Success and Failure

Success and Failure

If things were different in your life, what would you do?

We often think about what we could do if we were millionaires? What would we do if we found our self in extreme poverty? In either situation, what would we do? The fact is, we are who we are and happiness is not about being wealthy. Happiness comes from being who you are, being content with yourself and treating your friends and neighbors the same way you would like to be treated.


Celeste Giordano Speaks at UCBPA

Celeste Giordano

Celeste Giordano, daughter of Union County Business and Professional Association's (UCBPA) founding member Emily Link, spoke at the association's October 2017 meeting. Celeste, a mentor and master sales strategist, is in the business of helping others realize their dreams of running a successful business. She spent 36 years in the direct sales market and about four years ago she reinvented herself and went into business coaching. She normally hosts workshops for business entrepreneurs, corporations and direct sales teams.

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Special guest, Shirley McMurtrie

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the 13th Annual Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2017. This year our booth included a sign up for our weekly newsletter, as well as, special guest, Shirley McMurtrie. Shirley is a regular contributor on Each week, she shares a story of her life and one of her special recipes. Most of the artwork that accompanies her articles are hand drawn by her.

Mincey Takes Lessons from Lincoln, Adds Schoolhouse Memories

Take one step into Dr. Ronnie Mincey's office in the Union County Public Schools' central office, and his role model will be obvious. Pictures and portraits of President Abraham Lincoln cover every surface, including the one pictured here, which Mincey describes as "the most comforting picture," a gift from Donnie Tharpe.

"You can look at it and think, 'What would you do if you were in this predicament?'" Mincey said.

New Director, New Opportunities in UCHS CTE

Union County High School Career and Technical Education director Bryan Shoffner

Career and Technical Education, that block of high school programs that some of us used to call "vocational," is not just for shop class anymore. These days, students are using CTE at Union County High School to launch themselves into skilled, technical jobs right out of high school, and the fields represented may surprise you.

A Sour Kraut Tale and How to Make it

A recent conversation I had at the grocery store prompted this column. I believe that conversation certified the need and my obligation to your grandchildren–I don’t have any grandchildren-- to share this important survival knowledge. To assume we will always be able to buy everything we need at a local air-conditioned fancy grocery store is assuming a lot. Those of us who still remember how to do some things our parents and grandparents taught us need to share it. Some of the reasons our early schools were so successful is that older students taught the younger ones.

Bread and Milk

Bread and Milk

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Sausage gravy and biscuits? Ham and eggs? Lucky you! What did I have for breakfast back in the Great Depression days of 1934? It wasn't that, for sure. Did I have cornflakes and ice cold milk? Or Frosted Flakes? Or one of the many boxed cereals on the Food City shelves today? I wouldn't have known what you were talking about.