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Permalink 09:03:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 291 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Casting Crowns releases "Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith"

Glorious Days: Hymns of Faith, the newest album from GRAMMY Award winning Contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns is now available.

You can buy it here.

Glorious Days: Hymns of Faith features 12 songs from one of the most successful Contemporary Christian music groups of the 21st Century, including six new tracks recorded especially for this collection. The songs on the album, which retails for $11.99, are:

Songs included in the album: 
1. "When We All Get To Heaven" (*) 
2. "Nothing But The Blood" (*) 
3. "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)"
4. "My Jesus I Love Thee" (*) 
5. "Blessed Redeemer" 
6. "At Calvary" (*) 
7. "Praise You In This Storm" 
8. "Sweet Hour Of Prayer" (*) 
9. "If We Are The Body" 
10. "I Surrender All (All To Jesus)" 
11. "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus" 
12. "Beulah Land" (*) 
(*) Newly recorded and previously unreleased tracks.

Casting Crowns consists of seven members: Mark Hall (lead singer/songwriter), Melodee DeVevo (violin, cello, vocals), Brian Scoggin (drums), Megan Garrett (piano, keyboards, vocals), Juan DeVevo (guitar, vocals), Chris Huffman (bass guitar, vocals), and Josh Mix (lead guitar, vocals). Since its major label debut in 2003, the band has sold more than 8.2 million albums and is one of the most successful Contemporary Christian artists with its RIAA 2x Platinum record (Casting Crowns), three RIAA Platinum albums (Until The Whole World Hears, The Altar And The Door, and Lifesong), and two RIAA Gold albums (Come To The Well and Peace On Earth). Having also released two Platinum and two Gold DVDs, and four RIAA Gold certified digital singles, the band currently holds the position as Billboard's top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. The group has achieved nine No. 1 hits and has been honored with one GRAMMY Award (and six nominations), three American Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, 17 Dove Awards, and two K-LOVE Awards. For more information, visit

Permalink 08:56:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 189 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

New memoir sends inspiring message of positivity

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Author Kathleen Peterson shares memories from her life in an effort to lift the souls of her readers in her new book, “My Spirit She Lifts from Me” 

You can buy the book here.

With a transcendental and mystical tone, “My Spirit She Lifts from Me” shares poignant moments from Peterson’s life through short stories and poems. From her first out-of-body experience when she was 8 to seeing strange, mythical animals on an empty road, Peterson chronicles her life and relationship with the spirit world.

Peterson believes in the connective power of the universe. Through her personal stories, she illustrates this connective power to assure readers that there is life outside the physical world.

Filled with wisdom and thoughts for readers to consider, “My Spirit She Lifts from Me” encourages readers to focus on the subtle beauties and intricacies of life. Peterson hopes readers will be inspired to share their own stories and unimaginable experiences.

“The book is as unique as it is moving,” Peterson says. “I classify it in the genre of autobiographies, yet it reaches far beyond into the realms of transcendental, mystical and celestial.”


Permalink 07:59:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 235 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

WalletHub releases report on metro areas with biggest and smallest weight problems

With Americans spending up to $210 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Metro Areas with the Biggest & Smallest Weight Problems.

In order to call attention to the communities where weight-related problems are most prevalent, WalletHub examined 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 12 key metrics. Among them are the percentage of adults and high school students who are obese and the percentage of people who are physically inactive. 

  Top 10 Metro Areas with the Smallest Weight Problems   Top 10 Metro Areas with the Biggest Weight Problems
  1 Provo, UT   91 New Orleans, LA
  2 Colorado Springs, CO   92 Mobile, AL
  3 San Jose, CA   93 Columbia, SC
  4 Denver, CO   94 El Paso, TX
  5 San Francisco, CA   95 Myrtle Beach, SC
  6 Salt Lake City, UT   96 Greensboro, NC
  7 Ogden, UT   97 Greenville, SC
  8 Honolulu, HI   98 Jackson, MS
  9 Portland, OR   99 Youngstown, OH
  10 Reno, NV   100 Shreveport, LA

Key Stats

  • The percentage of adults who are obese is three times higher in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX metro area than in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA metro area.
  • The percentage of residents who are physically inactive is three times higher in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX metro area than in the Provo-Orem, UT metro area.
  • The percentage of people with diabetes is three times higher in the Canton-Massillon, OH metro area than in the Provo-Orem, UT metro area.
  • The percentage of residents with high blood pressure is two times higher in Mobile, AL metro area than in the Provo-Orem, UT metro area.


Permalink 07:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 261 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

New scholarship and internship opportunities for students majoring in journalism, advertising, marketing, and communications

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation has broadened scholarship opportunities for students majoring in one of the following newspaper industry related fields: journalism, advertising, marketing, and communications.

For college students there are three $1500 university journalism scholarships, one $1500 Harold Douthit regional scholarship, and one $1500 ONWA annual scholarship. For Ohio high school seniors there is one $1500 minority scholarship. Interested students must attend an Ohio college or university. The scholarships will be awarded in May 2015.

All scholarship applications require an essay and examples of activities that demonstrate a commitment to a career in their newspaper related field. The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Eligibility and application information can be found on the Ohio Newspaper Association website at

The office of The Ohio Newspaper Association also offers two paid summer internships, a publications/public relations internship and an advertising internship.

The publications/public relations internship allows a student to work in the Columbus office of this trade association which represents Ohio’s newspapers, their affiliated websites and a growing number of digital local news outlets in Ohio.  Duties include writing and assisting in production of electronic newsletter (ONA Bulletin); miscellaneous fliers and mailings; meeting planning; research.

The advertising internship allows a student to work with AdOhio, an affiliate of ONA which shares the same Columbus office. Duties include: writing and layout for sales presentation sheets and client mailings; research; updating and producing promotional materials; creating and organizing PowerPoint presentations; designing display ads; selling network advertising; and more.

Job description, qualifications, salary, and contact information for both positions can be found at The deadline date for intern applications is Friday, April 3, 2015.

Permalink 06:48:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 263 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Paul A. Newman releases ‘Murder at the Maple Festival’

CHARDON, Ohio – The city of Chardon in Geauga County Ohio is known for its maple syrup industry. The annual Geauga County Maple Festival is a four-day celebration that takes place on the Chardon Square the last weekend in April. But tragedy strikes at the festival when a local judge is found murdered.

You can buy the book here.

“Murder at the Maple Festival” written by Paul A. Newman tells the story of Fred Newman, attorney in the small town of Chardon and President of the Maple Festival who is the prime suspect in the murder of local judge Earl William Kuhmer on a typical Maple Festival Friday. Several of the townspeople are called before the court, and Fred takes it upon himself to represent his fellow citizens. However, he soon seems even more suspicious when he represents another attorney, which only causes additional small town trouble. And now, it will take further investigation and the help of a local police officer to clear Fred’s name and save the famous celebration.

“This book will appeal to local readers because there are many names in it and most of them are accurate,” says Newman. “I have sold 110 copies of this book in two weeks and the public library has 60 holds on the book. There is a complete history of the Festival depicted in the book. Anyone interested in the Festival, will like the book.”

A entertaining murder mystery novel,  “Murder at the Maple Festival” shares a riveting tale of murder that will get readers immerse through the investigation of a crime and will keep them guessing who the real culprit is.


Permalink 06:24:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 316 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Author details redemption from demonic forces in new book

Raquel Aleman was only eight years old when she began hearing voices and seeing supernatural manifestations. She shares her story of redemption and details her experiences with the demonic forces that haunted her for decades in the new book, The Demons Within (Heritage Builders Publishing). This book serves as an inspiration and spiritual guide for anyone who is suffering or who has a friend or loved one suffering from similar issues, and is an uplifting, riveting story for all readers.

You can buy the book here.

Aleman didn’t know why entities tormented and surrounded her on a daily basis even as a child, but she did know that the phenomenon started days after her uncle had attempted to rape her for the third time. 

Forced into an arranged marriage, she naively believed that when she moved away with her new husband, the invisible beings and voices that tormented her were going to stay behind. But she was wrong. Six days into the marriage, Aleman comes to the realization that the man she’s now sharing her life with is a controlling, abusive, and womanizing drunk. 

After being physically attacked and tormented by the invisible beings on a daily basis and living in an abusive and loveless marriage for twelve years, Aleman loses all hope of ever being free. She becomes distrustful, chronically depressed, and suffers from anxiety attacks, nightmares, and innumerable phobias. For the sake of her children and in her desperation, she turns to psychiatrists, priests, mediums, and curanderos. She unknowingly opens the door to an even darker and more dangerous realm. 

For more information, visit

About the Author
In 1995, Raquel Aleman started a video ministry for the purpose of encouraging, uplifting and changing people’s lives. For 12 years, she housed and nurtured drug addicts, prostitutes, runaways, and saw God change their lives. Today, Aleman travels worldwide to help victims of spousal abuse, child molestation, and demonic oppression. Raquel lives in the Fresno, California area.


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Ohioans encouraged to prepare for severe spring weather

COLUMBUS – You can never be too prepared for severe weather. During Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week March 1-7, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is providing information to help Ohioans keep themselves, loved ones and property safe in advance of Ohio’s volatile spring weather season and tips outlining steps to take if a weather event were to occur.

“For the last several years Ohioans have experienced significant weather situations involving flooding, thunderstorms, damaging winds and tornadoes,” Taylor said. “I strongly encourage folks to set aside time to review their insurance protection – including need for flood insurance – with their agent to ensure they are adequately protected if financial loss is experienced.”

Flood insurance is not included in a typical homeowner’s and renter’s policy. It is instead made available by a federal program. There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage becomes effective. You should also inquire with your agent if coverage for damage caused by a sewer or drain back-up is available and appropriate to add to your policy.

Advance Insurance Planning Tips:

  • Be sure you have adequate insurance coverage and deductibles that are reasonable for your needs.
  • Damage caused by rain, hail, lightning and tornadoes are generally covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy and an auto insurance policy’s “comprehensive” or “other than collision” coverage.
  • Call your agent or the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at 1-888-379-9531 and visit to learn more about flood insurance.
  • Download the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) home inventory app from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay. A paper version is available at Include as many details as you need and take photos of your possessions.

Post Storm Recovery and Insurance Tips:

  • Call your insurance agent or company as soon as you can. Be sure your agent knows how to contact you, especially if you have to move out of your home.
  • Take reasonable steps to prevent additional damage if permitted by public safety authorities and if you will not endanger yourself.
  • Closely inspect your property and cars for damage. Note and photograph any damage.
  • If required to seek temporary housing, check your homeowner’s insurance policy for “loss of use” coverage.
  • Be sure everything is considered in your claim. Back up claims with written estimates.   

How to Avoid Contractor Fraud:

  • Obtain a list of reputable contractors from your insurance company, the Better Business Bureau or a specialized consumer organization.
  • Contact multiple contractors and obtain more than one estimate. Do not allow a contractor to inspect your property when you are not home.
  • If you give a contractor permission to inspect your property, personally watch them conduct the inspection.
  • Obtain the terms and conditions of the project in writing.
  • Avoid signing a contract until the document is reviewed fully and/or discuss the terms of the contract with a legal representative or a trusted adviser.
  • Pay the contractor by check or credit card, rather than in cash, and do not pay in full until all work has been finished.

Ohioans can visit the Department’s Severe Weather Awareness Toolkit at and call 800-686-1526 with insurance questions. Those who have been victimized by contractor fraud should contact the Department’s fraud hotline at 800-686-1527. You can follow the Ohio Department of Insurance on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit for important weather safety information produced by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

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