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Offering the ‘path to everything’

Erin Jones brought one of her big Styrofoam checks for $5,000 from Altice USA to the Kump Education Center Sustainability EXPO May 10. Altice USA offers Suddenlink-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services to residential and business customers under the ...

Trump’s diplomacy

Despite being derided as a hothead and belligerent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has symbolized diplomacy in the era of Donald Trump. He has become a regular visitor to North Korea and has managed to bring home some prisoners. Moreover, the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un has been ...

Graduation leads Barbour County into summer activities

Hello from Barbour County! Congratulations to the Philip Barbour Class of 2018! The past few weeks have been a flurry of ceremonies, parties and activities leading up to graduation. Students have worked hard, and I wish them all the best in the future. Last day of school in Barbour County ...

A special experience

I have discovered the quintessential moment that encapsulates the transformative educational experience of Davis & Elkins College. I watched it about 180 times this past Friday, and the powerful image is burned into my thoughts. Harper-McNeeley Auditorium was at capacity for the ...

Taking it to the streets

I have always been a “people person” from my days of working at Roger, owning and operating my own business (Van’s Army Surplus Store), through my 12 years on council and especially now as mayor of Elkins. I love getting out into the community and hearing what people have to say. Even ...

Lifelong learning is important

Medicine is unique as a profession in that it combines art and science. Physicians are trained in humanities as well as sciences. This background begins as early as high school and continues throughout college and medical school. This is helpful as new physicians learn to relate and take a ...

Carter’s warning

Jimmy Carter in 1979 made a speech which came in for considerable criticism because he hinted that the United States was limited in its power. What was called the “malaise” speech — in fact, he never mentioned the word — was considered apostasy by the American imperial establishment. ...

Senator is seeking stories

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

City manager and stoplights

The answer is a resounding “yes” to the question “Does Elkins Need a City Manager,” posed by the Elkins City Clerk recently. A clue to the answer to Jessica Sutton’s rhetorical question may be found in the letter-to-the-editor from Barrett M. Williams, which was juxtaposed to her ...

Sustainability EXPO is planned

Davis & Elkins College sustainability students will present their spring projects at our Sustainability EXPO Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. for a Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Event at Kump Education Center. The Sustainability EXPO will feature a ribbon cutting, an initial vegetable planting, ...

Future of observatory threatened

For 60 years the National Science Foundation, Pocahontas County, and the state of West Virginia have supported the ability of countless national and international scientists to make discoveries about our universe using the capabilities located at the Green Bank Observatory within the National ...

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Derby set in Belington

Hello from Barbour County! I would like to give a shout out to the state road crew who patched the potholes in Belington. It is much nicer to drive through town, and makes for a smoother ride. Today the Belington Police Department and the City of Belington is hosting their annual Hooked on ...

Plunge into absurdity

Perhaps the most amusing political story of 2018 is in West Virginia. Three separate aspirants, Evan Jenkins, Patrick Morrisey and Don Blankenship have accused each other of being somehow “liberals.” Particularly Morrisey, whose television ads have tried to paint Jenkins as some sort of ...

Foraging can be a fun family activity

As men, women, boys and girls are shaken out of their wintry haze to blossom outdoors, nature is also transitioning into warmer-day activities. The plant world changes in amazing ways during spring and summer. This is the absolute best time to head outside for a closer look as plants and ...

Sprucing up the campus

Spring has arrived, even in Elkins! After a cold and snowy winter in the West Virginia mountains, God’s gift of new life is re-emerging all around us. That is certainly true on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. April 27 was Beautification Day at D&E, and 112 members of the ...

Manchin faces tough fight

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., should be very concerned about two numbers showing up in public opinion polls regarding the Republican nomination for the Senate. Manchin is expected to win his party’s nomination handily. That would mean that in November, he would face the winner of the May 8 ...

Is an Elkins city manager needed?

The Elkins Charter act was approved by Gov. George W. Atkinson on Feb. 8, 1901, and in effect 90 days from passage. Since that time, as set out by the charter, Elkins has functioned under what is commonly called a Mayor-Council plan. This recognized form of municipal government grants the city ...

Annual education seminar a success

The teacher education faculty and students from Alderson Broaddus University and Davis & Elkins College met to share research findings on Wednesday. It was the eighth time the Kump Education Research Seminar has convened and the first time that all six presenters discussed teaching ...

Depression can happen to anyone

Psalm chapter 42 and 43: (Read it! Read it slowly!) There we see the dreaded experience of depression. “Why are you cast down O my soul?” Hear the pain of the beloved Psalmist, “My tears have been my food night and day.” When you read the Bible, you will find this theme of ...

Ebb, flow of life on campus

There is an ebb and a flow to life on a college campus. As we finally (and hopefully) emerge from the cold and snow of winter, there is a feeling of anticipation and accomplishment in the air as spring arrives and the academic year winds toward its climax. Recently, we celebrated an Honors ...