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Schools to return to session in Barbour County this week

Hello from Barbour County and Happy New Year! As we look back over 2017, and look forward to 2018, I hope that your struggles have been few and you've had many blessings. May next year be wonderful for you all! Well, we ended up having a white Christmas after all. It was nice to have a ...

Lessons learned in the pine patch

Come Christmas each year during my childhood, there was one particular place that my dad, sister and I visited. We called it the “pine patch” because it hosted the few number of pines that grew on the farm. It was, of course, the source of our Christmas tree each year. Today, nearly half ...

Elkins to look at zoning

With minor exception the City of Elkins zoning laws have not been updated since 1959. While these provisions don’t need revisited or revised frequently, given the finite boundaries and small amount of undeveloped land in city limits, the passage of nearly 60 years has brought enough change to ...

GOP and George Wallace

Marshall Frady, in his excellent biography of George Wallace, pointed out in 1967 the Alabama governor represented “a general shattering of the American society, a disintegration into fragments.” Certainly the recent election in Alabama placed these divisions on full display. Despite Roy ...

Pointing out Beverly’s blind spot

Thank you to Beverly Mayor Cindy Karelis for pointing out that in 2005 West Virginia Department of Highways agreed to move the historic Logan House back from its precarious position at the turn in the highway. Now 12 years later the situation is increasingly dangerous for vehicular traffic and ...

Lessons learned in Alabama

All sorts of bad things may happen in the U.S. Senate as a result of Alabama voters’ decision to send Doug Jones there. But last Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of conservatives in that state decided they had to do what they believed to be right for now. They’ll deal with the future when ...

Beverly still waiting on DOH promise

By , Mayor of Beverly BEVERLY — There is little in life that requires vision more than a blind curve, and over-the-road haulers will tell you that Beverly’s Logan House curve at the south end of town is one of the blindest spots in the state. West Virginia Department of Highway ...

Trump under the microscope

With Donald Trump there is little middle ground, you either love him or you hate him. Since the campaign began in 2015 he has been loathed, mocked and discounted. Democrats who should know better eagerly praise John McCain, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski because they have the ...

Elkins offers downtown delights

Christmas starlight has never been brighter in downtown Elkins thanks to the Volunteer Fire Department. After City Council announced there was no funding to repair or replace the old lights, the firemen volunteered their time to make the lights work for one more year. Elkins Firemen have been ...

Winter’s health hazards

This morning when I woke up and looked out the window, I saw a snow covered yard for the first time this season. This reminded me that we are entering a high risk time of year for injuries. For most of my career, I have thought that falls happened to other people. Other people who are ...

Christmas programs on tap in Barbour County this weekend

Hello from Barbour County and Merry Christmas! It sure is a busy time of year, and although the weather has been cold lately, the snow sure does help to get one in the Christmas spirit. The Christmas lights around the area sure do look pretty. Especially at the courthouse, where they ...

Timely subject

Have you ever seen a shooting star and made a magical wish? Me, too. Have you ever tried to catch a snowflake on your tongue? Me, too. Have you ever had to explain what a pepperoni roll is to someone from out of state? Me, too. Have you ever had a conversation about sexual assault? TIME ...

‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season of Christmas parties and open houses! Recently, Lisa and I opened the President’s home at Davis & Elkins for a time of celebration, initially with our faculty and staff and then for friends of the College from the community. Amongst the festive decorations and tables of ...

Partnership expands student health services

PHILIPPI — Barbour Community Health Association is benefiting from its new partnership with the West Virginia University School of Medicine Telepsychiatry Program. Through collaboration with the Brandon Wellness Center at Phillip Barbour High School, students will now have the opportunity ...

Consolidation is the future

Talk about bad timing: Eight people who work for the city of St. Clairsville, Ohio, will lose their jobs on the day before Christmas. No doubt they’ve known for some time that the blow was coming, but that won’t make it any more palatable for them. Here’s hoping the eight can land new ...

Shop with a Cop donations needed

For most people Christmas is a time of joy and happiness. However, for some children and families it can also be a time of worry and need. Social service agencies recognize this dilemma and offer special programs to help provide a positive holiday experience, such as food for holiday meals, ...

For just a few votes more

For Conservatives a day of decision is fast approaching, an Arthur Larson moment. Larson served in the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and penned a tome entitled “What we are for.” Well, Conservatives are there, trying to struggle with the reality of Donald Trump. No doubt they will ...

Planning to create an Urban Forest

The Elkins Tree Board is working hard to fulfill its mission as a Tree City. The leadership of City Councilwoman Marilynn Cuonzo and the personal dedication of Katy McClane have made this organization much more effective. They have recruited new Tree Board members who are deeply concerned ...

‘Great story’ too good to be true

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said no to someone who alerted me to a “really great story,” my Christmas shopping would be finished. Time was when I turned them down once a month, on average. Nowadays, it happens nearly every day. What brings this up is what happened at The ...

Legacy celebrated

Robert Douglas loved Davis & Elkins College. Although he grew up in Charleston, his years spent on campus as a student were transformational. Graduating in 1984, he spoke frequently of professors and friends who remained long-term influencers as his life’s journey unfolded. Rob leveraged ...