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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I honestly did not know the man behind the name Qasem Soleimani until after he was killed on January 3, 2020.  He was an Iranian General belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who lead the Quds Force.  The Quds Force of The Guard is responsible for carrying out clandestine operations mainly…

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Back in the Day 1/8/20

10 years ago  January 13, 2010 Significant snowfall in the area the last week had residents stuck at home. More than five inches of snow fell to the ground causing increased hazards along with blowing and drifting. School was cancelled, the mall, the courthouse and various other businesses were closed for the day. ISP stated…

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Holding it All Together-My Unfortunate Birthday

By Amy McCollom There will be no balloons, streamers, party hats, or banners.  There will be no fanfare, surprise party, adoring guests, or pretty wrapped packages.  Shoot, there might not even be a cake. Basically, there will be no celebration, really.  My birthday is like a dud firecracker, a small poof of smoke and maybe…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker Every year I make a list of resolutions, and then, one by one I watch them, to paraphrase that noted 21st century philosopher Mike Tyson, fade into Bolivian.   No matter, I am too hidebound to change my ways so here are a few of the ones that I’ve had bouncing around.…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings I heard a news piece on radio News Talk 1400 AM a week ago that has me encouraged about the retail industry business.  A day later I heard something similar on Fox News.  I’ve become somewhat of a news junkie over the past five or six years.  I begin my workday mornings…

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Back in the Day 1-1-20

10 years ago  January 6, 2010 Big changes were planning to come to the Ironhorse Golf Course in hopes that the community would begin to utilize its services more often. Recently, manager Jerry Williams was happy to report a definitive plan of action set in place for the coming year. Some changes would include giving…

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HumankindNESS-Lodged In Our Hearts

By Jennifer Richardson After their children grew up and had families of their own, my parents hosted Christmas dinner in a large lodge that accommodated all the family members. With six children and their spouses and sixteen grandchildren, it was quite a crew. My mom and dad rented the large family style structure for the…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker It’s a tradition unlike any other, and I’m not talking about the Master’s.  Nope, it’s time for the annual “HLS pick the bowl winners based solely on how their mascots would fare in mortal combat” challenge. So, without further ado… December 20 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl- UNC-Charlotte Niners defeat Buffalo Bulls. Tropical…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings What’s happening to me?  I’m from the old school of get up and do it yourself. When I was growing up and well after, at least as I got older, which doesn’t mean I grew up much but, my generation had to pick things up, turn things on, tune our radios, etc. …

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Holding It All Together- The Magic Of Christmas

By Amy McCollom I snuck out of my room in the middle of the night, and crawled down the hall so no one would see me.  I peeked into the dark living room, and I could see it. There it was. The chrome trim on the black drum set glinted as the street light in…

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