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Just trying to survive the great power outage and solar eclipse of 2017

It’s certainly a good thing that Volunteer Energy Co-op (VEC) alerted Fairfield Glade to the power outage to occur from 11 P.M. last Friday until 6 A.M. Saturday. But, it’s also kind of sad. Let me explain. As a society we are so spoiled that a “warning” is needed so that we can brace for […]

17Aug2017 | Continued

Venting and wishing for the end of election

I try to be even-keeled. I really do. Don’t always succeed … but try. And I try to be fair to everyone. Give everyone a voice. Let them have their say. And most of my columns try to stay on the humorous or helpful side. Not this one. This Board election and all the bickering […]

10Aug2017 | Continued

Don’t like to brag … but maybe just this one time?

My parents taught me not to brag. Even when it came to athletic endeavors, Dad always said, “Let your game do the talking.” Well, what’s the fun in that? Just kidding. But this is one time — as word came last week that Apex Energy will halt its plans for the Crab Orchard Wind Farm […]

21Jun2017 | Continued

Entering the big debate: Who is better, ’Bron or MJ?

Who you got — Lebron James or Michael Jordan? Jordan has been called the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time) by most NBA fans and experts … but the gap is closing — FAST. Some are now saying, in fact, that James — as he leads his Cleveland Cavaliers into the NBA Finals this week against […]

1Jun2017 | Continued

Will Marketplace decide Wind Farm future?

BY JIM ARBER For The Vista It has been difficult to get a status report on the Crab Orchard Wind farm from the developer. It may be that there is just nothing happening yet as much is to be decided. We did find out that all the proposed legislation and angst created by this project […]

13Apr2017 | Continued

New technology? Some prefer old school

I’m not what you’d call a high tech sort of guy. I am not into the latest and hippest gadgets and gizmos. My favorite gadgets amount to the power seat in my SUV and its CD player. Truth is though, if they still made 8-track and cassette players I’d be all over that. Yes, I […]

16Feb2017 | Continued

As they say, the views expressed are not always our own

Hopefully most already understand the difference between a Letter TO the Editor and a Letter FROM the Editor. This column you are reading right now could, in effect, be considered a Letter FROM the Editor. Easy enough. The reason why I bring this up is that there have been Letters TO the Editor (that would […]

2Feb2017 | Continued

FAREWELL TO “THE KING”

Palmer’s influence crossed generations When I was a boy, we had two trees in the front yard, straight across from each other and spaced about 10-15 yards apart. My Dad had given me an old Wilson Arnold Palmer Signature 8-iron to use and I would go out and chip balls from one tree to another, […]

4Oct2016 | Continued

Be careful what you dream of

By JAY MCCARTHY For The Vista Politicians along with the Chamber of Commerce leaders are constantly dreaming about finding ways to bring new business into Cumberland County. Many of them have turned out well and we give them credit where credit is due. But this most recent dream of the Crab Orchard Wind project is […]

14Sep2016 | Continued

CMPC getting some aid from unexpected places

By JAY McCARTHY CPMC COMMITTEE OPINION For The Vista The Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition is getting help from unexpected places. Since launching our Web Site several months ago our social media is now is full swing.  Linda and Greg Clark, who live in Homestead, and others from Crab Orchard, Renegade Mountain and as far as […]

28Jul2016 | Continued

Big changes coming to Fireside – like it or not

Change is good, they say. Embrace it or you will cease to grow, they say. Others, however, say change for the sake of change is not always progress. Changing a bad habit is obviously a good thing. But changing your job is not always beneficial and actually can make one long for the way things […]

28Jan2016 | Continued

Shocking murders in Va. hit home

What next? As Fairfield Glade residents this week dealt with the tragic news of 19-year-old Zachary Cottrell’s drowning death, a senseless incident was taking place in Moneta, Virginia. Two television journalists in Virginia were shot to death during a live broadcast Wednesday morning, once again bringing into focus America’s fraught relationship with guns and gun […]

9Sep2015 | Continued

Glad I am not going to school these days

Once in a while, I still have dreams (actually nightmares) about my school days. I still can wake up worrying if I really did miss the bus, or couldn’t remember my locker combination, or I forgot to study for a test! UGH! I still have nightmares that Bowling Green State University is going to contact […]

12Aug2015 | Continued

The day my life changed in a flash

Commentary by Thomas Covino Part 2 of a 3-part series The day has finally come for the first internal test, of who knows how many, before the determined procedure is decided upon.  The catheter and dye indicated at least three vessels extending from my heart were sealed off completely by the build up of plaque. […]

25Jun2015 | Continued

Thank you Food City … for your delicious Salad Bar!!!

A couple weeks back or so, I was driving down Peavine Road heading back to the Glade, when I passed Food City and saw their sign out front that read: “Salad Bar Now Open”. Now normal people would not have had the reaction I did, but no one ever accused me of being normal. I […]

8Apr2015 | Continued

A tale: The Bear, The Wife, and The Dude

Jim Arber 24 March 2014 3:10m Near Druid #14 Love of bird seed leads to rude wake-up call Crash, bang, tinkle, what the……………….?  Rolled over and looked at the clock, 3:10AM. My wife is a bit more nimble than me when I first wake up.  She had the deck light on and was out the […]

1Apr2015 | Continued

Stories of The Great Ice Storm of 2015 continue to be told

COMMENTARY By JANET LORD For The Vista I’m not sure if it was predicted … probably was, but I didn’t get the forecast message. I don’t know exactly when The Great Ice Storm of 2015 struck, but I was told about many first-hand experiences. My next door neighbor related how she thought her roof was […]

1Apr2015 | Continued

Want to know how to junk that junk mail?

By DOROTHY DALE For The Vista Did you get what seemed like hundreds of advertising letters, brochures and catalogs (aka “junk mail”) over the holidays?  I did. My mail box was daily jammed with unwanted mail which quickly overloaded the “circular file”. I finally decided to try to do something about it—and you can, too.  […]

12Feb2015 | Continued

30 years!?!

Where has the time gone, my sweet (first) wife In all my married life, I do not believe I have ever forgotten my anniversary. In fact, I am sure of it. However, I believe there was a time or two that I either forgot to get my wife a card or was late in doing so. […]

2Dec2014 | Continued
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How about that? Three years and counting

  As I was working on The Vista this past week, it struck me — “Hey, Happy Anniversary to me!” Yes, it has been three years now that I have had the reins of The Vista as its Publisher/Editor. As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Oh, it’s not always fun, […]

5Nov2014 | Continued