The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging. As we continue planning for returning to school in August, we must also make sure that our plan has considerations, in all aspects, to foster the overall health and well-being of our students, staff and community members. We have cont… Read more


The times we are living in right now are like a blast from the past! Read more

July is a popular month for birthdays around here. My baby sister turned 33 Wednesday (and still doesn’t drive on the interstate) and in a few short weeks I turn 38. We have added friends to our birth month list over the years (and a couple of their babies), and when we gained Rudy into the … Read more

We live in a new world. Business as usual is no longer the catch phrase for the small business industry and the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has and will continue to have a devastating impact on small businesses and hourly workers. Most came to a complete stop in March laying off employees… Read more


1 John 4:20: "Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen." Read more

For the past eight years, we have held an annual baby shower for expectant families in Marion County. Two years ago, we shifted from a “baby shower” format to a “Connection Café” for new parents, hoping to draw some of the fathers, as well as the expectant mothers. Read more

The biological and unchanging law of reproduction allows a man to be a father. The title “father” is not earned and is a statement of fact. But beyond this title, and with much effort, love, and personal communication, this title can and should evolve into the endearing name of “dad.” Read more

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Read more

It is commencement time again, and graduates will be given valuable advice on success in their oncoming life adventure. My thoughts concerning what I would tell the graduates stems from reflecting on two of my own life events: the high school graduation of our last grandchild and the birth o… Read more


This year has presented various challenges for us in maintaining the high quality of education we are accustomed to providing our students. Staff of Marion County Schools are completing the final tasks to close the 2019-2020 school year. Obstacles of this year’s closure will extend it throug… Read more


Stephen King is most noted for his horror and suspense. His books range from the really out there to those that leave you haunted and questioning the world as you know it. Read more


Luke 11:2-4: He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’ Read more


“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place” — Acts 2:1 Read more


Is there anything any more beautiful than the rhododendron blooms? Everywhere you go you can see them in our area. The flowers at the stoplight at the Commons are pretty too, and if you go down Route 73 past Boothsville, you can see hundreds and hundreds of them in white and lavender along t… Read more


For a spell last week, it seemed that all that was needed to get the greenlight to reopen a certain type of business was to call Gov. Jim Justice. Read more

MORGANTOWN — Coach Neal Brown is not only building football teams in his program as it enters its second year at West Virginia, but he plans to build men, too, out of his players as he introduced the “The 5th Quarter Program.” Read more


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