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November 26th, 2016

Police shootings: The madness has to stop

It started last Sunday morning in San Antonio. A man ambushed and killed San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi outside police headquarters.
Then an officer was shot in Sanibel, Florida; and in Gladstone, Missouri; and another in St. Louis. Four officers shot in 24 hours in four cities. Investigators suspect the alleged offenders specifically targeted the officers simply because they were lawmen.

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Turkey truth stranger than fiction

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Thanksgiving Day got me to thinking about what I’m thankful about.
Yes, I have a wonderful family and employment that I love. I’m very fortunate in that respect.
But other things I love are old memories and a good life, and that all came together for me Thanksgiving Day.
I got to thinking about past Thanksgivings and one memory actually ended up giving me the giggles. It was thinking about one of the funniest Thanksgiving-based television shows I have every seen.

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Thankful for direction of schools

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There’s a frequent gag that goes on in the Boniol house. When Tom and I are playfully sparring I will hold up my right hand in a folded fist, thumb firmly against the knuckle of my index finger; this reduces Tom to hysterical laughter. You see, I’m mocking something that is a highly efficient weapon in his well-trained hands, and we both know it looks absolutely ridiculous when I try to do it. However, being married to Rambo has broadened my perspective after dipping my toe into his larger worldview. For this I am grateful.

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Remembering the Great War and its history

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Another anniversary commemorates a turning point in world history. Reminiscing about history can be entertaining and a basis for which to give thanks. 
I do not today refer to only the annual Thanksgiving Day. I was and am thankful, but my focus is taken away from the routine holiday season.  Actually today’s thoughts stem from horror, pain and thanks, all coalescing. We regularly thank the brave who have fought and died, and again I express my most fervent thanks to them.  Sometimes, though, we tend to miss some of the details of the danger they faced.          

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Ruston High School: Students named in honor roll

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PRINCIPALS LIST FRESHMEN

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Alpine residents get visit from youth group

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The residents at Alpine Nursing Home and Rehab were delighted with a visit from the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers youth group on Nov. 19.
The youth group was well received by all the residents. They gathered in the dining hall of the facility.
The youth group read scriptures, said prayers and sang several melodious songs.
The residents were elated with the songs, and clapped their hands, tapped their feet and joined in on singing the songs.
After the presentation, the youth gave every resident a gift bag. The bags were filled with lotion, Kleenex, socks, room freshener and soap.

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Retirement goals for people without children

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Parents often worry about how they’ll save for their retirement years after juggling years of paying for food, education, and other expenses related to their children. But childless retirees may face different obstacles when it comes to retirement planning.

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Try learning how to live better with less

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Question: Not everyone is rich. I would love more columns relating not so much to the wealthy but to the poor or average person. What could we do to live better?
Answer: I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no peace in their lives. I have also met others who could list all their possessions on the back of a napkin whose family, community and lifestyle were a constant source of joy to them.
So let’s begin with the understanding that wealth never made anyone rich and poverty never made anyone…well, poor.

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Everyone benefits when you’re making charitable gifts

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Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

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Church News 11.27.16

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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