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Today's Features

  • Clyde Oliver is hanging up his scissors and shears after 50 years of cutting hair.
    That’s a lot of swept-up hair.
    Entering Clyde’s Barber Shop on Paris Street in downtown Williamstown is like being transported into a different era.
    Clyde mans the only barber’s chair in the shop and the focus is less on getting in and out and more on chatting with good friends.

  • From saving souls to shearing locks, Willie Ailstock sees similarities in pastoring and barbering.
    “I’ve always felt this profession (barbering) is a service profession,” he said. “You are serving your community and you should do it with a smile because you are enjoying it because you want to do it not because you have to.”
    Ailstock, who is the minister at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Williamstown, has opened his own barber shop next to Bruce’s Grocery in Mason.

  • When talking about the retirement phase of life, it is often referred to as the ‘golden years:’ a time for rest and relaxation, but more and more grandparents are finding themselves back in the role of parenting.

    Far from kicking back and living a life of leisure, they are helping with homework, attending parent-teacher conferences and sometimes chasing after toddlers.

  • Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers.  There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be.  Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • To understand the title of this article you must first consider the condition in which lepers lived. Every case of leprosy was severe and could rarely be treated. You were considered an outcast and cursed if you had leprosy in Biblical times.
    Even when entering a community or populated area, the leper had to hold a rag over their face and cry, “Unclean, Unclean!” The disease would start out as white spots on the flesh, and would over time consume the body.

  • One of the things I love about the Bible is the fact that it is full of grand illustrations put on by the Grand Illustrator. In the Old Testament especially, God uses illustrations to prove his point to his prophets and his people.

  • Noodles
    Florentine
    Ingredients:
    8 ounces whole wheat egg noodles
    3 tablespoons butter
    4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    2 cups fat-free milk
    2 cups low-fat cheddar cheese
    1 ½ cups diced, low sodium cooked ham
    10 ounces fresh spinach, cooked and drained
    ¼ cup bread crumbs
    Yield:
    8, 1½ cup servings

    Directions:

  • Our country has recently inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. There are many who are applauding him as the new president and others who disregard, reject, or even hate President Trump.
    Our nation is divided; Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive, fundamentalist, Black Lives Matter, racial tensions, etc. Sadly, the state of the union appears to spiraling down a slippery slope of immorality, hatred of another, intolerance, lack of ethics and integrity, etc.

  • On edge of the wilderness stood the children of Israel, as they were inching closer to the land God had promised them. Moses called upon the leaders from each of the 12 tribes to go beyond where they were and explore the land, which God said they could possess. Shammua represented the tribe of Rueben.

  • The women who attend the Loving Stitchers Club laugh easily and often, and just as quickly shed a tear as they recall difficult times and the encouragement they received from each other.

    The club, which meets every Friday at 10 a.m., is one of two specialty clubs that are part of the Grant County Extension programs.

    It is the newest club where women come together around swatches of colorful print fabric and humming sewing machines.