Ford bringing back Ranger – Bronco

2011 Ranger XLT (NADA photo)

2011 Ranger XLT (NADA photo)

This has been a blurb in several media sources and I could not find a full story.  Ford Motor Company is bringing back the mid size pickup the Ford Ranger in 2019, and the original SUV the Bronco in 2020.

The Ranger was produced from 1983-2011.  The resale value on them as well as the Chevy S 10 and GMC Somoma has been high because of consumer demand for the smaller truck.

1979 Bronco. My personal favorite body style of Ford Trucks in general

1979 Bronco. My personal favorite body style of Ford Trucks in general


The Bronco was produced from 1966-1996.  It had a smaller counterpart the Bronco II in the 1980’s-90’s.  The full size  Bronco was replaced by the Excursion in 1997.

It is noteworthy the Bronco was slated to be produced in Mexico. Now, it will be produced in Michigan.-sd

‘My Feelings Are Hurt’: Mariah Carey Says She Was ‘Foiled’ in New Year’s Eve Performance

mariah-careyI am an old coot before my time. I don’t get into pop culture. This story blew up on social media on New Years eve. This story does not go away so I am going to start following it…sd…. The 46-year-old pop star shared a nearly two-minute audio recording to her Twitter page Sunday morning in which she shared that she was “foiled” and “humiliated” by her Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve concert. “I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve and in time, I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirit and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world,” Carey said. “It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues, who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control.” The singer explained that dealing with conditions such as a crowd of thousands making noise and the cold temperatures made it “not practical” for a live performance. Carey said the situation was made worse by faulty ear pieces. Please click to read the story from People magazine.

Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox News for NBC

New York Times Photo

New York Times Photo

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon. The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage. The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms…..Please click to read the rest of the story from the New York Times

Debbie Reynolds dies at 84

Debbie Reynolds has died after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday, her son told The Associated Press. She was 84. Reynolds lost her daughter, Carrie Fisher, on Tuesday. Fisher died at a Los Angeles hospital days after suffering a heart attack on a plane last week. She was 60. “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Wednesday evening. He said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for Reynolds. “She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie,’ ” said Fisher. “And then she was gone.”…..Read the rest of the stories related to her tragic death from USA

Carrie Fisher passes

Carrie Fisher, the princess of Hollywood who became a young star playing a princess in Star Wars, died Tuesday after a heart attack

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in "Star Wars"

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in “Star Wars”

suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles Friday, according to Chelsea Hayes, a rep for Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. Fisher was 60. Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a United Airlines flight before landing at LAX Friday. Efforts were made to revive her, according to a series of tweets from other passengers. She was taken to a hospital in L.A. where she died four days later. The last update provided by Fisher’s family was on Sunday, Christmas Day, when her mother, Debbie Reynolds said Fisher was in stable condition. On Tuesday morning Lourd’s publicist released the following statement confirming her passing: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers” Please click the link to read the story from USA Today.

Princess Leah in ICU-suffers heart attack

Carrie Fisher has been hospitalized and is in intensive care after suffering a full cardiac arrest on Friday while aboard an airplane headed from London to Los Angeles. The actress was in critical

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in "Star Wars"

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in “Star Wars”

condition earlier in the day, an emergency official told Variety on Friday afternoon. She was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit hours later, her brother, Todd Fisher, said Friday evening. The actor and filmmaker said his sister is not in stable condition, despite previous reports. “She’s in the ICU and everybody’s praying for her,” he told Variety in a phone interview. “There’s nothing new from the doctors. There’s nothing new at all. … There’s no good news or bad news.” Todd Fisher said media outlets are “writing between the lines” in reporting that she’s now in stable condition. The Associated Press reported earlier today that Todd Fisher said Carrie Fisher was in stable condition and “out of emergency.” Airport police responded at approximately 12:15 p.m. PT to a woman with a medical emergency on a plane at LAX International Airport’s Terminal 7, public information officer Alicia Hernandez told Variety…..please read the rest of the story from

Social media linked to depression

NOTE: I feel there is a lot of truth to this. I am getting ready to also post this on Social Media right after posting on the website. Click on and read this social-media-collagearticle from Lauren Steussy of the New York post and comment what you think (when it is posted on social media). Here is a small excerpt from the article….Jason Zook started every morning by scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Vine, his blog and Facebook. It started to have an effect on the 33-year-old entrepreneur’s mental health. The San Diego resident was stressed, distracted and feeling like he could never fulfill the expectations he created in his digital world, where he amassed more than 33,000 followers. “You start your day looking at yourself compared to other people,” he says. “You feel behind, and you have other people’s opinions pressed upon you before you have a chance to have your own.”….

Mt. Zion Church performing “A Savior is Born”

The Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church will be performing the play. “A Savior is Born” tonight at their annual Christmas play and program mt-zion-signat 6:30 P.M.

From attending previous programs in the past, it is your old school, traditional, Christmas program that country churches frequently had in years gone by.

There will be soup, supper, snacks and most of all a time of fellowship after the service.

The church is located on South Thompsonville Road, 2 1/2 miles south of Thompsonville.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.


SIH will host Dinner & Trivia Night to benefit Arthritis Foundation

It is time to put your heads together for a good cause. The Arthritis Walk Team from Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) will host its sixth annual trivia night on Friday, March 21, at the Carterville Community Center. All proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

The cost per table is $200 in advance for up to eight people. There will be cash team prizes, a best decorated table award and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and play will begin at 7 p.m. A full dinner provided by Martin’s Catering will be served. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages.

Advance registration is preferred. To make a reservation or for more information please call The Second Act at SIH, toll free, at 1-877-480-4040.


New weekly column, “Faith Matters” coming to Franklin County News Online

Staff Report

Franklin County News-Online is pleased to announce a new weekly addition to our growing list of writers and columnists.

Pastors from the Sesser-Valier Ministerial Alliance will be contributing a column each week on a wide and diverse range of topics. The weekly endeavor — called “Faith Matters” – will run each Friday in FCN Online.

Owner/Publisher Jim Muir said he is excited about the new association with local pastors and believes the weekly column will provide commentary that will “inspire, motivate and add food for thought for our many readers.”

“While we were discussing the parameters of the weekly column the one item that was discussed the most was the content of the column,” said Muir. “I made it clear that I wanted to give the pastors a lot of freedom in their writing. I believe we will have columns that will range from what is happening at some local churches to points of view on national, state and local issues. I see this as being a great source of information for our readers, and more importantly I believe it will open a line of discussion on important issues.”

The Rev. Kirk Packer, president of the ministerial alliance and pastor of First Christian Church in Sesser, said he believes the weekly articles will be important in showing how faith is a part of our everyday life.

“One of the tragedies of our current culture is that many of us have bought the lie that our faith does not apply to the daily decisions of life.  This separation of faith and life has led us down a slope of darkness that will end in slavery,” said Packer.  “One of my hopes for this article is that through it we can show how faith impacts every facet of our lives and leads us to real freedom.  This truth flies in the face of the false notion that faith actually leads to oppression.  The history of the founding of our nation, affirms that faith applied to the core of all our decisions is actually the door to real freedom.”

Faith Matters will run each Friday in FCN Online and all the columns will be linked to Facebook.


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