Trust the Lord in 2017

Trust the Lord in 2017

My “Life Verse” (a verse that I memorized when I first became a Christian that has helped me in my daily walk) is Proverbs 3:5-6, which sa...

January 6th, 2017 |  


Is the cup half empty or half full?

Is the cup half empty or half full?

Many things in life have me in a tangle of confusion. I try to put on a good face so that nobody knows how confused I am at the time. I think I get aw...

January 6th, 2017 |  


Hope, change and a happy new year — or not?

Hope, change and a happy new year — or not?

“Optimism, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything is good, especially the bad, and everyth...

January 5th, 2017 |  


100 years ago with Charlie Miller

100 years ago with Charlie Miller

Jan. 5, 1917Madison County Democrat — The following officers of the First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, Sunday School were elected on Sunday f...

January 5th, 2017 updated: January 5th, 2017. |  


Their view

Did the House Republicans already suffer their first defeat of 2017? Or is their retreat only tactical and temporary?After voting on Monday night to g...

January 4th, 2017 |  


Making a difference by combating the heroin epidemic

Making a difference by combating the heroin epidemic

You might be surprised who the biggest landowner is in the United States. It’s the federal government. By a long shot.And thousands of propertie...

January 4th, 2017 |  


Endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings

Whew! Here we are again.One year’s gone, another’s ahead. We’re looking at the wrinkly backside of 2016 leaving as young and fit 201...

January 3rd, 2017 updated: January 3rd, 2017. |  


Raber’s recipes

Raber’s recipes

Gloria spent the Christmas holiday visiting her husband’s family in Ohio. Meanwhile I, Gloria’s mother, have been tending to up to 300 pou...

January 3rd, 2017 updated: January 3rd, 2017. |  


Class act Obama has made steady progress throughout tenure

Class act Obama has made steady progress throughout tenure

A little over eight years ago, a young and charismatic man was rallying a broad coalition of voters around a message of hope and change.His rise was m...

January 2nd, 2017 |  


Elections: Who cares who’s ahead?

Elections: Who cares who’s ahead?

Why do voters need to know who is winning or losing a political campaign before the votes are counted?In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in t...

January 2nd, 2017 |