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A tribute to soldiers on a monumental 150th anniversary

By Dean Close · 11:04pm August 31st, 2014 · 20 hours ago
Yeah, I know: It’s Labor Day Weekend. But this week is the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American military history – and event in which many area soldiers with names familiar to our community died. The men mentioned below fought in the Iowa Brigade with Sherman during the last year of the Civil War.

Old Friends and New Old Friends

By Valerie Close · 12:21pm August 12th, 2014
This week I got to do something I haven't done in a couple years, catch up with a dear friend. Now we live a mere 20 minutes apart and you'd think it would be easy to stay in touch, but noooo. See, she and I both had this weird idea that we would raise a herd of children and be stay at home moms.

AD is not a disorder....

By Dean Close · 12:33pm July 11th, 2014
A high school classmate who now works in education recently posted a link on Facebook that addressed the connection between the lack of recess time for students and the increase in young students being diagnosed with ADHD. This reminded me of something I read a while ago. I was sitting in a waiting room when I found proof that, yes, indeed, there is such a thing as a stupid question.

To The Editor: Prevent drug and alcohol abuse before it occurs

By Peter Shaw · 10:47am July 7th, 2014
I first heard or maybe read this trademark, "If You See Something, Say Something", when it was used by the Department of Homeland Security. Come to find out the trademark is owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Corporation New York. Its usage was intended to raise awareness and prevent terrorism.

Pastor's Blog: Christianity isn't....

By Zach Zajicek · 10:30pm July 4th, 2014
So, last time we discussed the question, “What is Christianity?” The last two articles I’ve written present a biblical perspective for answering this question. There are many things that Christianity is- there are certain ‘marks’ or ‘characteristics’ that indicate the presence of authentic Christianity in a person or group of persons, the church.

The best 4th of July poem, ever...

By Dean Close · 1:15pm July 3rd, 2014
Years ago, I bought some old (late 19th century) books at a book sale for an organization in Independence. One of those contained the following poem, written around Centennial of our country. I have not seen any poem that comes close to capturing the celebration, sacrifice and commitment that Will Carleton expressed in his poem.

The unanswered 'Redskin' question

By Dean Close · 11:55am July 3rd, 2014
Ok, my pale-face sihkiss*, it’s time for us to have a pow-wow. We need to gather at the teepee, pass around the peace pipe and bury the hatchet about this NFL name thing. As a white guy who has enough Native American blood to have had a few people question my ethnicity but not quite enough to have my own casino, I have a bit more interest in this issue than most people.

To the Editor: Rural citizens will face many problems under ACA

By John Stiegelmeyer · 7:13pm June 22nd, 2014
To the Editor: (Portions of reprint REPRINTED FROM THE COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE) DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM This has to do with the problem that rural citizens will have with ACA. It is extimated that 20% of small (rural) hospitals will close largely due to ACA. “Obamacare was supposed to ease burdens for most Americans, if not all.

Pastor's Blog: The marks of authentic Christianity

By Zach Zajicek · 10:55am June 20th, 2014
So, “What is Christianity?” This is the question that has followed us through the last couple articles, a question that I believe many people are asking. To summarize, here’s what we’ve seen so far: Real Christianity is: 1)...not by works but by faith. 2)..

Pastor's Blog - “The Marks of Authentic Christianity”

By Zach Zajicek · 6:18am June 13th, 2014
In the last article, I posed a question that I think a lot of people are asking:, “What is Christianity?” And the most likely reason they’re asking the question is because they’re confused- confused by the wide diversity of lifestyles, commitments, interests, philosophies, decisions, and ‘religious’ activities of the many ‘Christians’ they know.

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