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Education begins at home

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A recent mishap had me home flat on my back. That means lots of time to stare at the television. I was flipping channels when I landed on the Hallmark Channel and a familiar sight from my youth — “The Waltons.”
Rich memories of growing up within my own family flooded my mind. An introduction to the historic television show came as our family watched the 1971 pilot movie, “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story.” So when the weekly series began in 1972, we were already hooked. Set during The Great Depression and World War II, the story of strong family bonds and a life eked out on rural Spencer’s Mountain was fascinating to me. For my parents who were children of that depression, it must have been a stark reminder of their own lives and surviving those dire times.

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Civil War hits close to home

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Some who have read these lines before might recall that your writer has more than just a passing interest in the Civil War or the War between the States. Some here still call it the “War of Northern Aggression.” We know that one of the greatest yet monumentally formative tragic times in the history of our nation was the Civil War. Because of an adventure I had this past week, the Civil War was on my mind. I was poignantly reminded that the war was not always fought in far away places like Virginia or Pennsylvania. It involved families, citizens and nearly all from every walk of life. We arguably still deal with some of the remnants of that time to this day.

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School News: HILLCREST ELEMENTARY

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Most respectful
Most Respectful students for the fourth six weeks at Hillcrest got to sit at a special table and get special treats. Those students, listed by grade, were: kindergarteners Jodi Dunbar, Henry Lagattuta, Addison Barham, Cole Magee, Noah Forester, Candayce Buggs, Rylie Nutt and Drew Gulledge; first graders: Justin Szymanski, Asia Jones-Reed, John Morgan Byrnside, Emma Thorn, Gisele McAllister, Landon Blake, R. J. Brown and Ginger Johnson; second grade Reid Williams, Riley Patterson, DeLeon Sampson, Lucy Decoulode, Ryleigh Davis, Will Estes, Timothy Farley and Shamia Richardson; third graders Sidney Hudson, Matt Byrnside, Isaac White, Rocki Sanderson, Abbey Warren and Bryton Breeding; fourth graders Brandon Ball, Ashton Barber, Trinity Baugh, Nathaniel Mayfield, Kristen Crump, Garrett Brown, Brandon Ball, Anna Grace Bennett and Gwendolyn Beasley; fifth graders Abbey Matejowsky, Rylee Park, Emanuel Lambert, Coleman Walls, Victoria Breeding and Jalia Payne.

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School News: BETHEL CHRISTIAN

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Invention day
Imaginations and entrepreneur skills were strengthened during the recent second grade Invention Day studies. Under the leadership of classroom teacher Bobbie Miles, the students designed, built and demonstrated a variety of inventions. Their creativity developed a wide range of new gadgets, as well as improved versions of familiar items. Included in the mix were a biodegradable back scratcher, an all-in-one spider killer and clean-up tool, a confetti gun, a catapult, a variety of board games, a jazzy hat, an extension razor for older/overweight ladies and even a “mind reader.”

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Dow moves back to 13,000 — now what?

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Question: I saw that the stock market got back to 13,000 last week. Does that mean the bear market is over? What do you think the stock market is  going to do next?
Answer: Some would say the bear market has been over for two years. And I know the stock market didn’t hit a new high last week.
Now, least you think I lost the remaining portion of my mind, let me explain myself.

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Choosing to ‘give back’ also has its rewards

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Millions of Americans choose to “give back” to their communities by making donations to their favorite charities each year. In fact, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $291 billion in 2010.

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Give your portfolio a thorough ‘Spring cleaning’

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Springtime is almost here. If you’re like many people, the arrival of spring means it’s time to spruce up your home. But why stop there? This year, consider applying some of those same spring-cleaning techniques to your investment portfolio.

Here are some ideas you may want to put to work:

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Southern AgCredit treats customers

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Southern AgCredit, of Arcadia, held an Appreciation Fish Fry on Feb. 22 for their customers. More than 60 customers were treated to an evening of fish, fellowship and “funds.”
The Southern AgCredit Board of Directors recently approved a patronage dividend for borrowers based on the financing cooperative’s solid 2011 earnings. The Arcadia customer’s checks were delivered to them at the Fish Fry where they were personally thanked for their patronage this past year.

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Fast Lube centers help keep drinking water safe

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What do residents that change their own motor oil do with the used oil? If they pour it down the drain, or dump it on the ground or in the trash, they may think that it won’t do any harm, but it can end up in the ground water. Four pints of waste oil can ruin 1 million gallons of water.

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CTB begins poster contest

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Community Trust Bank has announced it will host a poster art contest as part of the bank’s 100 Year Anniversary celebration. The contest will be open to the general public and feature several tiers of cash prizes and awards, with the work of the grand prize winner being reproduced as a collectible commemorative poster. Additionally, the top 12 selected pieces of work will be used in the bank’s 2013 annual calendar.

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