Local Columns

It’s nice to see some ‘spirit’ returning

It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, with rain splattering my windows. The leaves had finally changed color, with many falling on the ground. In other words, it was perfect. It was finally feeling like autumn. With Halloween only a couple of days away, it was about time. Halloween ...

Overcoming the fears of farming

This week people will dress in costumes, perhaps they will attend parties, children will go trick or treating, some people may even dress up with the goal to scare someone. But, there are people who live in fear every day. There may be health problems, financial problems or other dark ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...

Promoting literacy community-wide

In today’s world, being able to read is needed more than ever. It goes far beyond just being able to enjoy a book or magazine, or even this newspaper, for example. Reading winds through so much of our lives, from writing to use of computers to traveling to shopping and many other ...

Good news, bad news in state’s business climate

There's good news and bad news in West Virginia's business climate. First the good. The Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall University just released their findings from McKinsey and Company's extensive analysis of the state's economy and future. The project, known ...

Looking for a few good community leaders

It’s a good idea to get an infusion of new blood into the fabric of a community every once in a while. New people can bring a fresh perspective, with new ideas and opinions on the direction we are going, a particular project or even just the way things are done in general. If you don’t, ...

The myth of good people

I frequently run into people who think that they are good, and then they talk about "those" people who are bad. They frequently follow this with the idea that there should be sermons against those people. The first problem with this is that such sermons would not help the person making these ...

Jumpstart the day — stay off my nerves

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday — bright blue sky and warmth, a bonus fall day way more like summer. Fabulous. Better Half and I are motoring along, on our way after church and our small group Bible study that’s always a great way to jumpstart the week. Terrific. We are on the ...

How far should we go into electronic markets?

I’ve been known to make the occasional purchase through an online marketplace. I’m sure most of us have. It’s especially handy for the Christmas season, or if I happen to be looking for a hard-to-get item I otherwise might not be able to find locally. Whenever possible, though, I ...

Is God in your blind spot?

Mark 6:48 “And he saw them toiling in rowing…and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them…” Everyone who drives an automobile, sooner or later, experiences one of those “blind spot” moments — a time when you look in your rearview mirror and don’t see the car in ...