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The new asylums: How Utah traps the mentally ill behind bars - Deseret News

Monday, June 19, 2017

Things were unraveling fast when, a week later, a neighbor reported Matt Hall to police for allegedly threatening to beat him up.Nate Hall was surprised when he heard later that his brother had refused to give the cops his name and tried to run from two Ogden police officers, wrestling a Taser away from one of them in an "explosion of violence." Nate Hall prints out old photos of his brother, Matt, right, and himself, left, before Matt's funeral at Myers Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Nicole Boliaux, Deseret NewsHis brother hadn't been carrying drugs, weapons or other contraband. The only charges filed in the incident — disarming a police officer of an energy device, a third-degree felony, and other felonies and misdemeanors — were the ones that he got for fighting back.In jail, Ha

Funerals Today - June 9, 2017 - Bismarck Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Catholic Church, Dickinson. (Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson)Maurine Ault Striegel, 87, Bismarck, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1615 N. 18th St., Bismarck. (Bismarck Funeral Home)Genie Svihl, 59, Surprise, Ariz., 7 p.m., MST, Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson.Beatrice Syminow, 84, Belfield, 11 a.m. MST, Belfield Lutheran Church. (Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)Laura Tokach, 62, Mandan, 1:30 p.m., Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan.Loretta Vetsch, 86, Westminster, Colo., 1 p.m., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Linton. (Myers Funeral Home, Linton)

Austin's Weed-Corley-Fish funeral home negotiating possible sale - Austin American-Statesman

Saturday, June 10, 2017

International in 1993.Fish said his company will be operated independently from Cook-Walden if the sale is completed.Fish’s peers in the local funeral sector said the pending deal took them by surprise, largely because of Weed-Corley-Fish’s long history in Austin.“It was a shocker,” said Gilbert Cavazos, funeral director for All Faiths Funeral Services in Austin, who heard rumblings about the sale earlier this week. “They’ve been family-owned and operated for a long time.”Cavazos said funeral operators in Austin have a cordial relationship, often lending each other the use of vehicles and other resources, and he doesn’t expected that to change regardless of ownership structure.“I’ll always be there for them, whether they’re family-owned or corporate-owned,” he said.Weed-Corley-Fish’s roots in Austin date back to 1886, according to Fish, who is a fourth-generation funeral director. His father, Laurens Fish Jr., who worked at Weed-Corley-Fish for more than 35 years, is now retired.Service Corporation International, which describes itself as “North America’s leading provider of deathcare products and services,” operates more than 1,500 funeral homes and more than 450 cemeteries across the U.S. and Canada. The publicly traded company had revenue of more than $3 billion in 2016, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Its brands include Dignity Memorial and Funeraria Del Angel, among others.

Fort Worth woman mourned as questions remain about her death - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Monday, May 01, 2017

She was the girl too afraid to answer the front door and too shy to speak to waiters at restaurants.So it was a surprise to Molly Matheson’s brother when she visited him at college several years ago and soon connected with his friends better than he did.“The girl who was too scared to order food was stealing my friends,” Nick Matheson said Tuesday afternoon at her funeral, recalling how his little sister had developed a unique, vibrant personality.Hundreds filled McKinney Church in southwest Fort Worth to mourn Molly’s death as police continued to investigate her death.Molly, 22, was found strangled April 10 in the bathroom of her garage apartment near TCU. She lived behind an upscale home on Waits Avenue, about two blocks from campus.Detectives found no signs of forced entry at her apartment. Further details have not been released.“Eventually, we will be OK,” her father, David Matheson, said at Tuesday’s service.“But we will not be consumed by anger, even though we are a little angry right now.”Family and friends at the service described Molly as deeply religious, with a sharp sense of humor.Sh

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline' - NPR

Monday, May 01, 2017

So there's this interesting kind of tension, and I'm wondering what techniques you've developed over the years to put people at ease and get what you need.WEBER: Well, I think you would be surprised at how eager people are to talk to us. For good or ill, an obit in The New York Times is essentially considered by many people an honor, an acknowledgement of a life of significance or of consequence. And the people in the family are often proud that, you know, that we've called to begin the process of that acknowledgement. So, you know, that being said, you know, kindness is is the watchword.FOX: I'll tell you something in my own experience that helped me tremendously. When I was at The Times but before I was on the Obit's job, my own father died, and he was a reasonably well-known scientist. He was the subject of a news obituary in The New York Times. And the reporter, who's someone I don't know, long since gone from the paper, called me. And so this time, I was the bereaved family. He asked me a question to which I didn't know the answer

Grace Baptist: New pastor focused on community connections | Out ... - St. Helens Chronicle

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

God might be leading us in this direction,” he said. “One night, I asked that if God wanted us in Oregon that the church would call us the next day – you can only imagine my surprise when the phone rang with the chair of the search committee asking me if I would reconsider Grace.”“We did and we’re excited to see what God will do,” Doughty said. He is looking forward to putting his 15 years of experience to work for the congregation and community. Asked what the most challenging aspect of coming into a new church is, Doughty responded that it is probably the task of learning about the community.“Each community is unique and it takes time to meet people, learn the needs, and try to begin to develop plans to meet those needs,” he said.Doughty said he thinks one of the greatest mistakes people make about a church is assuming that they have to have life together to go there. He sometimes hears people say, “If I walked in the doors of the church, the walls would catch fire.” The reality, he said, is partly that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross because we never could be put together.He said, “One of the things that I like to tell people when they describe Grace is that ‘We’re just a bunch of broken messed up people on a journey of transformation.’ I would just encourage people, don’t feel like you have it all together. The whole point of a relationship with Jesus is that we can’t, but because of His love He’s growing and changing us for His Kingdom.”A typical service at Grace Baptist Church hosts around 275 people. Doughty said what makes the congregation unique is its desire to be a truly multi-generational church. “One of the things that describes Grace is our desire to be a family that builds families,” he said. “We have a deep passion for knowing and following God’s word, pursuing a deepening relationship with Jesus, moving beyond the masks of shallow relationships, and being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.”Doughty believes the role of any church is to help people see and experience the love of Jesus and share that love with others. He believes that for many years, the issue of churches engaging with their community became less of a priority. He said one of the things that strikes him about Jesus is that he wanted people to experience His love both practically and in tangible ways.He said, “I have always loved what the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 3:16-17: By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet cl

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Rep. Clay Higgins: 'I'm not sure I've ever been so humbled' - The Daily Advertiser

Monday, June 19, 2017

CLOSE You may have seen this enormous flag, but what you don't know about it will surprise you. Kris WartelleBuy PhotoPosting of Colors by the Marine Corps League Detachment 488 at the 53rd Annual memorial Day Trubute at Walters Funeral Home. Monday, May 29, 2017.(Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE / THE ADVERTISER)Buy PhotoU.S. Rep. Clay Higgins was in Carencro on Monday to participate in several Memorial Day ceremonies taking place across Acadiana.Higgins spoke  to a group of veterans and local residents at Walters Funeral home. Buy Photo53rd Annual memorial Day Trubute at Walters Funeral Home. Monday, May 29, 2017. (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE / THE ADVERTISER)Owner Gene Walters, a U.S. Army Veteran and a three-time Purple Heart recipient, invited Higgins and others to honor those who died serving their country."I'm not sure if I've ever been so humbled," Higgins said. "I think about the heroes amongst us, like Mr. Walters, a multiple recipient of the purple heart, the men and women who have come before us and allowed us to gather here today in peace and security."Buy PhotoKeynote S

Dudley Ray (06-15-17) - Main Street Newspapers

Monday, June 19, 2017

Georgia. To win her heart, Dudley and a pal filled the swimming pool at the KD house, where JoAnn lived, with magnolia blossoms one night because he knew it was her favorite flower, just to surprise her. As they say, the rest is history, and they married in June of 1955. Dudley and JoAnn settled in Douglas, Ga. after they wed and were blessed with two children, Lisa and Chip. Dudley continued to work in the family farming business and later became a salesman with Georgia Ace Fertilizer. In 1979 he and JoAnn relocated to Lilburn, Ga. and he took a job with the Agri-chemical division of US Steel. He was a born salesman and man of the road flying and driving all across the nation making friends all along the way. Dudley knew how to get things done, from matters relating to selling his products, hiring the right people, or finding the best steak while on the road. He was truly in his element when surrounded by his friends, family and business associates. In 1995 Dudley retired from LaRoache Industries. In 1997, he and JoAnn decided to move to Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. After building their home and setting up his massive shop, he was preparing to kick back, then Dudley had another idea! He decided to run for the Braselton Town Council, winning handily and serving four terms. This was at a time when Braselton was evolving from a sleepy town to a destination for light industrial development by many national companies. Dudley played a large role working with and attracting these companies. After retirement from the town council Dudley spent his later years enjoying his family and visiting with his Chateau Elan neighbors from the seat of his red University of Georgia golf cart. He spent most days smiling and laughing. The only thing he wished for at the end of his life was for the University of Georgia Bulldogs to win another national championship!Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Dorminey Ray, Braselton; daughter, Lisa Jardine Cyrus and her husband Stratton Cyrus, Austin, Texas; son, Dudley C. Ray, Jr. (aka Chip), Gainesville; granddaughters, Whitney Fulton Jardine, San Francisco, Calif., Suzannah Harrington Ray, New York City, and Stephanie Victoria Ray, Gainesville.Visitation wi

Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Glenn Funeral Home to St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro for his funeral.Christy Taylor Chaney, an official with the funeral home, said it didn't surprise her to see people lining the streets. "He was a wonderful man, friendly to everyone, everyone loved him," she said.

Obituary: PR man Bob Goff, promoter of Minnesotans and DFL politics, dies at 80 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Goff said.Nick Coleman's son, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, said Goff was one of the most "wickedly smart and brilliantly funny" people that he had ever met and that it was no surprise why his father had chosen to partner with him."I think in Bob he found a partner that understood the merger of his political life with the public relations side of it," the mayor said.Goff described the ad business in that era as the Wild West with "big bucks" being spent on advertising work done by out-of-town agencies. Goff said he and Coleman prided themselves on offering clients more affordable options.The agency was one of Minnesota's first public relations practices and served a range of clients, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Polaris and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe."Not only was he a very strategic political thinker, he was also in the business of public relations, marketing, figuring out strategies for clients," said Roger Moe, a friend and former DFL state Senate leader. "He was without a doubt one of the best I ever watched."Moe said that Goff knew how politics came down to connecting with people."He understood it was about friendships and knowing people," Moe said. "He spent time getting to know people. ... He was a great and dear friend. I'll miss him."One of the things that state Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, will remember the most about Goff was his sense of humor and wit."His humor was very funny and very biting," said Cohen.In 1977, Goff sold his stake in the agency and served as the staff director of the task force on waste and mismanagement under Gov. Rudy Perpich. After two years, he went back to the public relations firm.Goff would later use the breadth of his experience in politics to help lobby for the construction of the Metrodome in Minneapolis and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.In 2012, Goff retired from the firm, but he joked he would still pop up in the office from time to time to check the corners and "look under the rug.""He was just really friendly and fun," said his daughter Emily Goff. "I think he was fun to be around as a dad, and he was fun to be around as a boss."Bob Goff was a family man who loved to read; his large collection of books was arranged by the Dewey Decimal system."He was the self-made man that he was because he was such a reader," Emily Goff said.Last summer, the Star Tribune asked Goff if he would have changed anything since he was first asked by Nick Coleman to start the firm."No," he replied. "It started out more of a ride than I ever expected."Goff is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Cindy, Paul, Carolyn, Laura, Bill, Emily, Matt; and numerous other family and friends. Funeral arrangements are pending.