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Today's Opinions

  • Patrons of the arts

    When I was leaving Saturday evening's performance of "The Desperate Director" at Angelic Hall, spectators said watching the play was much better than sitting at home clicking through the channels on the television.
    I agree.
    Unfortunately, too few people took advantage of the live entertainment this past weekend right here in our hometown.

  • Patrons of the arts

    When I was leaving Saturday evening's performance of "The Desperate Director" at Angelic Hall, spectators said watching the play was much better than sitting at home clicking through the channels on the television.
    I agree.
    Unfortunately, too few people took advantage of the live entertainment this past weekend right here in our hometown.

  • High-profile matters to be discussed in 2013

    Each fall, not long before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly's administrative staff offers an in-depth look at some of the issues it believes could be debated during the legislative session that begins each January.
    The report comes from the 15 main committees that vote on legislation, and while no one can predict what ultimately will become law, this analysis gives us a better idea of what may need to be addressed.

  • Letter: Item found

    If you all hear about someone losing a piece to a Jazzie mobility  scooter, I found it on US 68 between Lebanon and Gravel Switch.
    I have it in my possession and would gladly return it to its rightful owner.  
    C.A. Roller Sr.
    Stanford
    clarence1946roller@att.net

  • The hero

    "The hero."
    I got goose bumps every time I heard those two words Saturday during Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes' funeral.
    Anytime an officer referred to Deputy Rakes, he or she wouldn't say his name. Instead, they would say, "the hero."

  • Corrections and Clarifications, Nov. 21

    In last week's edition, a photo misidentified the Glasscock Elementary School "Mallet Madness" group as the West Marion Elementary School Choir.

  • Heavy Hearts

    Marion County is reeling.
    On Saturday,  we said goodbye to Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who was killed in the line of duty early Nov. 14. Rakes was living a lifelong dream of working in law enforcement.
    Rakes' death would be enough to leave us saddened, but his death was one of a string of tragic events that have plagued our county over the last two weeks.

  • Pride, prayers and support

    By John G. Mattingly
    Marion County Judge/Executive

    There is no way to make it right, you can't explain it, a senseless act of violence will change a community like no other event. The tragic death of Deputy Carl Anthony Rakes last week shocked the Marion County community to its very core. It is a shame that it takes a real tragedy to bring a community together. Marion County showed how much they can and do care about their fellow citizens, and especially those who seek to protect them on a daily basis.