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Fri
18
May
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Until They are Gone

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

We wake up this morning to another senseless school shooting, more young lives lost, on the heels of the tragic accidents in Foreman and New Boston that claimed lives that were just beginning.

So much promise lost. So much potential that will never be reached. So much grief and sadness.

Fri
04
May
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Storm Damage

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

 

May 4th is a day that will always be remembered around these parts. Especially if you lived here in 1999.

Sun
22
Apr
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A community miracle

A week ago, Saturday evening, I looked at her mom, she nodded her head, and we made the decision to put her child, my wife, on a machine to keep her alive.

There was no other choice to make.

People were asking me about advanced directives, living wills and power of attorney, but in my heart, in her mom’s heart, there was no other option but to keep her breathing.

Thu
19
Apr
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The Power of the People

New Boston is a town in conflict. There is a need for resolve, but it is not a town at war.
To say such would be a disservice to all of those who ever served in the military.
No, this is not a war, this is a simple case of power run amuck.
It is a case leadership not obliging the voice of the people.

 

It is fairly safe to say, if a straw poll was taken, the majority would loudly declare that current New Boston Chief of Police Tony King needs to find a new career, somewhere other than New Boston.

Tue
10
Apr
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We The People

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

A lot of fuss has been made in recent weeks over the infighting at New Boston City Hall and the turmoil inside the New Boston Police Department. Council orders have gone ignored, friends have become foes, and a sense of disarray has been unleashed on the general public by TV and newspaper coverage.

To say that there are no problems in New Boston would be a mistake. It is obvious that there are differences of opinion and that things could be getting done differently.

Yes, there should be an investigation into the police department when the kinds of accusations that have been made are brought to light, and yes, when an order by the governing body of any city is blatantly ignored, there is a problem.

Things could be and should be done differently.

Sun
08
Apr
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Let them see you in me

All this week, I had the pleasure of listening to a friend learn a song to sing in church this morning. It is a great song for any Sunday morning, but it also speaks to a very relevant issue in our little world today.

How seriously do we take our beliefs? Living in the heart of the Bible belt, where most folks go to church and call themselves Christians, just how seriously do we take that name, that faith and the life that is supposed to go along with it?

When we talk to people on a daily basis, when we step into the grocery store or drive thru the fast food restaurant line, what is it that people see in you?

That is a tough question to answer, I know that because I have been trying to answer it all week myself. We like to think we have it down and that we are living the way we are supposed to, but again, the question is the same.

Wed
04
Apr
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Letter to the Editor

There are some people who go through life on a collision course with everyone they meet, manipulating others to get their way and treating others as pawns for their own self-advancement, furtherance of their agenda, or simple insecurity and the need to feel safe and in control. When those type people become leaders of a community, or are put in a position of leadership in a community, conflict will arise only when someone has the courage to stand up to them.

Organizations are generally governed by multiple people. The reason there are multiple people and not just one is because no one person knows what is best for everyone. We all have different perspectives and different strengths and can see things that others can’t.

Sun
04
Mar
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Time or time bombs

There were a lot of threats of violence on school campuses last week. Threats written on walls, threats on social media and threats made to students, from students. School districts dealt with the threats, some in a proper manner, some did not. Some reported them instantly, some did not. Regardless, of how they were made or how they were reported, lives were changed.

We have to find a way to tell these students that are making threats, no matter how trivial or comical they may think they are, threats of violence will not be taken as anything other than a threat. We have to find a way to tell our students that there will be consequences. And there will be consequences.

Wed
21
Feb
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Community Leaders,

 

It has come to my attention that the career and reputation of a close personal friend and colleague of mine has come under attack from elements within the upper administration of New Boston ISD. Having known Patty Green for my entire professional life, I feel compelled to speak on her behalf in light of these recent developments.

 

Sun
18
Feb
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Winning with Whitt

By Whitt Sparks
Tribune Sports

My Grandfather, Steve Sparks died a month ago.  My dad is still struggling with his death.  So is the rest of the family.  I thought I would do something a little different for this article, and interview my dad and ask him about his dad and just see where the conversation went.

Me:  How old was Pa(Steve), and what were your earliest memories of him?
Dad:  Pa was 65, and my earliest memories of Dad was when my brother, Danny was born.  I was around three and Dad came and picked me up at my uncle’s home and took me to my house to meet Danny for the first time.  I also remember not long after that, that Dad was building a grandfather clock.  And I went with him to the shop to pick it up and bring it home.  

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