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Four days in Savannah
Posted Friday, June 13, at 3:31 PM
By Courtney Luke Draping Spanish Moss, cobblestone streets, elegant parks, grand homes, and a laid-back Southern vibe are what visitors typically expect of Savannah, Georgia. Last month, I was able to spend several days in this oldest Georgian city that is nestled between the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean and a few things surprised me about it...

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'Man, that's a good looking girl!'
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 5:18 PM

By Courtney Luke When the new girl walked into Mr. Shelvage's science class, Dwayne Lunbeck was immediately smitten. "I thought, 'Man, that's a good looking girl!'," Dwayne recalled. That new girl, Glenda Lunbeck, was, at the time, a little reserved. Her friends had accused her of being a wall flower. In retaliation of those accusations, Glenda had told them that she would agree to go out with the very next young man who asked...

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'I kinda believe it's gonna work'
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 4:52 PM

By Courtney Luke After 68 years, Harold Zimmerman of Bernie is convinced things are going to keep working between him and his wife, Eva. Harold was, of course, making a light hearted joke when he said, "I kinda believe it's gonna work... after 68 years."...

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'Your vows mean something'
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 4:48 PM

By Courtney Luke One night, in the 1940s, at the show, as the movie theater was once called, Ralph Blough met Doris Pitts. They were both with friends when they headed to the Risco Theater. The group soon became a twosome. The movies continued to be a favorite dating spot for the young couple eventually decided to get married...

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The common denominator
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 4:45 PM

By Courtney Luke "We have a common denominator", stated Jack Fletcher explaining the key to his long, successful marriage to his wife Pat. Both agree, the common denominator, their faith and trust in Jesus Christ has helped their marriage since its beginning...

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Independence for all
Posted Wednesday, July 3, at 3:45 PM

By Courtney Luke Generally, when we talk of the 4th of July, we are referring to the one in the year 1776 when the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. However, there was another 4th of July that greatly altered the direction our country was heading- this one was only 150 years ago...

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To Manila and back
Posted Thursday, June 27, at 8:52 AM

Courtney Luke It was hundreds of miles to the nearest ocean and thousands more to the Pacific, but for 18 year old Herbert Luke who had spent the majority of his childhood in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas, that was his destination following W.W.II...

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Four squares can make a triangle
Posted Monday, May 6, at 4:33 PM

Courtney Luke In 1917, the 37 year old City of Malden, Mo. boasted a population of 3,400, five lumber mills, three cotton gins, eight churches, two banks and an electric plant. It is believed at least one of the several American Foursquare homes on Douglass Street was at that time constructed...

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Bloom where you are planted
Posted Monday, May 6, at 3:38 PM

Courtney Luke Decorating her church in Malden is just one of the many projects for which Flo Bennett volunteers. When Bennett moved to Malden fifty three years ago, she joined First Southern Baptist Church. Most of her volunteer work has been focussed there and she considers her chairmanship of the decorating committee as the most rewarding thing she does...

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Learning to give
Posted Monday, May 6, at 3:35 PM

Courtney Luke Pat Morehead credits the lessons learned at the feet of her parents as her reason to want to help others. Both were ambitious but generous and taught their children the same habits. Pat says that she was taught that if you see what you perceive as a need, then you should take care of that...

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The Laugh
Posted Friday, February 22, at 11:33 AM

There was this laugh I once knew. At the end of a silly joke, it was there. When spinning around, dancing, or sledding, it was there. During the fourteenth time of singing the same verse of a song, it was there. After my mother would share a memory,...

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One voice, one vote
Posted Tuesday, November 6, at 4:22 PM

Courtney Luke I JUST LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!! Here, we stand in long lines, not because we must, but because we can. Here, we are not forced to stand outside in the cold to pretend to mourn the passing of a dictator, but choose to stand outside in the cold to exercise our right to pick our own leaders. ...

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'Keep your eye on the ball'
Posted Wednesday, October 31, at 10:06 AM

Courtney Luke If at any time during her recent breast cancer battle Chris Marshall felt herself beginning to get depressed or lose focus, she would remind herself of the wise words her 25 year old son Tyler had given her, "Keep your eye on the ball!" This rang especially true when she faced a mastectomy...

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Be your own advocate
Posted Thursday, October 25, at 8:36 AM

Courtney Luke "Be your own advocate" points out 37 year old Monica Edmonds of Bernie, a breast cancer survivor. "I have had mammograms every year since I was 28 years old because in my family, we have a strong history of cancer." She explained that her health insurance company originally denied paying for the procedure, but she fought until they agreed to the charge...

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This Tuesday Morning
Posted Wednesday, September 12, at 11:32 AM

That Tuesday morning, the skies billowed black. This Tuesday morning, they shine blue. That Tuesday morning, screams of horror and pain. This Tuesday morning, tears of remembrance and mourning. That Tuesday morning, chaos, calamity and catastrophe. This Tuesday morning, calm...

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Sailing the South Pacific
Posted Friday, September 7, at 9:21 AM

Courtney Luke As a seventeen year old boy, Wilhelmina native Delbert Dees joined the Navy. It was 1942 and the United States had only recently entered W.W. II. Dees' time in combat was short but eventful. He was assigned to duty on the heavy carrier the U.S.S. ...

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In celebration of Independence
Posted Tuesday, July 3, at 1:56 PM

Courtney Luke The Continental Congress, representing the 13 colonies of America met together in Philadelphia in 1776. After many debates, discussion and votes, the Congress approved a final version of a proclamation that declared independence from the British Government...

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The House at Four Mile ~ History of the Hughes Home
Posted Monday, April 23, at 11:26 AM

Courtney Luke DNC Staff Reporter Over 150 years ago, Dr. Given Owen would stand at the end of a worship service and invite the entire congregation of his Baptist church home with him for Sunday afternoon dinner. In that same spirit of southern hospitality, Marietta Wood and her late husband Donald Hughes welcomed hundreds of visitors into that very house during the thirty years they called it home. ...

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My 9/11
Posted Wednesday, November 23, at 2:54 PM

Ten years ago I was fresh out of college and had just finished the summer working as a camp counselor. I had only been back home for a little over two weeks and was just getting readjusted to my old life. The job search was in its first stages and life was pretty easy. I stayed a few nights with my grandmother. We hadn't seen much of each other the last several years and it was a good time to reconnect. I spent those days watching lots of television and eating her good cooking...

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