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“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

– C.S. Lewis

This is certainly the time to do as much as we can for the present world: checking on neighbors, sharing what we have and making sure those close to us are healthy and safe. We are all served by kindness, selflessness and compassion in trying times. If you have any uplifting news or photos to share with our local community, please don’t hesitate to share them with us here at KNH. We’re always thrilled to share more good news in a time like this.

There is still no word from Gov. Abbott’s office about a statewide “shelter in place” order, though similar orders have been issued for Dallas County and in several states throughout the U.S. While that may occur soon statewide, there is no reason to panic. A move like this would be intended to slow or halt the spread of this virus and keep more Texans safe and healthy. We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.

Many families are spending a lot more time together these days, as all the schools have closed, and we hope our readers are managing this new reality as well as possible. We do extend our sympathies, as it can be difficult to keep children entertained at home all day. Are coloring books and word searches still popular or have they become a thing of the past, pushed aside by smartphones and WiFi? This may be a good time to dust off a trusty set of dominoes or “Monopoly” to while away the hours until schools reopen.

During a series of yellow fever outbreaks between 1839 and 1867, Texans banded together, as they are doing now, to protect their fellow citizens. According to EastTexasHistory.org, the hard-hit port city of Galveston turned the lessons of a tragedy into a boon for others, as “the Galveston Howard Association sent out medical teams to suffering towns across the country, providing “an army of volunteers to nurse the sick and bury the dead.”’

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BIRTHDAYS:

March 25

John E. Smith Jr., Bradley Clark, John James, Jerry Wood, Mrs. Harry Seidel, Dickson Baun, Bennis Dudley, Garrett Claer, Windy Watson, Otis Taylor Sr., George Wyatt, Kathy Robinson-Adams, Jim Robberson, Kristalin Brown, Huey Smith, Lisa Beverly Stafford, Chad Stephen Silvertooth, Elsie Thrower, Tami Williams, Clint Toon, Brianna Agers, John Hasselmeier, Jim Robberson

March 26

Josie Atchley, Lyness Crim, J.W. Frazier, Linda Tyiska, Martha Doss, Mark Griffin, Jay Bearden, Martha Pyner, Baby Ruth Taylor, Jerry Raines, Alisha Steele, Elaine Terry, J.R. Smith, Kevin Wheeler, Ashley Miller, Toni Taylor Elias

March 27

Johnnie V. Johnson, Jennifer Gough, Ricky Murphey Jr., Christie Marie Woodard, E.H. O’Neal, Alicia Pace, Mrs. Jack Butler, Billy Waye Linson, Krystal Kingsbury, Michael McCarthy, Angela Renee Sheffield, Melvia Joyce Green, Danny Eason, H.H. Harper, Felicia Borchardt, John Walker Jr., Nancy Ballenger Roberts, James Miller, Tracy Davis, Devaris Smith, Roderick Pierce, April Beverly, Malia Kinlaw, Shirley Holman, Sasha Marie Mauldin, Janie Henley

ANNIVERSARIES:

March 25

Larry and Vickie Briggs, Philip and Valerie Deshazer

March 26

Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson

March 27

Mr. and Mrs. John Polk, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brasher, Brian and Tammy Dorsey

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