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Former local NAACP president Dan Hale launches candidacy

Dan Hale

by Shawn Nowlin

Daniel Hale has accomplished a lot throughout his 71 years.  According to his bio he started and ran his own small janitorial business for many years, participated as an active member in various community groups, became the first African American to manage a restaurant in western Virginia and was a former president of the local NAACP. Continue reading Former local NAACP president Dan Hale launches candidacy

College friends tour “Hostess City of the South” Savannah, GA

TRAVELERS: Velma Wyman, Michele Cooper, Pat Thomas, Cheryl Manning, Jan Mouzon, and Devorah Thomas-James occupy Savannah City Council seats.
TRAVELERS: Velma Wyman, Michele Cooper, Pat Thomas, Cheryl Manning, Jan Mouzon, and Devorah Thomas-James occupy Savannah City Council seats.

Six friends met in 1969 as freshmen at University of Pittsburgh.  Each year since the mid 1980s they’ve met in a different city or on a different cruise to celebrate the friendship.  In October 2015, they chose Savannah, GA; and what a great choice. Continue reading College friends tour “Hostess City of the South” Savannah, GA

New Book release by local author

Shayla Hilton
Shayla Hilton

It is time for you to start living! Enough of just merely existing; you deserve a life full of contentment and productivity!

In her new book, Chasing Contentment, author Shayla Hilton invites readers to discover what it means to live a life of contentment through any circumstance.  Shayla admits that she, like most women, has had many exhausting experiences as she searched and struggled for contentment in the various areas of her life.  Finally, she came to realization that the vision she had for her life was not coming together; something was lacking.  The process of identifying that ‘something ‘ included a very deep, painful and personal pursuit of God. Continue reading New Book release by local author

Elite national recruits and local teams perform at Winter Classic Challenge

GAME: William Fleming Colonel’s Deandre Gill and Trayvon Mays double team Spottswood’s Daniel Ouderkirk. (photos by Shawn Nowlin)
GAME: William Fleming Colonel’s Deandre Gill and Trayvon Mays double team Spottswood’s Daniel Ouderkirk. (photos by Shawn Nowlin)

by Shawn Nowlin

Approximately 3000 attendees of all ages gathered inside the Berglund Center on January 9 to experience the second annual Winter Classic high school basketball challenge.  Last year’s event drew a similar crowd and featured a four game lineup that culminated in the Warriors of Oak Hill Academy defeating Cape Henry 81 – 76 in a double overtime thriller. Several kids from last year – Dwayne Bacon (Florida State), Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech), Terrence Philips (Missouri), Kenny Williams (North Carolina) – have gone on to make immediate impacts at their respective colleges. Continue reading Elite national recruits and local teams perform at Winter Classic Challenge

Let’s try experimenting with religious unity

January, the first month of the Gregorian year on this hemisphere (and usually the first month of hard winter weather in much of it), is also unique in other ways. Despite the increasing over commercialization of its preceding holiday season, it still harbors a spirit of love, goodwill and hope for the ensuing year symbolized by such observances as Kwanza and World Religion Day, established by people of good will who wished to further understanding and promote unity between the followers of the great religions of the world-–imperative in the establishment of World Peace. Continue reading Let’s try experimenting with religious unity

The HIV epidemic isn’t over, but it could be

by Michael Schuenemeyer, Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. . . . I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment? Hundreds of organizations and individuals have signed on to the urgent message of the campaign We Are Better Than This: “We grieve the many lives that have been lost or painfully transformed in recent weeks through extreme acts of violence. And we are appalled by the surge of divisive rhetoric that sows the seeds of more violence to come. A dangerous tide of hatred, violence, and suspicion is rising in America—whether aimed at Arab and Muslim Americans, women and the places we seek health care, Black people, immigrants and refugees, or people just going about their daily lives. This tide is made more dangerous by easy access to guns. When has hate ever led to progress? Is this really what we want America to be? We are better than this.” Continue reading The HIV epidemic isn’t over, but it could be