Oden: He's lucky there are no land sharks in Appalachia

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } “Well, Jake did it again!” said my wife, after a visit with our neighbors at the farm next door. “Did what?” I asked, concerned about...

Garrett: In mud puddle is sign of spring

I had to look close to be sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Clinging to a tree root in a mud puddle was a large “clump”...

Our view: Candidate decisions best left to voters

“The Independent Herald will not endorse candidates for political office, but will make every attempt to keep our readers aware of who those candidates are and the office they...

Garrett: The mouse came, but he couldn’t stay

In 1995’s Apollo 13 — the captivating cinematic account of NASA’s failed mission to the moon in 1970 — one controller asks another: “Is it A.M. or P.M.?” The...

Editorial: Oneida stadium should be named in Jim May’s honor

Placing Coach Jim May’s name on the football stadium at Oneida High School is an honor long overdue. Earlier this month, the school’s P.A. broadcaster, Kevin Acres, appeared before the...

Fighting fracking, promoting poverty

Unable to persuade legislators to ban fracking on the federal or state levels, environmentalists are now waging their war on fracking one locality at a time. In June, they won...

Garrett: Dark underbelly of lax trade rules evident in forests

One of my favorite places is a dense stand of hemlocks along Indian Fork Creek near the Brimstone community. There, along property managed by Brimstone Recreation, hemlocks crowd along the...

Oden: Beware of generous neighbors bearing tomatoes

I knew they were at home. Cars were in the driveway. Curtains twitched at the windows as if someone had peeked out. I could hear the television droning inside. But no...

Garrett: Consumer loyalty is a strange thing

We consumers are a strange lot when it comes to brand loyalty. Consider this: If Nike wants to put its name on a billboard, the side of the bus or...

Oden: Granny helped me sell my first magazine article

One of the earliest stories I ever sold to a magazine was a piece about weather folklore. In fact, the article centered on the belief that wooly worms could...

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