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Substance abuse in our community

January 9, 2016 The Substance Abuse Task Force meeting at Elkins City Hall Thursday night left me with the impression that we have a long way to go to find answers to our community substance abuse problems. more »»

Trump vs. two-party system

January 9, 2016 Donald Trump’s presidential bid has exposed some unpleasant traits within the two party-system in general and the Republican party in particular. more »»

Barbour County events announced

January 9, 2016 Hello from Barbour County! The temperatures sure have been more winter-like lately! Best wishes go out to James “Tim” Barry, Ed.D. more »»

Quality time is important

January 9, 2016 I think winter has arrived, y’all! And I can’t really say that I’m a fan. I haven’t always been offended by that four-letter word. You know the one. It starts with “s” and ends with “now. more »»

‘Until our first big snow arrives’

January 9, 2016 As we travel through the area, we can wipe the dew from our vehicle’s windows and wonder, “Where are the snowmen?” No school has been missed due to inclement weather, no meetings canceled, and there... more »»

New Year’s resolutions may not be way to betterment

January 9, 2016 On this side of New Year’s, I’m guessing many of us already have “fell off the wagon,” so to speak in regards to the proverbial resolutions. more »»

Sanders, Trump challenge thoughts

January 2, 2016 Political phenomenons come around very rarely but when they do, their impact is long and deep. Huey Long, George Wallace and Ross Perot burned brilliantly but not for any great period of time. more »»

The Every Student Succeeds Act

January 2, 2016 Instead of “No Child Left Behind,” the new education bill that Congress passed this month is called “The Every Student Succeeds Act. more »»

Make your goals a reality

January 2, 2016 Mistakes happen y’all. Like when you submit 917 words of rambling nonsense rather than a 600 word article that neatly expresses your thoughts. That’s what happened last week. more »»

Small schools have benefits

December 28, 2015 One of the delights of Christmas is receiving word from new as well as life-long friends. And, from those who know us well, the gift or suggestion of a good book we’ve not yet read. more »»

Annual Polar Bear Plunge is Jan. 1

December 26, 2015 Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a very good Christmas! This week has been a flurry of activity for me, with baking, cleaning and spending time with friends and famil. more »»

Self-trust, setting goals are secrets to success

December 26, 2015 “Self-trust is the first secret of Success.” That was the Chinese Proverb that turned up in my fortune cookie at CJ Maggie’s a few months ago. more »»

You can shoot your eye out

December 26, 2015 It turns out you may, indeed, shoot your eye out — but don’t place all the blame on the Red Rider BB gun Ralphie was warned repeatedly about in the film “A Christmas Story. more »»

Crucial elements missed

December 26, 2015 For moderate Democrats and Republicans the politics of the 2016 presidential election seems strange. more »»

Christmas isn’t really about wish lists and gifts

December 26, 2015 After my younger daughter came home from school with a Christmas wish list, I was fairly quick to tell her this wasn’t what Christmas was about. more »»

Christmas traditions are a blast

December 26, 2015 I love Christmas, y’all! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I’ve already told you that I start listening to Christmas music in October. Hey, to each their own, don’t judge. more »»

Santa always comes through

December 24, 2015 And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas futur. more »»

Holiday meals a time for memories

December 24, 2015 The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone. more »»

Memories of steam heat and bacon

December 24, 2015 I was 6 years old. It was winter and there was a chill in the air and snow on the ground as far as the eye could see. In the distance, some of my friends were racing away. more »»

Who will be governor?

December 22, 2015 For the first time in many years, there is a very real possibility Republicans may take control of the West Virginia Board of Public Works in 2017. more »»



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