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Movies Without A Mask

Cleaning the windshield before you headed off to the movies was wasted time, especially during the summer months when flying insects by the hundreds couldn’t seem to get out of your way as you drove to the theater. Once parked there, you’d just have to wash the glass off again. Real movie ...

Giving Those Affected by COVID-19 Real Help

It’s been a tough couple of months as our nation-and the entire world-deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of us know someone who has been infected by the virus and some of us have lost loved ones as a result. We’ve become accustomed to the new norm of social distancing, ...

Tribute to Veterans in Cameron Features 898 Flags

A total of 898 American flags were placed on display Wednesday the “Field of Flags,” at the Veterans Park in Cameron. The flags joined several other military reminders in conjunction with Memorial Day. The others include a large American flag, a West Virginia flag, an American Legion ...

It’s Time to Return to Work in West Virginia

A few weeks ago, we told you how manufacturers had stepped up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The #CreatorsRespond effort has helped our first responders and health care workers meet the unpredictable demands of managing an unprecedented viral threat. Thanks to careful guidance from ...

Thank You For Masking

“How have you been?” It’s a more sincerely asked question these days, when we happen to meet people we know. “Fine. Thanks for asking” is the hoped-for response during the COVID-19 epidemic. It would be nice if we’d hear more of something like, “Fine. Thanks for ...

Safety Deemed Key to Reopening, Resuming Activities

“Plan” and “safety” are the two words most frequently used by individuals involved in upcoming events in Marshall County. One of those persons is Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White, who is getting ready for three attractions which will be taking place this Friday. Mini ...

Shutdowns Cost Lives, Too

You’ve heard of “the butterfly effect.” If not, the Cliff’s Notes version is that the most minuscule action on our planet can spread and, like ripples in a pond, grow until it has gargantuan effects. Well, the butterfly may turn out to be a lightweight, compared to the COVID-19 ...

Sitting Pretty

To open or to stay closed? If you’re in my at-risk age group, you are sitting safely at home debating the latest thinking on whether it’s time to reopen many businesses that have been shuttered since the COVID-19 pandemic took its neck-choking hold on daily life. Each day we learn about ...

Protecting Everyone In America

Black people are about 7.2% of the COVID-19 cases diagnosed in West Virginia, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. They are only 3.2% of the state’s population. What does that tell you? Not much, yet. What’s important is to find out why the coronavirus seems to ...

Mothers Are the Great Evangelists in Our Lives

How old am I? One of the big stories over the past few months before the coronavirus took over was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were quitting their duties as the royal family. I don’t know how many times that has happened, but I know they are not the first. Yet still, the act, the ...

Health Department Administrator Tom Cook Honored

Several members of the Marshall County Health Department staff this past week acknowledged one of their co-workers who plays a dual role in the community by posting a recognition on Facebook. That individual is Tom Cook, the MCHD’s administrator, who has also been involved in Boy Scouting ...

Avoiding Big-State Tyranny

I suppose we can thank COVID-19 for reminding us why we have safeguards such as the U.S. Senate and the Electoral College to defend us against the tyranny of too-big-to-fail states. Anytime the federal government steps in to rescue the economy, there are complaints that big banks, car ...

Each Step Holds A Memory

If you’re like me, working from home, time manages to slip away unnoticed. I have found that working at home has actually kept me glued to my seat for hours at a time. In the office, I often had reasons to walk about the room, visit other floors and go out among the populace to obtain ...

Wildness Important To Many

Check our website and our many digital offerings about the park, suggested one national park website after advising everything had been shut down due to COVID-19. So, viewing an online video is going to replace a walk in the spring woods? I don’t think so. Many national parks shut down ...

Being Connected Even If Not on the College Campus

I do not intend to speak for everyone during this pandemic, which is dividing an already divided society; divided on many subjects including politics, religion, economy, and now, how we deal with higher education during a pandemic. However, I will speak to how this pandemic has affected Belmont ...

Grand Vue Park Cabins, Other Facilities Set to Reopen

The cabins at Grand Vue Park were the last to close when the stay-at-home order was initiated as the result of COVID-19, and now the cabins will be among the first to reopen. GVP General Manager Craig White said Thursday that several of the 12 cabins will be occupied beginning today. White ...

Primary Offers Very Few Clues

More than 1.5 million Ohio voters were “disenfranchised” during the primary election this year. Don’t blame Republicans or Democrats, though. Blame COVID-19. Just 1.76 million people cast ballots in the election, the official date of which was Tuesday, according to unofficial returns ...

Keeping Each Other Safe

Each morning when I wake up, I keep thinking this day will be different. I will hear people singing in church, I will see children running about on playgrounds and I will notice parking lots filled with shoppers and workers. But then I remember. So I clear my head and face what is real. I ...

Only You Can Tell The Story

So, have you written it, yet? Your obituary, I mean. If not, get cracking. You never know... Last week’s column, on the wonderful things we learn about people from the obituaries published in the newspaper, drew a reaction from a faithful reader: She was “a little disappointed” I ...