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Monteagle church traces roots to founding of community GUEST COLUMNIST Margaret Anne Thomas   Consider, if you will, the dying embers of a fire. Focus your attention on the last tiny spark trying so valiantly to reignite that fearsome force of which it was once a vibrant member. Then, add so…

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By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem’s Franciscan friars have opened a new museum filled with artifacts related to daily life in Jesus’ time. The Terra Sancta Museum’s new wing, built into the ruined remains of Crusader and Mamluk buildings along the Via Dolorosa in …

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By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a…

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It took generations to erect all the nation’s Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they’re being removed at a pace of about three each month. The study — released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center — shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed na…

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By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer   DENVER (AP) — The “Holy Grail” of baseball cards, a pristine 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle valued at several million dollars, was delivered to the History Colorado Center on Monday via armored truck for a 72-hour public display.   “I want the community to en…

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The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world’s women, both on the home and battlefronts.   A new exhibition opening Friday at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that — the important and sometimes unconventional roles women took on dur…

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  Ken Morris, a resident of Eagle Creek, Oregon, and conservation planner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been involved with horses for some twenty six years. Whether it’s leading a Civil War reenactment cavalry unit into battle, practicing half pass in a sand arena, participati…

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    By VIN A. CHERWOO ,  AP Sports Writer   NEW YORK (AP) — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and

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Free Battle Walks and Talks to Celebrate 50 years of Women as Licensed Battlefield Guides on May 12 & 13     Women Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg National Military Park are inviting the public to special, free programs on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 and 13.  The programs are …

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  By MOHAMMED WAGDY ,  Associated Press   CAIRO (AP) — New radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms inside King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Sunday, bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect. M…

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74 years later, a pilot who crashed in France returns home   By CARRIE ANTLFINGER and JEFFREY SCHAEFFER, Associated Press   BUYSSCHEURE, France (AP) — It is early afternoon on a spring day in 1944. On a French farm 20 miles from the English Channel, two young brothers tend the cows — perhaps…

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  By William S. Connery Special to the Civil War Courier   Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the fifth century B.C. to modern times came together on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2018, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event in Williamsburg, Vir…

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Trevor Steinbach     The start of the Hospital Stewards was very simple. These were soldiers who were assigned to help an army surgeon or assigned to a hospital. There was no medical training or requirements except to learn on the job. In April, 1777, a “Hospital Steward” (Medical NCO) was a…

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Associated Press   JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, I…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island were quite likely to be remains from famed aviator Amelia Earhart, a new analysis concludes.   The study and other evidence “point toward her rather strongly,” University of Tennessee anthropologist Richard Jantz said Thur…

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  It is said that behind every good man is a great woman. There is no doubt that Robert Edward Lee would be the first to say stand by this statement.  He sung the laurels of his beloved wife throughout their lives and considered her to be his greatest confidant. It is said that he

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York’s Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words “Washington’s hair.”   A librarian who had been cataloging old books gingerly opened the yellowed envelope to find a loc…

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  When the Southern states seceded from the Union, they faced an immediate dilemma. Their troops would need to be supplied with supplies for their hospitals. States’ rights came into play immediately. In the North the Sanitary Commission and the Christian Commission were formed on a national…

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Dallas Brown can still see the bullets coming for him 50 years later, smacking into the dirt at his feet as north Vietnamese soldiers fired on his platoon during an ambush deep in the jungle.   Minutes later, as the deadly firefight wound down, Brown and his fellow …

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St. Augustine man finds Civil War-era mortar in yard   The St. Augustine Record reports that the man was digging a grave for his dog when he found a rusty cannonball with two ports sticking out of it. The unnamed man told a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office officer who called in a bomb squad…

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By MENNA ZAKI    CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country’s famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country’s staggering t…

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  by Trevor Steinbach “Above the titles of wife and mother, which, although dear, are transitory and accidental, there is the title human being, which precedes and out-ranks every other.” Mary Livermore Mary Ashton Rice (Livermore) was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 19, 1821. She …

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Researchers say remains of a wooden ship found embedded in mud in a river delta in southwestern Alabama may be the Clotilda, the last vessel to bring slaves to the United States nearly 160 years ago.   The wreck, which is normally covered by water in the lower Mobile-Tens…

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  Just about every family has a weird heirloom. For the Hierls, it’s “Shelby.” Shelby is what the family came to call a footlocker that Victor Hierl kept after World War II. The name derives from that of the original owner, Shelby Reynolds, a soldier who was issued the footlocker during the …

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Developers halted plans Friday for a sprawling entertainment and residential complex in Tennessee after archaeologists discovered what they believe are graves on a site near a Civil War fort built by slaves. The decision gave preservationists a victory in the latest clash between historic co…

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dead men tell no tales, but there’s new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship harbored books among the booty. In an unusual find, researchers have discovered shreds of paper bearing legible printing that somehow survived three centuries under…

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  By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The curator of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum wasn’t exactly sure what would be found: records indicated five display boxes long used to exhibit captured British flags from the War of 1812 actually concealed more banners underneath. But…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Before the Army’s 27th Infantry Division was decimated in a bloody World War II battle, Stan Dube sketched portraits of his fellow soldiers. The 17 drawings were forgotten after the war and stashed in an attic for decades before being found a year ago by his son…

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    They walked on the sacred soil where their ancestors had trod.  Each step leading to the house of antiquity carried a memory of someone else who had gone before.  Inside the house, the floors seemed to whisper names of those known but to God that had crossed over the worn planks.  The walls

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By MARTHA SHANAHAN, The Day NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — One quart cream. One quart milk. One dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, half a pint of rye whiskey, half a pint of Jamaica rum and a quarter pint of sherry. The parlor at the historic Leffingwell House Museum was decorated Sunday as Ge…

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    By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press   ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 75 years after Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker disappeared during a bombing mission over a remote Pacific island, his son is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Ho…

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GETTYSBURG REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE DRAWS LARGE CROWD DESPITE RAIN AND SECURITY THREAT  Bob Grim   On Saturday afternoon November 18th the 61st annual Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade was enjoyed by several thousand participants and spectators despite the temperature being in the 40’s and a s…

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How the attack on Pearl Harbor shaped America’s role in the world Peter Harris, Colorado State University The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a pivotal moment in U.S. and world history. The attack thrust the U.S. into World War II and set in motion a series of events that would transform the cou…

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BERLIN (AP) — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini. Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten, near the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, on Thursday morning by a…

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It’s a quiet celebration; business as usual. The barn on the Historic Daniel Lady Farm in Gettysburg just turned 175 years of age.The German bank barn was built for Daniel and Rebecca Lady starting in the spring of 1842 and completed later that year. Construction began with the foundation of…

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The Story of William Carney By David Chaltas He was an ordinary man who loved God, his country, and his family. In fact, he considered pursuing a career in the church and becoming a preacher. He stated that, “I had a strong inclination to prepare myself for the ministry.” That dream was neve…

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By JON O’CONNELL, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Digging in a trove of artifacts from the Luzerne County Medical Society, Dr. Gerald Tracy found a 100-year-old letter with a modern shoe print on it. It bears an Oxford letterhead, the last name Taylor in the salutation …

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NEW YORK (AP) — The American public is getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish documents that had been presumed destroyed during the Holocaust. Ten documents brought over from Lithuania went on display Tuesday at New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which is working with t…

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Thomas P. Lowry Samuel H. Anderson, Assistant Surgeon, 4th Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate) seemed more interested in killing people than in healing them. Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s “Great Raid” in the summer of 1863 included a scouting expedition into southern Indiana, commanded by C…

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By KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia medical museum said Tuesday it will return the skull of an Australian soldier who was killed in World War I to the Australian Army. A military attache for the Australian Embassy will meet with Mutter Museum officials in…

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As you descend into a lovely Virginia valley, you are greeted with a breathtaking view. The valley and villa is surrounded by lovely peaks that once housed several breastworks protecting the salt capital of the Confederacy. During the weekend of August 18-20, 2017 within this setting, a recr…

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In 2008, Deputy Shane Tate was killed in the line of duty. A stretch of highway in Altamont was dedicated to him in 2010. Find the story here.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The photographer believed to be the first female American journalist killed in a war has become an honorary Marine. Wisconsin native Dickey Chapelle was 47 when she was killed by shrapnel from an exploding land mine while covering the Vietnam War in 1965. She also covered th…

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This picture features the 2007 Jr. Jackets. In the October, 4, 2007, issue of the Grundy County Herald you can find out just how the team broke a losing streak dating back to 2000. Click here to access the story.    

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NEW YORK (AP) — StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project on Thursday announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high sc…

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SARA MARINO, The Gainesville Sun GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The concept of how the Florida Museum of Natural History wanted to celebrate its 100th year loomed in the back of employees’ minds for years. Until, it was decided that each area would put up its finest work from the last 100 years an…

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GCHS is celebrating Homecoming 2017 this week. Here is a picture of the 2005 GCHS Homecoming court. Do you recognize anyone? For more 2005 homecoming pics and to search for previous year’s homecoming events click here.

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GOLD HILL, N.C. (AP) — A funeral is planned for an Army captain who died in a crash in New Guinea more than 73 years ago, but whose remains were identified only recently. The Salisbury Post reports the funeral for Capt. Lamar Shafer Russell will be Sept. 24 at Gold Hill United Methodist Church in

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In September 2004, the remnants of Hurricane Ivan blew through Grundy and Marion counties causing downed trees and power lines. It was estimated that one-third of the SVEC’s 32,000 customers were without power at some point during the storm. To read the article on Hurricane Ivan and more, cl…

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By MICHAEL PROBST, Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bomb disposal experts defused a huge unexploded World War II-era bomb in the German financial capital Frankfurt that forced the evacuation of more than 60,000 residents, police said Sunday. Hospital patients and the elderly were a…

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It’s football season and we thought it would be fun to look back at former Yellow Jacket teams and games. This picture is from the September 12, 2002 issue of the Grundy County Herald.  “‘Yes, we’re the best! We are GCHS,’ sang the GCHS cheerleaders on the long ride to play the Sequoya Chiefs. The