Christmas season has arrived

Bright lights, colorful floats, marching bands and Santa Claus will be circling town squares and walking down Main Streets in the county over the next week. The Christmas season has officially arrived with the turning of the calendar.
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Craving some of Dimple’s “Hamburger Pie”

This is a week to give thanks, so in thinking about it I have to express gratitude to my late grandmother Dimple Ferguson of Utica for making the best dish I’ve ever eaten.
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Cleaning up after Charlie

Every time I pull in the driveway I always see that big blonde head staring at me through the window. Sometimes it’s visible as soon as I turn on to my street if I look early enough.
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Remembering our veterans

The picture said a lot to me. James Pratt, 93, and Steven Carlson, not yet 40, sitting side-by-side representing many veterans from Calhoun County who have served this country so well.
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Let’s just go with ‘Joel’

I don’t know this “Mr. McNeece” guy. I hear of him more and more these days, but always catch myself looking around wondering if my father has shown up.
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Still a work in progress

Anger, rage, disbelief, depression, guilt, confusion, fear, disconnection, loneliness, panic, anxiety – these are all common symptoms of grief and I’ve experienced them all over the past almost 11 months since the loss of my wife Lisa.
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I am now a crazy Spartan

Carrying a heavy sandbag up and down three flights of stairs, climbing ropes, scaling high walls, leaping over fire and crawling through mud under barbed wire just to come out the end and slide into a deep water filled hole, all spread out across approximately 13 miles of running through ditches, woods, creeks, hills and open fields may qualify as something only an insane person would do.
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Mr. Tommy’s stories live on

Few people could share as many great stories about Calhoun County as Tommy Hallum. More than a quarter-century of newspaper work, three terms as the county’s chancery clerk and a lifetime of feeding his enormous appetite for local history made him an invaluable resource for me.
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A screaming good time

There was lots of blood, a few ghouls, a number of creepy clowns, and screams, high-pitch, ear-splitting screams.
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Up and down weekend with ‘City, Big Creek

Separated by a few hours, the memories and emotions, both good and bad, were plentiful.
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