Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
(Ciaran Flannery/NGT)
October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.


August 27, 2013

Urbana Library Board Still Working On Separation Agreement

The Urbana Free Library's board met Tuesday night to discuss for the first time an early separation agreement with the library’s executive director. It met in closed session with the library’s attorney, and is still working on the agreement.


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