Faith leaders and their congregations speak about the challenges they face as welcoming people of faith in light of recent violence in churches. Can they be secure and fulfill their mission of outreach?

Four other stories you should see are the Rotary Club welcomes veterans for a special tribute lunch, Moweaqua is still silent about its police situation, a soldier's death remains painful to his friend 50 years later and come meet the Herald & Review sports staff at the Lincoln Lounge.

Faithful remain true to church openness after shootings

The unlocked double doors swing open easily — an inviting, comforting sign that all are welcome at St. James Catholic Church for a recent morning Mass. The smiling face of the priest leading services from the altar makes the visit all the more serene.

In light of the shooting deaths of 26 people at a rural Baptist church in Texas on Nov. 5, some churchgoers may be forgiven if they should look askance at a stranger in their midst. Many churches have revisited security measures they hope will reassure their congregations. As flocks gathered this weekend in prayer, the message was as strong as ever: be vigilant, but be true.

Rotary lunch honors veterans spanning generations

Dozens of local military veterans, whose collective service spans from World War II to the 2010s, were honored by the Metropolitan Decatur Rotary Club on Friday in anticipation of Veteran's Day.

Tony Brewster, a veteran who served in the Marines during the 1990s, gave the keynote speech. Part of his message encouraged people in communities everywhere to reach out to a veteran this weekend.

Village of Moweaqua silent on next steps for police department

More than two weeks after the resignation of Moweaqua's police chief and its only full-time officer, village leaders have not said publicly how, or if, they plan to fill the positions or made any comment on reasons for the departures.

Former Chief Rob Maynard resigned Oct. 30, a day before he was to return from a one-week suspension, and officer Chad Lamb resigned earlier in October. Dozens of residents questioned the reasons for Maynard's suspension at a village meeting Oct. 24. Mayor Boomer Neece and board members said they could not comment on the disciplinary actions that preceded the two resignations but would be able to if Maynard signed a waiver allowing it.

Half century later, a soldier's death still still hurts

Today is Veterans Day, a time for Roger Drake to fondly but sadly remember his best friend, Leon Bryant, whom he regarded as a brother during their carefree days as Argenta-Oreana High School students, Class of 1961.

“We’d get in my dad’s truck and slide around the corn cribs with the other kids in the back,” Drake remembers of his family’s farmland on Mound Road, near where Richland Community College is today. “It’s a wonder we didn’t get anyone killed.”

Come meet the Herald & Review sports staff

Tuesday, Nov. 28, is a renewal of sorts for the Herald & Review sports department.

Though our staff has 55 years of combined experience at the H&R, in fairness, most of those belong to Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper, who began at the paper in 1974.

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