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Wed
15
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Sometimes frustration could be my middle name.

I am not easily frustrated. I seem to let something that is bothering me build and build. And then I cry!!

Most recently, my iPhone frustrated me. It was early one morning and I was up early unable to sleep. I grabbed my cell phone and looked forward to seeing what had occurred overnight and what everyone was planning for the day. Yes, I am a Facebook gal!!

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Wed
08
Nov
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Random Ramblings

By Daniel Jones

Veterans Day is an annual observance celebrated on November 11 yearly that honors military veterans, meaning all persons who served in the United States Armed Forces and coincides with other celebrations throughout the world such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, that marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, or the “War to End All Wars.”

For several years now, I’ve had a folder of information provided by Mary Rivers that profiles a number of veterans from the Zwolle and Ebarb area. There’s literally a book’s worth of profiles, many of which not only show how their service to our country, but how those people have continued their service in the years after, whether through business or simply driving a school bus. We here at the Index do sincerely hope you enjoy.

 

Wed
08
Nov
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

While on a recent trip, Vicki and I were given the opportunity to do a little shopping one afternoon in Branson, Missouri. We had already spotted a huge antique call and read about a Christmas shop that he just had to find.

We hit the antique mall first, much to the dismay of our husbands. We walked up and down every aisle of that place finding all kinds of unique items.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

And so it begins……..Those four words set our family on the pathway of Boy Scouts for our youngest grandson, Braeden.

Braeden Sean Ammons was born on October 10, 2010—during the 100th anniversary year of Scouting. Note, also, his initials: BSA (Boy Scouts of America). Also his Daddy, Davy and Uncle Paul both went through the Scouting program locally and earned their Eagle badges. Braeden didn’t have a chance.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

by Pete Abington

545 vs 300,000,000 PEOPLE

Have you have ever thought about these facts: Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then they campaign against them. Have you’ve ever wondered if both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President and nine Supreme Court Justices equates to 545 human beings out of the three hundred million are directly, legally, morally, and individual responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. Of the 545 human beings, they have one thing in common - they spend much of their energy convincing us that it is not their fault. This is regardless of party.

 

Wed
25
Oct
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Veteran’s Day

On Veterans Day, Americans honor all American veterans, both living and dead for their sacrifices in protecting the greatest country in the world.

At exactly 11 a.m., each November 11, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military branches, renders honors to America’s war dead during a heart-moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

The President or his representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds Taps. The balance of the ceremony, including a “Parade of Flags” by numerous veterans’ service organizations, takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb.

 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I never really learned to appreciate country music until I was an adult. Actually I was too busy listening to rock ‘n roll and screaming over the Beatles.

I guess you could say country music came into my life about the same time I began working at The Sabine Index.

My boss loved country music and it was not unusual to have one or two country singers wander into the Index, or leave messages for him with those of us who worked there.

I attended a few Rebel Park events and learned to appreciate country music. It didn’t hurt at all to see Stoney and Wilma Cooper come through the office door or meet the widow of the late, great Hank Williams. I can recall Mr. G traveling to Texas for Tex Ritter’s funeral……and I was thrilled that I got to hear Slim Williams and Claude King sing Wolverton Mountain sing at the park.

I even bought a record or two—one by the “Silver Fox” Charlie Rich, just because I liked one of his songs.

Wed
18
Oct
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Why is it that the older you get, the more time it takes to bounce back from vacation?? For heaven’s sake…vacations should be a time of relaxation, enjoying the finer things in life, taking some time for yourself, and entering a state of going where life takes you. It seems like I arrived home after eight wonderful days in a state of exhaustion. It has been fun, but certainly not relaxing.

Don’t get me wrong, Hubby-dear and I, along with Big Al and Vic, had a great time in the camper. It was eight days and seven states later and after arriving home, that we all breathed a sigh of relief. We were tired!!

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Social Security Matters

by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor,Association of Mature American Citizens

Ask Rusty - Railroad Retirement Benefits vs Social Security

Dear Rusty: My neighbor was a long time employee of the railroad and has told me that he doesn’t receive Social Security like I do, but rather gets Railroad Retirement Benefits which are, according to him, better than Social Security. This irks me a little bit because I’ve worked my whole life paying those FICA taxes, so why should my neighbor have a better retirement benefit than me? And just what exactly is this Railroad thing he’s covered by? Signed: Annoyed

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

CREATING JOBS

Creating jobs by any means necessary has long been a goal and a hot topic in Louisiana politics. 

They state this many times to pass laws. A Louisiana budget project released recently shows Louisiana has 1.98 million jobs, which is 53,800 more than in December of 2007.

The “new jobs numbers” should be more than 100,000 to keep up with the population growth. Job growth remains slow, wages are depressed, and many workers are stuck in low-quality jobs, stated the survey.

 

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