Co-worker known for dedication, service

One more day, one more conversation, one more outburst of laughter and even one more time just to argue with you. These are a few things I and many others wish we could have with Catherine Bugg. I’d like one more chance to speak up and let her know just how much she and her [...]

While always near, God saves from “afar”

Leonard Lauriault Our preacher, Harry Gipson, passed away recently and because he liked to encourage others with a good joke, his brother, who performed the funeral, repeated some of Harry’s favorite jokes, as did other family members. Having come from eastern Kentucky, one particular joke of which I’ve heard many variations, was about the wise [...]

Christians must show grace in difficult times

Leonard Lauriault Occasionally, the topic to write about eludes me. So, I resort to opening my Bible and taking the first passage that comes along. This time, after reading Philippians 3: 1-4 and John 10: 7-10, both of which I like, but thought too familiar, I came to Jeremiah 45 (read all three of those [...]

Self-centeredness easy to fall into

Of late, one of the topics of conversation at the coffee table has been about the 11 plagues of self-centeredness, which seems to have overtaken all too many of us these days. We first discussed the notion that we don’t remember hearing so many members of the earlier generations having “I” problems. Most of them [...]

History gone with building

Lynn Moncus When we heard about the burning of the main building at Metropolitan Park, many of us were saddened because that park represented some of the happiest times of our youth. We recalled the fun we had there through the years and felt an emptiness caused by the loss of an old friend. A [...]

Five year old killed in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 5-year-old girl was killed and six others injured in a one-vehicle rollover Monday on Interstate 40 near Tucumcari. According to a release from the New Mexico State Police: •

God blesses everyone with success in all things

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist Tis the season to be jolly with high school and college graduations and the fact that many people, young and old alike, will embark into a new stage of life. Some will start their careers immediately; others will continue their education. Soon to follow this time of graduation will come [...]

Reading Bible often leads to explosive truths

by Leonard Lauriault Since before the apostles died, people have been distorting scripture and misleading others (2 Peter 3: 15-18). Some erroneous concepts are of little consequence; others are so critical as to prevent one’s salvation. A basic, open-minded, personal study of God’s word answers all critical questions clearly (at least, it did for me). [...]

The way we pilot our life can affect others

By Debra Whittington Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5

Dropping your guard can be a hair raising experience

by Leonard Lauriault I recently recovered from a cosmetic tragedy that may actually have been more traumatic for others than for me. While I was getting a haircut the guard fell off my barber’s clippers creating a big gap. I didn’t see the horror on the barber’s face when he saw what happened; but, everyone [...]