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BALLARD: How I became a paratrooper

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist James David Williams told me he will never forget becoming a paratrooper while he was in the Air Force from 1973-1977. He said he did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina then trained at Fort Benning in Georgia, where the jump school training…

WoodMill Winery Grape Stomp Festival

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60th Class Reunion

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Ballard: Husband and wife devoted to the very end

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Melissa Gunter told me she will never forget the endless love her parents had for each other. In the early 1960s after Clyde Hartley’s wife left, Gunter’s dad found himself raising his two young boys, ages 6 and 5. He met Gunter’s mother, Shirley Ann Loveless,…

94th birthday and 5 generations

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Boogie with Books

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Ballard: Going from a pollywog to a shellback

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist On one of my Saturday morning trips to Hardees, I met Mike Manning and his wife. I asked him if he recalled anything he’d remember forever and without hesitation he told me it was when he was in the Navy. In 1972 he was aboard the…

Partnership for Children offers back-to-school tips

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist It’s almost time for Back to School! Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure your children are safe. Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. Officer Tommy Crosby…

Kenlin Academy Preschool

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4 Generations

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