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Mysterious history of Valentine's Day and the story of its patron saint Emperor Claudius II Print E-mail

The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Rosa Parks, a bold catalyst for the civil rights movement Print E-mail

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, igniting the boycott that led to a Supreme Court ruling against segregation in public transportation.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights," and "the mother of the freedom movement".

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin nine months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience.

Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

February is Black History Month: The brave women who led the way for Rosa Parks and others to come Print E-mail

Irene Morgan (April 9, 1917 – August 10, 2007), later known as Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, was an important predecessor to Rosa Parks in the successful fight to overturn segregation laws in the United States.

Like the more famous Parks, but eleven years earlier, in 1944, the 27-year-old Baltimore-born African-American was arrested and jailed in Virginia for refusing to give up her seat on an interstate Greyhound bus to a white person.

When the bus driver stopped in Middlesex County, Virginia, and summoned the sheriff, who tried to arrest Morgan, she tore up the arrest warrant, kicked the sheriff in the groin and fought with the deputy who tried to drag her off the bus.

Irene Morgan appealed her case on the conviction for violating the segregation laws. After exhausting appeals in state courts, she and her lawyers appealed her conviction on constitutional grounds all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1946, the justices agreed to hear the case.

George Remus' legacy of a common man who became wealthy to being a common man once again Print E-mail


From Chicago to Cincinnati to Covington to a grave in Falmouth, that was the life journey of George Remus, the 1920's legendary bootlegger. He lived a life as seen in movies. While there may be a skeleton in everyone's closet, there's few to match the one lying in Riverside Cemetery.

While criminals have been known to see the light and change their ways and follow the law, Remus, a Chicago attorney took a different direction. Seeing the money made by the bootleggers he often defended in court, the lawyer decided to use his knowledge of the legal loopholes to his advantage and make himself into a very rich man. His having worked as a pharmacist in Chicago gave him the privilege of a pharmacy permit which entitled him to legally produce a limited amount of alcohol for "medicinal purpose." A perfect starting point for a business in bootlegging.

Martin Luther King Jr. the conscience of a generation that changed America through the power of love Print E-mail

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. He also established his reputation as a radical, and became an object of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's COINTELPRO for the rest of his life.

PCCC providing twenty-five years of community service Print E-mail

Twenty-five years ago, on January 14, 1988, thirty-three persons met together at Southern Elementary library to organize the Pendleton County Cooperative of Churches (PCCC). Representatives from fourteen churches were present for the signing of the charter. The establishing of working committees was presented by Rev. Henry White, president of the local Ministerial Association.

Mr. Elton Souder of the Falmouth Baptist church served as the first president of the PCCC. Other officers included Paul DeWald, vice president, St. Francis Xavier Catholic; Shirley Jacob, secretary, Mt. Moriah Church; and Lois Record, treasurer, Butler Christian Church.

All about New Year's resolutions and how to succeed Print E-mail

Well it's that time again. Time for making New Year's resolutions. With 2013 barely underway, those well intended resolutions are fresh off our tongues. Now comes the tough job of keeping them.

What sets New Year's resolutions apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. A clean slate of 12 whole months lies before us. We commit ourselves to a New Year's resolution generally hoping to keep it or them for the whole following year.

There are religious origins to the making of New Year's resolutions. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed  objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions.


Santa Claus is coming to town: written by local man Print E-mail

By Don Lee

Each year at this time when this writer hears the song “Santa Claus is coming to Town” my thoughts go back many years to when I was about nine years old and in the third grade at First District School in Covington. I had a young friend and playmate in my class named Gillespie. One day our teacher Miss Ruth Lane told the class that my friend’s grandfather was the famous songwriter Haven Gillespie, the writer of  “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” I had met the famous man and did not know it.

The true spirit of the holidays and what it really means Print E-mail

By Bryan Golden

Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts.  The question most often asked of people is, "what did you get?"  Much less frequently asked is, "what did you give?"  Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts.  Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially when it's backed up by your actions.

Advent season is a celebration of expectancy and hope in Christ Print E-mail

The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate His coming, so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.


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