My friend, David Miller, formerly of Charleston (now a resident of Washington state), writes the best emails. He doesn’t write all that often, but when he does, he unfailingly gets my wheels turning with whatever it is that has spurred him to write. This latest perhaps more than most. The ti…

“A few months ago,” the email began, “you did a story about a time you went to a laundromat in Charleston for the first time. You didn’t know how to work the machines or how much it cost to do a few loads of clothes and were surprised it ended up costing around $25 to do your clothes.

When I first set out to pen this column, I had planned to write about the lack of civility and rudeness that seems so rampant in today’s society. With this assignment in mind, I embarked on a mission to observe and report bad behavior in and around Charleston, as well as other parts of the state.

Q: My grandmother feeds several cats on her back porch. My mom, who is not a cat person, is worried about the cats spreading cat scratch fever to my grandmother and making her sick. I have heard of this condition in people but I don’t really know much about it. Is my Grandmother really at ri…

Funerals for Friday, September 20, 2019

Barton, Richard - 3 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Birthisel, Avis - 11 a.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Call, Denver - Noon, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Dearien, Tommie - Noon, Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Fletcher, Joanna - 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Keeney, Steven - 2 p.m., Keith Full Gospel Church, Keith.

May, Rosa - 2 p.m., Bartlett - Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Morris, Linda - 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Parsons, Harry - 11 a.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

Pauley, Clarence - 10 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Pino, Patricia - 11 a.m., Bradley FreeWill Baptist Church.

Rogers, Marilyn - 11 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, South Charleston.

Satterfield, Kenneth - 5 p.m., Satterfield residence, 1161 Daniels Run Road, Millstone.