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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 ...

Rules without representation

What about regulation without representation? Is that not just as injurious and insufferable as the taxation without representation many Americans view as one of the straws that broke the colonists’ backs in 1776, leading to the Declaration of Independence? Gathered in Philadelphia during ...

Return to old ways is not an option

It is interesting when Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama can agree that GOP health care was “mean-spirited” in aim and content. From every measure from the Congressional budget office to the American Medical Association, the legislation promises to evicerate Medicaid and force 22 ...

Preservation by the people, for the people

Marilyn Hamelman was the first donor we had on the Darden House roofing project in 1999. When her contribution arrived, those of us who were trying to save that dilapidated old building gained a sense of hope that historic preservations mattered to the people of Elkins. We will miss Mrs. ...

God’s mercy is never, ever ceasing

Sunday, July 2, after seven years of no regular Sunday morning responsibilities, I return to preaching most Sundays. As the director of Upshur Parish House and Crosslines, I am appointed to Extension Ministries in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, which ...

Spreading the word on W.Va.

I’m tempted to nominate West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsa Ruby for governor. She seems to get it regarding the biggest challenges facing our state. What are they? • Keeping young people from leaving. • Bringing more tourists to the Mountain State. • Perhaps most ...

The American Mandarinate

American politics have always been rough. Adams and Jefferson duked it out at the beginning of the 19th Century with scathing accusations and libelous characterizations. Richard Nixon was thoroughly despised by the center left and Bill Clinton was equally despised by the center right. But ...

American food and fitness

On Wednesday 25 enthusiastic YMCA Day Campers ages 7 to 8 tumbled off three Country Road vans to take part in our second Summer Science event at Kump Education Center. We were ready for only 20 kids, and we got a little off our activity schedule, but we had so much fun working with these ...

Dems must start to progress

Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s 6th district is a bitter reminder to Democrats of trying to come back too fast. Although they did better, they still fell short. As Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “There is no substitute for victory.” No doubt there will be grumbling by Democratic ...

Chicken barbecue is Sunday

Hello, from Barbour County! Summer is just flying by. Will your corn be “knee-high by the Fourth of July”? There will be a chicken barbecue at the Belington traffic light on Sunday to benefit the Fraternal Cemetery upkeep. Dinners will cost $8 and food will be ready around ...