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Decorating Towns with Scarves – What Does it Mean?

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

In 1973, Tony Orlando’s hit single “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” topped the charts for four straight weeks. People loved the song along with the message of what tying a yellow ribbon around a tree meant. The theme of the song is love. This Christmas season, people in cities all over America are not tying ribbons […]

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Teens Serve as PallBearers and Give Homeless Veterans Proper Burials

Posted: November 22, 2017 at 11:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

As Thanksgiving approaches, so many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and forget to be thankful. Some, on the other hand, remember to give thanks for family, friends, provisions and health. Yet, there is another group compromised:  high school students. These teens feel an overwhelming gratitude for veterans, especially the homeless veterans. Therefore, they agree to help […]

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Teen Stress-Could Parents Be Some of The Cause?

Posted: November 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

As parents, we all want better for our children. But what constitutes better? Today’s parents believe that better means availability to excel in everything. Today’s teens have access to technology that we only dreamed of.  Many have the opportunity to play on various travel ball teams and/or have private lessons in their chosen sport. Also, many junior high students take the ACT in […]

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Several Reasons Why Regulating Hate Speech Won’t Work

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

When my daughter began junior high school, I sat her down and told her we needed to have a mother-daughter heart to heart talk. No, it was not “the talk,” but what I needed to tell her, she needed to hear.  I began by telling her that she was about to enter the most vicious school […]

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Why Do Junior High Students Abuse Each Other?

Posted: October 15, 2017 at 7:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

When I was a child, my parents sent me to school and had total confidence that while at school, I was safe and protected. At the same time, I never felt that my safety was in question. Never once did the thought enter my or my parent’s mind that a junior high boy would sexually […]

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Love is Necessary in the Face of Hate and Division

Posted: October 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

With the increase of racial tensions flooding the nation, somehow the small, tight knit community in which I live has been able to avoid the division other communities have suffered. However, this past week, an incident occurred which made my community no longer exempt. With the racial tension now hitting my home town like a tidal […]

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Protecting America – What’s Fair is Fair

Posted: October 2, 2017 at 7:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

I want to begin this article declaring my love for America. I love the opportunities that this country provides for all its citizens, and I love that we, as a people, welcome others to come to our country and provide to them the same opportunities natural born citizens have. But I also love that our leaders want everyone who comes […]

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A Teacher’s Struggle

Posted: September 18, 2017 at 7:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

Like most young teachers, I entered the profession with visions of grandeur. I was going to change the world for so many young people, but the harsh reality is that when I realized the extreme problems and struggles so many of my students faced, my world was changed. You see, I grew up in a loving family. My […]

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Sex Trafficking Is Closer To Your Home Than You Realize

Posted: September 9, 2017 at 7:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

Just hearing the words “sex trafficking” or “human trafficking” sends chills up my spine and causes my blood to boil.  The U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act defines sex trafficking as “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of an individual who under force, fraud or coercion is induced to perform a commercial sex act…sex trafficking does not have […]

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