Today's Features


    William Penn said, “Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.”

    Although this is a strong statement, it is based on truth. Many students today hunt for popularity as a desirable goal. This, however, might not be in the students’ best interest. However covetable to him or her, the search for popularity can limit a student’s personal growth.


    I know relating to me is difficult, even for those people who surround me every day, and I can’t force them to do so, but despite my “gift,” we share both sorrow and laughter. Every day, I hold my head up and take this world head-on instead of turning and dodging around corners as I did a lifetime ago, before I accepted that Tourette’s syndrome can be both a curse and a blessing.

  • Advanced graphic design students at North Hardin High School created mixed media artwork entitled ‘Reflections,’ in which they were to illustrate their personality through the use of the elements and principles. Students enhanced and edited their artwork and included their portrait using Adobe Photoshop CS5.


    I can feel the scream trying to escape my throat, but it’s too dry. The adrenaline is pumping and I’m too terrified to make a sound. My breathing consists of short, fast breaths, and my heart feels as if it will burst right out of my chest at any second.

  • Throughout the Rev. Dennis Cousens’ outer office, photos and statues of Jesus, Mary and other important figures of the Catholic faith line the walls, with one exception.

    A fan of both classical and country music, he has a personalized and autographed picture of country singer Garth Brooks. It was given to him by a friend who knows Brooks and it has become a conversation piece to those who visit his office.

    Cousens, like his taste in music, is a blend of the classical and contemporary.

  • White Mills

    Terri Spencer, 862-4604

    Well, another Christmas has come and gone. We spend months preparing for that one day and then it is over so quickly. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. My family and I had a wonderful time, except that I spent Christmas day on the couch not feeling well. But I still got to be with my family, so it still was a wonderful day.

  • Jesse Lee and Evelyn June Grimes Ashlock celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 28, 2012.

    They were married Dec. 28, 1962, in Celina, Tenn.

    They have two sons, Chris Ashlock and Jeff Ashlock, and three grandchildren, all of Sonora.

  • South Hardin

    Daphne Turpin, 872-3223

    Happy New Year everyone. May it be filled with many wonders and memories.

    BIRTHDAYS. Happy birthday wishes go to Donna Dailey, Wendy Harper, Ellie Waldrop, Donovan Staples, Deaton Hagan, Connor Creekmore, Sue Akers, Melissa Burton, Jaimee Milligan, Ronnie Ramsey, Mallory Burton, Marian Berry, Nancy Logsdon, Taylor Cardin and Jamie Routt.

  • Howevalley

    Andrea Sherrard Gilpin, 735-7845


    Trevis and Sandy Powell of Cecilia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Rachelle Powell, to Jacob Matthew Owens, son of Patrick and Rhonda Owens of Cecilia.

    The wedding is at 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 2013, at Freedom’s Way Church in Cecilia with a reception to follow at the church.