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Hopes and Wishes for New Year

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed January 8 1979   Christmas 1978, that seemed so far away when the colorful leaves of October were falling, has come, and all too…

Slow Return to Early Christmases

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed Christmas 1979   In the early days in these Appalachian Mountains there were many small communities of people situated in the deep hollows that…

Pulaski’s Foremost Hero

Originally printed February 6, 1978   On a cold sleety afternoon in January, I made a pilgrimage through the foot-deep snow to a far corner of Oakwood Cemetery, to satisfy…

“For the Love of Snuff”

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed September 6, 1977   “Whether taken by the puff, or in the form of powdered snuff, or chewed and swallowed by heroes tough, it’s…

Signs of schools past

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed August 15, 1977   “Do you wish to promote the morals of your children, while the intellect is being cultivated? We have no whiskey,…

Mountain Cure-All?

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 25, 1977   We are living in a time when a large number of people are on the big natural foods kick. Most…

Grassroots Sports

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 18, 1977   Pleasant sounds are satisfying to the soul. The gong of the old town clock, or late afternoon music of chimes…

“Moonshine Heyday”

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 13, 1977   The hills around Pulaski have always afforded good watersheds for fresh water, but water is not the only liquid refreshment…

Change Not Names Only

Looking Back with Mathews, printed June 13, 1977   The distinguished group of Town Councilmen made their way to their super-stuffed chairs with the air of Supreme Court Justices, and…

Policeman’s role changed

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed May 23, 1977   There is a great deal of discussion these days about the quality and efficiency of the local police department. Pulaski’s…