scent of new paint in the hallway gives away that volunteers worked the night before Sunday’s Homecoming service to finish small touch-ups.

  • Fiscal court spends $63,000 to purchase scales

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to spend $63,562 to purchase a set of scales for its recycling center and sell off bleachers and other items from its now defunct pulling track.
    The scales, once installed, will allow the county to charge 5 cents per pound for items discarded at the recycling center, including contractor materials, household waste and yard debris.
    Recyclables will still be accepted at no charge.

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  • News briefs: 10-9-13

    VFW and Auxiliary offer prize money in student essay contest
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4075 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring two contests for youth in the community, according to a press release.
    The “Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition” is open to students in grades 9-12. It is a three- to five-minute audio-essay on the subject “Why I’m Optimistic about our Nation’s Future.”

  • How does school district monitor Internet use of students, teachers?

    You sign your name in blood on the Internet.
    Not literally, because that’d be gross and virtually impossible.
    But no other metaphor, in my opinion, gives the right weight of gravitas when it comes to discussing the permanent nature of representing yourself on the Internet.
    It’s an unconscious blood oath that you sign with the entire online world, that everyone you write and post will exist for infinity.

  • Repo’d property shouldn’t be among top taxpayers

    Column as I see ’em …
    The chart attached to this column is both interesting and sad.
    Interesting in that it shows just how much Wild Turkey currently pays in property taxes after investing over $100 million in our fair county during the past four years.
    What’s sad is the bottom half of the list because it points out just how poorly Anderson County has done in attracting more taxpaying behemoths like Wild Turkey.

  • Moved your iris, lilies and other perennials yet? Better get busy

    One of my most favorite things about the farm is the view that I have at sunset. The air has cooled to a pleasant degree and watching the sun send up its last horrah fills the sky with ribbons of color to rival any masterpiece.
    The dogs love to run and romp in the yard, taking turns to come say hello and get a good scratching. It clears my mind of the day’s events and helps me appreciate all that I have.

  • Time is ripe to put pumpkins, apples to good use

    Pumpkins and apples are at the Anderson County Farmer’s Market now. You can also purchase them directly from several local farms.
    A good carving pumpkin doesn’t usually make a good eating pumpkin. The carving pumpkins are tough and a little bland. Pie or sweet pumpkins are best for cooking and baking, as they have a more tender rind and are less fibrous.

  • Misery Manor open Friday, Saturday at Eagle Lake

    Misery Manor got off to a frighteningly good start when it debuted last week, and be open again Friday and Saturday.
    A fundraiser for Sheriff Troy Young’s Shop With a Cop program, Misery Manor will continue scaring people throughout October, including Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Eagle Lake Convention Center.
    Admission is $5 for the haunted house that features legendary Hollywood psychopaths such as Leatherface, Freddie Kruger and others.
    Young estimated nearly 500 people went through the haunted house during its debut last week.