Student's coming forward leads to open adoption for 2 families

Penny and Kevin Burdette’s story actually began years ago. They had one biological son, named Reed, and were hoping for a second child. After several miscarriages, they were open to God growing their family through adoption. But how their prayer was answered was very unexpected. Penny was a school teacher at the time. One day, there was a…

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01 May 2016 [11:18 AM]
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01 May 2016 [02:46 AM]
Lindale community begins cleanup after Friday's tornadoes

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Lindale community begins cleanup after tornado hit Friday

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Don't repeat Prince's big mistake - make a will

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