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Something better for us

Hebrews 11:40 says, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” For more than a month now the words “some better thing” have been on my mind. Something better deals with or refers to something better than what we have now. My ...

What is The Church?

“The Church” has come to mean so many different things to so many different people. For some, it points to the building or a location where they attend a service with religious content. For others, it has a broader meaning for religion in general. Yet, even others see it as a weekly ...

STRIKE UP THE BANDS

ELKINS — Central West Virginia’s big event today is the 81st Mountain State Forest Festival Grand Feature Parade, with a step-off time at 1:30 p.m. American composer John Philip Sousa would welcome this day, as we do, because so many of his songs fill the mountain valleys as the ...

Investment in the future

Republican legislators, along with a few Democrats, were leery of handing Gov. Jim Justice $105 million on what amounted to speculation. Justice billed his request as the Save Our State fund, but he had few details as to how the money would accomplish that. After being turned down flat on ...

Leadership and vision

A butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico causing a hurricane in China — so goes “the butterfly effect.” It’s a dramatic example of chaos theory wherein our world goes non-linear. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes results are bad. We are now in the midst of a national chaos ...

Coming home to D&E

A wonderful Homecoming weekend concluded this past Sunday for Davis & Elkins College. With the festivities still fresh in my mind, I want to share an incredible tale of someone “coming home” to D&E. As brief background, Davis & Elkins recently filled a faculty vacancy in our ...

Run For It raises funds for causes

Davis & Elkins College cross country coach Jason Pyles took second place in the Tucker Community Foundation Run For It 5k race. He won $750 for Kump Education Center, and we are very grateful that coach Pyles was willing to run for us on the hilly Davis course in hot weather last Saturday. ...

Another repeal effort unveiled

Republicans, reeling from President Donald Trump’s collaboration with Democrats, threw a bomb into the Senate floor in the form of another repeal and replace bill concerning Obamacare. Led by Lindsay Graham, it is an attempt to restore the GOP’s relevance in Washington. Essentially, the ...

Rope swing and an old ‘gum’ tree

A rope swing and an old “gum” tree make good partners. I can tell you this because I knew them both. At our farm, we had two driveways or lanes that led off the Piercy Road onto the farm where I grew up. If we took the one coming from the North, we passed a large “gum” tree that stood ...

Marriage can be difficult, but don’t give up

My wife and I celebrated 45 years of marital bliss on Aug. 30. Was the bliss ever interrupted? Need I answer that? Anyone who has been married any amount of time knows the answer. When our first baby girl was born, I was working 150 miles away. On the way to the hospital, I had a head-on ...

Fall in love with fall in West Virginia

In West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms, which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our state’s most ...

The Rev. Dina Andrews named chaplain at DMC

ELKINS — Davis Medical Center recently welcomed the Rev. Dina Andrews as lead chaplain and pastoral care coordinator. In her new role, Andrews will provide enhanced support to patients, families, staff and volunteers to expand on the volunteer chaplaincy program the hospital has had in ...

Road bonds and highway toll booths

You have to feel a little sorry for Gov. Jim Justice, who has been painted into a corner by the West Virginia Legislature. Whether he likes it or not, he’s been handed authority that has become a hot potato regarding the Oct. 7 referendum on whether the state should sell $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Meaning of home

A Davis & Elkins College faculty member recently gave a class assignment for a paper focusing on the concept of “home” and its meaning to the student. This assignment has me thinking about “home” and its meaning to me, and its significance to Davis & Elkins College. “Home” ...

Just who is the bad guy here?

What would Charlie Chaplin do? Would he make a movie? Would he, perhaps, title it “Rocket Man”? Chaplin, who died in 1977, is one of the icons of the entertainment industry. In addition to his talent and money-making skill, he is admired by many in Hollywood for his courage in making the ...

Miners’ health must be protected

It was November 1968 when Farmington No. 9 exploded. My uncle, neighbor and several high school classmates were in the mine at the time of the explosion. For days, everyone I had ever known sat around the company store, waiting for updates about the fate of our loved ones. The look on my ...

Change in the Ukraine

For the Ukraine there is fast approaching a reckoning. With Petro Poroshenko’s government unable to tame the corruption rampant in the country, the hopes that the European Union would bail them out are dashed. Indeed, the Maidan “revolution” has long been forgotten as ambitious ...

Barbour welcomes fall with events

Hello from Barbour County, where we can officially welcome fall this weekend. A little bit about my family. My mom has welcomed two foreign exchange students into her home this school year. One of them is from Bolivia, and the other is from Hungary. It is quite a fun experience, and we ...

Making discoveries of who I am

By the Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking Parish House director The exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin caught my attention in such a way that I almost heard myself gasp. A rainy day and a long line had diverted us to the Jewish Museum instead of the museum that had been at the top of our ...

Looking for assistance after a flood

Where to start? I’ve been told many times that’s the first thing that goes through the mind of someone who has suffered a drastic loss, perhaps everything, in a disaster such as a flash flood. Obviously, salvaging what you can and at least beginning to clean up and assess the situation is ...