From The Editor

A ramble through Dog Days

Is anybody hot? That’s a phrase used by my brother-in-law whether it’s hot in the house or not. The guy is always hot. The AC could be on 52 and he’d still be hot. I’ve always wondered if it is the stress of guests, high blood pressure or menopause. He is closing in on 60 after all.


Rick Gray

Start looking now

Last year, my best friend and I wandered into an Oregon book store, where she picked up a novel by Portland journalist Brian Doyle. After she’d had sighed, chuckled, and laughed aloud a half-dozen times – and read me some passages – I downloaded it to my Kindle.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Help them help you

One of the most recent Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDs) was a young volunteer firefighter in another state that died after being struck by a tractor-trailer, on an interstate. One of the most dangerous areas that firefighters, medics and police officers have to work is on the side of the many highways across this country.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max is insured

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful but befuddle world of the Dogpound. Well, actually to tell the truth, I am a little more than upset with my car insurance. I will not mention names here, but I have been with them a very long time and they pulled a stunt that I was not very happy about.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus is one of four distinct families of viruses that can cause viral hemorrhagic fever in humans. The current epidemic in Africa is the largest outbreak in history having claimed the lives of over 960 individuals.


Gardening With Gita

A vegetable and berry day, literally

Although I am not a commercial vegetable or berry grower, I rarely miss the opportunity of attending events held at the Randolph Farm of Virginia State University, which explains why the pouring rain and thunderstorm prediction on July 24, the day of the 2014 Commercial Vegetable and


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

Wake up, Chesterfield!

Two weeks, and we will be back into our routine-HALLELUJUAH! I am in need of structure more than the kids. While I have enjoyed this summer and all of our adventures I need our schedule back and am looking forward to early mornings and strictly scheduled days (surprise, surprise).


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.