Monthly Archive: April 2013

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Apr 30 2013

Lone Star State: Courage, grace in West Texas

Last week, the small town of West, Texas suffered a terrible tragedy when an explosion at a fertilizer storage facility ripped through the community. Approximately 200 people were wounded, and at least 14 lost their lives. Among these are many of the volunteer first responders who bravely sacrificed their own lives in order to protect …

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Apr 29 2013

No progress on gun control to report

buy essays for college Yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to write any more columns on gun control, largely because the exercise is: 1. Futile. 2. A waste of time. 3. Unproductive. But with Congress taking up the issue again and Washington awash with hypocrisy amid rumors of progress, it is a time …

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Apr 29 2013

Professional Food Manager Certification slated

Statistics indicate that food borne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a food borne illness. If under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required …

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Apr 28 2013

God never promised life would be fair

Tim was a warrior. He joined the Marines about four years ago and was excited about serving his country. Why the Marines? Because he wanted to be where the action was; he wanted to make a difference; he wanted to count. Tim finished training and shipped off to Iraq. He wasn’t sitting in an office …

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Apr 27 2013

The baby-faced bomber

Sometimes a picture speaks volumes. Sometimes it’s outright deceptive. The picture of “Bomber No. 2” didn’t look a bit like a mass murderer. A sweet-faced college kid, the former lifeguard, the nice young man described by classmates and friends. It couldn’t be. There must be some outside organization calling the shots. An international conspiracy, perhaps. …

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Apr 26 2013

Hospitality Employee of the Year to be recognized

The first full week in May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. The front-line travel industry personnel in Longview for example, airport staff, hotel employees, restaurant, and retail workers interact with visitors daily. This year in honor of this special week the Longview Convention and Visitors …

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Apr 25 2013

Guiding light

Jimmie Miller honored by Kaidin Sides-Johnston-McQueen Elementary School

The recent 2013 Lamplighter Awards Banquet held at Pinecrest Country Club was a great success with 334 people attending. Foremost, the evening gave students an opportunity to express their genuine appreciation to educators whom they respect and admire. At the 13th annual banquet, Kim Holcomb and Gene Jordan, Jr., emcees, presented each student and honoree …

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