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Friday Morning Briefing 12-2

By Staff | Dec 2, 2016

Good morning Tyler County.

Deep undercover sources from the North Pole report that Santa will be in Tyler County tonight. Following the Christmas parade tonight at 7 p.m. in Sistersville, the newspaper has confirmation that Santa will be available to meet children at the Gaslight Theater.

This editor’s dossier is filled with tales about Santa, a man known to give gifts to good children on Christmas Eve. Most likely, as the editor’s children will be meeting Santa, the editor and his daughter will be interviewing Santa so as to provide more details to our readers about his visit to Tyler County.

Per the Sistersville parade, line-up is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. by the ferry landing and the Little Sister Well located on Riverside Drive.

In other news, Wood Street is in the process of getting repairs. Sistersville Mayor Bill Rice reports that Genesis Healthcare, the Woda Group and the owners of Timber Ridge apartments and the city paving fund are making the road, well, a better road by applying a fresh coat of black top as well as patchwork among other essential repairs. In recent months, the road had been such a bumpy ride that Tyler Schools had to close that portion of a bus route. City Hall will be pursuing state assistance for funds to better pave the road in the future, Rice said.

While Tyler County doesn’t necessarily have a dog in this fight, St. Marys will be playing East Hardy at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Class A championship football game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

In national news, President-elect Donald Trump may be considering Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin as Secretary for the Department of Energy, according to various news reports. Manchin has not only been a strong advocate for coal, but he supports a balanced across-the-board approach that utilizes all sources of energy.

Speaking of Trump’s cabinet, he has selected retired General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Reminds this editor of Gen. Patton. Look him up. Mattis is very quotable and one good Marine. Some of Mattis’ comments may not necessarily be fit for this family newspaper, but here few quotes:

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

“Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”

Praise God for veterans like Gen. Mattis.