These were the Top Five Stories on the Newton Citizen website last week.
Social Circle woman wins Rummikub Online World Championship, places third in international board game contest
Though Karen Aiello only started playing Rummikub two years ago, she is already at the top of her game. The Social Circle resident recently won the Online World Championship in Rummikub, a game that is similar to the card game Rummy, and she estimated she competed against tens of thousands of players for the title.
This isn't really a Thanksgiving column. It's more of a Christmas column. Well, actually, it is a Thanksgiving column because it's about being thankful enough for your blessings that you share them at Christmas.
I did it, I finally did it. I finally got brave enough to throw a bunch of ingredients into the Crock-Pot to see what happens.
One day last week as I left a local business, I noticed an elderly gentleman standing in the parking lot next to his car. As I got closer, someone in another vehicle said something to the first man, indicating that they knew each other and were meeting at this location for some purpose.
Patti, who is our retreat house secretary, was telling me a few days ago about last Christmas. Her brother Libby was here and they were standing on the porch of the retreat house kitchen.
"Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving..." (Psalms 147:5-7a)
With news of national scandals, hurricanes, floods, a presidential contest that has left a country more divided than ever, what is there to be thankful for? A man who is facing his own set of challenges is ready to answer. The Rev. John Beckman of Epiphany Lutheran Church will be the preacher for the 23rd annual Community Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service and he will offer a message on faithfulness.
JOE LAGUARDIA: Reaching those who have given up on church requires compassion, finding common ground
Over the last week, politicians are clamoring to move the GOP forward after losing the While House. Stories abound on how they lost ground with young people who voted overwhelmingly for President Obama.
Military News for November 2012
In past columns, I have mentioned that most people who oppose Christianity do not reject true Christianity, rather they paint a caricature of Christianity and then reject that.
Troy Jackson "T.J." Overby was born on Oct. 14 at Newton Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.
Honey Creek Elementary School - Honor Roll