Clark County faith leaders take lessons from pandemic, see hope emerging

New pastor finding her way

Pastor Darcy Metcalfe just arrived in Springfield in January for her new assignment at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Covenant and Northminster Presbyterian Church returned to live services for Palm Sunday, March 28, a welcome time for Metcalfe and the Covenant congregation to be formally introduced.

ExploreBond set for woman accused of April Fools’ call reporting shooter at Navistar

“I was previously preaching to people I

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Rollback of some COVID-19 restrictions gives hope to Hudson County bars and restaurants

On a normal Super Bowl Sunday, the Madd Hatter sports bar in Hoboken is packed.

The Washington Street bar, whose website advertises “40+ big screen TVs” and “projection TVs surrounding our enormous island bar,” normally hosts about 350 people for the big game.

“I mean, we’re slammed,” said Abe Ruales, Madd Hatter’s general manager.

This year, things are different. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar’s staff is

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Smithsonian Closed, Hope Diamond Awaits Its Synthetic Twin

In the midst of the pandemic, diamonds (at least newly mined ones) may have lost their luster. But in the studio of his New York apartment, John Hatleberg is betting it will soon be back.

For months, he has been at work hunched over a gem-faceting machine, where he is cutting and polishing a synthetic material that will be used to make an exact replica of the Hope Diamond as

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Hope Mills Festival of Lights kicks off Christmas celebrations

Lisa Carter Waring
 |  Correspondent

As the Christmas season begins, the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring many festive, fun and safe activities for our community families.

The annual Festival of Lights will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hope Mills Municipal Park. The town tree will be lit for the holiday season at 5:30 p.m.  

Along with the tree lighting, there will be

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The light at the end of the tunnel must lead us back to hope

Remember hope? “Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops at all,” as the poet Emily Dickinson put it.

For almost eight months now, we have been in a state of profound hope-deprivation. Hopes were still quite high when it was “three weeks to squash the sombrero”. Grimly, we clung onto hope when the

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2020 graduates face uncertain job market with hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If everything had gone according to plan, Missy Wood thought she’d have a job helping at-risk youths by now. 

Wood, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, saw her internship with Court-Appointed Special Advocates end abruptly in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Tennessee. She started applying for jobs with the Department of Children’s Services and similar organizations in April.

By the time she

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B.C.’s new virus models renew hope for Canadian travel, Atlantic Canada considers travel bubble

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to

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Parents of special education kids hope for summer school

THORNWOOD, N.Y. — When Diane Segel started a petition urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow in-person extended summer school, she was at her wits’ end.

Since mid-March, after schools shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, Segel struggled to function as a teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist and physical therapist for her 3½-year-old son William, who has developmental delays.

While most children across the country transitioned into the routine

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