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Welcome back!
February 26, 2011 04:00 am

Pastor James Ball – dressed in chiefs robe – returned to Medoma, Ghana, in 2010 to repaint a church he was responsible for building in 1969. Photo courtesy of James Ball
One night in 1968, James F. Ball, 75, of Brookings,  had a vivid dream.

Upon awakening, he knew God wanted him to go to Africa.

Shortly thereafter, he found himself with little money but big hopes sailing aboard a freighter to Ghana along with his wife Patricia and their three little children.

“Diana was 3, James was 5 and Cheryl was 6 1/2. Our youngest, Becky, was born in Ghana,” Ball said.

The chefs behind the soup kitchens
February 23, 2011 04:00 am

Roger Gilbert, left, and Ernie Madden prepare meals for soup kitchen. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
There’s a story in the Bible about a rich young man who asks Jesus what he has to do to gain eternal life.

Jesus tells him to obey the commandments. The man says he already does that, and wants to know if there’s anything else.

“Go,” Jesus says, “sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you’ll have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

From an empty field to a dog park
February 19, 2011 04:00 am

Matthew Raleigh and Austin Bertelson stand in front of finished dog park. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
A lot of people have talked about building a dog park, but it took a 16-year-old Boy Scout to actually get it done – with a little help from his friends.

Matthew Raleigh, a sophomore at Brookings-Harbor High School, needed a project to complete the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.

OPRD Park Ranger Austin Bertelson needed some willing volunteers to install a pet exercise area at McVay Rock State Recreation Area.

Students deliver Valentines to the elderly
February 16, 2011 04:00 am

BHHS students Steven Nagel, left, Haley Abbot, middle and Dorothy Shull deliver Valentine’s Day cards to residents of Good Sam. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
“Young people have no respect for their elders,” the adage goes. “They’re  rude and don’t care about anything but their iPods and cell phones.”

Three Brookings teens challenged these often repeated complaints about their age group Tuesday. Dorothy Shull, 15, Haley Abbot, 16, and Steven Nagel, 15, visited several area care homes to distribute hand-made Valentine’s Day cards to residents.

At the Good Samaritan Society’s Curry Village, Shull gave Sybil Powers a hand-lettered Valentine.

Think it’s spring?
February 12, 2011 04:00 am
Sheila and Ellie Hedenskog take a stroll through Azalea Park where a tree is covered with blossoms.
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