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Column – Hundreds of IW slaves were freed long before Civil War

The latter half of the 18th century, which saw the 13 English colonies declare their independence, also witnessed ...

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Column – Benn’s Church used to go all out for Fourth of July

People really did celebrate the nation’s independence a century ago. Patriotic music, speeches, games for all ages and ...

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Column – After push by Ruritans, electricity came to IW in 1939

As country living goes, I was privileged growing up because I didn’t have to use an outhouse — ...

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Column -Few things stand test of time like snapping turtles

One of our first four-legged visitors in the spring of 1975, a couple of months after we moved ...

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Column – Bob Edwards left his mark on bench, on community

Memories of Judge Robert B. Edwards (Bob) are as numerous and varied as his friends and associates. Everyone ...

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Column – From one who knows, tips for news consumption

Any number of people for whom I have the absolute highest regard (plus a few others) ask me ...

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Column – If you think life during COVID was inconvenient …

Last in a series Shortages related to the COVID pandemic led us to do things that should have ...

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Column – Wartime rationing hit home in Smithfield

Smithfield Foods’ decision to discard the town’s namesake ham isn’t the first time that legendary gastronomic delight has ...

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Smithfield historic jewel celebrates a new chapter

There have been many chapters in the storied history of the colonial courthouse that sits on Main Street.  ...

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Column – God bless those who still ‘labor in the earth’

Clay Jenkinson spoke eloquently during his visit here several weeks ago about our lost connection with the natural ...

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