Growing up with The Duke

Sheriff Greg Pollan and I had a very similar upbringing. I too was raised in a house with John Wayne movies playing on a seemingly continuous loop.
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Relationships worth more than victories

The sun was shining brightly, the grass was green and remarkably dry. Such are the benefits of grounds keeping at the college level.
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Art, outdoors, sawmill and titles of 2019

Listening to the deafening boom of a sawmill up close, getting stung by a dozen or so bees, walking the countryside of southeast Calhoun County and exploring art from some of the more talented individuals I’ve had the pleasure to get to know are all part of my look back on 2019.
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Restoring a CCJ tradition

Setting Santa letters over the past week it was alarming the number of children wishing for a phone for Christmas – an iPhone to be exact – such is our modern world. I could never have imagined as a kid asking Santa for a telephone of any kind.
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Only one Bill Cooper

I had just pulled up the driveway, walked through the door with arms full of stuff and immediately carried it all down the hall to drop it in a closet. I turn and walk back down the hall and there is Bill Cooper sitting at the kitchen counter.
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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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