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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Mayor Robert Bruce

Recently I attended a ceremony to honor a man whose name many of us recognize - Robert Bruce. The ceremony was held on a dark and cold Sunday evening at the Wetzel County Museum. I will have to say I anticipated that a great many people from the community would turn out to honor this man. Too ...

Memories of Radio Tubes

Recently Mary and I traveled to an antique flea market in nearby Pennsylvania. It has been many years since we attended the antique fair, and it has changed since were there 20 years ago. Back then, dealers from New York, New Jersey, and other states in the north east, brought items not usually ...

Along The Way, Lessons Learned

Each of us, most likely, has been influenced by teachers. They are those people who chose to make educating others their life's work. In school, teachers taught us how to read and write, as well as to understand our country's history. Beyond the fundamentals of our book learning education, they ...

Ektachrome and Me

As those of you who have read my stories for the last dozen years know, I enjoy photography. That simple fact is why I named my column, "Through the Lens." Years ago, those of us who spoke in terms such as, "F-stops" or "depth of field" were sometimes thought to be speaking in a foreign code. ...

The Thunder Returned

If you were anywhere near the downtown area this weekend, you heard the unmistakable sounds of racing boats. Our riverfront, once again, welcomed power boats from all over the country to come and enjoy our hospitality and all that the river offers. And if you remember our past history, the Ohio ...

Party Lines, Porch Swings and Screen Doors

I grew up in a time when party lines, porch swings and screen doors were very much part of most people's homes. The modern convenience of a small, economical window air conditioner had not yet over taken our country. People just accepted the heat of summer and went about their business. ...

The Legend of Dick Brookhover’s Elephants

In July, I wrote a story about the great elephant race on Main Street. After I published the story, I was reminded by Bill Witschey of an elephant story that has existed for a long time in our community. After listening, I wondered if it was the kind of a story that becomes a legend. And like ...

Catfish Jack’s Jar Of Toes: Part 8 of 8

As I sat there on my porch, listening to Sam Clemens story, I will admit it gave me a since of uneasiness. The thoughts of great monster fish below the river surface gave me pause. Samuel, sensing I was uneasy, said to me, "Well son, do you want me to go on with my story? It gets a little scary ...

Catfish Jack’s Jar of Toes: Part 7 of 8

The last few weeks I have been telling you the story Samuel Clemens chronicled to me. It is about Jack and his friend, Crow, and how they were performing their act for the first time, near the town of Cairo along the Mississippi River.Jack took to entertaining the eager crowd almost naturally. ...

Catfish Jack’s Jar Of Toes: Part 6 of 8

While Samuel sat next to me, he had dozed off while telling the story of Catfish Jack. Then, with a start, he awakened to look at me and began his story once again, as if he had not stopped..."Well, near Cairo on the Mississippi, they found the traveling sideshow. It was a rag tagged band of ...