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After years of intermittent blogging and somewhat more consistent news writing, I have finally created a dedicated space online for all of my writing endeavors. Take a look around. You’ll find book reviews, devotionals, essays and even some of my favorite articles written for the local newspaper.

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I’m a writer. Of course I have a day job – a journalist with my hometown newspaper. Here are a few highlights …

Boiling Springs grad tells her story in Nike “Sport Changes Everything” campaign

Amy Bream is the first person to tell you she’s never considered herself athletic.

That makes it all the more “surreal,” to use her words, that she’s featured in a video for Nike’s “Sport Changes Everything” campaign.

Growing up in Boiling Springs, Bream did not take part in sports and did not work out in local gyms. She was self-conscious when it came to physical activity because she had been born without her right leg.

This story won a 2020 Keystone Award for a personality profile.

Carlisle’s Burkholder reflects on his roots, his coach on the weekend of Super Bowl LIV

It might happen when Demi Lovato hits the soaring notes of the national anthem. It might come during the coin toss or when fireworks light up the sky as his players take the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

He doesn’t know when, but Rick Burkholder knows that at some point Sunday during Super Bowl LIV as he stands on the sideline in his role as the vice president of sports medicine and performance for the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s going to think about home.

“I’ll be thinking about all my peeps in Carlisle. I love them. I love everybody back there. I don’t get back enough, but it’s special to me,” he said Wednesday.

Shaped by social media and a sense of justice, young Midstate activists step into the spotlight

Young activists raised in a culture of diversity and armed with an array of social media options have taken the spotlight in issues ranging from gun control to women’s rights to police brutality.

Rising Mechanicsburg Area High School senior Nathaniel Babitts said there are a number of factors at work for these youths, not the least of which is how much the world has changed in even the last five years.

“My generation is realizing how quickly everything can almost flip,” he said.

And now they’re looking to flip the status quo.