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JIM SIEHL | Answering the call, wherever it leads
My last column dwelled extensively on the qualifications of Jesse Topper, the multitalented, highly-respected and popular former executive minister at Bedford Methodist Church.
Left unanswered was the question “why” – why did the newly-elected state representive choose to turn away from what many believed was his destiny to be an ordained pastor?
JIM SIEHL: Election win a loss for church
Folks at Bedford United Methodist Church had a difficult decision to make at Tuesday’s special election to determine the successor to the late state Rep. Dick Hess.
It was all about wanting the best for Republican candidate Jesse Topper but not wanting to deal with the likelihood of his leaving his church position for an opportunity that is far different from what he is so ably doing.
Bill Eggert: Elvis remains the King
Last week we marked the birthday of an American original: the late Elvis Presley.
Jan. 8, 2015, will mark his 80th birthday.
This is hard to wrap our minds around given Elvis always seems to remain forever young, frozen in time.
Best New Years Eves ever
Happy 2014! 2014? How did that happen?
SHAWN CURTIS| Steelers fairy tale falls flat in San Diego
The storybook closed down hard on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff hopes Sunday evening.
When it looked like everything was going to fall in place for Pittsburgh, which faced 400:1 odds of making the postseason after a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins on Dec. 8, the San Diego Chargers dashed those dreams.
CORY ISENBERG| Ramblers take back their tournament
An 11-year drought came to an end on Saturday night when the Windber boys basketball team defeated Conemaugh Township 57-48 in the title game of the Windber Rotary Tournament to capture the tourney title.
The Ramblers (5-2) had lost to the Indians (5-2) 68-64 on Dec. 17 and gained a measure of revenge with Saturday’s victory, which featured double-digit scoring from three players including Tournament MVP Bryce Spak.
Goodbye, good riddance to 2013
Most folks are relieved to see 2013 in our rearview mirror. I know I am. Here’s why:
MIKE MASTOVICH| Huskies hot again this season
Cosie Aliquo heard people talking about how talented his Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team is this season.
He’s read the preseason news clippings and certainly noticed that the Huskies were ranked third in the state in one Class A preseason poll.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Shop until you drop
Is it my imagination, or have advertisers dialed back the Christmas hype this season?
Ebensburg offers Dickens of a good holiday time
Borough officials are “thinking Christmas” early as they plan the county seat’s eighth annual Dickens of a Christmas event.
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