Prayers of the Inauguration

Jesus’ disciples approached him once and said to him, “Teach us to pray.” It was common practice in the ancient world for teachers to instruct their followers in all forms of spiritual practice. According to the New Testament, what Jesus offered in response to their request is what we now call the Lord’s Prayer.      […]

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New Year hopes and prayers

     New Year’s celebrations have traditionally become a time for us to gather up our hopes and prayers for the coming year and express them in resolutions. I confess to being a resolution maker.      Not just about the little things like losing weight and going to the gym more. But also prayers and hopes […]

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A Christmas prayer

     Lord, first of all, thank you for the careful and creative way in which you have designed this world. You have made this planet a marvelous place, filled with life and beauty.  It is a privilege to recognize that we humans are a part of your amazing invention.      Having said that, it is […]

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The impulse to silence dissent

  The arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges drives home the point that political malfeasance is not the sole possession of any one political party. There are those all along the political spectrum who are willing to sell out principle for power and money. Although given the depth and cynicism of Blagojevich’s […]

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Our attitude about poverty

I recently wrote a column suggesting that as Christians we could a better job finding ways to collectively provide assistance to the least of these among us. The responses were swift and angry. I was accused of distorting the Bible in order to advance a liberal socialist agenda.      I thought I was just quoting […]

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Epting receives championship ring

East Union’s Austin Epting was presented his 2008 State Cross-Country Individual Championship ring during the Union County Tournament. The senior has enjoyed a stellar career for the Urchins. The 2008 championship was the second in his career as he also won the Individual Championship in 2004. His career-best time was 16:40 at the East Union/Myrtle […]

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Myrtle-WU highlight first day of tourney

Ingomar 52 East Union 39 (G) Kayla Stevens brought her “A-Game” to East Union as she scored a game-high 21 points to help pace the Lady Falcons to a 52-39 victory in the opening game of the tournament. The Lady Urchins took a 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but saw the […]

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Urchins hang with Hawks, Ingomar handles ‘Dawgs

New Albany 63 Ingomar 40 (G) New Albany’s student section chanted “four more years” in response to Jazmine Spears’ terrific showing, as the Lady ‘Dawgs downed Ingomar 63-40 Friday night. The eighth grader led all scorers on the night, tallying 27 and setting up their rematch with Myrtle for the county championship. An early three-point […]

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Hawks, Lady ‘Dawgs win tourney crowns

Myrtle held off a late surge from Ingomar to claim the Union County boys’ championship behind gutsy performances from Russ Yates and David Wilson in place of injured guard Justin Jordan. Yates and Wilson scored 15 points each in the Hawks 62-59 victory over the Falcons. “I thought Russ did a tremendous job, David played […]

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Zachery Howell birthday

Zachery Howell celebrated his sixth birthday at Chuck E. Cheese with family and friends. He is the son of Derrick and Jan Howell of Etta and the grandson of Dorothy Howell of Potts Camp, Miss.

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Obituaries for January 14, 2009

Mary Crain, 75 Mary Morris Crain, 75, of Southaven, MS, formerly of Memphis, Tenn. passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009.   Born May 5, 1933 in Union County, MS, she moved to Memphis in 1953.  She was a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church.   Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at […]

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Obituaries for Dec. 26, 2008

James Robbins, 75 James Herbert Robbins, 75, of Pontotoc, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at his residence. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, IL and a Mechanic. James loved his cars and working as a tow truck operator. Services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at Shady Grove […]

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Obituaries for Dec. 31, 2009

Robert “Bob” Dillard, 73 Robert “Bob” Eugene Dillard, 73, of Blue Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Union County to the late Bethel Dillard and Lillie Yarbrough Dillard. He was a retired mechanic for Morris Scrap Metal, an Air Force Veteran […]

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Obituaries for Jan. 7, 2009

Alma Taylor, 87 Daisy Alma Taylor, 87, of Tiplersville, died Sunday morning, Jan. 4, 2009, at her home. She was born March 23, 1921, to the late Alvie Lee and Fanny McDowell of Tippah County.  She worked for fifteen years at Blue Bell Manufacturing and retired from Falkner Elementary School Cafeteria.  She loved ardening and […]

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