Local Columns

Keeping local mining history alive

Each year, the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park holds a dinner and auction to earn funds to keep their park, located on state Route 519, west of New Athens, preserved for future generations. It tells the story of surface mining, reclamation equipment and related materials ...

A new adventure in cooking

I was never taught the way of spices and sauces. When I made my way out into the world, oh so many years ago, I was of the opinion food should be boiled or scorched into submission. When it lost all color and flavor, that’s how I knew it was done. Our first Christmas together, the Long ...

We still help each other

The changes our region has witnessed during the past several years have had an affect on just about every part of of our lives. From how we earn our livings to where we shop and even how we help local charities, it seems that things are seldom the way we have always remembered them as ...

Memories of standing at the front door leave

I stood at the front doorway and watched as my visiting daughter backed her car out of the driveway, onto the road and headed up the highway. Off she went, returning to her own life and away from mine. I waved from my watch at the door, offering my little complimentary Queen Elizabeth ...

Guest column/Coalition believes in Democratic values

After watching the Democratic Party of Jefferson County fade from predominately blue in 2000, to light blue in 2008, pink in 2012 and red in 2016, a number of us who believe in the Democratic values of FDR, HST and JFK started a discussion of what we feel went wrong. We asked ourselves the ...

Today about celebrating motherhood

As new mothers we have all held our newborn child and thought, “I’m going to give you the world. You and I will be the best of friends; laughing in the sunshine; giggling as we run through mud puddles on rainy days; taking delight in eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a warped, ...

A different look at bestsellers

Everyone wants to read the latest bestseller, and the library’s hold lists are filled with people wanting to read whatever is “hot” on the bestseller lists. From the standpoint of a librarian who has worked in libraries for more than 46 years, I have a different view of bestseller lists ...

Keys locked in car an issue

It always seems that the Long Suffering Husband calls me with an emergency when I am on assignment. I’m sure he calls at other times; I just remember it better when he calls when I’m doing something else. It flusters me, and I want to run off and rescue him, but I have to be an adult and ...

Guest column/Education secretary’s role on school policy limited

Over the last several months, there has been considerable debate surrounding the nomination and confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Questions have been raised about her knowledge of education, management experience and policy positions on issues such as school choice and ...

Mothers should be honored on a weekly basis

Years ago, I spoke about a woman who once fretted over the usefulness of her life. She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference in their life. At times she got ...