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Reporting for duty

This week The Inter-Mountain announced that I would be the paper’s new executive editor. Taking over the position is a dream come true for me. I grew up in Montrose, lived in Elkins during my high school years and went to West Virginia University to study journalism. All that time I was ...

Foreign policy snafus

Certainly President Donald Trump deserves some criticism of his conduct of foreign policy. Bombast and hyperbole are not recommended as a means of communicating with foreign powers, particularly the North Koreans. When it comes to overstatement, they have no peers and give the misleading ...

My grace is sufficient for thee

Greetings in the name of Almighty God Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, soon-coming King, and Their Mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). When we speak of the Grace of God we must consider the word “grace” which means “unmerited favor.” The grace of our Lord has been ...

Understanding Jim Justice

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

Health care affects each life

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C. as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

Trump needs some help

Don’t get mad, get even. Either President Donald Trump has never heard that advice or he believes he can do both, to judge by his angry tweets and habit of thumbing his nose at the political establishment. But whether the swamp can be drained from the outside is a question. In fact, it is ...

Portman, Capito on right track

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. Last week’s column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless ...

Summer Splash Fest is here!

Today is the date of our first-ever Summer Splash Fest at Kump Education Center. “SuperB Science Hero,” John Red Banks is here in town with all his gear for three short shows titled The Magic of Science. Between magic shows check out the Minds in Motion games Midland Elementary teachers ...

Multiple events on tap in Barbour

Hello, from Barbour County! Summer is quickly drawing to a close. School begins on Aug. 15. There still is some time left to enjoy the summer reading program at Philippi Southern Baptist Church. Children meet there on Thursdays for an evening of fun. Ages 1-3 will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ...

Look below the surface and sow seeds

This summer nature has astonished me over and over again. More than once I have been stopped short by some part of nature — the green around me, the intensity of colors in the summer blossoms, the early morning birdsongs, the quiet gentle rains and the resounding, thunderous storms. Most ...

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As Civil War soldiers aged and started dying off, their children determined that they would build a monument to keep the memories alive for future generations. With the aid of a few surviving Civil War participants, they erected a statue. Fittingly, the statue was placed on the farm formerly owned by Jacob Marshall, beside the road used by both Confederate and Union troops in their struggle for control of western Virginia. Soldiers, both blue and gray, are buried beside that road in marked and unmarked graves. The statue was dedicated on July 23, 1913, 52 years after the first Confederate soldiers occupied the farm.

Why is that Confederate statue here?

A statue of a Civil War soldier sits in a tree-shaded park beside a country road in southern Randolph County. Why is it there? The inscription at the base gives a clue: “To the memory of the Confederate soldiers of Randolph County and vicinity. This includes all soldiers who died on Valley ...

GOP race benefits Manchin

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s announcement he is running for a U.S. Senate seat should have come as no surprise, though U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins. R-W.Va., no doubt had high hopes Morrisey would stay out of the race. What Morrisey’s entry means, in a nutshell, is that if ...

Protecting W.Va. consumers

Most businesses are reputable, but when a home repair, a vehicle sale or other transaction goes wrong, our office looks out for consumers. Our dedicated staff works to protect the consumer’s money and personal information from predatory scams and practices. We achieve this through ...

Summer science is a lot of fun

Summer Splash Fest at Kump Education Center July 29 will be a full day of hands-on science activities. Three different “Magic of Science” presentations with John Red Banks and simulation games planned by Jane Birdsong will keep kids actively learning and thinking. Science is not ...

Trump truly has blown his chance

Donald Trump’s first meeting with Vladimir Putin elicited widespread criticism in the United States. For traditional diplomatic policy sources, such as the council of foreign relations, he was unprepared and spoke to Putin in personal, not political, terms. Like Kaiser Wilhelm II at Bjorko in ...

Effective county fire service is a physical impossibility

Below you will find a copy of W.Va Code 7-17-12 concerning county fire service fees. Read it for yourself. Below that is a letter to our esteemed governor stating the facts and asking for answers to direct questions. I have not received a response. Maybe if everyone asked the same questions, ...

Our Father, Which Art In Heaven

Greetings to all in the name of Jehovah God the Father, his only begotten Son, our soon-coming king, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and their mighty Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). I’m thankful to God for another opportunity to write to you in this column. Thanks to everyone who remembered me in ...

Recycling program raises questions

In deciding whether to accept job offers during my career, I’ve always taken into consideration the community in which I’d have to live. Is it a nice place? Are the schools good? Will my family be safe? How high are the taxes? Will I, as a reasonably progressive person, fit in? My ...

The path to prosperity

I am not one to look in the rearview mirror. I believe in moving forward. However, there are times when one must stop and reassess a situation. And I feel I must do that as it pertains to the conversation of the state funding of higher education. First, I want to make it clear that West ...

Barbour County cancer group to meet July 21

Hello, from Barbour County! I hear that we have a couple of new families in the county. There are some Amish neighbors who have purchased farms in the area. I have not seen them myself, but if you do happen to meet them, please make them feel welcome! The Barbour County cancer support ...