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  • Victory can be found by just sticking it out

    We had just finished supper when the phone rang. Only a few hours before, I had been playing football on the sandlot team that my brother Mark had formed after I had hounded him to do so.

    That team was my only hope of playing in 1965, since I was still too young for Washington Elementary School’s football team. Eric was even younger than I was.

    Mark was the perfect coach for our team. After all, he played football for the mighty Bulldogs of Altus High. He coached us up and even scheduled a game with another team that one of his football buddies had formed.

  • Auction discovery possesses rare value

    On a cold Friday night before spring arrived, my sister attended an indoor auction — more for entertainment than acquisition.

    Attending auctions can be fun. A good auctioneer puts on a great show from the melodic chant of the sale to the comedic banter between offerings.

  • Vital investment made for state’s foster children

    During the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Children’s Alliance urged Kentucky lawmakers to take action and make the thousands of foster children who have been placed in the state’s custody a budget priority.

    We at Home of the Innocents are celebrating the fact that those who represent us in Frankfort have responded.

  • Having seen the future, let's embrace it at HMH

    Put this one in the category under seeing is believing.

    After hearing about the customer surveys and feedback that led Hardin Memorial Health to add two floors on its North Tower, I can’t say that I understood.

    What’s the big deal about private rooms? Yeah, that would be nice but is nice the same as need?

  • Check scam targets direct-sales agents

    Representatives for direct sales companies such as Avon, Mary Kay and Thirty-One Gifts are being targeted in a fake check scam. Scammers pose as new customers and try to con consultants out of hundreds of dollars.

    If typically begins when a consultant for a direct sales company receives an email or text message from what appears to be a potential customer.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.

  • BBB: Don't put your faith in a bogus job offer

    Looking for a summer job? You could be the target of scammers handing out fake job offers.

    These bogus sites originate on some popular website, job posting sites and even direct messages via email and phone calls. Accepting these offers or contacting the phony employers can lead to stolen personal information or money.

    Fake job offers can be easy to spot when you know what to look for.

    For starters, be wary of deals that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” This includes offers that require no experience or education but pay outrageously well.

  • Father’s Day gadgets not always up to snuff

    Father’s Day is right around the corner. As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.

    The Better Business Bu­reau suggests you always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift in case Dad needs to take it back.

    Here are some other tips from BBB on Father’s Day gift shopping:

  • When the glass under your feet crackles

    He described it as “one of the craziest feeling(s) of my life.” It happened last week as Alejandro Garibay was standing on one of the glass boxes that extend out about four feet from the observation floor in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) 103 stories above Chicago.

    Garibay was posing for pictures with his brother and two of his cousins when the protective coating on the floor shattered, and the deck appeared to be cracking.

    The spectacular view of the Windy City suddenly seemed life threatening.

  • Finding a way to ignore those nagging British voices in your life

    Last Sunday, I decided to visit a new church. I got the address and my husband, Terry, went out to the car and programmed it into our new GPS for me.

    I don’t quite trust the thing. (Once it got me going in circles and I’d still be trying to get to my destination if I hadn’t recognized the same barn, for the third time.)