Life is a journey bereft of maps, navigated without compass, sextant or global positioning satellites; from cradle to grave there is no sure thing, no guarantee, no promise that — should you do this and this — certain outcomes are your due. We are all motes upon a larger mote, circling a still larger mote as it hurtles through the empty blackness of space; the best we can hope for is to share what love and light we have, while we still have it. Rarely are these rough truths so apparent as at Christmastime, when the disparity between those who have and those who have not is thrown into stark relief.
Friendships can come in all different shapes and sizes, but few are like the relationship between Bree Town and Lola DeYoung, two Greenville girls diagnosed with different forms of leukemia. It’s a friendship founded on understanding — the understanding each has of the hardships the other goes through, something few other friendships have. And even fewer are as strong.
The Flat River Community Library celebrated its 15th anniversary at its Judd Road location this week, and even though it’s only a few blocks from its previous home, it might as well be light-years. “By being in the new location, we’ve really been able to expand our services,” said Library Director Laura Powers on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by patrons sifting through rows of books and tooling around on the computers. “We have the facilities to meet peoples’ needs and be a meeting place in the community.”
Ever since Marcus Roy can remember, he has had his hair cut by barber Jim Hopkins. In the 20-plus years that they’ve visited each other for Roy’s regular appointments, the two have had countless conversations about Hopkins’ 24 years of experience as a firefighter for the Greenville Department of Public Safety. After listening intently to Hopkins’ stories of battling structure fires and rescuing victims from car accidents, all while remaining humble and continuing to work as a barber in the process, Roy decided that a similar path might work in his future.
On a day that should have been a joyous occasion, Tami Monks made a phone call that no parent would wish on their own worst enemy. It was Feb. 8, her birthday, a day that should be celebrated with cake, gifts and warm wishes from family. But Tami had run out of options with her daughter, Casey. Against all her desires and hating herself in the process, Tami picked up the phone and called the police.
A man is dead and police are investigating a suspicious house fire near Greenville. Firefighters were dispatched at 7:54 p.m. Wednesday to a fully involved house fire at 11238 W. Baker Road in Eureka Township.
Turnout was good Thursday evening for the official start of this year’s Danish Festival. Held at Heritage Park, the event featured appearances by several area dignitaries, the Danish Festival queen and her court, the Danish Festival Band and this year’s grand marshal Katherine Hansen. Also on hand were members of Greenville’s VFW and American Legion posts, who presided over the flag raising ceremony.
Greenville Public Schools was one of 12 schools in the nations to be selected for the 2013 Innovative Learning Schools program through Verizon.
If someone sends you sage, it’s polite to comment that you hope they, too, will live a long life. A gift of a coreopsis should make you smile. And if someone presents you with a rose, well, pucker up: someone loves you. If you’re fortunate enough to receive a “Tussie Mussie,” you’d better get out your flora-to-English dictionary, because there’s a message buried there between all those stems and petals.
Many local drivers will be testing out a new type of asphalt that could be used throughout the rest of the state in future road projects.