The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is extending controlled pheasant hunting seasons at three IDNR sites. Hunters can make reservations now for additional hunting opportunities. [Read more…]
A tribute, by Rich Gurka
On New Year’s Eve, a real American was laid to rest at the White County Garden of Memories. Raymond “Doug” Moore, a lifelong Carmi resident, was 92 years old. Don’t we all pray that God gives [Read more…]
On Sunday, New Year’s Eve, the Norris City Fire Department was kept busy responding all day long to reports.
At 1:30 a.m., the Fire Department went to 307 CR 700 N, responding to a report of a carbon monoxide detector going off. The Fire Department’s own detector found no evidence of carbon monoxide in the [Read more…]
Her hair was up in a ponytail,
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was daddy’s day at school,
And she couldn’t wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home;
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say,
What to tell her classmates,
Of why he wasn’t there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all,
About a dad she never sees,a dad
who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall
in back for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called
On a student from the class
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
every child turned to stare;
Each of them was searching for
a man who wasn’t there.
“Where’s her daddy at?”
she heard a boy call out.
“she probably doesn’t have one,”
Another student dared to shout.
And from someone near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
“Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her mom,and
looked back at her teacher,who
told her to go on..
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
came words incredibly unique.
“My daddy couldn’t be here today,
Because he lives so far away.
But,I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know
all about my daddy,and
How much he loved me so.
He loved to tell me stories,
He taught me to ride a bike;
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him,
I’m not standing here alone.
“Cause my daddy’s always with me,
Even though we are apart;
I know because he told me,
He’ll forever be in my heart.”
With that,her little hand reached up.
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,beneath
her favorite dress.
And somewhere in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears,proudly
watching her daughter,who
was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back
down,starring straight into the crowd,
she finished with a soft voice,but
her message was clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much,
He’s my shining star,and if he
could,he’d be here,but
Heaven’s just too far.
You see he is an American Soldier,
and he died this past year,when
A roadside bomb hit his convoy
and taught Americans to fear.
But, sometimes when I close my eyes,
It’s like he never went away. And
then she closed her eyes,and
saw him there that day.
And to her mother’s amazement.
She witnessed with surprise,a
room full of daddies and children,
all starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them;
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second.
They saw him at her side.
“I know you are with me, Daddy,”
to the silence she called out. And
what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But,there on the desk beside her was
A fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for
a moment, by the love of her Shining
Star. And given the gift of believing,
Heaven is Never too far.
There must be many children in the same boat as this little girl.
Thanks to all our Service Men and Women and their families,for the sacrifice
they are making to keep our Country Free and Safe. The ultimate sacrifice is being left
behind. Pray For Our Troops ON This Christmas Day. Thanks From H.C.E. Board Members
Deaconess Hospital has requested a 30 day extension to complete examination of the White County Ambulance records, but that extension would have gone beyond the date of January 16, which is the [Read more…]