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A Thanksgiving Litany

Thanksgiving. A particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Thanksgivings to Remember

Tomorrow is the day we have set aside in our country to give thanks for the things we share with family and friends. We also give thanks for the freedoms we have in our religious beliefs and personal life choices. We give thanks for all the men and women who in the past and present defend those ...

Trash talking

No, we’re not talking about sports teams or politics, we’re talking about real trash, the stuff you see piling up along the highways and by-ways, we’re talking about streams, creeks, neighborhoods, blighted areas of our communities and a complete disregard for mother nature. The area ...

Honoring our Veterans

What are veterans? Veterans are real life heroes, they are the ones who served in the military so others can enjoy the freedoms of the greatest country in the world. The stories told by many veterans can only touch on what many of these brave individuals experienced during their tours of duty ...

Honoring the American Veteran

Each November, we honor those who served their country in a branch of the military during times of war and in peace. The names on the military honor roll numbers in the millions. It is on Veterans Day, we honor those who have passed into the pages of history along with those still with us ...

Through the Lens: Welcome Riesbeck’s to Our Community

As the sun rose this morning over downtown New Martinsville, it will be the first time since 1944 it will not shine on a grocery business owned and operated by the Witschey family. As of yesterday, Bill Witschey and family no longer operate the downtown grocery we have known for most of our ...

Editorial for 11/4

This past week has been an eventful one. With COVID-19 consuming the minds of many, a lot of tough decisions have been made. When you’re talking about our youth and our elderly, there is never enough precaution that can be taken. However, our school admisistrators and community leaders are ...

Fuzzy Votes For The First Time

On the 21st of October, I along with Mary and Fuzzy voted in the national election. For Fuzzy, it was his very first time inside a voting booth. Before that day, Fuzzy had been relegated to a life of mundane task such as cleaning ears or applying makeup. Out of a box of hundreds, I selected ...

Exercise Your Right To Vote

All over the country we are seeing signs there will be a record voter turnout in the general election this year. While we see large lines of people lining up to cast their ballot in big cities, it was never expected that it would trickle down to the rural areas. Last Wednesday as Wetzel ...

Things in the Dark

Growing up outside New Martinsville gave the kids in my neighborhood the chance to play outside in nature. We had the woods, hollows and a nearby creek. By todays standard those places may not be as exciting as laser tag or video games, but for kids growing up in the sixties these places were ...