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Cowboy activist finds local helping hand

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

 Staff Writer John Coffelt   Tod “Doc” Mishler, of Ulster Park, N.Y., a self-styled itinerant missionary with a fiery brand of anti-establishment religion that takes him crisscrossing the United States on horseback to raise awareness about childhood hunger, is one of the most interesting people you might ever meet. First of all, “Doc” is a retired military officer, and he has a Ph.D. in philosophy that he doesn’t want to

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  • Empowering you to make a difference for the environment

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Water courses over a series of cascades near the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee-The University of the South. Just downstream from this spot, the creek drops below the surface, continues below the dry Column Entrance Cave only to reemerge in a gorge that leads to Dick Cove.    
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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Students at New Union Elementary School are getting a detailed look at what they can do to help protect the environment during an outdoor, all-day event Wednesday for Earth Day. “One thing that I’ve tried to impress upon them in the lessons leading up to Earth Day is the power they have themselves to make a difference,” said New Union librarian and media specialist Jennifer  Hartley.

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  • A chance to scale new heights: Area boarding school offers students and introduction to competitive rock climbing

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    St. Andrews Sewanee Sophomore  Anna Fox climbs during practice.

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Bouldering, an offshoot of rock climbing, involves much more than ascending a large rock. It’s a demanding sport that in addition to strength, requires purpose, agility and, moreover, dogged perseverance. Sewanee’s Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School climbing club members seek to perfect their bouldering Monday nights at the campus Bouldering Cave, a small lean-to section of the campus recreation shed, which had been turned into a

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  • St. Bede’s to unveil exquisite bas relief sculptures at community Good Friday service

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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    By John Coffelt, staff writer   During the Good Friday service of the Manchester Ministerial Association Holy Week meetings, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church will showcase series of commissioned woodcut panels that depicts Jesus’ progression to Calvary. To those familiar with the Catholic faith or its offshoots, the series is known as the Stations of the Cross, a collection of 14 images usually placed along the church nave and depicts the

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  • Different is beautiful

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

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    Family works to fund genetic research into daughter’s unique disorder “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.  Staff Writer John Coffelt

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  • CHS works toward inaugural student support event for disadvantaged teens

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

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    Coffee County Schools will hold its first ever Teen Expo at the beginning of next school year for disadvantaged students at Coffee County Central High School, but organizers are asking for community help with the event. “We need sponsors and partnerships now to help with the planning, services, and items needed.  School supplies, back packs, hygiene items, etc. are in great need for our disadvantaged students,” said system school counselor

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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