Contributing Writer Bios

Chuck Avery

Chuck Avery grew up in Connersville and entered the U. S. Army after high school. He served during the Korean War, then attended Ball State on the G. I. bill and began his teaching career at Angola, IN. He moved to Hagerstown in 1970 and taught there for 27 years before retiring to write full time. He has since published two plays—one a musical comedy—many magazine articles, a children’s book and five collections of his newspaper columns. His columns, which have been carried by as many as nine newspapers, have won numerous awards, including, in 2002, NPR’s “PRINDI” as the best in the nation. That same year he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest honor. He and his wife Michelle live near Hagerstown in a house they designed and built.

Contributing Writer - Melissa Klemann

Melissa Klemann

I am a mother, grandmother, and have been wife to Joe for the past 34 years. Every week, I have the honor of submitting a column to the Nettle Creek Gazette called “Another Good Day,” in which I try to convey that every day is a blessing from the Lord in one way or another. I also try to include a recipe I have tried that week from our Hagerstown home kitchen.


Contributing Writer - Lindsay Sankey

Lindsay Sankey

Lindsay Sankey is a blogger, photographer and stockman’s wife. Her blog, Jean’s Boots Are Made For Talking (, chronicles life in production agriculture by connecting with readers through humorous, relatable storytelling. Lindsay and her Kansas-ranch-raised husband raise purebred Angus and Shorthorn cattle – and also, a daughter and son. Lindsay is the Communications Manager at Harvest Land Co-op, a Purdue alumni, Hagerstown High School graduate and survivor of the Greens Fork rural bus route. She was raised on her parents’ purebred Shorthorn cow/calf operation south of Greens Fork, where her passion for production agriculture was ignited.