The Hunter’s Moon is past, when leaves are falling and the game is fattened. We are heading for the Beaver Moon, when it is time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze and to ensure that we have a supply of warm winter furs. It is also called the frost moon, and we can expect colder we…

“Let me stay in this moment ... forever!” I said, as I surveyed my surroundings on this glorious October afternoon. The hills are speckled with color. Dazzling reds, oranges and yellows stand out amid dull greens and browns. Warm sunshine, less intense than it was a month ago, highlights the…

Another glorious autumn day has dawned in our hills, with an errant breeze blowing down a few leaves and scattering them about lawns and elsewhere. Here in our Clay County hills, we have had only a light sprinkling of frost. Nights are becoming cooler and days are shorter. The seasons are ch…

The first time Sister Carole Riley laid eyes on Charleston, she was driving a truck that rolled into town from Pittsburgh in 1977, carrying nuns from the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle and items needed to set up housekeeping at a new Cenacle Retreat House.

The rain finally came. We had suffered many days of dry weather, with the creek almost dried up and with just a puddle here and there to prove it was a creek. Meadows and lawns alike turned brown and sere, and some water wells went dry. It seemed that the leaves would only turn just a brown …

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported that the summer of 2019 was tied for the hottest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. Had the weather run true to form, August would have been a little cooler and, by the end of September, chilly autumn breezes would’ve …

Our hills were shrouded this morning with a misty fog, which was soon burned off by the rising sun, which made a perfect autumn day. A wayward breeze riffled through the leaves, many of them turning yellow, and lent a cooling factor to the air. The sourwood is turning red on our Clay County …

When I was a little girl, a favorite uncle, who drank a lot and lived his life quite loosely in general, caused a lot of family confusion with a tactless remark.

The autumn season will be officially here in just a few days, but her coming has already been announced by several signs. We are now sweltering under hot September sunshine every day, and awaiting some needed rain. The creek has dried up to a few small puddles, as heat waves vibrate upon the…

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Funerals for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ellis, Walter - 1 p.m., West Logan Missionary Baptist Church.

Evans, Robert - 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Hess, Steven - 6 p.m., Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston.

Holmes, Buddy - 2 p.m., Elizabeth Baptist Church, Charleston.

Jeffrey Jr., Algie - 2 p.m., Stevens Chapel Methodist Church, Lake.

Mace, Elma - 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home & Cremation Inc., Arnoldsburg.

Meadows II, Richard - 2 p.m., Central Christian Church, Huntington.

Messinger, John - 2 p.m., Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg.

Reynolds, Gladys - 1 p.m., Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Smith, Rosie - 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Sykes, Teresa - 2 p.m., Winfield Church of the Nazarene.