From The Editor


The United States presidential election of 1972 was the first presidential election in which I was able to participate. Then President Richard Nixon was opposed by Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.


Rick Gray

It’s not working

The other day, I was out running errands with a friend, who wanted to stop by the AT&T store to ask about a voicemail issue. This gave me a few minutes to stroll around, looking at displays of shiny, brightly-lit devices.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Never what it seems

Firefighters respond to a wide variety of fires and situations, each and every day. When I was on the job, we considered the single-family dwelling fire our “bread and butter fire,” since it was the one that we fought the most.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max and critters

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off we want to make a big shout out to our sister…or brother… rogue tomato plant that was mentioned in the newspaper a few weeks ago.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Ebola Revisited

The Ebola virus epidemic continues to top the health news in recent weeks. Though I provided some general information on the topic several weeks ago, I felt it was necessary to provide an update due to the many developments in the last couple of months.


Gardening With Gita

Cool weather makes Fall chores less of a chore

Each season, with little doubt, always has something special to offer. So does fall: with summer heat behind us, it is a time to enjoy, to make the most of. Though short, days are delightfully crisp, especially when the sun is out, making one want to be outdoors


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

Halloween hilarity

It’s that spooky time of year; we have ghosts, ghouls and witches galore decorating the Lashley house. The children have agonized over what their get-ups will be this year, as Daddy and I groan inwardly each time the decision changes, which is daily.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.