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Building success starts in Appalachia

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission has collaborated with local and state partners to transform communities, create jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. Since becoming the ARC Federal Co-Chair in May, I take seriously my responsibility to work collaboratively with ARC’s ...

ARC supports South Carolina prosperity

As our states grow and prosper, new initiatives often overshadow successful ones commenced long ago. One of these is the Appalachian Regional Commission. In South Carolina, the northwestern counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens, Oconee, and Spartanburg are within the Appalachian ...

Making furry friends and enjoying the ride

I wonder how you go about getting your pet to be part of a national ad campaign? If I could figure that out, I have little doubt that our outdoor cat, Mr. White, would be the best “spokesman” that a cat food company could possibly have. Some time ago, I shared with readers of this ...

The best way to see the colors of Belmont County

The change in temperature brings shades of colors that make you feel comfort, warmth, and peacefulness. The weather change also has you crave pumpkin spice, apple cider and hot cocoa. Although no predictive tool is 100 percent accurate, reports share that you have a pretty good shot at ...

A tribute to two pillars of Belmont community

One hundred and three years — it’s hard to even imagine leading a life that long. The village of Belmont lost its oldest resident last week, when Anne Davis died on Thursday. Mrs. Davis was my neighbor for several years. Her home, which was always well maintained with a neatly ...

The power of influence and its impact on people

This week’s leadership lesson with my high school soccer players is influence. We have taught leadership to our boys for over 20 years. The captains get additional training. Since we began teaching leadership our teams have won 16 regional and five state championships. Most important is ...