USO tour brings NFL players to troops

By Lt. Col. Adriane Craig, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan — Three National Football League stars and a senior sports writer visited Manas Air Base Airmen as part of a United Service Organizations tour here this month. San Diego Chargers Luis Castillo, Chicago Bears Tommie Harris, Carolina Panthers Mike Rucker […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

God sends gift of joy from above

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever noticed how many times the words “joy, joyful, rejoice, rejoiced, rejoicing” appears in the Bible? It’s because the gospel is indeed “Good News.” I believe the greatest gift to mankind is truly “ Joy To The World.” Joy is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Happiness […]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and […]

Life changes are like changing of seasons

By Joan Clayton: Local Columnist Autumn is approaching us. I love the crispy air of fall with chilly nights, football games, pumpkins and homemade chili. It’s the time to leave my outdoor swing and exchange it for the crackling fire in the fireplace. Fall is the time when God takes his master paintbrush and tips […]

Jesus needs to be a part of season

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Just imagine for a moment, if you can, that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded. The thought makes me shudder! If Jesus had never been born the blessed hope is gone. No absolutes, no restraints and no hope bring desolation. With no standards to […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]