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Snoop: On Interviewing Politicians

by Michael Boyink / [email protected] On Tuesday, June 2nd, Ava and Douglas County will have the Municipal Election that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed back in April. While recent heavy rains have damaged many local roads and made the County Commissioner race more interesting, my focus today is the ever-lingering “big story” in Ava. School busing.  The…

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by Sue Curry Jones If per chance you read a national newspaper quite often, you are well-versed in mainstream media headlines and how they paint a discouraging and depressing picture of our country today.  The truth is, however, no one really has a solid grasp on what the future holds following this period of COVID-19…

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Editorial: It’s OK to Just Disagree

by Michael Boyink / [email protected] Freedom of speech.  Freedom of the press. Things we strongly believe in here at the Herald. Still. Two weeks ago, we published a Letter to the Editor by Kimberly Brady. It was a challenging piece, consisting entirely of questions about various aspects, groups and people relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s…

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By: Sue Curry Jones People are an enigma. Watching people is  entertaining.   If you’ve ever had the opportunity to travel by plane, you’ve experienced sitting in the boarding area where ticketed passengers wait to depart on their designated flight.  At first glance it seems easy to discern whether or not families are enjoying their…

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As the coronavirus threatens Americans, daily news reports continue to reference the pandemic as an invisible, dark shadow casting a net across the US.  And many of the news reports refer to the World Health Organization (WHO).   WHO lends a helping hand to countries all over the world.   The organization strives to educate…

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by Sue Curry Jones Ringing church bells.  Sounding the alarm.  Ringing bells as an alarm to alert residents of special events dates back to AD 400 when Paulinus of Nola, an Italian Bishop, used bells as a venue for communicating to local villagers about the church.   The ringing of bells is still utilized today…

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Last week the staff of the Douglas County Herald placed a filing cabinet outside adjacent to the lobby entry.  The cabinet is a safety precaution and is intended to be a place for us to deposit newspapers for customers to pick up, as well as a place for customers to drop off requests, news items…

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We are all tested throughout life.   Perhaps a test occurred when a parent died or a medical doctor announced a diagnosis of cancer.   Maybe it was news of a serious automobile accident, or injury to a dear friend, a loved one, or child.    No matter where we live or what we believe,…

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These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls

by Michael Boyink / [email protected]   “‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country.  All nations and ages have been subject to them.  Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after…

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