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General Lifestyle

MJ girl holds cookie sale for friend battling cancer

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- She only wanted two things for Christmas, and one of them isn’t even for her.

Ariana Crefeld, a home-schooled first grader in Mt. Juliet, told her mom, Andrea, she wanted an American Girl doll and to give money to her friend, Savannah Swandal, who has Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer. Ariana said she wanted to have a cookie sale to raise money for Savannah’s family.

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Column

Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.
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Guest Column

A time to act

By JOHN CRABTREE
Media Director
The Center for Rural Affairs

In the early hours of Monday, Dec. 21, the U.S. Senate voted, 60 to 40, to invoke cloture and bring the Senate health care reform debate to a close. Two Independents voted with 58 Democrats to advance a bill that would provide quality health coverage with affordable premiums to more family farmers, ranchers, rural small business owners, workers and many others.

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Letters to the Editor

Why hasnt Brandon been named to LHS Sports Hall of Fame?

To the Editor:

I applaud the recent inductions of Ruby Guethlein, Billy Sellars and Kip Puryear into the Lebanon High School Sports Hall of Fame. Their athletic achievements certainly qualified their selection.

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General News

Burglary doesnt stop Christmas for Brooks House

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

A family in Kentucky says thieves broke into their store and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment and even gifts that were donated for women and children at a Lebanon homeless shelter.

Diane Shifflett noticed broken glass when she arrived to work at her family's store and truck service Friday morning. The store, Amish Traditions and Fireplace Shoppe, is located on Nashville Road in Franklin, Ky. Shifflett said thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen.

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Huge need for foster parents in Wilson County
Youth Villages has an urgent need for foster parents to provide loving, temporary homes to children and teens in Wilson County.
         
Youth Villages offers free orientation meetings for people interested in learning more about becoming foster parents. A free orientation session is set for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cook’s United Methodist Church at 7919 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.
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Jobless rate drops in Wilson

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 8.5 percent which was 0.2 percent lower than the October figure of 8.7.

That was the word Wednesday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development which released unemployment numbers for all 95 counties in the state.

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Lebanon man killed in wreck in DeKalb County

From Post staff reports

A Lebanon man was killed in a car accident that occurred Tuesday night in DeKalb County where he was reportedly ejected from the back seat of the car.

The wreck happened around 9 p.m. on U. S. Highway 70 East near Dowelltown in DeKalb County, just across the Wilson County line.

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Senior citizens give back to their community

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

There are many groups that have given to senior citizens this holiday season from a fourth grade class at Friendship Christian School to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s SCAN program, but one group of senior citizens, however, has given back to the community that does so much for them.

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General Sports

MJ players named 6A all-state

QB GURCHIEK AND PUNTER EMMETTS

Two more Wilson County prep athletes have been honored by the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association for all-state recognition in football.

Mt. Juliet High teammates Reed Gurchiek and Tyler Emmetts have been named to the 6A all-state team by the TSWA. The pair helped lead the Golden Bears to a record of 9-2 this past season. They join local Class 2A athletes Lee Maasen of Friendship Christian, Nick Lennox and Dalton Phillips of Watertown as the only Wilson Countians to be named all-state.

Gurchiek, the Golden Bears quarterback, posted 2,222 yards of total offense this season, passing for 1,505 and rushing for 717. He accounted for 31 touchdowns, 15 throwing and 16 rushing. He was a finalist for Class 3A Mr. Football and was voted District 9AAA Most Valuable Player.

Emmetts was a true multipurpose kicker for the Golden Bears, handling kickoffs, PAT and field goal duties along with punting. As a senior, Emmetts punted 16 times for an average of 41.6 yards, converted 10-of-13 field goal attempts (a long kick of 46 years) and was 48-of-51 on PATs (94 percent).

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