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Ruth Black
Ruth Black
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Are Birthday Gift Registries for Kids Helpful or Tacky? [POLL]

One of the conundrums I run into every year for birthdays and even Christmas is the question of - "what does she want" from friends and family. It's fair... we want to get loved ones something fun and usable for a gift. And, we want our gift to them to be special. I spend WAY too long trying to search out the perfect birthday and Christmas gifts because I do want them to enjoy it!

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images
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Jason Aldean Coming To The Ford Center In Evansville (PHOTO)

It was just announced that Jason Aldean will be bringing his "They Don't Know" tour to the Ford Center in Evansville on Saturday, October 14, with Special Guests Chris Young, Kane Brown, and DEE JAY SILVER.

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Photo by Melissa Phillips
Photo by Melissa Phillips
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Miss Daviess County Pageant Crowns First Ever African-American Winner

My friend Angela Oliver lives here in Owensboro.  She actually moved here from Atlanta a few years back to write for the Messenger-Inquirer.  She's strikingly beautiful, charming, smart, sweet, funny and black.  I tell you she's black not because it matters to me.  I tell you that detail because, in the context of this story, it's the most important one.  Because she's black, Angela has never really felt at home here.  She and I have discussed this on several occasions and she has shared stories with me that leave my mouth open.  Angela routinely chronicles her experiences in a Facebook blog called "The Adventures of a Black Journalist in a Predominately White Town."   And, honestly, I think some you would be surprised and horrified at some of the things that people say to her.  They aren't overtly racist in their vocabulary and approach, but they have subtle, sometimes artful ways of reminding Angela that she's different and doesn't really belong here.  But something happened over the weekend, something subtle, that signaled a possible change in the tide.  This predominately white town crowned its first African-American Miss Daviess County.

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