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Miners’ health must be protected

It was November 1968 when Farmington No. 9 exploded. My uncle, neighbor and several high school classmates were in the mine at the time of the explosion. For days, everyone I had ever known sat around the company store, waiting for updates about the fate of our loved ones. The look on my ...

Change in the Ukraine

For the Ukraine there is fast approaching a reckoning. With Petro Poroshenko’s government unable to tame the corruption rampant in the country, the hopes that the European Union would bail them out are dashed. Indeed, the Maidan “revolution” has long been forgotten as ambitious ...

Barbour welcomes fall with events

Hello from Barbour County, where we can officially welcome fall this weekend. A little bit about my family. My mom has welcomed two foreign exchange students into her home this school year. One of them is from Bolivia, and the other is from Hungary. It is quite a fun experience, and we ...

Making discoveries of who I am

By the Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking Parish House director The exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin caught my attention in such a way that I almost heard myself gasp. A rainy day and a long line had diverted us to the Jewish Museum instead of the museum that had been at the top of our ...

Looking for assistance after a flood

Where to start? I’ve been told many times that’s the first thing that goes through the mind of someone who has suffered a drastic loss, perhaps everything, in a disaster such as a flash flood. Obviously, salvaging what you can and at least beginning to clean up and assess the situation is ...

Exciting days for D&E

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. This wise axiom was shared with me many years ago, and life experience has taught me that it is correct. The axiom is a good one for our lives individually, and for institutions as well. On Sept.15, the faculty and staff of Davis & Elkins ...

McKinley’s new challenge

Long before Donald Trump turned politics inside-out by trash-talking the establishment, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was using the strategy to win a seat in Congress from our state. Trouble is, the political establishment then was the Democrat Party. Now, it’s the ...

Sports injuries a danger

The air is getting slightly cooler at night and fall sports seasons are upon us. This is an exciting time when the kids are back at school and most nights have some sporting activity to attend. With fall sports seasons come a rush of injuries. Most of these are minor and include sprains and ...

AmeriCorps helps the community

Kump Education Center is sponsoring AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors at Elkins Middle School and North Elementary School for a third school year. We are also adding a new AmeriCorps member who will serve with us part-time and with Preservation Alliance of West Virginia part-time. ...

Donald deals with the Dems

President Donald Trump’s tilting toward the Democrats was a masterstroke. After the hurricanes in Florida and Texas created a need for a generous federal government, Trump, along with Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, combined to raise the debt limit. With the fecklessness of the GOP ...

Being met with the limitless love of our Father

“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Picture it. Third Street, Elkins, late 1960s. Montgomery Ward on the corner and Grants right down the street. A beautiful summer morning and a trip to town. My ...

Old things remind us of simpler times

What is it about old things that attracts us and often, gives us enjoyment? Some of the most popular special events in our area are centered around old things. Why are these old things so compelling? Obviously, they are part of our history. But there’s more than that to it. The old ...

Sacred calling

This past Sunday I experienced an honor and a blessing. Because of my ordination, I not only participated in the Installation Service of D&E’s new Benfield-Vick Chaplain, I also served as the celebrant for the Sacrament of Holy Communion along with the pastor of Davis Memorial ...

Government’s limitations

Sometimes we want too much from government. We want it to be compassionate, as long as it does so in someone else’s backyard, with someone else’s money. When it doesn’t do the impossible, we decide rascality must be to blame. Pity the poor Wheeling city officials who have to decide what ...

Residents getting involved

As a newspaper veteran, someone who has spent countless hours at governmental meetings where no one from the public was in attendance, let alone speaking about an issue, I get excited when I see local residents getting involved in how their government is run. That’s why I appreciated several ...

Veteran deserves honor

West Virginia is a state born from military conflict, with a unique heritage of military service to our nation. West Virginians have always served our great country valiantly and Hershel “Woody” Williams is among West Virginia and our great nations’ most valiant. There has been a ...

Trump is one of a kind

Huey Long, when asked about his core beliefs, answered, “Just say I am sui generis and let it go at that.” So it might be with President Donald Trump that he too is one of a kind. Hurricane Harvey brought out his best side while he toured Houston, with a bit of a heartfelt smile. He ...

Fall Bash and more on tap in Barbour

Hello from Barbour County where we now have a new queen! Skylar Ketchem is the new Miss Barbour County 2017. Congratulations! Skylar is a sweetheart and I'm sure she will have fun this year and represent our county well. The weather sure has been the topic of conversations lately. Folks in ...

The unlocked church door

Psalm 122:1: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Eagerly, the 9-year old turned the church doorknob, pushed the door open and bounded into the small sanctuary. Sunday’s afternoon sunlight filled the room, exposing hundreds of dust particles in its ...

Erasing our connections to the past

Lewis Wetzel was a bloodthirsty murderer of native Americans, it has been said. If Wetzel saw an Indian, he tried to kill him, in cold blood, if possible, according to some of his critics. So, should we hop in our cars and drive to Morgantown, there to tear down or at least shroud the statue ...