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Flying with history on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Staff Writer John Coffelt  Pilots for Liberty Foundation warm the engines of the Memphis Belle, a late-war Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress made to look like the famed F-model Memphis Belle that was touted by the government as the historic crew to complete 25 missions. Without the roar of the four 1,200-horsepower Wright R-1820-97 rotary engines, it’s already a breezy day at the Collegedale Municipal Airport, but undeterred, one man stands

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  • Halloween sadism myth poisons trick-or-treat fun

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm


     Staff Writer John Coffelt  Lurking like a quiet specter around trick-or-treating is the fear of Halloween sadism. Everyone has heard the rumors – poisoned candy, razors in the apples, but the only documented aspect of Halloween sadism is that for the most part, it’s an urban myth. Take for instance the 1970 case of Kevin Totson, of Detroit. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 5-year-old died from a heroin overdose

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  • The stage is set: Manchester’s Rotary Amphitheater could be city’s most overlooked event venue

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Manchester's Rotary Amphitheater is available to the public to be used for numerous events. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Rotary Amphitheater has great potential. What other performance venue in town  with a approximately 1,020 square foot stage, air conditioned backstage areas, a view of the Little Duck River, virtually unlimited seating and is as available to the public as the Rotary Amphitheater? “We would love to see what Tourism could bring in, … these things are available and we’d love for [the community]

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  • Lending helpful hands: Over 1,000 volunteer at Convoy of Hope

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Josh Shelton, center, and Stacy Stevenson work among piles of bagged food that were given away at the Convoy of Hope Saturday at the Coffee County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Convoy of Hope that stopped at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester Saturday served over 4,000 people, according to event organizers. In total, 1,064 volunteers connected with 22 local churches and 32 charitable-minded organizations worked through the day Saturday to help those in need receive free services ranging from haircuts to groceries. “It’s really all about the partnerships,” explained Molly Erickson with Convoy of Hope. “We couldn’t do this

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  • Remember, you have the right to live without fear of violence

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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    Local aid workers understand domestic violence and seek to help those in its shadow. Staff Writer John Coffelt For some, the threat of violence is an unrelenting burden that is carried deep and hidden from all. “All victims of personal crime, specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, have had control over their sense of well-being taken away from them,” said Haven of Hope Executive Director Mona Mason. “Help

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  • Read to me for my future

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    Local library participates in program to open books to preschoolers.   STAFF WRITER john coffelt What parent wouldn’t want to do whatever she could to ensure her child’s future? Coffee County Manchester Public Library working with the 1,000 Books Foundation is participating in a program to prepare young children for school by encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to their children by the time they start kindergarten. “It’s so easy

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  • Coffee County Fair, Kissel Entertainment open rides to disabled

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Holden  Hatcher  enjoys  a  ride  on  the  carousel  Thursday  morning  at  the  Coffee  County  Fair .  (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Coffee County Fair has been bringing smiles to faces for well over 100 years. Thursday it was the clients of Skills Development Services (SDS) who were smiling ear-to-ear – for free. The Coffee County Fair teamed up with midway entertainment provider Kissel Entertainment to allow SDS clients, who have mental and physical disabilities, to enjoy the midway rides free of charge and free of lines. “We are just so

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