Escaping for some oysters
Brief breaks can be almost as good as the long ones.
Last week, three members of the family (myself, Pam and Andy) escaped for a few days to Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Close to Nowhere
You hear a lot of talk about how this current generation of teenagers is spoiled, lazy, etc. (I suspect folks have been talking about how bad the “current” generation of teenagers is for many, many generations!)
The Preacher’s Corner
“I will rescue them...on a day of clouds and darkness...”
When thunder rumbles I often think of my grandmother’s prescription for skittish toddlers. I would flee to her for comfort, and she would take me into her big bed and assure me that this was the safest place to be when it stormed. Now I have this bed as my own, and when the heavens rage, somehow it still seems to be the safest place!
Pray for those suffering from storm
• During the last presidential debates, I remember when Obama said something like this: “During the recession of 2001, President Bush told Americans to go shopping. I think we can do better than that.”
Letters To The Editor
After listening to Channel 5 most of last Saturday, reading your editorial, and waking up this morning to a tornado warning for Marshall County, I have one question for the county and city governments.
Why don’t our larger towns in Marshall County, especially Holly Springs, have tornado sirens?
From proms to graduations, teens have plenty of reasons to celebrate this time of year. But no matter what the reason for celebrating, help keep the occasion safe for everyone by making sure alcohol isn’t part of your teen’s party plans.
Parents play an important role in helping teens make smart decisions, including choices related to alcohol.
According to the 2008 GfK Roper Youth Report, the majority of youth — 71 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds — say parents are the No. 1 influence on decisions about whether they drink alcohol or not.
At A&B Distributing Company, we’re parents too, and we share the same concerns as every other parent about these issues. That’s why we distribute free copies of Family Talk About Drinking, which encourages parents to talk with their children about underage drinking.
In addition, our “Prevent. Don’t Provide” program reminds adults that supplying alcohol at teen parties is never a good idea. To help prevent alcohol sales to minors, we also provide retailers with I.D.-checking materials and training to help them serve and sell alcohol responsibly.
Thanks to law enforcement and these kinds of community-based programs, we’re making progress in the fight against underage drinking.
According to the 2009 Monitoring the Future Study, the eighth grade past-month drinking rate is at a record-low level, declining 41 percent since tracking began in 1991, and high school senior drinking is down 13 percent since 2000.
We can all do our part this prom and graduation season to help keep celebrations safe.
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