Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: Salt’s preserving influence

George Bowers Sr.

December 2, 2016

Today marks the end of another rifle season for deer here in the Shenandoah Valley. Although there is a late muzzleloading season yet to come, if a deer has escaped his hunters thus far, he has fairly good odds of surviving another year if he can avoid the automobiles in the meantime.

Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance

Tom Crosby

December 1, 2016

Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices.

James Pinsky: Wild turkey comeback a conservation success story

James Pinsky

November 24, 2016

I understand you may have had more than your fair share of the fine-feathered family feast fowl. And, while gluttony may be the word best associated with most gobbler-gorged guts today, it wasn’t too long ago the mere sight of a turkey truly was an occasion for giving thanks.

George Bowers Sr.: Gifts should cause us to thank the giver

George Bowers Sr.

November 18, 2016

One Christmas, many years ago, I received a very special gift. As I was preparing for four years at Virginia Tech, I opened a package that contained a beautiful orange and maroon comforter with cross-stitched university symbols sewn into it. My parents and siblings had worked on this project secretly for several months and I was pleasantly surprised. I toted that love-spun blanket back and forth throughout those college years and it kept me warm and cozy numerous cold nights in Blacksburg.

Peter Brookes: Saluting veterans with stripers

Peter Brookes holds a striper caught during a fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay. Courtesy photo

November 16, 2016

“Hey, Sweetie,” my wife yelled giggling from our kitchen down the hall, “You that know this flyer you gave me says ‘Stars and Stripers,’ not ‘Stars and Strippers’, right?”

George A. Bowers: Be sure to enlist a dependable guide

George Bowers Sr.

November 11, 2016

Every fall, I enjoy watching the sun rise from my treestand. Although I haven’t been privileged to drag anything out yet, I delight in every opportunity to drink in the beauty of the autumn woodlands.

George A. Bowers Sr.: What’s a Christian to do?

George Bowers Sr.

November 4, 2016

As we approach Election Day next Tuesday, many Christians are discouraged about our two options for president. Neither candidate reflects the beliefs that most of us could enthusiastically support. Faced with this dilemma, some are considering sitting out this trip to the polls and simply not voting at all. Let me share with you how I came to my decision to do otherwise.

George Bowers Sr.: Spouses impact each other significantly

George Bowers Sr.

October 28, 2016

Almost a year ago now, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik ruthlessly massacred 14 of their fellow human beings and seriously injured 22 more in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Many of us watched this horrific drama play out on our televisions as the perpetrators were pursued and eventually killed by police. Radical Islam deeply wounded our nation yet again and inflicted brutal suffering on innocent friends enjoying their employee Christmas celebration.

George Bowers Sr.: The leaves of love

George Bowers Sr.

October 21, 2016

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the trees begin to take on a new glory all their own. From the brilliant red dogwoods and gums to the yellow hickories and poplars to the fiery orange sassafras and maples, the woodlands become God’s palette of perfection. We can be thankful not just for the brilliant fall colors, but also for the ability to see and comprehend this divine artwork as well. Imagine what joy we would miss if we had no vision or if it were limited, like our old TVs, to black and white.

George Bowers Sr.: Celebrate Family Promise Week!

George Bowers Sr.

October 14, 2016

Colorful leaves and cooler temperatures both remind us that the warm days of summer are in our rearview mirror for another several months. Crisp nights make us appreciate our warm beds and comfortably heated homes.