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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.On this date:In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out.In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was est...

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Kudzu crud: Run for your lives

Normally I am plant lover kind of guy, but there is a group of foreigners that I love to hate. They are classed exotic invasive plants, and they are determined to take over the U.S. an acre at a time, disrupting native plants and ecosystems as they go. Probably the most notorious and recognized invasive plant in the south is Kuzdu (Pueraria montana). You don’t have to drive far to find its vines plastering the ground, trees, buildings and anything else standing in their way.

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Reforming immigration by executive order a bad idea

Three words for President Barack Obama:Don’t do it.Don’t sign an executive order unilaterally creating faux immigration reform.Advocates, frustrated by a Congress that through two presidencies has failed to enact reform, are pressing for big and bold action.Such action might be satisfying for a day or two. But it would set back their cause for years, if not decades. The next Republican president could reverse such an order immediately. E...

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Times of trouble and terror

William Barclay was the great expositor of the Bible, known throughout the world. In Matthew 24:1-31, he writes and edits one of the Biblical passages about the second coming of Christ. When on the Mount of Olives with Jesus, His disciples asked Him about the end of the age and the signs of His coming again.Read that passage carefully and see if anything resembles the day in which we live. In verses six-eight, the scholar of Scotland translates, “You will hear of wars and rep...

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Who drug addiction affects

She weighs maybe 90 pounds as she pitifully stands in the courtroom; her eyes starting to roll back into her head. There are remnants of what probably used to be a pretty girl. The young woman is in custody for prostitution and possession of a controlled substance. Having been arrested by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, she is headed to the Regional Jail at Holden. She will soon become a very sick individual. She will likely wish for death as a result of the withdrawal pains she ...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Monday, September 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.On this date:In 1159, Pope Adrian IV, the only English pope, died.In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Sunday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 31, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths.On this date:In 1886, an earthquake with an estimated magn...

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A retired coal miner’s story

As I walked into This ‘N That at Benham earlier this month, I saw a few people seated at a table at the back of the store, drinking their morning coffee and enjoying the day’s conversation. Within no time at all, I had asked them three or four questions and learned a particular piece of information that made me sad.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 30, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which was intended to promote private development of nuclear energy.On this date:In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and...

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Ice Bucket Challenge a great idea

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gerhig’s disease, is a horrible illness.It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons from ALS eventually leads to death.Sadly, having Lou Gerhig’s disease is a death sentence. For those who have witnessed it up close,...

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Count your blessings any day

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY’) in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.On this date:In 1533, the last...

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Signs of summer’s close

We are quickly coming to everyone’s favorite time of year. The signs of summer’s close are the start of school, Labor Day and another deer season.Autumn in most states brings cool mornings and warm evenings. It’s the days that country folks enjoy the screen door and open windows. The air seems cleaner and fresher, and the once hazy skies are now as clear as a mountain stream.The most prominent signs of fall are the leaves that are changing from hues of ...

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Journalist’s death a grim reminder of job’s hazards

The horrifying murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists has shocked the world and provided chilling evidence of the brutality of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS.The video released of a masked terrorist beheading the freelance photojournalist is the latest atrocity of the group whose members have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, as they rape, slaughter and plunder scores of civilians — Muslims, Christians and any other non-beli...

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Lower Medicare, Medicaid costs projected

Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.Medicare spending is projected to drop by $49 billion — or less than 1 percent — from 2015 and 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to drop by $40 billion — or about 1 percent — over the next decade, CBO said in an update to its April forecast.

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Columns

Kudzu crud: Run for your lives

Normally I am plant lover kind of guy, but there is a...

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Editorials

State helps ark park defy science

When Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” was...

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