Funding available to spay/neuter outdoor cats

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:48 am

The White County Humane Society (WCHS) is participating in a collaborative effort with the Major Michael Shipley Memorial Spay/Neuter Clinic (Major Mike’s), a project of the Humane Society of Putnam County.  Major Mike’s received a $36,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to support a collaborative effort with Friends of Animals, SNIP-OC and White County Humane Society to spay/neuter outside cats in Jackson, Overton, and White counties.  None of these counties have shelter options for cats and without these resources, prevention of unwanted litters is the best defense against cat overpopulation.  To effectively reduce the homeless cat population, grant funds are earmarked for households with multiple cats living outdoors.

The … Read More



What will our elected leaders sacrifice to uphold oaths of office?

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:36 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated from the beginning of her tenure that she is not willing to jump on any band wagon that promotes the impeachment of Donald Trump.  I think most of us could go along with that line of thinking prior to the release of the Mueller report.  The Mueller report did not discover any direct collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  That was just one part of his report.  The rest of his report drew various lines between the president and his administration regarding incidents of obstruction into Mueller’s investigation.  Attorney General William Barr issued … Read More


Investigating the investigators

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:34 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I would like to start this missive with a bit of an apology. Several weeks ago at the conclusion and revelation of the Mueller report, I said I hoped that would be the last column on this matter. My, how times have changed! I should have said the publishing of the Mueller report will mark a new chapter in the discussion of the attempted coup of the government of the United States- one that is marked by a complete investigation and report of the criminality (if any) of the investigators and an explanation of the genesis through revelations on how it … Read More



Soil samples and Jesus “likes”

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:30 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

It’s a different day now than it was when I was a kid. We have public ways of liking or disliking someone or something today by simply clicking an icon. In contrast to my childhood days, if you liked someone, then you hung tight with them. If you disliked that person, then you avoided them. Today if we like something, we give it a “thumbs up,” but what about Jesus “likes?”

Jesus taught many different times with a reoccurring central theme of his teaching and that topic was the “kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is like,” 11 times … Read More


Remembering those who are often forgotten

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:28 am

Sgt. James Fred Johnson. Died at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Robert James Johnston Moore and I sat at a table together, as we do almost every Wednesday morning, and shared prayer requests. Our prayer group is made up of five men. Not all of us get there every week, but we always pray for each other and communicate, via text message, with those not present. Today, just Jim and I showed up.

Before sharing prayer requests and checking texts for others to add to our list, I made a different request of my friend. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to … Read More



WCMS Junior Scholars Club awarded with field trip

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:03 am

White County Middle School Junior Scholars Club is a program in which students devote 10 hours of their independent time during the school year to assist those in the community. The students who completed the hours required attended a field trip, on May 3, as a reward for their work and dedication.


Sparta Woman’s Club wins state awards at state convention

Posted by | May 28, 2019 8:01 am

Sherry Hickey, president of GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club, proudly displays the state awards the Sparta organization during a recent state convention. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

The GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club, an 85-year-old organization, won nine awards at the state convention, in April, as well as having two of its members recognized individually.

The Sparta club, whose purpose is to make a difference in the community, now has 16 members who work together to complete service projects and support other organizations within the county.

The  group has worked on projects such as Seeds of Hope, a program that provides aid for the homeless, the Crisis Pregnancy Center and is involved in providing things for many of the veterans’ programs such as bags with supplies to provide assistance as veterans wait for … Read More



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