Little Flat Creek Baptist Christmas Ornament

By Ralphine Major This year, the sports season has been altered.  Due to COVID-19, seating capacity at sporting arenas and stadiums has been drastically limited.  Schedules have been canceled or shortened.  The usual games and events that usher in the Christmas season have been restricted.  In many ways, we are just waiting for Christmas. With […]

Eagle Pride

By Ralphine Major Fall———-Football———-Fun!!! It is one of the most exciting seasons of the school year.  The best part of the Gibbs Eagles’ season may have come during the Gibbs High School (GHS) Homecoming 2020 activities.  GHS Principal Jason Webster shared about one of the many “good things happening in our school and community.” Four […]

Veterans, We Thank You!

By Ralphine Major 2020 brought us the coronavirus pandemic.  It brought a presidential election.  On November 11, it brings us Veterans’ Day—the national holiday set aside to honor those who serve or have served in the armed forces.  United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard, and United States […]

Jack Frost

By Ralphine Major He makes surprise visits overnight.  Autumn’s chill usually gives a hint that he may make an appearance.  A dip in the temperatures are a sure indication that he will come. Early mornings showcase his handiwork as it sparkles in the morning sun.  Delicate designs on window panes look like Jack Frost spent […]

Growing Up in Logan County, WV

(Part 3 in series on Dwight Kessel) By Ralphine Major Like many in his generation, Wallace Dwight Kessel faced hard times during his growing up years. “During the depression, a lot of people came up with ideas on how to make money.  I remember wash board bands performing on the store porch from time to […]

Growing Up in Logan County, WV

By Ralphine Major (Part 2 in series on Dwight Kessel) He was born on a cold, rainy and snowy Saturday night in a four-room coal company house in Dehue, Logan County, West Virginia.  On November 27, 1926, Wallace Dwight Kessel was the first child born to Wayne McCormick Kessel and Edith Shumate Kessel.  “Being born […]

The Daniel Boys

By Ralphine Major Part 3 in series on Creed Daniel It is not surprising that Creed Daniel is well known in rural Grainger County where he first began practicing law with his late father, W. I. Daniel, over 60 years ago!  Creed’s skill as an attorney has been recognized beyond his hometown of Rutledge.  In […]

‘She Works HIS Way’

  By Ralphine Major “How can I glorify God, honor my family, and serve others at work?” Michelle Myers tackles those powerful questions as founder of “She Works HIS Way” (swHw) Ministry. The idea for such a ministry was born from a 5 a.m. “Google hangout” with three friends. Now, six years later, thousands of […]

The Gift of Lifetime

By Ralphine Major When life’s conditions are at their worst, the best in mankind often rises above and beyond the challenges.  With the COVID-19 crisis, many schools are facing struggles in the area of social distancing.  Such was the case at Gibbs High School. “Our cafeteria is very small, especially for a school our size,” […]

It All Started in West Virginia

By Ralphine Major “I am a product of the coalfields of West Virginia, where I was born in Dehue, Logan County.  The combination of time and place could, in itself, explain why I grew to be a political and fiscal conservative.  Growing up through the Great Depression in a depressed part of the country, I […]