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Until a few weeks ago, the name Gwin Crawford meant very little to me other than the sight of a large crypt headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery. After I was asked to write a story on … more
They talked about growing up out at Peach; and along the Steadman Ridge. They laughed about taking baths in Sugar Creek; and attending the one room school house at Mt. Zion. They shopped at Minor … more
It’s always a learning experience and sometimes an amusing trip down memory lane for me as I thumb through the Banner archives. Researching another project brought the 1983 volume to my … more
Priorities. Some would call it perspective. With a hint of perception attached. Or a process. Plato, or maybe it was Sigmund Freud, would maintain it is a positional situation. Of course, it could … more
When Demetra died in 2019, the Perkins family received countless remembrances and condolences. Mona Martin Batchelor provided an anecdote that truly tells the story of Mrs. Perkins:I knew early on … more
McKenzie Garden Club, 1960s, at Snead Home. Pictured are (L to R): Dathel Snead, Mary Stewart and Lola Thomas. more
I was paying attention to what was in front of me. We were undefeated and I thought we had a better than average chance of remaining that way. The November air was chilly high atop the press box at … more
Now known as Mrs. Perkins to McKenzie, Demetra once again proved she was not run-of-the-mill. The new teacher became a fixture in the life of her students. Before the beginning of the school year, … more
Dot Ramsay as Minnie Pearl and Malcolm Kee as Grandpa Jones, McKenzie’s “Hee-Haw” Show, 1977. more
I heard a celebrated news commentator say this presidential race “is the most important election in our nation’s history.” A Congresswoman, in the same vein of thinking, declared, … more
Demetra Perkins was not an ordinary human. She was the shiniest gem in the crown of McKenzie; to know Demetra was to love Demetra. At first glance, you wouldn’t think of her as a warrior, but … more
Willie Bell (Bradley) Stubblefield, Mary Francis (Oliver) David, and Elaine Mitchell, about 1944. Gleason girls pose on the cannon in the downtown park. The Park Theatre (in background) was showing … more
Talk about being prepared for Halloween! We’ve been wearing our masks for the past six months!You can’t tell Nancy Pelosi from Freddy Krueger if they’re wearing one of those full … more
There are certain people in your life, who perform small acts of kindness, that leave a lasting positive impression. Those kind acts are of immeasurable importance as they help in shaping you into … more
Gwin Building located on Lee St. in McKenzie shortly before it was razed in the early 1980s. This building housed the offices of Dr. R.D. Gwin about 1870 and later housed the Post Office. File photo … more
Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again” in the 1930’s as the Roaring Twenties grew into the Great Depression. The book is a classic about the ever changing way of life as … more
At times, deciding the subject matter for the Weekly 150 is an arduous task, but this week’s article has been on my mind since the inception of the column. There are many people and events that … more
Laverne and Harris Drewry, owners of Drewry’s Food Center on Cedar St. in McKenzie. This was the first supermarket in McKenzie (1960). Harris’ brother, Jack Drewry, was a founder of the … more
I knew I was in trouble.And it was just a stumble. A slight misstep as Cathy chased after a ball hit by our youngest grandchild. She didn’t fall or tumble down the side of the hill. She … more
There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States. This year, however, … more
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