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FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm


    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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  • Millinium Rep. ressurects ‘Young Frankenstein’

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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    The classic movie “Young Frankenstein” comes to the Manchester Arts Center as a musical comedy, beginning the weekend of Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 23. Millennium Repertory Company presents Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit as the last show of its record-breaking 2014 season. “Young Frankenstein” includes fan-favorite scenes (Roll in the Hay, “Walk this Way,” Abby Normal, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”),  all new music, and a brand-new projection system. Directed

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  • Advocacy Center brings chili cook-off back to Manchester

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

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      The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center will host the chili cook-off from 12-4 p.m., Saturday on the square. Advocacy Center Executive Director Joyce Prusak said that proceeds from the event will go to serve the local children who are the victims of severe abuse. The center helps from about 275-350 children each year. “Everything we do is provided free of charge,” she said. The center provides forensic interviews, crisis

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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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