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The new face of heroism and patriotism; Stephanie LaRae Morris

November 27, 2013 in Lifestyles, News

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN

Journal Staff Writer

November 26, 2012 was the day Stephanie LaRae Morris was deployed to combat in Afghanistan; seven months after joining the United States Army.

Trained as a petroleum supply specialist, she would drive trucks to deliver gasoline to other armored vehicles during her deployment, in the war torn country. With the line of work Ms. Morris was involved in, it was both dangerous and life threatening that was synonymous, maiming and killing American soldiers…

Libbey alumni share memories and good times at all class reunion

September 13, 2013 in Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Local News, News, Top Stories

BY WILLIAM H. ELLIS JR.
Journal Staff Writer

Not too long ago, at the corner of Hawley and Western, stood one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.
The empty lots there now was once home to students full of spirit. The place was Libbey High School and although the building is gone, the spirit remains.
This past weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, the school’s tradition and pride was in full effect at the Libbey High School All Class Reunion.
The weekend reunited classes from all eras once again to remember what many called “the good ol’ days”…

Excitement of softball lives in the central city

September 1, 2013 in Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Local News, Local Sports, News, Sports, Top Stories

Ninety-Nine Problems with Swagg defeats Platinum Boss Ladies

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

A lot was at stake Saturday, Aug. 24, for two women’s softball teams. The game, held at Robinson Park on Forest Avenue, would decide if 99 Problems with Swagg or Platinum Boss Ladies would advance to the championship game held the following week.
In the beginning, the game gradually advanced. By the second time 99 Problems with Swagg went to bat, the pace quickly changed.
Batters began hitting balls deep into the outfield. Many of those hits were singles or doubles that weren’t fielded by the opposing team; in which case 99 Problems capitalized off those mistakes….

Woodward Polar Bears have cool class reunion

August 14, 2013 in Education, Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Local News, News, Top Stories

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Woodward High School Polar Bears members escaped the heat last weekend when they got together for their first all-class reunion for those who graduated during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Old friends who hadn’t seen each other in years embraced and shared memories Aug. 2 and 3 behind the Infinity Lounge on Jackman near Laskey.
Yvonne Harper, class of 1967 and committee member, said she told her friend Sheila Daniels about the idea of having an all-class reunion.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful because so many of us have left the city and hadn’t had a reason to return,” Harper said. “So this reunion will bring old friends back together again.”…

James Bays reflects on work and family at retirement party

April 29, 2013 in Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Local News, News

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

After 54 years of work in the labor force, 31 of those with Johnson Controls, James Bays retired April 19. On James Bays reflects on work and family at retirement party
April 20, family, friends and former co-workers joined him at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg to celebrate his retirement….