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Friendly ghost will speak at Kump House

Our friendly ghost has been preparing all week for the Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration at 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Kump House at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from Kroger. His voice sounds a little shaky at times, but he will speak on Sunday. This Halloween event will offer ...

Police keeping kids safe are heroes

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to mess. Last ...

Molding lives

Davis & Elkins College has some very insightful alumni! A few months ago, Lisa and I attended an alumni gathering in the Midwest. During some dinner conversation with a gentleman who graduated from D&E in the 1970s, he shared a statement that I have been pondering for several weeks now. ...

Checks and balances failing

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Celebration planned at Kump House

If you want to see the inside of historic Kump House before it undergoes changes necessary to meet current codes for public buildings, plan to attend the “Ghost of a Good Guy Celebration” from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at 401 South Randolph Avenue across from the Elkins Kroger. Halloween will be ...

Barbour County hosting fall activities

Hello from Barbour County! The first quarter of school is over already, and we’ve already seen our first frost of the year. October is almost gone. Time sure does fly! I have some exciting news! The Barbour County Playhouse was once a productive organization which got together and performed ...

White House follies

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s likening Donald Trump’s White House to an “adult daycare center” marks him as one of the Senate’s best wits. It also comes close to the truth. General John Kelly and the rest of the palace guard have tried to manage Trump as if he was not capable of ...

West Virginia needs ideas

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

Trump stumbles

Partisanship has its uses but President Donald Trump cannot seem to understand that it has no applications for his administration. He is not really a Republican in that he is not wedded to any particular set of ideas. During the failed healthcare debate, he described GOP solutions as ...

Human body is a miracle

The human body is a true miracle. Our organ systems interact to sustain our life and lifestyle in truly amazing ways. One of the most impressive body parts is the human hand. Its structure allows contact with our surroundings through our sense of touch. Further, it performs most of ...

Grace for the Christian in everyday lives

Many Christians love to sing “Amazing Grace.” However, very few really understand grace and its meaning in their everyday lives. Some people think much talk about “grace” means you are light on sin. The truth is some people do use grace to excuse sin. I have met them! But genuine grace ...

Is there such a thing as inherent evil?

Some experts in investigating crime have speculated we never will know why Stephen Paddock decided to go on a killing spree last Sunday night. They’re missing what at one time would have been the obvious answer. The atmosphere of politics in our country has been poisoned to such a depth ...

WVWC students accepted into Student Fellows Program

BUCKHANNON — Three students from West Virginia Wesleyan College have been accepted into the 2017-2018 BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows Program. The program is designed to help students develop higher quality projects for their Enactus teams with sustainable impacts. Accepted into the ...

Professors made an impact

When two faculty members have given 106 combined years of service to Davis & Elkins College, that is reason for gratitude and thanksgiving! During our recent Founders’ Day Convocation, we celebrated a pair of remarkable professors who have made an indelible impact upon the students they ...

Growing local economies

According to a new report from the Economic Innovation Group, more than one third of West Virginians live in distressed communities. After onerous regulations targeted West Virginia for nearly a decade, it’s no surprise that many are out of work and our local communities are ...

Raising awareness

I once read a story about an experienced scuba diver who drowned during a dive. There were no defaults with scuba gear and the chemical analysis of the air from the high-pressure cylinder revealed no irregularities. Nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity, regulator malfunction, homicide and suicide ...

Suggestions won’t work

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock last Sunday night would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats ...

Enjoying a new traditional experience

The Highland Dance Competition was a lively new Forest Festival event held Sept. 30 in the amphitheater at Davis & Elkins College. Katy Dillon, a talented local dancer who received certification from the British Association of Teachers of Dance, organized this competition. The event brings ...

Back to partisan politics

Donald Trump — and it seems to be a very bad habit — manages to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. After a run where he appeared presidential, and even more remarkably, human, handling DACA and hurricanes, he managed to perform a reprise of Charlottesville. Bipartisanship went by the ...

Barbour County steps into autumn

Hello from Barbour County! I just love this time of year. Fall has to be my favorite season. The sky is so blue, the clouds look so fluffy, and the leaves are so beautiful. I love the cooler temperatures, and the air even seems to have a “crisp” smell to it. If you happen to be near the ...