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Madonna of the Trail defies statue-toppling culture

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BEALLSVILLE, Pennsylvania -- If you are driving too fast, you'll miss her. It often happens at the pitch of the rolling Appalachian Mountain, where she has stood for nearly 100 years: the statue of a sturdy frontier woman holding a rifle in one arm and an infant in another, with another child clinging to her long skirt.

She is Madonna of the ...Read more

For now, an unknown monument pivotal to our history is safe from historical purges

From the Right / Salena Zito /

JUMONVILLE, Pennsylvania -- What happened here 266 years ago had repercussions so profound they changed the course of world history abruptly and irreversibly. A disputed moment occurred that led to the French and Indian War, the first true world war that would drag on for seven years, draw blood on five continents and have costs that would ...Read more

'Ghostbusters', drive-ins and marching forward together

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BUTLER, Pennsylvania -- Last Monday was supposed to be a celebration, a coming together across the ages and across the country to mark the day "Ghostbusters" debuted in 1984, a film that made movie executives cringe but won the hearts of moviegoers. The film was going to be shown at drive-in theaters from coast to coast.

John Mason, owner of ...Read more

Revisiting William McKinley's victory through the lens of 2020

From the Right / Salena Zito /

NILES, Ohio -- Truth be told, neither the home William McKinley was born in nor the front porch 55 miles west of his birthplace from which he conducted his presidential campaign exist anymore.

The small, wood-plank-sided home here on state Route 46 is a replica of where the 25th president of the United States was born. The original home was ...Read more

All-American company L.C. King makes masks in America

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BRISTOL, Tennessee -- There is not one thing in the jeans, flannel-lined jackets, denim jackets, overalls, shirts, carpenter pants, custom uniforms or masks produced by L.C. King Manufacturing that is not made in America.

Nothing -- not even the threads or the rivets.

"All the components, the raw materials, are purchased in the United States ...Read more

Racing's colosseum goes dark waiting to welcome its family back home

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BRISTOL, Tennessee -- April's race weekend came and went with no one filling the steep stadium stands of one of the largest sports venues in the world; no one standing proudly to sing "The Star-Spangled-Banner"; and no hushed anticipation before the most famous words in motor sports, followed by the roar of the engines that power some of the ...Read more

Trump takes jabs at Biden's mental fitness

From the Right / Salena Zito /

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania -- President Donald Trump, speaking to the Washington Examiner ahead of an event at a medical supply facility in this key swing state, took aim at Joe Biden's mental faculties, at one point claiming his Democratic challenger "has absolutely no idea what's happening."

Trump was reacting to news that Biden had teamed up ...Read more

The Natural: MLB legend recalls his 27-strikeout game

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BELLE VERNON, Pennsylvania -- As Ron Necciai recalls, the first two batters both went down in strikes. The third guy got lucky -- sort of. The ball got away from the catcher, who quickly got the batter out at first.

It was May 13, 1952, a cold, damp Tuesday night for 1,100 people at Shaw Stadium in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Necciai ...Read more

On Virginia-Tennessee border, one side is open for business while the other is still on lockdown

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BRISTOL, Tenn./Virginia State Line -- Joe Deel is behind the chrome-trimmed turquoise counter of his legendary diner, the Burger Bar in Virginia, working with his wife, Kayla; daughter Emily; and sous chef, Corey Young. They can see people going to lunch at the State Line Bar and Grill in Tennessee, just across the street and less than 50 yards ...Read more

Small-town America: 'One bad season away from bankrupt'

From the Right / Salena Zito /

OHIOPYLE, Pennsylvania -- Like most places in the United States, this tiny patch of a town is struggling to stay afloat. Like most places, people here are trying to help others out. And like most places, those who live and work here wonder whether their community will ever be the same.

Vicki Marietta's family has been in this place forever. ...Read more

While the economy goes bust, farm-to-table booms

From the Right / Salena Zito /

MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- There is an argument to be made that the coronavirus pandemic could change the food supply chain for the long term. It may disrupt across the board our reliance on distant producers, processing plants and large chain grocery stores.

In the process, it would connect many of us to local food in the same way our parents and ...Read more

American truckers: Our new first responders

From the Right / Salena Zito /

SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania -- Chet Eby is making sure you will get all of the bacon you need for breakfast, or that thinly sliced prosciutto and provolone sandwich you've been craving. It is a Wednesday afternoon, and the 31-year-old has his young sons, Austin and Evan, with him hauling a load of 20-pound piglets from Cumberland County to Iowa. ...Read more

Coronavirus claims new victims: Places and pasts

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BROTHERSVALLEY TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- Anyone who drives along the narrow, winding township road just off of U.S. Route 219 immediately finds themselves whisked back in time, if only for a moment, as their car enters the Burkholder Bridge.

The 150-year-old structure has cherry-red shingles; a charming sign bearing its name across the arc of ...Read more

 

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