FARMINGTON COLUMN

This is our first Thanksgiving at deer camp. Normally, I take my vacation this week to spend with the kids while I’m a “hunt widow.” With our newly-acquired spot at the campground, we decided to pack up the vehicles and drive down Friday night to spend the week with like-minded outdoorsmen a… Read more

The election is over and hopefully all the craziness surrounding it will soon settle down. In West Virginia, outcomes were as expected, but in Marion County, there were a few surprises. Despite what side you are on, it is time to get behind our elected officials and support them as they get … Read more

FARMINGTON COLUMN

“Come gather round the table to say a happy grace, for family and food and friends, and a smile on every face. The harvest now is over, the fields are clean and bare. For all the fruits are gathered in and stored away with care. The open fire burns cheerfully, the dancing flames leap high. A… Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

For almost 30 years of my life I had a safe place where I could go to when I was sure my life was falling apart — when things at home were not good, when school mates made attending school a nightmare or when I just needed to rest. Read more

Last week in this space I wrote about loving people across the aisle in politics. I invited you to listen to your neighbor who voted differently than you, and hear why they voted for President Trump or President-elect Joe Biden. If you haven’t done that yet, I encourage you to seek out your … Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

As I write this, many Americans and people across the world are waiting to hear who will be the next President of the United States. What we do know is it will either be President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

Re-entry planning took a great deal of energy over the summer months. Stakeholders examined various re-entry scenarios, consulted various guidance documents from the CDC, WVDE and local Health Department. These stakeholders identified pros and cons of many different models. Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

Halloween is upon us. It is a time when children gather candy dressed up in whatever suits them and their parents; a costume party traveling door to door of sorts. Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

We have all been impacted by COVID-19 in many ways. Families cannot get together, important events have been postponed, and our lives have been turned inside out. Chambers of Commerce have especially been affected as they are the “cheerleaders” for their business communities and when the bus… Read more

FAITH JOURNEYS

In times of societal upheaval, many become uneasy. This uneasiness often awakens a deeper need for some kind of assurance for stability. Outward pressures have a wearying effect on the emotions. What is it that gives the heart this stability? Read more

LOCAL PERSPECTIVES

Matthias is 12 years old, he is at his third school and doesn’t know any of his classmates. Read more

Faith Journeys

As the pandemic wears on, most of us are aware of a need for perseverance. Perseverance is “doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” In other words, it is “hanging in there.” Read more

As I write, I have been reflecting on the idea of the eyes of the Lord. I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe it is because the world seems so confused these days and I am wondering how God views things. Perhaps it is my own occasional feeling that God is examining me and my motives. Read more

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We are moving through our first month of school re-entry. Our school professional and service personnel have been diligently implementing practices aligned with COVID-19 protocols. We applaud school staff and families for being open to learning and adhering to safety practices that help keep… Read more

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