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It’s not going to happen ever again in our lifetime.


Today is the 12th day, of the 12th month in the 12th year of the new millennium — 12-12-12 — the final triple date sequence possible on the calendar.

The rare numerical lineup provides unique opportunities for special events such as weddings and holiday parties, and you can bet many folks probably decided to get married today because it’ll be an easy to remember anniversary date. 

One special couple celebrating a very special anniversary today is featured on today’s front page.

Mary Sybil and Keith Morris have been married seven decades today. That’s an accomplishment of which very few people can boast.

This sweet pair was married Dec. 12, 1942, and for the past 70 years they have lovingly reared their family in the Cluster Springs community – a family that has grown to include a full house of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who   gathered over the weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Morris clan patriarch and matriarch.

12-12-12 is a date that resonates with love, harmony, beauty, laughter, fun and celebration, and it is certainly a special day for the Morris family.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris, congratulations on reaching this milestone that few people ever live to achieve.

And on this historic kind of day, we wish you continued years of love and happiness together.


Christmas time’s a’coming

This time of the year, we are reminded of how much our former colleague and fellow columnist, the late Sonny Riddle, loved the Christmas season. It was always his favorite time of the year.

Sonny passed away on Aug. 1, and we miss him here at The Gazette, especially this time of the year.

If he were here, he would want to remind everyone I’m sure, that all too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of decorations, shopping for presents, cooking for the family get-together, or whatever.  

This year, take a while to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas.

Sonny would want you to.