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Upcycling Pallets: Turning old and ugly into new and beautiful

September 6, 2012

By Tracy Steffenson

Upcycling projects with wooden shipping pallets have become incredibly trendy these days. Everywhere you look in the blogosphere, clever DIYers are crafting sofas, desks, beds, headboards, bookshelves, walls, and even hardwood flooring out of recycled pallets, and turning these old and ugly salvage finds into attractive home decor.

Tea Party News: Does your vote count?

September 6, 2012

Tea Party
by Butch Morris

Did the election go to suit you? I hope so. You did vote, didn't you? If you didn't, you have one more chance this year to do your duty.

This next one is the biggie. It's the one where we decide the direction of the country. Do we want to stay on the course of philosophical, moral, and financial ruin or do we want to change direction. Back to a more traditional American attitude. You, the voters, are the ones to answer that question.

Facebook: Most popular question of the week

September 6, 2012

Most popular FB Question of the week!

Question: College football kicked off this weekend! Do you support Penn State's sanctions or do you think the kids are being punished for something the administration did?


Michelle H: I think the kids are being punished for something the administration did, or more specifically didn't do: hold the coach accountable for his wrongdoings.

Kent G: The PROGRAM made mistakes and the PROGRAM is being held accountable.

Big changes for ACT Test

August 30, 2012

This fall, ACT is introducing new policies designed to enhance test security. These changes will impact all students taking the ACT. Information for registration can be found at

There will be new identification (ID) requirements at registration. Students will upload a photo and provide gender when they register.

Tips From a Trooper: As school resumes drivers need to pay attention

August 30, 2012

By OHP Trooper Tommy Allen

It's back to school time again and that means the kids are going to be traveling to and from school. We all need to remember the school zones around the area in which we drive to and from work. That means we need to be extra careful around certain times indicated by each school district which students will be attending school. Always pay close attention to all cross walks and school zone where students will be walking across streets and where they are loading and unloading buses.

Top 10 clothing items every woman should own

August 30, 2012

By Tracy Steffenson

It seems that everywhere we look we run face first into fashion. This, of course, isn’t a new thing since the fashion industry rakes in billions of dollars every year, but many woman still don’t know where to begin.

Tim Gunn, a fashion authority and the host of ‘Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style’ has been transforming fashion victims into stylish individuals for decades! He offers his clients a list of 10 must haves that every woman should have in their closets in order to establish a fashionable wardrobe.

Tea Party News: These could be the most important elections in American History

August 24, 2012

By Butch Morris

Next week is the runoff election. You can vote at your precinct on Tuesday, August 28th, or you can do early voting at the Election Board Office. Early voting starts Friday, August 24th, Saturday, August 25th, and Monday, August 27th. As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to vote so please do.

This election is particularly important because it will decide who our Sheriff is going to be. Since only Democrats are running this is the decisive vote.

Upcycled Lighting Fixtures - Shining a New Light on Old Things

August 24, 2012

By Tracy Steffenson

As the holidays sprint in our direction to slap us in the face with too many sweets, flourishing displays of crisply wrapped boxes tied with ribbons and twenty four hour light spectacles showing in our front yards, it is the perfect time of year to detox from our wasteful ways and keep some extra change in our pockets.

In the spirit of the holidays, and our intentions to do better, the trend of upcycling has been bestowed upon us to keep up our good intentions. The concept is relatively simple – take what you have and make it into something you want.

Fall gardening tips for beginners

August 24, 2012

It may seem a bit early to talk about planning and planting for fall, but you actually need to start sooner than you would think!

As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens (tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach) with a sprinkling of red mustard for added spice.

In the south, as long as seed germinate in late July or early August, fall gardens can grow the best cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower you've ever tasted! And don't forget about getting starting for next year's perennials!

Upcycling: Salvaged door coffee table

August 16, 2012

By Tracy Steffenson

Upcycling: the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or higher environmental value.

I’ve got a joke for you. When is a door not a door? When it is ajar! HAHA! Also? When it is an awesome upcycled coffee table.

For next to nothing you can create a unique, one-of-a-kind item for your space while saving the trees in the process. Now that is what I am talking about! Sound hard? Well it’s not. Sit back and I will walk you through this easy weekend DIY project.

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