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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Through the Lens: John Henry

Recently on our day trip through the southern West Virginia Mountains, we found ourselves passing through many unincorporated small towns. A gas station with a store and a post office were sometimes the only businesses in town. Houses with well-kept yards and a big pickup truck in the drive ...

Moose Lodge 931 a Community Leader for Scholarships

Over the years, changing times and progress has given the lodge many opportunities to help the community. The lodge has given help and assistance to those in need and asked no recognition for their community benevolence. One of those programs began in 1991 and has been a source of assistance ...

Through the Lens: A Labor of Love Found In A Checkout Line

This week’s column is my Labor Day story. It is not your typical story of labor and its struggles. This story is about two people who by chance found employment and love in the checkout line of Witschey’s grocery store. I will begin with the story of Denny Wichterman. He was born in ...

Through the Lens: Yiddish

I would guess that very few of you reading my story can identify the following word, Zaftig. By chance, I discovered it is the first word in the section of the dictionary that begins with the letter “Z.” For those who may not know, it is Yiddish slang. Having a full figure: said of a woman. ...

A Donkey and Elephant Story

An elephant and a donkey walked into a bar and sat down at the counter. The bartender asked, “What may I do for you two?” The donkey stood up so all could hear and began to tell the bartender along with those in the bar how he had made it possible for the bartender to have a job. How he had ...

A year in A Bottle with Fran Caldwell

When I stopped by unannounced to speak with Fran Caldwell, I found her and husband, Harry (Hesh) sitting on the front porch enjoying a cup of coffee. When I asked how long they had been together, she explained that while she was attending Bethany College she saw a young man that caught her eye. ...

A Year in a Bottle with the Health Department Part 2

In this week’s story we look at the effects of the pandemic not on the health aspect of the virus, but the social difficulty’s it created in the community. The pandemic caused many businesses to either shut down or greatly restrict their operations. Many food establishments either closed or ...

A Year in A Bottle with the Health Department

In my series of articles I have asked three individuals about their thoughts on the year 2020. The first, a school administrator. Secondly, the mayor of the community of Hundred. And the third, is a member of the state government, a House of Delegate member. Each of them had differing views of ...

A Year in a Bottle: David Pethtel

Before I began this series I pondered who I would ask for their views on the last year. I wanted people whose lives gave them a front row seat to many of the problems face by their communities, family and in their personal lives. And those whose careers gave them little or no choice but to step ...

Through the Lens: Vintage Boat Racing Returns

The image accompanying my story is Earls Yost’s depiction of the 1950s and 60s when our community welcomed dozens of hydroplanes to run on the Ohio River. I used the still illustration to accompany my story in hopes it would preview this weekend’s events. Thousands of spectators are ...