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Take the helm

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

Youth offered a chance to learn sailing at free local classes. STAFF WRITER john coffelt   Sailing is a mastery, or at the least an attempt at using the natural world to fuel the heart of exploration. To foster sailing passion in a new generation, the Highland Yacht Club, located on the north shore of Woods Reservoir, will offer a free series of youth sailing classes starting with a beginner’s

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  • Never too late

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Local senior receives diploma after 66 years of anticipation Staff Writer John Coffelt That local grandmother Peggy Tate Reeves, originally of South Pittsburgh, didn’t graduate was such a guarded secret even her children didn’t know. “You can imagine what going all that time thinking, I don’t have a high school diploma,” Reeves said. Reeves, a smart, lively senior has held a range of jobs over the years since she would

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  • Never too young to read; local programs foster childhood literacy

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Chrystal Butler and her daughter, Norah, look for new books to read at Cof-fee County Manchester Public Library.

    Staff Writer John Coffelt As of last week, young library patron Norah Butler has read over 1,042 books and she’s not yet in kindergarten. She is one of 21 readers working on reaching the 1,000-book milestone thanks, in part, to an ongoing youth reading program at Coffee County Manchester Public Library that started in the fall. “It’s so easy to do,” Youth Services librarian Virginia Kiviniemi said.  “One book a

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  • Hillsboro’s Run for a Cause benifits veterans

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:58 am

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    Hillsboro Elementary School held its fifth annual Run for a Cause 5K Saturday to benefit veteran’s charity the Fisher House Foundation. Event organizer, school nurse Dawn Selvage described the charity as being similar to Ronald McDonald House, but for military families. “They’re setup at most VA facilities, especially acute care hospitals. They allow housing if your family member has been wounded. They also offer plane tickets if a spouse has

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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.    
Staff photo by John Coffelt

    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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