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What used to glow falls victim to mowing

When I walked in the kitchen, I knew Better Half had been doing yard work in general, weed-whacking in particular. The evidence was on the kitchen island. No — not grass clippings or weeds and thankfully not the weed-whacker itself. But there were three little pitiful-looking displaced ...

Speakers show courage

It takes a lot of strength and courage and support from your family and friends to have played in the National Hockey League for 16 years. Same with Stage 3 colon cancer. Eddie Olczyk has experienced both, and he will be sharing the lessons he has learned along the way on Sept. 22, when he ...

History in the Hills: WSX Bulletin treasures

The Visitor Center at Historic Fort Steuben doubles as the headquarters of the Steubenville and Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. And that means we have a lot of visitors from all over the country who stop and visit us from hither and yon. After talking to visitors for a ...

Guest column/Let’s stop teen dating violence before it starts

Parents are roadmaps that their children tend to use to navigate their journeys through life. Some roadmaps are really good, others, not so much. But that doesn’t mean the roadmaps can’t be improved. In fact, the more parents are willing to learn, the better they get at parenting. And ...

Guest column/Building a stronger, healthier future

With a low cost and high quality of living, it’s no surprise that more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call Appalachia home. The 29 North Carolina counties that are a part of it offer great opportunities to families living in the region — welcoming communities, a strong small business ...

Joy in finding what you’re not looking for

I lifted my pillow and there it was. The recently purchased watch with a skinny black band, one I had picked out and later told Better Half that he had bought this on my behalf as a gift. And that was very thoughtful of him, I assured. I’m a watch girl, despite our access to the time of ...