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NAACP celebrates Jubilee Day

Program emphasizes the significance of the “Emancipation”

Jubilee (from left): Phazhon Nash, president, NAACP Youth Council; Kameron Washington-Brown; Councilwoman Anita Price; Blake Barnes, Jubilee Day speaker and Kai Washington-Brown. – Photos by J. Bell

By Jordan Bell

The New Year is always a time of reflection and celebration of the previous year. It is also a time when African Americans celebrate the history of their freedom in America. On January 1, 1863 slaves were freed by President Abraham Lincoln and on every January 1st the local branch of the NAACP celebrates Jubilee day. Continue reading NAACP celebrates Jubilee Day

Two parents, 3 sons, and one painful disease

From left: Thomas Aaric Page, Nicole Ross, and Nari’k Page advocates and victims of sickle cell disease.

By Denashia Dunnaville

High school sweethearts, joined together by their soulful hymns, Nicole Ross and Tommy Page became parents of three sons saddled with sickle cell disease.

“It could go from having a great day to being in the hospital,” said Ross. “From a maternal standpoint, the hardest thing to witness is your child suffering.” Continue reading Two parents, 3 sons, and one painful disease

Ninetieth Birthday Celebration

Family from left: Brandon, Brenda and Tamu Lee, Carolyn Miller, Edward Miller, Naraye Lee, Janiyah Tate; seated, Clarence and Mamie Lee.

Ms. Mamie Fisher Lee celebrated her 90th birthday (January 2) surrounded by lots of love and well wishes from her family and friends.

“Mz. Mamie,” as she is often called, was born in Roanoke, VA, to Harvey and Eva Fisher, with two sisters, Margaret and Geneva and brother Harvey Jr. She tells stories of her childhood experiences during the depression when it was difficult for her mom to make ends meet and says her mother would encourage her and her siblings to always have faith, reassuring them to trust in the Lord and see how things will get better-and life did! Continue reading Ninetieth Birthday Celebration

Liberty Tax opens 2018 Tax Season with Largest Refund Advance in Industry

Up to $3,250 Easy Advance will give eligible taxpayers early access to money

Liberty Tax, a leading tax preparation franchise, will open the 2018 tax season with the largest tax refund advance offer in the industry at participating locations. Liberty Tax is working with Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, to offer the Easy Advance loan of up to $3,250. There are no fees or interest associated with the loan, which is secured by the tax refund. Proceeds typically are available within 24 hours.  Continue reading Liberty Tax opens 2018 Tax Season with Largest Refund Advance in Industry