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Why, Caterpillar, Why?

By JAMES PEELEĀ  Special to The SWT With the local economy already feeling the effects of a five-year downturn in economic growth, the announcement last month that Caterpillar was closing…

Paradise by the kitchen lights

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   You recall the first moment you knew true heartache and betrayal. You were in a diner with someone you thought was The One. After a…

Tough cookies

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I have acquaintances who genuinely, deeply enjoy fruitcake, and I regard them with the suspicion due celebrity Scientologists and enemy sleeper agents. At any moment…

A little jelly in your roll

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   So the Day of Bountiful Turkey is almost upon you, but you’re perfectly alright. Let’s change tack from a couple of weeks ago and assume…

Healthcare in Virginia?

By JAMES PEELE Special to The SWT What is the prognosis for healthcare in Virginia post election? As Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli was the first AG to file suit against…

Keeping it spicy

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   If you have kids, especially very small ones, it’s possible you may have come to hate potatoes; your freezer has so many tater tots and…

Cranberry butter me up

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Let’s say that somehow, miraculously, you got out of having to make Thanksgiving dinner this year. I don’t know how, and of course that may…

My darling little pumpkin

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com We’re past Halloween and into the holidays proper, and this is the time of year you find out what kind of person you are: the type…

Trickless treats

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   I personally love a good scary novel. I read all kinds of things, but this time of year I hit the shelves looking for something…

Playing it cool

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Tailgate season is upon us, like a blessing or a plague, depending on how you feel about sports. Well, it’s been here for a while,…