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Ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ~ Benjamin Franklin If you ask, a person in recovery will tell you this is true. The challenges they face are not easy, but they strive every day to stay in recovery, to win back their independence, their lives. “Did you know one in 27 ...

Woke to Hoopie Culture

Hoopies must be the least woke minority in the country. I don’t know of any hoopies who either know or care that their culture is being appropriated by non-hoopies. The fact that I don’t have any evidence that hoopie culture is being appropriated doesn’t matter. I have a feeling that it ...

My Secret Strawberry Patch

On those rare occasions when I keep a secret from my wife, I knowingly do it at my peril. So it was with my Secret Strawberry Patch. One difference with this secret was that I told it to everyone else in the family. “Did Grandma find the strawberries yet?” grandsons would whisper ...

ARC helping to transform communities

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has collaborated with local and state partners to transform communities, create jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. Since becoming the ARC Federal Co-Chair in May, I take seriously my responsibility to work collaboratively with ...

Strategic approach used for collecting tax delinquencies

Over the past eighteen months, the pandemic has brought many challenges. For some, one of these challenges is the ability to pay bills. One of the county prosecutor’s many duties is representation of the county treasurer in the collection of delinquent real estate and manufactured home ...

Pumpkin, our new barn cat

Even with one deaf ear I could hear a faint “meow” being repeated. And though I have zero echolocation, I was pretty sure it was coming from somewhere on the ground floor of the barn, not far from where I was working in my temporary makeshift workshop. The reason my workshop is down under ...