Guest Columns

Roger Barbee: It is always better to give than to receive

Roger Barbee

January 23rd, 2015

When we use the word “community” most of us think in terms of its primary meaning: a group of people living close to one another, and that is a good understanding of the word and its concept. So, I live in the community of Bowman’s Crossing. However, as we all understand, our lives are like the ripples on a water’s surface — they begin within a small circle, but expand outward. Thus, our individual communities will vary.

George Bowers: Learning from a wood stove

George Bowers Sr.

January 23rd, 2015

One of the things I’m most thankful for this time of year is the warmth provided by the stove in our basement. There’s just something especially cozy about the heat produced from burning wood that changes the atmosphere of our whole house. Praise God for his gifts of trees, metal, fire and air.

Tom Crosby: Mazda CX-5 remains relatively unchanged for 2015

Tom Crosby

January 21st, 2015

Tom Crosby is a former journalist and communications director for AAA Carolinas. He has been reviewing cars since 1996, and has been active in traffic safety issues for more than 30 years. View more reviews at http://www.nvdaily.com/columns/tom-crosby/

Recipe of the Week: Candy bar cupcakes

Cody Fitchett

January 20th, 2015

I always wondered what it would taste like to combine two of America’s most favored portable snacks — the candy bar and the cupcake.

Jason Wright: Mom Comes First

Jason Wright

January 16th, 2015

This won’t come as a surprise to my four kids, but now they have it in writing. In fact, next time it comes up, maybe I’ll just send a link and a wink.

George Bowers: Security checkpoint on Earth, heaven

George Bowers Sr.

January 16th, 2015

I’m writing this article as I sit in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport with passengers coming and going. Aside from listening to regular announcements for flights, changes, and gate assignments, I’m recovering from the humiliation of the Transportation Security Administration security screening process.

Tom Crosby: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Sedan combines luxury and mileage

Tom Crosby

January 14th, 2015

When Lincoln likes a redesigned model, it takes its time tinkering with success. Thus the 2014 MKZ mid-size luxury sedan remains relatively unchanged from a 2013 makeover and is not expected to undergo major changes in 2015, either. The MKZ has consistently attracted new drivers from other brands, a marketing success for Ford, Lincoln’s parent company.

Roger Barbee: ‘Apathy is the bane of democracy’

Roger Barbee

January 13th, 2015

No, this article is not about anything done in the seventh grade. Yet, as I have pondered writing it for the past several days, I have worried that it may read much like one of those gosh-awful reports we all waddled through so long ago. Be that as it may, here goes.

Recipe of the Week: Boston cream pie for reader’s choice

Cody Fitchett

January 13th, 2015

This week’s recipe was based on a reader’s email that I received over the weekend. The email stated, “I love Boston creme pie, but I don’t have a recipe and I was wondering if you had one and would share it with all?”

George Bowers.: Use it wisely or lose it

George Bowers Sr.

January 9th, 2015

Last September, my wife and I took a long dreamt of vacation to Europe to attend a friend’s wedding and then to sight-see around the continent. We had a wonderful time and I only took about 4,000 photos. It reminded me of a trip I made to Germany over 30 years earlier with the FFA, although I noticed many changes.

Pâte à choux with Chantilly cream a high class dessert

Cody Fitchett

January 6th, 2015

Pâte à choux is a delicacy in France and is well known around the world as being a high-class dessert. Many trained chefs have difficulty with the challenging dessert, but I have simplified it to where the classic home cook can make it and surely impress everyone.

Roger Barbee: Books and their movies

Roger Barbee

January 5th, 2015

Movies are one art form; literature another. Although a movie may be based on a short story, novel, or other form of literature, the makers of the movie are not necessarily restricted to closely following the literature.

George Bowers: Mom’s story

George Bowers Sr.

January 2nd, 2015

About 8:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, our mother, Violet Bowers, had a serious accident with her gas cook stove resulting

Cody Fitchett: New Year’s Eve cheese ball snack

A cheese ball is a great appetizer to snack on throughout the night at any New Year's Eve party. Courtesy photo

December 30th, 2014

New Years Eve parties are in their own category when it comes to parties. You invite a special group of people to bring in the new year with and the food is the main topic of the night. I have found finger food and appetizers to snack on throughout the night at every New Year’s Eve party I have ever been to.

George Bowers: Leather Jacket Christmas

George Bowers Sr.

December 26th, 2014

As many of you know, my father was the Maurertown taxidermist for over 60 years. My siblings and I had many good times in his shop growing up and were privileged to see most of the finest trophies in the valley.