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  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD

        Thanks to Dorothy Harlan for ‘sharing’ this old photo.
        Dorothy is letting me use a lot of pictures from the past for our readers to enjoy.
        I will be working them in my articles in the future. Most of them are of her family, the Solomons, who operated  the fruit stand north of Wartburg. This area was later called “Nosey Valley”. However today we refer to it as being near Pilot Mountain Community.

  • Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

        I have been talking with several elected officials involved in spending our local tax dollars and I can’t help but wonder “is there light at the end of the tunnel?”
        Our county executive tells me that there is no fat and little that can be trimmed.
        The Budget Committee has been working for months now trying to balance the county’s budget and do it in a somewhat realistic way.

  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD
        This week I have the follow-up photo taken at the Coalfield Football Homecoming game in October, 1970. Last week I had the picture of the previous years’ queen who crowned the new queen at the game.

  • Great to see restoration of the American Legion Hall

        I’m sure many of you feel as I do about the work being done on the American Legion Building in Wartburg. It is great to see an old building restored and given new life.
        It’s also obvious that folks like Bill Podewils and Gil Monroe are excited about the possibilities its future brings.
        They have already made a tremendous difference in the appearance of the inside of the building.

  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD

    ROYAL TRANSPORTATION
        This was the caption from an old article in Morgan County News back in 1970.
        The event was taking place on the football field at Coalfield and the information was as follows:
        A gold satin covered “Cinderella Coach” brought last year’s Coalfield Homecoming Queen, Katie Montross, to the football field for the coronation ceremonies for Susie West, 1970-71 Homecoming Queen.

  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD
        How interesting it is to go through old newspapers and find some young folks who were working with fund raisers about 40 years ago!

  • Word limit going to be enforced on Letters to the Editor beginning immediately

    By JUDY BYRGE

  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD
        My goodness, do I have an apology to make. In the picture that ran two weeks ago of the Sunbright Band that was made back in the 1950s I should have said that it was ‘shared’ by Johnny Smith. I gave the name as John Jones.

        That was so wrong and I do want to apologize to Johnny. He was so proud to let me use the picture since it had his wife’s picture in it. She was Lela Ferrl Kesterson Smith (not Jones).

  • Sharing the Past

    By JEAN POLLARD
        This week I have a big picture with lots of folks in it and that lets me know that a lot of people will appreciate seeing this oldie.

        The picture was brought in by John Jones and he wanted to share it with our readers. John recently suffered the loss of his wife, Lela Ferrl Kesterson Jones,  in death and those who have had similar experiences know the value of having pictures of those who have passed away.

  • Some friends are ‘forever’ friends

    By JUDY BYRGE
        I’m not hip by any stretch of the imagination and just using the word “hip” most likely proves that I’m not. I doubt that “cool” is the going term either.
        There is this acronym, but I’m sure that it’s called something else “BFF”. I’m told it means “best friends forever” and yes there are t-shirts and coffee mugs. A quick google lists it as “Net lingo” — no wonder I’m confused.