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We may have 12 years of regret

May 6, 2016 I have to wonder how we in the press managed to be so out-to-lunch when West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin changed the way judges at all levels are elected. more »»

Common sense not in rule book

May 3, 2016 Somewhere in Bureaucracy for Dummies there must be a section reading something like this: “Enforcing a rule that flies in the face of common sense normally should result in a note of commendation to... more »»

Reflections on the year

May 2, 2016 Last Monday’s forecast of an extraordinary week in the life of our little corner of the world turned out to be an understatement. more »»

Life lessons from Guinea pigs

April 30, 2016 Several months ago, our family welcomed two new members — Guinea pigs named Roscoe and Jerome. Before this, my daughter, Anna, never had a furry pet to call her own. more »»

Maybe we should ‘grow up’

April 30, 2016 Political debate in the Unites States has steadily drifted into the uncomfortable area of absolutes. The declarative sentence with no qualifiers and all tinged with a whiff of self-righteousness. more »»

Learning about learning is revealing

April 30, 2016 The sixth annual Kump Education Research Seminar was an inspiring event, hosted April 26, at Alderson Broaddus University, high above the city of Philippi. more »»

Birthday month, round three

April 30, 2016 This is the last round of birthdays, y’all. Today is the day we celebrate my wonderful husband. Sometimes I’m in awe that he chose me. I can’t really even remember the first time I met Chad. more »»

Philip Barbour field project underway; Main Street event set

April 30, 2016 Hello from Barbour County! If you’ve been past Philip Barbour High School lately, you may have noticed a lot of activity on the football field, and boy, are they tearing things up! Work has been... more »»

We must finish Corridor

April 29, 2016 In March, the Panama Canal announced its newly expanded system is entering into trial phases for use. more »»

Perfect budget storm hits W.Va.

April 29, 2016 Can it get any worse? Unfortunately, yes. Just a few weeks ago, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin were not far from agreeing on a budget for the coming year. more »»

Rethinking how we educate

April 26, 2016 Everyone knows the big, consolidated high schools are better for students, right? Actually, wrong, in some important ways. more »»

Capstone Day is special

April 25, 2016 Thursday of this week is second only to Commencement in its academic year significance. By combining Academic Awards & Recognition Convocation at 11 a.m. more »»

Limericks Just for Fun

April 25, 2016 Submitted by Jeanne Johnson and Steven Carpenter AmeriCorps on the Frontline Mentors In the Education Alliance / Kump Education Center STREAM Program North Elementary School Limerick N. more »»

Birthday Month: Round Two: Miss Know-It-All

April 25, 2016 Oh my word, y’all. Miss Know-It-All is a teenager! It’s official. And we brought in the teen years with a whole lot of awesomeness. more »»

Clinton faces big issues in election

April 23, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s candidacy presents a number of problems for Democrats. Bernie Sanders, even in the primaries, has exposed Clinton’s vulnerabilities among committed party members. more »»

Spruce up and make Elkins shine

April 23, 2016 Elkins has many hard-working individuals who try to make our town more attractive each spring. The City offers special pickup services in April, and a River Cleanup Day was planned for April 23. more »»

A good shepherd, sheep and a big flock

April 23, 2016 So, I have been thinking about sheep this week. Quite a bit. More than I would like to admit. more »»

Cuts would kill festivals

April 22, 2016 It probably will come as some surprise to people interested in the history and culture of black residents of our area that they are part of the problem in West Virginia. more »»

The art of being offended

April 21, 2016 As Americans, we have mastered the art of being offended. Political correctness permeates our creative thought process. There are things we dare not say for fear of offending someon. more »»

Southern counties need help

April 19, 2016 Sometimes we forget — or choose not to remember —that there are several West Virginias. Our area is just part of the Mountain State. Other regions are quite differen. more »»



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