Sausage Man and the belching smoke

Sausage Man and the belching smoke

The country singer and sausage king, Jimmy Dean, lived high above an expansive, picturesque section of the James River, on Chaffin’s Bluff in Va...

September 25th, 2018 |  


Every voice matters

Every voice matters

If there is one unique trait that needs to be exercised most often it is our voice. We crave to be heard. When another person really hears our words w...

September 25th, 2018 |  


September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month

An ongoing dilemma exists within the management of chronic pain due to the opioid crisis. What do these individuals do when physical pain wreaks havoc...

September 24th, 2018 |  



Congress’ failure to act puts producers at risk

The current farm bill will expire on Sept. 30. Congress has a handful of days to make an important decision, and they have three options: to pass a fi...

September 21st, 2018 |  


Boarding the retirement train (or bus)

Boarding the retirement train (or bus)

That day is almost here. The day I knew would come.And it seems to be coming quickly.I mentioned in last week’s column that retirement is right ...

September 19th, 2018 |  


Improve your garden with cheap homemade compost

Improve your garden with cheap homemade compost

Job one in gardening and landscaping is loosening and enriching clay and compacted soil by mixing in organic materials like compost. For experienced g...

September 17th, 2018 |  


Keeping our communities safe

Each year, hundreds of high school students and adults earn professional certifications or licenses in firefighting, law enforcement, and health care ...

September 13th, 2018 |  


Writing stories six years later

Writing stories six years later

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm — the Brothers Grimm — published the “Little Snow White” story in 1812, and began their story as many ...

September 12th, 2018 |  


Their View

From February of 2016 to January of 2017, the illnesses and subsequent passing of three family members, and the attendant matters that from which aros...

September 12th, 2018 |  


What exactly is a red maple tree?

What exactly is a red maple tree?

When someone asks us for a Red Maple tree, it can take a few minutes to narrow down exactly what kind of red maple we’re being asked for, since ...

September 11th, 2018 |