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A Hard Christmas Candy

Recently, my Mom reminded me of a song that Dolly Parton recorded in 1982, it is titled, “Hard Candy Christmas.” The song and its lyrics gave me reason to remember hard candy and its part in my memories of Christmas from long ago. Growing up in the sixties, hard candy was very much part ...

Light It Up!

I have always enjoyed decorating for Christmas. One of the great thrills of the Holy season is watching the transformation of local communities from plain old street and porch lights to the hanging of lights on electric poles and the addition of yard decorations and house brightenings. As a ...

Fixing the Roads Most Traveled

Keeping our highways safe and well maintained is a concern we all have. Recently we have noticed several repairs and paving projects to our main arteries and many of the back roads. Yet still a lot of work remains. While paving and fixing potholes can make it much easier to safely travel the ...

A Long the Way with Bill Talkington Part 2

In last week’s story I wrote about Bill and his early life. During those years he served three years in the Marines. Upon coming home he found work in construction as a lineman. After marrying Beulah in 1955, they moved to Fairmont where Bill worked for the Cofer Construction Company. ...

A Talk With Bill Talkington

On the 29th of July early in the day I stopped by Bill Talkington’s Gun Shop. I wanted to talk with him about the changes he had witnessed throughout his life when it came to the outdoors. For as long as I can remember Bill is the person whom I believe to be a true outdoorsman. I figured if ...

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 ...