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LORAN SMITH: The poetry of dealing with pride

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Properly managed, pride can be a good thing

I have heard people offer the notion that if you want success, you want to see someone with drive who can take charge, then you can expect to deal with a large ego.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Patience, trust needed during time of change

FAITH COLUMNIST: The arrival of a new church pastor can bring with it some anxiety

This Sunday I will experience an event that most laypersons have gone through many times. A new senior pastor will stand in the pulpit where I worship.

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LORAN SMITH: The social side of medicine

FEATURES COLUMNIST: There has been more cussing about Obamacare than anything I can remember

My English and French friends don’t ever complain about their medical experiences. Socialized medicine seems to work for them. While I am not about an advocate of socialized medicine, I often reflect on the fact that it seems to work for them. Or, have I missed something?

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EDDIE SEAGLE: The first part of summer's 'relaxing trifecta'

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

Whatever your choice of recreation might be, enjoy it to its fullest but remember safety and respect for everyone (people and pets) around you

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JULIE WELLS: Creamy, sweet banana split fluff salad perfect for summer dessert

THE RECIPE BOX: Banana Split Fluff Salad

Being a huge fan of any kind of fluff salad recipes, you know the ones that are made up of fruits, mini marshmallows and Cool Whip, well I knew when I ran across this recipe titled Banana split fluff salad, that we would be in for a treat.

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BARRY LEVINE: Summer deeply imbedded in rock song titles

OLD ROCKER: Frank Sinatra's 1966 hits tops the list

No list would be complete without one song by a British act and Chad & Jeremy’s “A Summer Song” qualifies. The song was written by Chad Stewart of Chad and Jeremy. “A Summer Song” is a reminiscence of a summer romance and was a Top 10 hit for the duo in 1964.

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MARY BRASWELL: 'Superman Day' on June 12 is flying at us | SUPER QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: Facts about the famous superhero, Superman.

The very first publication of a Superman comic, “The Reign of the Superman” in which the charcater was a villain, had only five issues published.

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MANDY FLYNN: In a stew over beans

FEATURES COLUMNIST: fancy should never be used to describe baked beans

Pineapple in baked beans should be against the law. It happened, at an everybody-bring-something dinner a few years back. Fancy baked beans, they called them. “Fancy” and “baked beans” should not be used in the same sentence. It’s not natural.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Back with more 'Sneaky' recipes

HEALTH & FITNESS: Good tasting food can be good for you, too

Sneaking in some wholesome ingredients to kids’ meals isn’t as difficult as you might think.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Churches face survival challenges

The challenge facing most congregations is not whether somebody with more power can shut down a church. The challenge is whether those within that local religious organization can maintain their freshness over the course of decades or even centuries.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Aloha' goes both ways

FILM COMMENTARY: Cameron Crowe's latest a waste of superior acting talent

“Aloha” wastes superior acting talent and the beauty of its Hawaiian setting.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: School's out and 'yardening' is in

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

School’s out and yardening (yards, gardens, lawns and landscapes) is in! Here are some activities which should be a part of your landscape checklist in June which brings many opportunities to work in your yarden.

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JULIE WELLS: Tender summer potatoes a seasonal favorite

THE RECIPE BOX: Summer potatoes

Papa, my grandmother, loved making these boiled-to-the-perfect-tenderness potatoes as much as he loved eating them. He was a jolly-soul who loves Jesus, loved his girls (grandma and me) and he loved to cook. He so much fun to watch in the kitchen.

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RONDA RICH: Liberation wrought with a pickup truck

THE DIXIE DIVA: When it gets down to it, you just need a truck

In the South, a man is known for the truck he drives.

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BARRY LEVINE: Four events crushed rock n roll in the early stages

OLD ROCKER: Teen musicians from Philadelphia came to the rescue

Philadelphia developed into a mecca for rock and roll as more than 80 performers from the city have had at least one Top 40 hit.