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Renewing conservation fund a wise investment

Fall is the most beautiful time in the Mountain State and, as tremendous amounts of residents and tourists travel through West Virginia this time of year, we are reminded how important our forests, streams and access to hiking and hunting opportunities really are. The beautiful places that ...

Cancel impeachment trial?

Can the West Virginia Supreme Court order the state Senate to cancel an impeachment trial against a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court? Of course it can. The state’s highest court can issue just about any directive justices choose in regard to affairs within the state. But what ...

Drugs blur the lines of good, evil

Our book group discussed The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu on Tuesday. While working with the Inmate Crew at Kump Education Center Wednesday, I thought of characters in Cantu’s book, and the two circumstances made me ponder about the reasons for ...

Too clever by half

Lindsay Graham, senior senator from South Carolina, provides an example of a leader who is too clever by half. His burgeoning friendship with President Donald Trump was improbable, given Graham’s opinions of him in 2016. He not only denounced Trump but judged him “unfit” for the ...

Buckwheat Breakfast and Irish Fall Festival on tap in Barbour

Hello and happy fall from Barbour County! I like the cooler weather, and I've noticed that the leaves are starting to change. Today, Sept, 22, is a day full of fun around the area. There will be a Buckwheat Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Tacy Community Center. Come on ...

What a gift to serve ones in need

It was quite a sight! On a recent Sunday evening, The McDonnell Center at Davis & Elkins College was filled with students, faculty, staff and community members positioned around dozens of tables. Hairnets adorned their heads. Looking down from the walking track above, they appeared to be ...

Community Ward Watch

As chief of the Elkins Police Department, I see my primary duty as the protection of the citizens of the city. Our department employs many tools to achieve this goal including prevention, patrols, emergency response, and investigation. Although we do receive and rely on citizen tips, I feel ...

Leadership develops over generations

Local political history research is often a great distraction from house cleaning after someone has died and the homeplace must be cleared out for new residents. I have had the dubious privilege of doing “research” in several family attics and basements. Any place where old trunks are ...

McCain and Trump

From the sentiments expressed at the funeral for John McCain to the anonymous letter blasting President Donald Trump, a caution must be given to Democrats. Stay out of a Republican fight to once again have it both ways on Trump. Their hypocrisy and cowardice were on full display at both ...

Fading of glorious summer

When I began writing this column in the fall of 2016, I shared the phrase my father would always use to close his frequent correspondence to me. His parting words were always “… the journey continues.” At that time, as I contemplated a title for this new adventure in weekly ...

Proud to break the rules?

Most of us have been in line at the grocery store, wishing people ahead of us would get moving, I suspect. Can’t they tell we’re in a real hurry? But we don’t push ahead of them. The rules are that we wait our turns. We follow them and other rules of daily life, because, if too many ...

STREAM helps students thrive

This fall Kump Education Center will begin a fourth year of the STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) mentoring program in Randolph County Public Schools. At-risk students benefit from individual coaching, field trips, and art activities led by AmeriCorps on the ...

Truth about Trump

Despite his victory in 2016, Donald Trump had much to prove to the American people. He lost the popular vote by three million to Hillary Clinton and seemed only to deny this fact. Instead of trying to appeal to a majority of Americans, he appears content to appeal to the “base” using only ...

Fall Bash kicks off at Barbour County Fairgrounds today

Hello from Barbour County! The fair has come and gone, and congratulations to Tristen Furby, Miss Barbour County 2018. I'm sure that you will represent the county well, and I wish you a fantastic year! Today, the annual Belington Fire Department Fall Bash will be held at the Barbour ...

Hospital welcomes new oncologist

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Vaibhav Verma, M.D., to the Chemotherapy/Infusion Department at the Weston hospital. Dr. Verma specializes in oncology and hematology. Assistant SJMH CEO Kevin Stalnaker is pleased with the addition of ...

Why are pocket knives disturbing?

“Put that away! I don’t want anyone to see you carry one of those!” It was an order, from someone I know well, so I complied. We were at a function recently, during which someone needed a knife to cut a small cake. None being visible, I took out my pocket knife. At first, I thought ...

Labors of Love

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you’re building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ••• As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out ...

Drones give us a bird’s eye view

You may not believe that drones can be used for historic preservation purposes, but we learned how drones can be very useful at Kump Education Center. We were surprised on Wednesday when we saw a Frontier bucket truck drive onto the City of Elkins historic Kump property where we have no ...

Dangerous business

Donald Trump has always prided himself on his covert ways when he conducts foreign policy. But when it comes to Russia and North Korea, it borders on simple duplicity. Saying one thing in the presence of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un and doing the opposite. And the irony is at least the way ...

Project Election Protection

West Virginia has had a checkered history of election integrity, with the purchase of the West Virginia Democrat Primary for John Kennedy in the 1960 election being perhaps the most notorious. But, as recently as 2012, federal authorities obtained criminal convictions against key officials for ...