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Each episode of the long-standing British gardening show “Gardeners’ World” opens with a familiar pattern. The camera focuses on a bobbing flower or berry over the sound of a melodious songbird. The aural layering shifts to the surprisingly comforting sound of pruners slicing through stems —…

Blood donors needed: The Carter BloodCare Donor Center, 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 112, in Longview, has been remodeled to better serve donors’ social distancing needs. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to …

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Spring blooms bring joy after a long winter. But they can also bring sneezing fits, itchy eyes and runny noses. You might experience allergy-like symptoms when you pick peonies from your backyard or grab a farmhouse bouquet from the grocery store — but don’t expect the antihistamines that st…

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INWOOD, W.Va. — Utilizing life skills learned in their Musselman High School career and technical education program, the school’s culinary students prepared meals for the first responders working local vaccination clinics, proudly giving back to those people the students said have constantly…

Silver Paws, a nonprofit agency that provides healing through animal-assisted activity and therapy programs, is seeking volunteers to help at our facility as a greeter, program assistants and fundraisers and event assistance. We are always looking for new therapy animal teams who are ready t…

Newgate Mission, 207 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, needs day bus passes, travel size deodorant, shampoo, washing powder, aprons and dish towels for kitchen. For information, call Brenda, (903) 757-6146.

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WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center is planning an extended celebration of its 50th anniversary in its 2021-2022 season, featuring new commissions by Philip Glass and Esperanza Spalding, year-long artist residencies by the Roots and Robert Glasper, interactive exhibitions commemorating its first…

Trinity School of Texas hosts robotics showcaseTrinity School of Texas hosted a robotics showcase April 1 for its third-grade students. The theme of the showcase was “Taking Trinity to the Future,” according to Mellissa McCreary, TST executive director of Instructional Technology and Student…

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PORTLAND, Maine — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims.

Most of our conversation, it seems, revolves around our bodies and money: how we look, how to stay healthy, how to remain young, how to become wealthy. We spent 2020 hunkered down, masked up and isolated just to stay alive.

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QUESTION: I saw the February story in the News-Journal about how ongoing electric regulation in this area helped prevent the electricity disaster that occurred in much of the rest of the unregulated portions of the state, where people can choose their electric provider.

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I don’t follow a strictly “Mediterranean Diet,” but if I ever decide to, it would not be much of a sacrifice. I love all of the flavors and foods associated with that style of eating. And it is no problem for me to make the meat play a supporting role on my plate.

Now, sit down. The statistic that I am about to give you will throw you into an absolute swoon. Never mind that it comes from that infallible source called Google, is 12 years old and has many variables.

Silver Paws, a nonprofit agency that provides healing through animal-assisted activity and therapy programs, is seeking volunteers to help at our facility as a greeter, program assistants and fundraisers and event assistance. We are always looking for new therapy animal teams who are ready t…

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I’ve never been an animal person. Owning anything furry, scaly or feathery has always seemed to me like a lot of work, a lot of noise and a lot of mess. For years, I’ve quipped that I’d sooner eat most animals than own them. Friends know better than to show me cute pics of their new kitties …

Newgate Mission, 207 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, needs day bus passes, travel size deodorant, shampoo, washing powder, aprons and dish towels for kitchen. For information, call Brenda, (903) 757-6146.

Blood donors needed: The Carter BloodCare Donor Center, 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 112, in Longview, has been remodeled to better serve donors’ social distancing needs. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to …

A few years ago, I was in a local grocery store, standing in line waiting for the cashier. We were in the early years of raising our twin grandsons with special needs, and I was incredibly frazzled all the time. Like most moms (caregiver, in my case), grocery shopping without kids is an esca…

Human nature loves to find scapegoats – somebody or something we can blame for our problems or to whom we can direct our anger when we don’t know who else to blame. We blame the government, the president, liberals, conservatives, the media, guns, illegal immigrants, our mothers-in-law and th…

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For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic. Even if still observing restrictions, many churches may draw the largest numbers of in-person worshippers in months.

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JERUSALEM — Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter.