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Snake Oil

June 18, 2014 A hundred years ago if you were to attend a county fair or even visit your local drug store, you may have purchased a bottle of snake oil to cure what ails you. more »»

Remembrance Of D-Day

June 4, 2014 This Friday will be the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe, remembered as “D-Day”. General Dwight D. more »»

West Virginia’s “Mountain Monsters”

May 28, 2014 Growing up in West Virginia, I looked for adventure in the deep woods where sunlight filtered through green leaves to the ground below. more »»

Ohio Valley River Museum

May 7, 2014 Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a nearby museum dedicated to the Ohio River and the surrounding community’s history. more »»


April 23, 2014 Do you have a junk drawer in your house? Or perhaps an old shoe box stuffed in the top of the closet. If you do you are like most people, I believe, in this country. more »»

Smile When You Slide Home

April 2, 2014 After a long winter, spring returns with the sound of “Play Ball”.  For nearly 170 years, baseball has been played in our country. more »»

Thank You Charmin

March 19, 2014 Before you let your mind stray too far at the title of this week’s column let me set you at ease. This week’s story is about an act of kindness from a stranger. more »»

Agony of Defeat

March 5, 2014 The recent XXII Winter Olympics reminded me of the Wide World of Sports on CBS in the early-1970. more »»

Tom’s Tractor

February 26, 2014 This week’s story was written by my friend, Debbie Ice, of Jacksonburg. Debbie is a gifted storyteller, author, and editor. more »»


February 12, 2014 February is the month of love. Well, at least the retail stores want you to believe that. We are expected to give the one we love a box of candy or a card that spells out our undying lov. more »»

Ice Operations

February 5, 2014 Over the last few weeks, we all have had to deal with the problems created when Mother Nature sends a Polar Vortex or an Arctic Express our way. more »»

Global Warming

January 29, 2014 I realize we are in the heart of winter, but how about a little help from global warming? For years we have heard predictions of the world warming. more »»

Our Voice

January 22, 2014 When the founding fathers of our country decided to add amendments to the constitution to protect individual rights, the protection to use our voice was part of the first amendment. more »»


December 31, 2013 Looking back 100 years to the beginning of 1914, the citizens of New Martinsville were wondering about income tax and how it would affect them. more »»

Road To Bethlehem

December 24, 2013 My name is Reuben, this name given to me upon my birth into the world of man. The tribal elders tell me it means “he who sees the son”. My father tells me it is the name of a seeker or a pilgri. more »»


December 18, 2013 For nearly 18 centuries we have celebrated Christmas on Dec. 25. more »»

Round John Virgil

December 11, 2013 It is the time of year more than any other, we are surrounded by music. more »»

A Picture For You

December 4, 2013 It is thought that the first attempts at capturing images were in the early 1800’s. more »»

Lost In The Pages

October 30, 2013 Recently my wife and I spent some time enjoying the warm southern breezes on a white sandy beach. more »»

Sounds Of The Season

October 16, 2013 As I have grown older, I have begun to realize that each season has its own sounds. more »»



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