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A Christmas Miracle

Story was inspired by The 104.7 The Fish Christmas Wish Program. Photo by: Unsplash.

Elizabeth Wood, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

On July 14, 10-year-old, Emily Marksdale was diagnosed with Leukemia. Emily’s life began to change very quickly. One moment, she enjoyed all things 10-year-old girls enjoy. She attended birthday parties, sleepovers, went to church, she danced ballet and competed with the Sparks, her local gymnastic...

John Wolf

The mansion was built in the prime of the roaring 20’s in a time where everyone’s philosophy was “eat, drink and be merry,” and it was quite beautiful when it was first built. (Photo by: Grace Wood)

Grace Wood, Editor-in-Chief

November 22, 2019

My car drove begrudgingly up the winding gravel road, leading up to my next photography assignment: an old mansion once owned by John Wolf, a prominent businessman in our town. For the past few months, I have been capturing historical landmarks that have shaped this town to the small but grand communit...

Fatal Friday

A supposedly ordinary Friday takes a terrible turn. Can Eli make it through this day in one piece?

Ramya Raja, News/Sports Editor

December 20, 2017

Sleep and drowsiness clouded his vision as Eli realized the time visible on the clock in front of him. He bolted upright, stumbled out of bed, and began scrambling for clothes. “I can’t be late, not again,” Eli muttered to himself as he stumbled out the door without grabbing a bite to eat. Eli...


A knock at the door shook him from his stupor in front of the television, and as he stood, scraping his feet slowly along the floor, several bottles clinked in protest.  A man in a black suit stood waiting for him.

Emily Stocksdale, Literature Editor

May 19, 2017

Jerry was a fidgety man with a face that made people nervous to look at--not because it was intimidating by any means, but because of a characteristic twitching of the corner of his mouth at odd intervals.  He was short and balding, although with the amount of time he spent fixing his hair each morn...

Ode to Despondency

The sun’s descent beneath the clustered buildings of Paris gave confidence to all night’s shadows, which huddled amongst the tattered scraps of paper and piled dust on the streets.  Amongst them, a man contemplates life and its overwhelming consequences.

Emily Stocksdale, Literature Editor

May 19, 2017

The sun’s descent beneath the clustered buildings of Paris gave confidence to all night’s shadows, even the most fickle in spirit, and they drew to huddle amongst the tattered scraps of paper and piled dust on the streets.  Huddled, too, against the back of a young man, barely upon the age of eight-and-ten,...

Lunar Landing: The Hidden Files

The Moon Landing is an event so shrouded in mystery, not even the United States Government truly knows what occurred that night. These files, written by pilot Michael Collins, are the closest we have to first hand information.

Seth Anderson, Staff Writer

March 1, 2017

July 20th, 1969 20:17:40 They had been told that it was impossible, a fever dream, a fruitless endeavor. But now, after billions of dollars, countless hours, and a ton of luck, the United States had finally reached the moon. The space race was theirs. Neil Armstrong, the youngest of the three ...

To the Depths of the Sea

He gazed longingly into the sea, waiting for the day when she would return to him.

Emily Stocksdale, Staff Writer

May 23, 2016

Waves came rolling in to break against the craggy shore.  He watched as they scurried back, only to gather themselves back up and ram against the rocks once more.  Straining his eyes, he looked as far as he could into the distance, but it was futile.  The sun was setting, and with it went any hope...

The Choice

Lany Campbell, Staff Writer

May 10, 2016

You are all alone in a tunnel, and all you remember, or know, is you must keep walking. The cave you reside in appears to be as black as night, with shadows an emptiness resembling a ghost town. The walls weep with perspiration, invisible silhouettes crawling along the edges of your periphery like silent...

Fool’s Gold

Near the stream, a tree was in full bloom, its flowers white and innocent against the deep blue of the sky.  Lying on the grass beneath this tree was the object which had caught her attention.

Emily Stocksdale, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016

The town rose dully before them, with little fanfare from anyone in the wagon.  They were tired, far too tired to cheer or work up a smile.  Reaching the town was just another milestone, scratched away from their to-do lists and left to collect dust. Jess shifted the baby in her arms and leaned...

The Forest

“They said the forest could help you find yourself—that it had magical properties. Once you were inside, you would be exposed to your true self—who you really are inside.”

Noelle Walker, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 21, 2016

The wind howled through the trees and I shivered. It was not from the cold. Ahead of me was a forest, filled completely with darkness. With trembling fingers, I grabbed my elbows to give me something to hold onto and forced myself onward. "You don't have to do this, you know," Elise's voice...

Other Side of the Mirror

Perhaps it was only a flash, a trick of weary eyes, but he was almost certain that he had seen something...wrong.

Emily Stocksdale, Staff Writer

March 28, 2016

The moon hung lazily in the sky, barely illuminating the sheer cliffside and dark pines far below.  Shadows posed in eerie battle stances, their forms grotesque as they shifted with the wind.  He had not noticed until then how cold the night was, how unwelcoming.  Even the silence, usually so peaceful...

Mona and I

A good thing can change so quickly, but the clouds will break in due time.

Noah Smith, Staff Writer

November 30, 2015

Her eyes tempted me from across the room. I stood, still as stone, and returned her gaze. Her eyes were something tough to describe. They were metallic blue toward the pupil, but grew emerald by the edge. This was perhaps an indicator of the months to come: strange, yet beautiful.   AUGUST                 The party was nothing sp...

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