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Karen McEnany-Phillips

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Stetson's Corner: Reach out, save a life

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we grow increasingly aware that an abuser’s reach can extend to his victim’s workplace.

Every nine seconds, a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted.

Stetson's Corner: Pumpkin season

We may not have chilly nights or argyle sweaters yet, but in Geneva we know it’s fall when the pumpkins arrive.

October has arrived, and I’m pretty sure he’s wearing a yellow rain slicker and shiny black galoshes.

Stetson's Corner: Celebrate fall in Geneva

If I could draw community, it would be a lot like what I saw at the Jolly Gator.

If I could draw community it would be a lot like what I saw at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp last weekend.

Karen Phillips: Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes

Man made, natural and medical emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Some can be predicted and others arrive unannounced.

Tick...tick...tick...are you prepared?

Stetson's Corner

SR 46: Should it be wider, or just made safer?

The five design options included rural and suburban layouts showcasing various combinations of swales.

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September is the mid-point of hurricane season and generally is the most active month.

A few love bugs have arrived out in front of the zillions that will follow in a few weeks.

Karen Phillips: Neil Armstrong's return to the heavens

The memories came rushing back last week when America's hero Neil Armstrong returned to the heavens.

Most of us had forgotten that it has been almost forty years since the last human tread on the lunar surface, December 1972.

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Dig Geneva's past or widen its future?

The Museum of Geneva History is a quiet treasure that serves as a portal to our past yet keeps our traditions relevant.

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Military homecomings are always personal.

A sign near Geneva Elementary read: “You’re almost home.”

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Far from the dog days and doldrums, August will be an active month for us.

The past week has been filled with family preparation for back-to-school — ipads, smartphones and laptops have been humming away.

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Safety should be a core element of any community but keeping a community safe is both simple and complex.

Safety should be a core element of any community but keeping a community safe is both simple and complex.

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Learn to be a tough target for crime.

In the rural zones, we have some effective deterrents to crime. Two big ones are dogs and firearms.

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It’s a fine line between wanting your kids to have fun and still making the time count.

It’s a fine line between wanting your kids to have fun and still making the time count.

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In the ongoing spirit of supporting our schools, think about supporting Kids House of Seminole.

In the ongoing spirit of supporting our schools, think about supporting Kids House of Seminole.

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By the time the antique planes began their fabulous flyovers there was hardly a space in the red, white and blue crowd.

The crowds gathered early on First St and by the time the antique planes began their fabulous flyovers there was hardly a space in the red, white and blue crowd.

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Gearing up for Fourth of July in Geneva.

School may be out for the summer, but next week it will be in full session, marching down First Street.

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In less than two weeks the Annual Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival will take center stage.

In less than two weeks the Annual Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival will take center stage.

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Love the not-so-perfect dad.

Why do some men seem to have perfectly behaved children with matching wives, homes and careers?

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Small herds of deer take advantage of cool morning temperatures and natural camouflage to gather and forage in friendly pastures and wetlands. It’s June in Geneva.

Small herds of deer take advantage of cool morning temperatures and natural camouflage to gather and forage in friendly pastures and wetlands. It’s June in Geneva.

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Alice, Beryl and June — a stormy start to a season

Days before the official start of hurricane season, two named Atlantic storms formed for only the third time in recorded history.

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In just a few short days, school will be out for the summer and that odd phenomenon takes place in the space and time continuum.

In just a few short days, school will be out for the summer and that odd phenomenon takes place in the space and time continuum.

Tease photo

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2010 was the 13th year in a row where more police died from traffic fatalities than from gunfire.

According to the National Law Enforcement website, 2010 was the 13th year in a row where more law enforcement personnel died from traffic fatalities than from gunfire.

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From Australia to Zanzibar, cultures celebrate motherhood in unique ways.

From Australia to Zanzibar, cultures celebrate motherhood in unique ways.

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Will droughts stifle our May flowers?

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers but with showers so sparse last month it's hard to predict how many flowers we will actually enjoy.

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Giving the gift of life

“Donating blood” is a brief phrase with the ability to conjure up the best and worst of our emotions: generosity, anxiety, desperation, hope.

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Dirt road romance and temptation.

Almost a decade later, people still speed on our dry dirt roads, kicking up massive clouds of dust and making the roads worse by the second.

Karen Phillips: Protect our youngest in April

These are times we wish for a more consistent rain pattern to dampen our rural tinderbox.

These are times we wish for a more consistent rain pattern to dampen our rural tinderbox. Dust seems to be everywhere.

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March goes out like a lion with our best-ever Founder's Day celebration at The Rural Heritage Center

March goes out like a lion with our best-ever Founder's Day celebration at The Rural Heritage Center

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Daytona Bike Week wraps up this weekend, so please be aware of the motorcycles on our roads.

Daytona Bike Week wraps up this weekend, so please be aware of the motorcycles on our roads.

Community caring

We wonder if this will be the last cold snap of this season as last weekend's front plunged temperatures from 90 degrees into the 40s.

We wonder if this will be the last cold snap of this season as last weekend's front plunged temperatures from 90 degrees into the 40s.

March brings green thumbs and bees

March brings green thumbs and bees

Spring is around the corner, and in just more than a week, we'll set our clocks forward.

Karen Phillips: Saving Geneva Elementary

This year we get the gift of leap year's extra day on Feb. 29 and have Julius Caesar to thank for adding this unique event.

Stetson's Corner

February is of course the month we celebrate love by exchanging hearts of all kinds.

February is of course the month we celebrate love by exchanging hearts of all kinds.

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Abraham Lincoln was long, lanky and largely self-educated. He was a young man who loved to read and disliked killing animals for food or sport.

Abraham Lincoln was long, lanky and largely self-educated. He was a young man who loved to read and disliked killing animals for food or sport.

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We have faced significant issues before and have prevailed with solid and sober arguments, and make no mistake: Geneva has mobilized again.

We have faced significant issues before and have prevailed with solid and sober arguments, and make no mistake: Geneva has mobilized again.

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Our Mustangs are in trouble. The Seminole County School Board has made it clear.

Our Mustangs are in trouble. The Seminole County School Board has made it clear that two of eight schools must be closed to counter the budget deficit.

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A few weeks into January how are your resolutions going? Most of us probably reflect mixed results.

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Geneva honors its newest Eagle Scout

Geneva honors its newest Eagle Scout

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Seminole County mourns a fallen hero

Seminole County mourns a fallen hero.

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One of my very favorite things about Geneva at Christmas is the glow of candles, lights and mangers.

One of my very favorite things about Geneva at Christmas is the glow of candles, lights and mangers.

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Farewell Headrick's! Hello Holidays!

Hay bales and hundred pound bags of grain never interested Marly until the day she rode shotgun in her daddy's F-250 just to get out of chores

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In this season of magic I'm afraid that as a society we have not served the youngest among us well.

In this season of magic I'm afraid that as a society we have not served the youngest among us well.

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Sometimes gifts of Thanksgiving arrive in unexpected packages.

Gifts of Thankgiving

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Thankfulness is a simple concept, but determining what we're thankful for often varies with our circumstances.

Thankfulness is a simple concept, but determining what we're thankful for often varies with our circumstances.

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Military service has always been an integral part of Geneva's history.

Military service has always been an integral part of Geneva's history.

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She loved family, tradition and history, and the Village of Geneva surely loved her back. Lorraine Yarborough Whiting has been described as a lioness, and few would disagree.

She loved family, tradition and history, and the Village of Geneva surely loved her back. Lorraine Yarborough Whiting has been described as a lioness, and few would disagree.

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The frogs and crickets went quiet as the pale shell bottom of Lake Harney lit up with a shimmering pumpkin glow.

The frogs and crickets went quiet as the pale shell bottom of Lake Harney lit up with a shimmering pumpkin glow.

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While thousands are occupying Wall Street, the St. Johns River is now occupying much of the properties and pastures along its banks.

While thousands are occupying Wall Street, the St. Johns River is now occupying much of the properties and pastures along its banks.

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Most of us have held only a fleeting relationship with hunger.

Most of us have held only a fleeting relationship with hunger.

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She resides within a multi-million dollar subdivision, but the guard gate and state-of-the-art security system cannot protect her.

She resides within a multi-million dollar subdivision, but the guard gate and state-of-the-art security system cannot protect her.