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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Well if I didn’t know I was no longer calling the shots for my children’s well-being, I certainly do now. What happened? Wednesday night, early Thursday morning, about 2:30 a.m., my phone sounded off indicating an incoming text message while on my nightstand. I jump right up and take a look because…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker “Should two courses be judged equal, then the will cannot break the deadlock, all it can do is to suspend judgement until the circumstances change, and the right course of action is clear.” -Jean Buridan c.1340. This Determinist Idea was later satirized by the concept of Buridan’s ass, which posited that a…

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Holding It All Together-As The Crow Flies

By Amy McCollom October brings to mind many things; pumpkins, the taste of warm apple cider, cool weather, falling colorful leaves, sweaters, but also spooky decorations. Rats, bats, black cats, and pointy witch hats; silhouette cutouts taped to windows and school bulletin boards fill my memory. Ghost stories, spooky songs, and poems by Edgar Allen…

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HumankindNESS-Parenting Must-Haves

By Jennifer Richardson What are some of the qualities we need to be good parents? There is no training manual, guidebook, or definitive set of directions that applies to every child or circumstance. I surely do not have all the answers, but after being parented by wonderful parents, and twenty-seven years of being a parent…

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Back in the Day 10-20-21

Ten years ago October 26, 2011 Tuscola veteran Joe Wills was chosen as one of 77 special guests on a Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 18.  Grant and Johanna Steffens were pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Julianne Joy Steffens, both September 23, 2011.  Family and friends…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker Potpourri 2021 Cardinals season ends The Cardinals found an extra gear in September and their seventeen-game winning streak was the longest in team history. It was really something to rally around and it made for must-see tv for those few weeks. That’s the good news. The bad news is that their reward…

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HumankindNESS-A Stitch In Time

By Jennifer Richardson I received a wall clock in the mail a few weeks ago, and I will probably always remember the day it was delivered. Black trim around a twenty inch circular clock face frames the old fashioned second and minute hands. The face itself is a calm eggshell color, and includes additional features…

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Back in the Day-10-13-21

Ten years ago October 19, 2011  A large crowd attended ‘Salute to Ruth’, a Sunday afternoon concert at TCHS to honor Ruth Slaughter, who was retiring after 36 years of serving as accompanist for the East Prairie and TCHS music programs.  Leslie Borries was named the TCHS September Rotary Student of the Month.  TCHS seniors…

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Holding It All Together-The Boys Of Summer

By Amy McCollom Well, it’s finally October. You know what that means…baseball’s finest hour. Oh, were you thinking pumpkins and black cats? Sorry. I’m talking about World Series time! So who is your team? I personally am a Cubs fan, ever since I fell in love with a cute short-stop named Larry Bowa when I…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Enough is Enough! There has to be a definitive red line drawn not to be crossed! If crossed swift and immediate consequences! I’m mad as hell. What happened to Senator Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.) last week cannot be allowed to happen. Demented activists of her own party followed her into a public restroom…

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