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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.

  • 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.

  • I realize there are many people that are genuinely concerned for our nation. We knew all along that whoever won the election, there would be a large amount of strife, worry and disappointment but we pray and hope that over time, we will agree to press forward and keep our focus on God.
    We are never going to agree about everything but we can at least put forth an effort to work together and be unified on the issues we feel the same about.

  • Imagine with me that you are starting a rebuild project on an old car, where would you start this project? What is the most important thing that must be working in a car? This question is rhetorical because you know the answer. You would start with the engine. Otherwise this car is just a yard ornament, which there are a lot of yard ornaments in Grant County (no offense).

  • What does it mean to “be holy?” What does holiness look like?
    Apostle Peter quoted in his epistle in 1 Peter 1:16, from the Old Testament book of Leviticus of the Bible. He was addressing the Jewish believers in Christ, new Christian converts who were dispersed into various parts of the Middle East.
    He was making a point in his letter declaring the necessity of living a holy life that is revealed in a demeanor of conforming to the Holy Spirit leading.

  • By the time I left the newsroom I was ready to rip out my hair or stick a hot poker in my ears.

    All day the noise and commotion drove me to distraction -- and it had been a fairly quiet day. I was alone in the pod I share with two other reporters and my phone only rang once.