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  • Local readers are needed to keep the Lions Reading Program going

    Published on April 20, 2021 at 11:41pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, Local news is for everyone. The Lions Reading Program for the Visually and Physically Impaired provides a means for the visually and physically impaired to be kept informed by the hearing of local newspapers read and broadcast through online, through an app, or your smart speaker.  The Lions Reading Program for the Visually and… Read More

  • More volunteers are needed at the Henning Salvation Army store

    Published on April 20, 2021 at 11:41pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, My wife and I volunteer at the thrift store in Henning. I have come to realize how important the store is to those who need to to clear out their household items and extra clothing. Their choices are to have a garage sale, which is a lot of work, or take it to… Read More

  • Several old sayings that are still new

    Published on April 20, 2021 at 11:40pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    “There’s a little good in the worst of us, And a little bad in the best of us. It scarce behooves the most of us, To talk about the rest of us.” I don’t know who the author of that quote is. I can tell you that my uncle quoted it to my cousin so many times and for… Read More

  • State patrol does its part to combat distracted driving

    Published on April 20, 2021 at 11:40pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Question: What is being done about distracted driving? It seems like it is getting worse.  Answer: When we think of distracted driving, most of us think of someone holding a phone up to their ear or scrolling through their social media feed. But distracted driving takes a lot of different forms. When you fiddle with your… Read More

  • Henning Library has eight books by Nicholas Sparks

    Published on April 14, 2021 at 2:26pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Our featured books this week are written by Nicholas Sparks. Of his 11 novels that have been turned into films, our school has eight.  They are “The Best of Me,” “The Choice,” “Dear John,” “The Longest Ride,” “The Lucky One,” “The Notebook,” “Safe Haven” and “A Walk to Remember.” I just finished reading “The Best… Read More

  • Vaccine knocks publisher out of work for a few days

    Published on April 14, 2021 at 2:26pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    In the past 11 years I think I have called in sick to work a total of one time. That instance occurred with what I like to call the Chow Mein Hot dish fiasco in which I got sick from eating hot dish with an Asian flare. Of course, when you are the boss and… Read More

  • Learning lessons the hard way

    Published on April 14, 2021 at 2:25pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Over the years, I’ve been told many things by my Elders and Betters that have turned out to not be: 1. True, or 2. Fun, or  3.Beneficial, and maybe 4. Physically possible.   One of the first things that are memorable was one of my parents saying: “Open up. This will make you feel better.” Although… Read More

  • Shrine Circus canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

    Published on April 7, 2021 at 5:22pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, As the Shrine philanthropy centers around the well-being of children, and with the name of safety in mind, we will not be having our Annual Birak Shrine Circus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Our Shrine Circus is mainly sponsored by small businesses in the area, we would like to thank each and… Read More

  • Beauty is not found in the length, color of hair

    Published on April 7, 2021 at 5:22pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, My 10 year old daughter, Jolene, asked me if she could shave her head, and I said yes. Don’t get me wrong. My gut instinct was a hard no. It remained a hard no for two years since the first time she asked at age 8. My gut told me that her hair… Read More

  • Plus and minus

    Published on April 7, 2021 at 5:21pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Sometimes, you just have to sit down and list some of the  occurrences that happened during the past week or so. By doing that, you find out whether or not the “plusses and minuses” come out your way. Or not. It does sometimes boil down to an old saying: “Sometimes you eat the bear; sometimes he… Read More

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