• From the Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


    I’ve been enjoying some of my summer’s work the last few cold days.  When temperatures dipped down into the teens, and snow was blowing by horizontally in a stiff wind, a good fire sure did wonders to stave off the chill.  A fire has an unexplainable magic and calming effect to it.  One can contemplate many things while gazing into the blaze.  I suppose that can be traced back to the days of “Og” when man first utilized fire to stay warm in the cave and keep critters at bay.

  • Faithful Words

    Taking Christmas into the New Year


    “…and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (See Matthew 1:21 , RSV)

  • Long Goodbye

  • Citizen journalist- friend or foe?

    I have said before, and I’ll say it again, I take pride in my work.

    I knew before I started school that I wanted to be a writer. Majoring in journalism I studied the profession. Years later I am still learning the tricks of the trade.

    The problem I have is with some people masquerading as journalists. It has taken me years to understand and implement the Associated Press style of writing, to actively engage the audience in one sentence and to compassionately write heartbreaking stories in a newsworthy tone.

    It’s not easy.

  • Remembering Christmas past

    As I decorated my house this year for Christmas I was so thankful because last year it was quite a chore. I was taking chemo and didn’t have a lot of strength. Since April of this year 2010, I have felt better every day.

  • LaFollette Library News

    The LaFollette Public Library has added the following Christmas DVD’s to its collection: Christmas in Boston, Yogi Bear’s all star comedy Christmas Caper, Phineas and Ferb a very Perry Christmas, Alvin and the chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Yes, Virginia, A Golden Christmas, Mrs. Miracle, Santa Paws, Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular, The Polar Express, Four Christmases, Barbie in the Nutcracker, The Dog who saved Christmas vacation and Santa Baby 2.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Do you see the new person in the mirror?


     The Bible teaches two great truths about change. The first is that despite the changing world around us, God is changeless and dependable. The second is that God call for an inner change of heart, called repentance that produces an outer change of lifestyle, called obedience.

  • Faithful Words

    Peace for the prepared


    “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Marl 1:1-3, RSV)

    Nothing in life is more elusive than peace. Peace is not violent! Peace does not force itself upon us or our relationships.

  • On Higher Ground

    Quite a cause for a celebration


    Since writing my column last week, the world has undergone a change of cataclysmic proportions—for the better, I might add. For the life of me, I cannot understand the lack of coverage in the news media. None of the major cable outlets carried the story, nor did any major metropolitan newspaper. What were they thinking?

    So what happened Wednesday morning Dec. 1 in the wee hours that so affected our future?  This writer became a grandfather!

  • Church News

    Indiana Avenue Baptist Church will present a Christmas Comedy Dinner Theater on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the meal and are available at the church office, Gifts from Above, or from members of the church. For those who do not wish to purchase a meal, call the church office to reserve a seat. For more information call 562-3420.


    Indian Mound Baptist Church will have a Christmas play on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.


    Long Hollow Baptist Church will have its children’s Christmas program on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.