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December 18, 2018

With one week left until Christmas, and a little over two weeks left until the new year, I wanted to take this time to ask the bearded guy - no, not me - Santa Claus for some special gifts this Christmas.

For our editor for both the Wetzel Chronicle and Tyler Star News, some extra strength Tylenol for all the headaches she gets this time around, trying to make sure both papers are right and getting all the Santa letters published for all to see what the children want to have under their tree.

Besides the Tylenol, she has been a very good girl trying to make everyone happy and get everything right. I would like for the Big Man to make that special effort to give her a week off to be able to relax and get herself rejuvenated.

For my partner-in-crime, Ed Parsons, another trip with his better half and my lovely bride to Cleveland to see the Rock-n-Roll Hall Of Fame. We didn't get to go the last time we were there, and of course, another trip to listen to Brad Paisley and Hank Williams, Jr. When we were there, the concert was cut short, and we would have loved to get to see the whole show.

To Dave Cisar, another trip to the WVSSAC State-A Baseball Championship with his grandson pitching the deciding championship game. He, along with Bob Montgomery, have been a pair of coaches I have admired since taking this reporter's job.

Another coach I would like Santa to bring something special to is Hundred boys basketball coach Virgil Wilkins, a sectional championship that will turn Hundred into recurring champions.

I want all my coaches to win a state title, but I don't want to get to greedy. But, staying with Hundred, I really want Katherine Henderson to get another State Track appearance, and this time, win it all. She has been there three straight years and deserves to taste victory. Staying with Hundred, I would like for Travis McCoy to be able to get that triple-double he has been working to get, as well as that dunk in a game that I'm covering. Also, I would like Santa to give Cody Soles the next 1,000 point scorer.

Over at River, I would like another Lukas Isaly-type player to come along, and I believe it won't be long until he wears the Red and Gray. At Valley, I just want them to get the kids to come out for baseball this year, and to get their football team back in the playoffs.

At Paden City, I would love for Coach Brent Croasmun to get the due that he deserves and get the backing of all who has ever worn the Green and White.

Besides Coach Cisar, I would like to get the girls softball team a trip to Parkersburg this season, as well as Meredith Pilant and the girls basketball team to return to Charleston.

As an athlete, I would love to see three or four guys make it to Huntington in the state wrestling tournament. Then there is Mady Winters.

She told me, when she was a small kid in junior high, she wanted to break her brother Mark's scoring record and wanted to top it off as one of the greatest female athletes to ever wear the Blue and Gold at Magnolia.

I wish the rest of my fellow workers at the Wetzel Chronicle and Tyler Star News, as well as my past coworkers Bill Abraham and Amy Witschey, the best in whatever life gives them, as well as all the many coaches and players. But, the thing I want for every reader, the most, is be happy that you have a local paper that truly wants to put out a nice product, and will continue to support us - as well as your Wetzel, Tyler and River athletes and coaches.

On a sad note, I lost a dear Church Family member in Paul Cain, who lost his battle against cancer. Most people knew Paul. Besides being a Christian, and married to his sweetheart for over 60 years in Donna Joe, he was a great Magnolia and West Virginia Mountaineer fan. We talked almost every Sunday about Magnolia and WVU sports. He had a nice grip for a man of 90 years, as well as his wit. I will miss his friendship a lot.

In the past several years I have lost many friends as well as close UMWA guys I worked with in my 27 and a half years in the coal mine at #4.

We aren't getting any younger, and I'm afraid I will lose a lot more - if I don't go before. That's why we All MUST be right in the Lord.

That's why I hope that Santa brings us all the love of God, and for everyone that is a non-believer, to see the light and get yourself right.



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