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I have more car stories to tell than pennies in a kid's piggy bank, or finches and sparrows at a bird feeder on a cold winter day. more
If you grew up more than 50 years ago you are likely a storehouse of obsolete, if not completely worthless, skills. more
I grew up on Walker Street. Reese School was close by. The Walker Street grocery store, where Elbe’s gourmet specialty was chocolate covered grasshoppers, was also nearby. more
At this time of thankfulness, Summersville Branch Library is so very thankful to this newspaper for publishing our news and photos of library activities throughout the year. Many readers who may never have the opportunity to physically walk through our library door read this column and feel as if they are part of our library family. They are. more
It’s not uncommon for folks with farms or gardens to bring homegrown foods to the Thanksgiving dinner table. more
The Willow Springs Tuesday Study Club met Nov. 15 at the Willow Springs Senior Center for a regular business meeting. After a brief discussion of club business, Mary Knott, who was also hostess of the meeting, gave a wonderful presentation on Byers’ Choice Carolers, an art form of people caroling, which are just one of the things that she’s collected. She started collecting with the Christmas Carolers. The ones she had displayed on the tables at the meeting are from the Fall and Harvest collections. more
I go places, I see people I know and think, “Now, there’s a story.” I realize that the stories written are only a glimpse of who these people are. more
I should not need to break the law to drive safely. more
The Summersville Library’s Coffee Club group is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Workshop for adults-only at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Seating is limited to 12, so preregistration is needed. Contact the library for important info. more
With Veterans Day freshly behind us, I catch myself reflecting on its significance. It occurs to me that at some point in my adult life, Veterans Day transitioned from a day in which I reflect on the lives and service of my grandfather and his peers in WWII, and my parents' generation as impacted by Vietnam. more
As a U.S. Air Force veteran — not a war hero or anything close — I appreciate veteran discounts at places such as Freddy’s restaurants and Lowe’s building supply. Though not handicapped, I don’t hesitate to use parking reserved for veterans, either. more
There really was a time when life seemed simple and not so complicated. In “Life Through the Seasons: A Story Collection,” John Comer reflects on those times. In his personal memoir, he describes life through the eyes of a farm boy growing up in rural Missouri during the 1940s and 1950s. more
Though it’s not everyone’s pick, I’ve read several books lately on the Holocaust era. Of those I’ve read, I was enthralled with Heather Morris’ “Three Sisters” the most; maybe because it was based on a true story, but mainly because it was so well-written. more
I have dozens of coffee cups, each with its own history. more
Hello Howell County! more
In farming and gardening, “a tough row to hoe” describes a large, challenging task. A row that is long or involves hoeing with a lot of rocks or roots. more
My faith assures me we are all wonderfully made by and in the image of God, and in that we are all the same; but my education tells me we are each imbued with the DNA of generations of our ancestors, and in that we are each unique. Who we are or will become is further shaped by our world and experiences even before we leave the womb, foreshadowing the formative influences we are subject to throughout our lives. more
Royalty filled the library, kings and queens at least, on Saturday, Oct. 22, while the Summersville Chess Club held its first tournament since forming. more
Oct. 18 meeting more
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hectic nature of our everyday lives. Toting kids to and from school, activities at all hours, putting in a solid day’s work and getting meals on the table often means that from the moment your eyes open to the time they close, it’s hard to process anything else. Yet the world is full of other problems, including ongoing problems with COVID-19, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and inflation hitting our grocery and gas pump bills. It’s all just exhausting, and this is only a tiny sample of our daily concerns.  more
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