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Columns

  • Age is a question of mind over matter...

    Recently I turned 27, so I thought maybe I needed to go to the eye doctor as I started to notice my vision was slipping. I always thought of myself as fortunate when it came to the matter of glasses because everyone has them.

  • Chestnut weevil thwarts this year’s harvest

    Do you have the worms in your chestnuts well, I am afraid I am in the same boat. We have chestnut weevils. I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons. It shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade. The sheep graze and even munch on fallen nut meat. In other areas, we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings. The pecans are clean as a whistle this year but the chestnuts are a bust.  
    In the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut tree,

  • Life doesn’t always go as planned

    The summer before your senior year is supposed to be one of the most memorable times of your life.
    You spend as much time as possible with all of the people you’ve grown to know and love, knowing that in one short year you will all go your separate ways.
    It’s a time where you do anything and everything that you can simply to be doing something.
    This is the time of your life that you make memories that will last for the rest of your life.

  • Mother-in-law leaves lesson of courage

    My mother-in-law, the strongest woman I know, left this Earth on Saturday, Sept. 8.


    How do you tell your wife that everything is going to be OK when you can only imagine how her insides are being ripped open?


    How do you explain to your 5-year-old that his Grandma, the woman who bathed him in her sink as a baby and helped him find Easter eggs in her front yard as a toddler, is gone?


    How do you allow yourself to grieve while trying to hold it together for everyone else who needs you to be the rock, that person to lean on?

  • Drought, heat causes stress

    “Newly transplanted trees must remain hydrated in order for the natural process of root system regeneration to begin,” writes Roger Harris, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. This is something that has been repeated countless time this summer by many in the green industry, yet, I fear, some homeowners may have turned a deaf ear.  

  • Empowering students for college

  • Joyce Doyle loves kids

    You can’t be around her for long without realizing that she loves other people’s children and has a sincere desire for them all to succeed.
    She has spent two careers working with and around the children of Grant County.

  • It takes all of us to cover Grant County

    It’s hard to believe that our children have been in school for a week already. I’m still wondering what happened to summer?
    When the students return to school, the News staff gears up to cover as many school and sporting events that we can.
    Believe me, there’s enough activitiy at the schools alone to keep us busy 24/7, throw in all the community events and a 40-hour work week quickly turns in 50 plus hours.

  • Worst Vacation Ever

    Sometimes when you have high hopes for something, you end up falling flat on your face.


    That’s exactly what happened when I planned a weekend trip to Holiday World recently with my 5-year-old son, my best friend and his 5-year-old son.

    The stage was set for a marvelous time, a boys’ weekend featuring father-son bonding, catch-up time with my friend and a fun amusement/water park.

    Boy, was I wrong.

  • Aunt Lucy gives 100 years of love

    When I was a child, someone in their 30s was just plain old.
    When I advanced to my 20s, it seemed that 40-year-olds were fogeys.

    When I hit the 30s, anyone in their 50s seemed over the hill.
    Now that I’m in my 40s, I’m beginning to think that age is just a number.

    I mean I don’t feel old and I really don’t plan on getting old as long as they continue to make hair dye in little bottles.