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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...

Preacher’s Corner: Washing Our Hands—and Souls

If you haven’t heard, it might be too late already. It’s flu season—or should we say, flu seasons. Not only do we have to...

Thoughts on Leadership

It’s that season again.  While it’s true, the air is cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn and pumpkins are beginning to appear –...

Laughter is the Best Commission

Every day is an adventure in the world of outside sales.  Whether it is a customer assailing your lineage or hoping that a comet...

Chicago’s South Side . . .Then and Now

Last week there was an arresting story on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Reporter David Schaper chronicled the events leading up to the beating death of...

Yelling Ends All Possible Hope for Progress

Recently while talking to a parent of teenagers a comment was made about speaking the “universal language” in their home. I said, “Oh, you...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: Mary’s Sweet Bunco Mix

Friendships, we all have them - Some deep, some casual, some ever-changing, some solid as a rock. Like with anything in life, we...