CEO hopes Wheatfields will be boon to community

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Sharna Johnson Emerging from the tangles of bankruptcy with his nearly-failed project resurrected, Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted Living Facility become a boon to the community. The senior center on North Prince Street is beginning to show signs of life nearly five years after construction started, […]

In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless […]

McGee: Pondering mortality

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist One of the cool things about the Internet is you can find out whatever happened to old pals. Sometimes you get an answer, sometimes you wish you’d never asked. So one day I got to wondering whatever happened to my date for my senior prom. The answer left me stunned. […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]

Ospreys land at Whiting Field

Freedom Communications The sky wasn’t falling Wednesday if you lived north of Milton, it was the Osprey’s landing at NAS Whiting Field. A group of four MV-22B Ospreys and a KC-130J Super Tanker landed at NAS Whiting Field to offer a static display to future Marine airmen who are working on earning their wings. Captain […]

In tribute: Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known for volunteerism at […]

In Search of Ponies: Transferable protective disorder

I expected barking when I knocked. And I wasn’t surprised to see his nose help push the door open. What did catch me a little off guard was when the snarling continued, even after he saw it was me. “Hey Rusty,” I said, thinking perhaps he needed to hear my voice, but his lip still […]

Cause of grass fire undetermined

The cause of a fire Wednesday that burned and estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres 14 miles south of Elida wasn’t what firefighters at first thought, said Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault. He said there were no downed power lines, which were initially thought to have sparked the blaze, and state Forestry Division fire investigators were […]