From The Editor

Gargantuan gobbles small business

What types of businesses do you think keep our local economy humming along?


Rick Gray

Nebraska, part two

One hazard of beginning a two-parter in a weekly paper is that events occasionally supervene – forcing your humble columnist to choose between a timely response to events, or finishing what he has started.


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-Robbinson

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

That time of the year

I have just returned from the other side of the world, where it was summer. There were no air conditioners or fans, and things remained toasty, long into the night. A much different weather picture has been drawn here though. Cold temperatures, coupled with snow and ice, have made for a tough time for some.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max celebrates

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Well, I have to get this out of the way the very first thing...BUCKEYES NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS..YEA! Oh, that felt good getting that out of my system and I promise I will not bring up the subject again


Dr. Todd Reynolds


Though not proven scientifically, the cold weather often seems to exacerbate arthritis pain in many individuals. Arthritis is the general medical term for any type of inflammation in a joint. Most individuals that suffer from arthritis pain have osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, DJD).


Gardening With Gita

Try looking for clues in Latin names

As I began preparing this column a week or so back, we were treated to our share of wintry weather precipitation, which really is not very uncommon for this time of the year; with sleet falling since wee hours of the morning and continuing for a good part of the day including the following night


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

Endless Winter

It seems like Christmas was just a dream at this point, and we are not even a month away from it yet. The build-up to the holiday is always so much fun, excitement, the children bouncing here and there; and then the actual day gets here and you are meeting


Kristi Higgins

Chamber Gala: Evening full of surprises

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce held their annual gala last Thursday. The event chaired by member Carol Nitz with Networking Technologies and Support, Inc., was held at the Double Tree by Hilton. Black, white and silver attire was encouraged, but I do not believe everyone received the memo.


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.