Contributing Writer Bios

Contributing Writer - Rex Bell

Rex Bell

Rex Bell was born and raised in Millville Indiana, and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1970. He founded Bell Contracting in 1974, and still operates it today (reportedly the oldest continually owned business in Hagerstown). He and his wife, Susan, have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Rex writes a monthly column, alternating sporadically between “A Libertarian Perspective”, which takes a light-hearted look at the effect government and politics has on our lives, and “The BellView”, a commentary on life in general.

Contributing Writer - Leah Huddleston

Leah Huddleston

I began loving history when I learned my family members were involved in historical events. People were asking if our family was related to the Huddleston House; so, in 1974, with Pauline Montgomery’s help, I began a genealogical search and found out my husband, Howard, descends from a brother, Jesse, of John who built the Huddleston House. That search launched my serious study of our families. A few years ago I was asked to volunteer in the History Room at the Cambridge City Library, and I really enjoy all aspects of our work there. A couple of years ago we formed the group, Restoration In Peace, to restore Capitol Hill Cemetery. I began writing stories about the people buried there in July, 2015, and still have a ways to go. I have enjoyed the research and writing.

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.