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Helping others: Local youth's achievement an example of service

Lots of people talk about the challenges this community's children face. They wonder what it will take to make sure they get the message to stay in school and to stay away from bad influences. T'Keya Banks knows the issue...

A fair fight: No matter for whom you root, questions should be relevant

One of the reasons so few Americans want to put their hat in the ring to run for public office is that there is -- honestly -- a pack mentality when it comes to announcements of this sort. The...

A dad first: Coach's breakdown what is right about college sports

There has not been much to cheer about in the last few years when it comes to college sports. Scandals, egos and stories that make you wonder why we don't just make college athletes semi-pros and be done with it....

In the light: Protecting our right to know critical for our future

This is the end of a very important week. Sunshine Week is a call to arms of sorts -- the chance to remind all Americans how fortunate they are to be in a country where government is not allowed to...

Brackets: They are stressful, too

Even we get tired of all the drama that seems to swirl around the world these days. That's why we are taking a break to talk about something everyone else is talking about today -- their already busted NCAA...

Inspiration: Tuskegee Airmen's legacy lives on in pilots, students

Heroes often come in unassuming packages -- but they leave impressions that last a lifetime. Such is the case with the men who served as Tuskegee Airmen -- and those who were inspired by their story. They served at...

No surprise: Problem with bureaucracy? Absolutely no control.

Is anyone really shocked to know that the government spent out more than $125 billion in improper payments? While there were all kinds of places where money was misspent, some of the biggest problems were in the benefit programs the...

What's next? It's time to speak up, not just to sit back and watch.

We often remind people that they have a say in what happens in their communities and their neighborhoods. We tell them that their representatives, local, state and national, really do listen. And we often point out how something as simple...

A gentleman: Ollie Toomey served his community with grace and selflessness

Not just any award is named after Ollie Toomey. When the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce chooses to honor someone who has made a momentous contribution to the community -- and someone who volunteers tirelessly for the betterment of...

A final salute: Service members' loss in Florida a time to remember risks

When we think about sacrifice and our military, the image that pops up is usually that of a man or a woman in combat facing an enemy overseas. Then we hear stories like the crash in the waters off...

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