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FRED FIRST: Landing on One’s Feet

. . .  and To be a Placed Person When You Get There In Floyd County—or any county in Southwest Virginia—there will be one or more well known peaks or...

MELINDA MYERS: Gear Up For The 2024 Garden Season

It’s never too early to prepare for the garden season ahead. Having the right tool...

ROBERT L. MARONIC: What Did Bill Clinton and Gavin Newsom Discuss In Tamarindo, Mexico? 

Special counsel Robert Hur's 388-page report, which was released on February 8, has effectively ended...

RANDY HUFF: Don’t Discount The Value of Words

Words. We live in a sea of them and can't live without them. They vex...

MIKE KEELER: Who Are We REALLY Celebrating?

On President’s Day weekend, it’s nice to know there are some things we can all...

Real Change for the New Year

How is your New Year’s resolution going?  Have you gotten back into the gym yet? Are you still avoiding that cup of coffee or...

The Best Laid Plans…

“The best- laid plans of mice and men / Go oft awry" .. Robert Burns , To a Mouse When our son...

Of Tots and Terrorism

The smoke is clearing . . . at least it seems to be happening.  The entire furor of the holidays has quieted. No missing...

Some Insights from Will and Ariel Durrant

In my last column I wrote about two extraordinary historians, Will and Ariel Durrant. Here are some of the stories, thoughts and wisdom from...

The Preacher’s Corner by Donna Hopkins Britt

“How was your Christmas?” my friend asked me. “Fine.” “What do you mean, ‘fine’?” she said with concern.  She had expected, “Great!” or “A blast!” ...

The Recipe of the Week from the Happy Chef: Scallops Risotto

Like 99.9% of all other Americans entering the New Year, I am on a health kick! But my resolution is not to start...