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Guest Columns

James Pinsky: Earth: The original

The eighth "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi," has debuted. The original "Star Wars" movie opened May 25, 1977.  It's hard to imagine anything being a big deal before the internet, but in 1977, the new space movie was a pretty big deal. I was just a bit north of 3 years old then, and I ...

Jason Wright: There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas

You know the scene, right? It's the perfect Christmas. There's snow falling and dancing in the air like Juilliard students. The house smells like the perfect blend of fresh rolls, gingerbread cookies, and perhaps some of your mother's famous fudge. The tree is comically huge and ...

Craig Murto: Busy time of year on motorsports

  Fans like to call this time of year the “off season,” but there truly is no off season in motorsports. A couple weeks ago the granddaddy of all pavement Late Model events took place at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, which celebrated the 50th running of the Snowball ...

George Bowers Sr. The same God who made burls made us!

I’m sure all of us have enjoyed the craftsmanship of a woodworker displayed in a finely turned bowl or candlestick holder. My brother Dale has an incredible gift to work with wood and regularly produces items of exquisite beauty from his hands and his lathe. I have been fortunate to be on ...

James Pinsky: The greatest column ever written

  News reports around the globe are confirming the rumors, our planet is finally healthy. For decades, people around the world including Christians, Muslims, atheists, capitalists, communists, socialists, vegetarians, hunters, pacifists, men, women and children have all in one form ...

George Bowers Sr. Ignored warnings at Pearl Harbor

This past spring, Nancy and I had the privilege of visiting the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed the trip beyond words. As you know from a previous column, I baptized my cellphone but thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls, the beaches, the flowers, the culture, and the food. One day, God willing, ...

James Pinsky: The buzz of agriculture

  Despite what Shakespeare wrote, to bee or not to bee was never the question, at least not to farmers. If you want to eat things like apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, ...

George Bowers Sr. The greatest birth on planet Earth

Now that Thanksgiving leftovers occupy our refrigerators, our thoughts turn from orange and brown to red and green and from Plymouth Rock to Bethlehem. In just one month, we will be celebrating the birth of the Messiah. Christmas Day is the highlight of the year for many families, children, ...

Bass Mitchell: If you can be a Christian in your car…

I was on Interstate 81 recently and had to go through Staunton. Everything was going fine until I stopped at the first stoplight. Something on the seat had fallen to the floor and I reached down to pick it up. While I did, the light turned green. A car horn blasted behind me. I glanced in the ...

George Bowers Sr. How do we treat our ultimate giver?

What a joyous time is Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays! Not only does it offer a great opportunity to visit with family and friends, but the traditional menu includes many of my all-time favorites! The main reason I love Thanksgiving, however, is its intentional focus on ...

James Pinsky: Mother Nature doesn’t need us, we need her

After two years of columns, one would think I’d run out of inspiration. The fact that I haven’t – and won’t, isn’t a testament to my abilities, but to the unlimited awe Mother Nature bestows upon us. For me, it was love at first sight. The passions Mother Nature evokes in most ...

Tom Crosby: Jaguar F-Pace SUV hitting popularity sweet spot

Introduced last year as the first Jaguar crossover vehicle, the F-PACE has become a sales winner, helping Jaguar become one of the fasted growing brands in the United States. For 2018 the biggest change is the addition of a 2.0-liter turbo-charged gasoline powered engine, the same Ingenium ...

George Bowers Sr. Don’t dismiss the small things

These last couple weeks, our driveway has been on fire. The bright reds and oranges of the Sweet Gum trees that line each side of it light up the path and almost seem to glow in the dark. I always look forward to this time of year for driving under them is like going through a colorful ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is all new

Volkswagen has often juggled the line-up of its Golf vehicles. This year VW adds a new model, the all-wheel drive Golf Alltrack with a turbo-charged motor and similarity to the less expensive Golf SportsWagen, which replaced the Golf Jetta wagon in 2015. All 2017 Golf vehicles are currently ...

James Pinsky: Reward yourself with conservation

I spend a lot of time in the woods. How much? Joe and Nancy, the two local gray squirrels near my house, know me by my first name. Still, as much time as I have spent in the woods, I have never seen my forest friends have an awards ceremony. Nope. Joe, nor Nancy for that matter have ever been ...

Peter Brookes: Fishing the Kenai

After seeing just about every Alaska reality show out there  – there are about a million of them, I think, at last count – I decided that I needed to get in on some of that amazing action. I thought about doing some “Deadliest Catch” king-crabbing, but didn't really want to work 24/7 ...

George Bowers Sr. The piercings of identification

This Saturday marks the beginning of firearms season for deer with the advent of the early muzzle loading season. Hunters will be taking to their blinds and stands in their quests for the bucks of their dreams, or at least some meat for their tables. November always brings nostalgic memories ...

Jason Wright: Are you up for the good news morning challenge?

One day last week, I woke up early filled with high hopes and optimism for the day. Even a sore throat and eye crusties couldn't get me down. I'd slept well, had a plan for the day and I was ready to crush it. Then I looked at my phone. Like many of you, my phone sleeps sweetly next to ...

James Pinsky: Minimum wage for nature

It’s a good thing our forest friends haven’t figured out how to bill us for their services. Can you imagine going for a hike and having a bowtie-wearing squirrel, fox variety of course, hand you a bill as you leave the forest? It might look something like this: Nature Hike Services, ...

Bass Mitchell: A love of letters

It’s all too rare these days. What? Checking your mail and finding an actual letter. I don’t mean a form letter from the innumerable sources out there trying to get my money. I mean a real letter – something someone actually sat down and wrote to me with me in mind. Recall what it was ...