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National Security: First Flight

A couple of weeks ago, on December 17, was the 115th anniversary of the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine. The inventors and first pilots were two brothers from Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur and Orville Wright were younger sons of Bishop Milton Wright and his wife Susan, who died young following the birth of her only daughter, Katharine. The brothers were close; never attended college; never married; and were business partners for their adult lives. Initially, they developed a printing business and then followed popular fashion by opening a bicycle…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Happy New Year!

2019 is here! Wow, time flies; and the older we get the faster it seems to go. 2018 was good to me. God has blessed me with another year of good health and a great family. My biggest news of 2018?  The birth of my first granddaughter, Kennedy Elizabeth Holbrook. I dedicated my column to her, back in October when she was born, but she is, by far, my best and happiest thing for 2018. She is just over two months old now and growing so fast. We have special…

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The Editor’s Desk: Sister stuff

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. On this day, 23 years ago, Dec. 28, 1995, I received the best Christmas present I could have possibly asked for—a baby sister. All year, I talked about her arrival. My teachers, extended family, friends and strangers were blessed with daily reminders of my sister’s upcoming birth. I paraded around the playground, the grocery store and every public place bragging of my big sister stardom. The night she arrived, my parents dropped me off at my grandmother’s house, bags packed, and left for the hospital….

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From the sunny side: Morning pace

I’m not a morning person. That is simply a fact of life that I have made my peace with a long time ago. I often tell people who complain that I may not be moving at a pace they think I should match, “If you don’t like my speed now, you certainly wouldn’t like me first thing in the morning.” I have learned to compensate for this certain personality trait by setting my alarm clock a full two hours before I need to leave for work. While moving at what…

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