Needless to say, our church family was more than excited to see our new addition, and can't even begin to count the "just precious" and "adorable" comments we received. (Thank you all for those by the way.)
As usual, little Jillian was an angel, only getting fussy after getting uncomfortable in her carseat.
Unfortunately for the baby girl, she wasn't quite old enough to sample the delectable feast our members prepared.
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Last week, we ran an article about an animal neglect case that occurred here in Kennett. One of the animals that was picked up, a Shih-Tzu, was so matted that it was difficult to tell if he was coming or going.
He was so bad in fact, Tena Petix, local humane officer, was forced with the decision to either get him cleaned up or have him put down.
Being the animal lover she is, Tena called another local animal lover, my wife, to see if she could get him in to her shop.
Jade accepted the task, which took the course of two days, even with assistance from the other groomer, Brooke. Jade, or rather her hands, were even shown in a video clip about the event on KFVS12 (Where they said she was a veterinarian. She's a groomer, but we all make mistakes).
After getting bathed and shaved and primped up, I hear the pooch got a second lease on life as he was recently adopted by a family from the Cape Girardeau area.
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One week from today marks the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, "affectionately" referred to as Black Friday.
Every year, I hear stories, mostly from the larger cities, of people getting into fights and getting arrested, all while trying to save a few bucks.
Earlier this week, I read an article about a Target employee putting together a petition to try to stop the retailer from opening its doors at 12-midnight Friday morning. His concern was that in order to be rested for the 10-hour shift, many employees would have to miss, or at least abbreviate, their time with family on Thanksgiving. I see his point.
The day after Thanksgiving sales are starting earlier and earlier each year, as retailers try to one-up one another for our hard-earned cash. All of this puts more strain on what is supposed to be a time of reflection and thanks for the blessings in our lives.
Personally, I say move the sales to 8 a.m., on Friday, as if it were any other day. Let people enjoy time with their families. And shoppers, be friendly to one another. Everyone is just trying to make their family happy. Remember the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
After all, it's only money. At the end of the day, it's the people in our lives, not the items we give and receive, that are the true gifts.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.