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Sound of a crying woman leads to letter’s discovery

This Christmas season many people across the nation will watch Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," in which Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. He is reminded of his past and what will become of him unless he changes, leaving it up to ...

The changing face of news

Last week, we got a visit from Mark Suek, a former sportswriter for The Parkersburg Sentinel, and Carl Denbow, who was a co-adviser of The Parthenon at Marshall University, in 1970. The two men wanted to talk about a scholarship, for which funds are being raised, that would honor Jeff Nathan, a ...

Right-to-work is right for West Virginia

The West Virginia legislature has signaled that it will take up a right-to-work (RTW) bill in the 2016 session, which begins in January. They absolutely should address this issue and for the sake of West Virginia's economy and workers, pass it as quickly as possible.RTW legislation is pretty ...

Election may present a unique situation

Qualified voters in the 3rd Senatorial District will have the unique opportunity to nominate and elect two state senators in 2016. This situation exists because the incumbent senator from Wood resigned leaving Wood without a senator. A Roane County resident was appointed as his replacement. ...

Year in review for the downtown area

Downtown PKB would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, sponsors, board and committee members, downtown businesses, collaborative partners, volunteers and the community for making 2015 a great year. One of my duties as the executive director of a non-profit organization is to ...

Christmas party fare to enjoy

Christmas is just five days away! You still have time to finish anything that just has to be done. Now, if you are really organized, everything is ready for Christmas and you get to spend these next few days enjoying them. Most schools are closed, so you can spend lots of time with the ...

Healthy eating with Oliver

Since December is coming to a close, and January is traditionally the time when many make New Year's resolutions to eat better, now is a good chance to check out Jamie Oliver's "Everyday Super Food."Oliver says this book is what he hopes will inspire and empoower readers to eat healthier and ...

Most wonderful time of year

Hard to believe that another week has flown by. It is amazing how much a person can accomplish if they are faced with a deadline.This was the week that I finally found the time to decorate our own home for Christmas. I just finished decorating the thirteenth and final Christmas tree for our ...

Book gifts for romance, women’s fiction

There's still time to get a romance or women's fiction novel for the lady on your list! First from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Cat Johnson comes "Midnight Wrangler."Widower Rohn is a successful rancher who has never quite forgotten his high school sweetheart, Bonnie. But she ...

Custom sewing dummy — part two: stuffing

Getting a duct-tape sewing dummy to stay in place on a pole is harder than one would think.Imagine me sitting and staring at the post that would be the dummy's home for over an hour, mulling through how to get it to stay in place, all while petting Mari like I was some sort of science-fiction ...

Students of the month honored

Beverly-Center Elementary School has announced their 'Student of the Month' honorees for November. Named students are: Kindergarten - Rayken Guiler and Harrison Miller; First Grade - Kaley Good and Tannar Lewis; Second Grade - Karissa Hale and Dayne Miller; Third Grade - Hayley Shaffer and ...

Sunday morning bells of Savannah

The Sunday Morning Bells of SavannahThe salty air catches a soft spring breeze from the marshland. Combine that with the scent of the azaleas in bloom and the mixture is a "you have to be there" moment. It is Sunday and the bells of Sunday morning worship service echo through the narrow ...

Morning of Christmas

Every year readers ask me to reprint my Christmas poem, which first appeared in 1988. After the dust settles on Christmas morning, read it aloud to the kids and grandkids and see how many of the featured birds you can spot at your feeders.The Morning of Christmas(with apologies to Clement C. ...

Visiting Randy Travis in Texas

Chuck Lipps of Little Hocking believes Randy Travis will sing again someday.Lipps visited with country music star Travis and his wife, Mary, on Dec. 9 at their home in Tioga, Texas.Travis, 56, continues to recover from congestive heart failure, caused by viral cardiomyopathy, and a stroke that ...

Christmas spirit fills community

"Christmas" by Anna R. Henderson, December 1920Christmas bells are on the air,Christmas greetings everywhere,Echoing through the ages longHear we still the angel's song,Ringing sweetly now as then"Peace on earth good will to men."Take this little wreath of rhyme,Woven for this happy ...

‘Star Wars’ has comic history

Comic books have been a part of the "Star Wars" landscape for a long time.The first "Star Wars" comic was published by Marvel in 1977, the same year the original movie was released. The initial six issues adapted "A New Hope," but after that, according to an introduction in Dark Horse Comics' ...

Goodwin a question in race

Jeff Kessler and Jim Justice may be facing real competition in addition to each other for the Democrat nomination for governor. Speculation earlier this year that Booth Goodwin would get into the race gained fresh life last week.Goodwin, of Charleston, now has some time on his hands to think ...

Anyone else but Trump

Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate I can remember. Each time I tell myself not to worry about him, because he is appealing to the worst fears and impulses of a very small minority of voters, I am rewarded for my efforts with poll numbers that show him doing better than ...

Holiday recipes for peace and unwinding

Are you still happy and jolly? I hope so. If not and you are stressed to the hilt, sit down, have a nice quiet cup of tea, don't answer the phone or the door, and just rest for a few minutes. Be sure to find a quiet place where no one will bother you or even find you. Even the bathroom with the ...

Mediterranean cookbook for all

A new cookbook is out for those interested in the Mediterranean diet, or just in Mediterranean cooking with "The Mediterranean Family Table" (William Morrow, $29.99) by Angelo Acquista, M.D. with Laurie Anne Vandermolen.This cookbook has 125 Mediterranean recipes and has a section specifically ...