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Civil War Battle of Wytheville

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed January 17, 1979   On July 17, 1863, residents of Wytheville steeled themselves for an attack by General Toland’s Raiders. Every man, woman…

Methodism Born

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed December 5, 1978   The Methodist Church was born in 1729 as the Holy Club at Oxford University in England, and it can…

Name Carries Meaning

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed October 26, 1978   It was not until this past October 11 that I ever gave much thought to why our county was…

Rails Bring Adventure

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed September 11, 1978 Like the highway systems of today the railroads had main lines running like arteries through the country, and from these…

Struggle Continues for Equality

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 4, 1980 “RESOLVED, that woman is man’s equal-was intended to be by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that…

Job Was Not the Safest

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed in 1979? (exact date unclear)   “Hear me my friends while a tale I tell, Of the cold-blooded murder of John Caddall. In…

Old Saying Found to be True

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed June 13, 1979   I have always heard it said that as we human beings get older we get more set in our…

Credit Runs Our World

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed February 19, 1979   It’s a great big credit card world we’re living in. Wallets are bursting at the seams trying to carry the…

Women Had Part in Area Battles

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed January 29, 1979   Southwest Virginia played an important role in The War Between the States, in supplying both men and materials, as…

Tinkling Spring Revisited

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed July 24, 1978   Old settlements hold a great fascination for those of us with appetites for the excitement of the past. One…

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