Photo by Cat Chanler
Photo by Cat Chanler

I should shudder at the mention… that I am now older. Mortality’s pang has indeed grown more insistent, I do admit, but so too has my resistance to its particular dread.

Another year older. Another cosmic sojourn around the Sun. Another day removed from my birth. Another day closer to my death. Another year of life, and another chance to turn it all around.

There is one thing that stands out more than anything else about this year, how fast the years pass. I know I’ve thought and felt this repeatedly with each passing year, but my word! The time does move quicker with age! There are moments where I catch myself, where I consider internally the day, in a vain effort to hold back the onrushing tide of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years.

But it is a futile gesture, at best.

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DuBose named ‘lone finalist’ for OISD chief

Overton Independent School District Board of Trustees all but named interim superintendent Stephen DuBose as the new chief during Monday night’s regular meeting.

After returning from a two-hour executive session, board member Mike Rogers moved to name DuBose the lone finalist for the position, and to grant him hiring privileges for the duration of his interim term.

On the same night that former superintendent Alan Umholtz was named to the same title at Yorktown ISD, Overton trustees made a similar gesture to their current high school principal and interim chief.

“Mr. DuBose’s character and commitment to education are without question,” said board president Shane McCasland. “He’s proven his worth to Overton first as a teacher and coach, then as an athletic director and principal […] we feel confident that he is the best man for the job as our superintendent.”

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Milano’s Pizza holds grand opening in Overton

Many local customers have already tasted the wares at Milano’s Pizza during their low-key “soft opening” but Overton’s newest restaurant held their “official” grand opening Monday.

“We are very excited to be here,” said owner and operator Steve Hazaimeh. “The Overton-New London community is a great place, with great people, and we look forward to providing delicious food and a fantastic dining experience for years to come.”

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4th of July and this country’s highest ideals

On Thursday we celebrated America’s 237th Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

Given as I am often to finding out what Paul Harvey used to describe as “the rest of the story” there are some facts about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration…

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Residents celebrate July 4th with a bang

Hundreds of area residents and families closed out their Fourth of July Thursday evening with Overton‘s annual fireworks show lakeside in the city park.

A few minutes before the night sky streaked with sparks of red, blue, green and orange, Henderson resident Hugh Brownley took time to reflect on what Independence Day means to him.

“I was in the military, so it means a lot to me,” Brownley said.

He served in the Air Force for 3 1/2 years during the 1950s in Korea. His son, Steve Brownley, traveled to Henderson from Huntsville to spend time with the family during the holiday.

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OEDC talks finances, new business

Overton Economic Development Corp. board members reviewed finances and welcomed a new business to town during their regular monthly meeting at the OvertonNew London Area Chamber of Commerce.

Board president Matt Hodges informed members the Overton EDC currently has funds exceeding $900,000 divided between Citizens National and First State Bank of Overton.

“That breaks down as $605,014 in First State Bank and $318,431 in Citizens National Bank as of June 24,” he added.

Hodges also introduced Steven Hazaimeh, manager of Milano’s Pizza.

“They’re currently preparing for a grand opening in Overton at a time and day to be determined,” he said. “It’s my understanding that they’re going to deliver, which should help their business do well in the Overton area, and we wish them success.”

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