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Board of Ed recognizes churches’ volunteer works

ELIZABETHTOWN – At the September Board of Education monthly meeting, board members recognized the work of several area churches within the school system.Clarkton Presbyterian, Clarkton First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church — along with local businesses Campbell Oil Company and Anderson Drugs — formed the group known as the Bladen Mission Project. Their purpose was si...

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The Pearl of Great Price is the treasure of the soul

John Steinbeck was one of America’s most prolific and insightful novelists. Renowned for his prize-winning works that most of us either enjoyed or endured at some point in our education (depending upon our perspective), one of Steinbeck’s lesser known novellas is my personal favorite. It is a penetrating little book called The Pearl. Steinbeck’s story begins with a poor Mexican pearl diver named Kino. He happily ekes out a living for his wife and son with...

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What is wrong with the world?

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” goes the French proverb credited to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s not that a society or organization cannot be transformed. But such change is often cosmetic or superficial. Reality isn’t altered at the deeper, more profound levels.Simply examine today’s news feeds. There is conflict in the Middle East; fresh bloodshed in I...

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‘Love is the final word’

This is the first year of the official Sept. 11 Museum and Memorial. Located underground, on the foundation stones of the World Trade Center Towers, it contains more than 10,000 artifacts of the day, 23,000 pictures, and an archive of more than 500 hours of video.Within the collection of artifacts and archives there is also an assembly of audio recordings; Final conversations of those in the towers as they called home, spouses, parents, partners, friends, and left voice mails. Rabb...

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West Bladen to host See You at the Pole

DUBLIN — The annual See You at the Pole event at West Bladen High SChool will be given some additional energy this time around with a dynamic speaker and a local band.The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the flag pole in front of West Bladen on Sunday, Sept. 21.The guest speaker will be the Rev. Chris Allen, who spent numerous days adrift in the ocean before being rescued.“He has an amazing testimony,” said the Rev. Bruce Cannon of the Bladen ...

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School a key to the future

The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.In the coming days, and in some regions the academic year is well under way already, this country’s 130,000 public and private schools will be firing on all cylinders, spending $600 billion on the rudiments of reading, w...

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