Dear council: Refocus on Hillsboro

Dear council: Refocus on Hillsboro

An open letter to Hillsboro City Council:I’m sure most of you would agree that in many ways 2016 has been a lost year for our city. Since he was...

December 7th, 2016 |  


Sometimes you get the best seat

Sometimes you get the best seat

I’ve spent much of the past 20 years living in the sports world’s version of an ivory tower (not literally, of course, but how cool would ...

December 6th, 2016 |  


Christmas on the courthouse lawn

Christmas on the courthouse lawn

I have to admit, I love living in a community where the county courthouse is so politically incorrect that its front lawn features both a Nativity sce...

December 5th, 2016 |  


Sometimes you just never know

Sometimes you just never know

I do not remember it well, but for some reason there is a scene from that very first day that is burned into my memory. It was my first day working fo...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


A piece of childhood slips away

A piece of childhood slips away

The Tooth Fairy has made her last official visit to our home, at least for now.The Shepherd household being off her visit list at the present time is ...

November 29th, 2016 |  


We can be right, or happy

We can be right, or happy

I completely empathize with Todd Wilkin. I once had a very similar experience.In 2001, I was hired by the new chairman of the West Virginia Republican...

November 28th, 2016 updated: November 28th, 2016. |  


Time to focus on next 4 years

Time to focus on next 4 years

Exhale America.The most divisive election in history is over and we can all get back to our normal lives. Hopefully.I’ve not seen such nastiness...

November 22nd, 2016 |  


In praise of Clinton & Obama

In praise of Clinton & Obama

Today, the story of how a Hillsboro native’s thoughtful gesture reminds me just how much President Obama means to millions of Americans. But fir...

November 21st, 2016 updated: November 21st, 2016. |  


How could I forget that one?

How could I forget that one?

In this space a week ago I wrote about some of my misadventures with the snow and ice while driving. You’d think the ones I mentioned would be e...

November 18th, 2016 |  


Is there not enough hate already?

Is there not enough hate already?

It is a practical question, that one up there in the headline for this column.I think a lot of us would agree that there is enough hate already, so le...

November 15th, 2016 |