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Through The Lens: Christmas Around the World

December 24, 2019 Today is December the 25. The day each year in this country we celebrate Christmas. The tradition of Christmas goes back long before our country was known to the world. more »»

Through The Lens: The Forgotten Battleship

December 3, 2019 My column today is a story that has almost disappeared into the footnotes of our country’s history. It is the story of the battleship USS Utah. more »»

Through The Lens: Thanksgiving Nostalgia

November 26, 2019 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving 2019, it is late this year. That means Christmas is only three weeks away. So, if you haven’t gotten your Christmas shopping started, you are a week behind. more »»

Through The Lens: Letters to Veterans

November 20, 2019 Recently, I attended a Veteran’s program at the New Martinsville Middle School. By the time the program began, I estimated nearly fifty veterans were going to be in attendance. more »»

Through the Lens: The Jug

November 13, 2019 Not long ago, local artist E. Stanley Yost presented Gladys (Fletcher) Gregg with the original framed painting of the roadside stop, known as “The Jug. more »»

Through The Lens: Above the Riffle: Part 3

October 22, 2019 The next day Sam raced to return to the place above the riffle. But it was different than ever before. He did not stop and play in the water that swirled behind the stones. more »»

Through The Lens: Above the Riffle: Part 2

October 15, 2019 It was early June and the school year had just ended. more »»

Through The Lens: Looking at a Classic Chevy

September 24, 2019 Recently my column mentioned the AM radio in my old car. That car was a 1956 two door Chevy. more »»

Through The Lens: A Passage Into History

August 14, 2019 Last Saturday was among summer’s nicest days so far. Blue skies with soft clouds along with temperatures in the mid-seventies made it a perfect day for a river cruise. more »»

Paper Airplanes

April 17, 2019 If you read my columns you know I am inclined to reminisce about my past. And usually it’s my history here in Wetzel County. more »»

Elvis Comes to the Lincoln

March 28, 2019 In August of 1954 a young man’s first recorded songs were about to change music history. In Memphis, Elvis Presley burst into the world of rock-n-roll, and it would never be the same again. more »»

Our Five Senses

March 20, 2019 We go about our daily lives not giving much thought to our ability to see, hear, taste, smell and touch. We simply take these five senses for granted. more »»

Where Heroes Once Stood

March 6, 2019 Growing up in the 1950s, I remember the coming of television into our home. For television and me, we kind of started out together. more »»


February 13, 2019 You may have missed the story on the evening news, but it was reported that the small traditional candy hearts imprinted with romantic words may not be sold this year. more »»

Angel With One Wing: Part 4

December 26, 2018 In Jimmy’s mind he was in a place he did not recognize. His pain had lessened and no longer consumed his thoughts. The mountainside where he was lost, last night, now seemed far awa. more »»

Angel With One Wing: Part Three

December 19, 2018 The brilliant light that surrounded Emma quickly faded. Only the glow of her halo illuminated her presence. more »»

Angel With One Wing: Part 2

December 12, 2018 The night air in the Afghanistan Mountains had a cold touch of frost. Above the high barren hills, the cloudless heavens allowed the heat of the day to slip skyward. more »»

Angel With One Wing: Part 1 of 4

December 5, 2018 You first need to believe that angels really exist. You also must believe angels sometimes come from beyond the clouds and travel to earth when we need them. more »»

An Open Letter From Mr. Thomas Turkey

November 21, 2018 By Thomas Turkey I have taken pen in wing to write this letter to all of you who may be anticipating tomorrow’s meal of roasted turkey. more »»

A Night Inside The Lincoln Theater Alone: Part Two

October 31, 2018 On a rainy evening not long ago, I undertook a research project into the world of ghosts and things that go bump in the night. To be honest, I undertook this project with a good bit of skepticism. more »»



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