Columns/Opinions

Wed
16
Aug

“Let the Children Come”

By Jennifer Kidd

We want our First United Methodist Church Hamilton to be known as caring for children. That is why we started providing a “kids kingdom” at our annual Harvest Festival, which will be alive and well from 9:00 to 3:00 again on Saturday, October 7. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus asserted, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." And that’s our guiding premise.

Repeating our set-up of last year, we will provide separate age-appropriate stations for each activity and run a tape around all of the area across the bridge from the church’s west side, to form a safety barrier from Highway 36 (Main Street) and N. Stidham Street. We provided a small break in the boundary for an entrance from Stidham Street, and another one on the east side of our space facing the sanctuary, to control access and provide the best security for the kids.

 

Wed
16
Aug

That Crazy Weather!

By Brother J

Severe thunderstorms, softball-size hail, swarms of tornadoes, and not too far away, 55-mile per hour wind gusts and dust and over 660,000 acres burned (1000 square miles or the size of 2/3 of the state of Rhode Island); plus, 28 inches of snow in two days in Arizona was our weather in the past.

Why was all of that going on? When God originally made the earth it was not this way. There were all kinds of fruits and vegetables and they were always ready to eat (Genesis 1:29 & 30). there were also no seasons, no rains, no tornadoes or other catastrophes. The earth was watered from a mist that went up from the ground (Genesis 2:6). Why so different now?

 

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Wed
09
Aug

Mystery Letter - Could A.J. have been right for a change?

By Kevin Slimp's

As Iris Long sat in her seat in the back row of the Lutheran contemporary service, her mind was moving in several different directions at once. Raymond Cooper, seated ten seats to her left on the opposite end of the row, was obviously uncomfortable. She could sense something wasn’t going according to plan.

Standing behind her, just inside the entrance to the fellowship hall, Marvin Walsh was noticeably upset as he talked with someone on the other side of the door.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

The Bend News

By Jo Price

Still no rain, but promises of some later on this week. The grass has lost most of the green and beginning to turn yellow. If it rains it will turn green again overnight.

Has anyone noticed the lack of mesquite beans on the trees this year? Some are turning a light yellow and no beans at all, while others will just have a few scattered around on the tree. There are very few with a heavy crop.

Do you suppose that will be a sign of a mild winter this year?

Where did July go? It went by like a whirlwind and now we are going into August. The older we get the faster the months and years go by.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I have decided I must be a weakling. I can’t take the extreme cold of Canada, and I melt when it comes to the 100 degrees of Texas. My outdoor day is done around 10:30 a.m.

I’m listening to the thunder rumble in the distance, and I hope it travels here so that we can get a little rain relief. It is supposed to get a little cooler this week. I can only hope.

I was thinking about Press Adams and the dedication he showed to his country, his family, his community and his God.

Two years ago, my son and his family and their friends joined me on the 4th of July float. The adults were all serving members of the United States Airforce. My son went and shook hands with everyone on the float and spent some time talking to them.

He is a history buff and has a tremendous amount of respect for veterans, especially from WWII.

 

Wed
26
Jul

Marvin and Raymond are up to something at Sunday Services

By Kevin Slimp´s

More often than not, Sunday was the most anticipated day of the week in The Valley. It’s not because anything earth-shattering took place in the four sanctuaries each week, but most folks like having people and places in their lives which don’t change significantly over time, and the Sunday morning service was just such a place.

Sure, people come and go. In time, even priests and preachers either move on or pass away. Still, it was soothing to know most things remained the same from week to week and year to year.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

The Bend News

By Jo Price

Well it is Monday again and not a cloud in the sky, just a very warm summer morning. All the rain if any was way beyond us and as usual over east of interstate 35 and down south. When the good Lord wants us to have rain it will come, just pray it comes before too long.

A resident of Bend Ronald Allen Bascom 70 lost his life in a car accident this past Wednesday on FM 580 West. It was a head on collision with a pickup on the wrong side of the road. You just never know when you may meet a car on the wrong side of the road, so always try to be prepared to hit the ditch if necessary.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Hill Country Naturalist

What Do Our White-Tailed Deer Think

What do Our White-Tailed Deer Think About all These Exotics?

Well, OK, we don’t really know what the deer “think.” I am obviously anthropomorphizing them a bit. The idea came from a blog I read written by Justin Bryan about the behavior of deer in the presence of exotic ungulates as well as some statistics about these ungulates.

 

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Wed
12
Jul

That’s why they call him . . . Silver Tongue

By Kevin Slimp´s

A person can only take so much.

That’s true even of politicians.

Mayor Dick “Silver Tongue” Bland enjoyed a brief period of respite for a few short weeks following his narrow victory in the August election. It wasn’t long, how-ever, before his old nemesis was making life miserable once again.

Everyone has a breaking point, and Mayor Bland had reached his. For weeks, since Raymond Cooper returned to the air and launched his weekly “newspaper,” Silver Tongue remained silent as he heard his former rival blame him for everything from A.J. Fryerson’s disappearance to the rapid demise of morals among Valley teens as a result of the rising popularity of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Doug's Doorstep

By Doug Suggs

Perhaps you have heard the old saying, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I'm not quite sure where this saying came from, but as a child, I heard this more than once. Do you agree with it? Neither do I!

It is true that sticks and stones can break your bones. However, it is also true that words can hurt you. If you have ever been criticized unjustly or called a name by someone that is unkind, you know how much it hurts. If someone has told a lie about you and you lost a job, were incarcerated, or turned against by another, then you know how much it can hurt.

 

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