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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...

Some Families Don’t Travel So Well . . . Or At All

I am not a big fan of summer.  Width challenged people (like me) normally don’t fare well in toasty climates, often producing enough perspiration to...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: End of Summer Vegetable Casserole

By Leigh Sackett I don’t think of summer as being just a "season" . . .   or even a state of mind -...

Planning for School Success – A Very Good Idea

Now, I am not saying that summer is almost over, but, school IS just around the corner.  Many kids in the area return to...

Growing Up In Prison

Most of my friends are unaware that I spent the summer in prison before moving to Roanoke in 1953. During my senior year at...

Preacher’s Corner: The Bread of Life – What Is It?

One of the strange things about us is that we have difficulty talking about what we find to be most important. And, the...

Health Care for Everyone: There Is No Quick Fix

Most believe that everyone should be covered by health insurance.  From that point on, no one agrees about anything.  That there are huge arguments...