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‘Running ahead’ takes on new meaning in adulthood

Many parents are familar with the ever-energetic child who always is running ahead of the rest of the family. Those little "monkeys on their back" where you hold the tail to keep track of a child prone to wander is a wonderful solution, in my humble opinion. We used "hand holders" in the 1980s ...

School winding down in Barbour

Hello from Barbour County! The countdown is on! The last day of school for Barbour County students will be June 11. Graduation is set to take place today at noon at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. Congratulations to the Philip Barbour Class of 2014!This weekend is also the re-enactment of ...

Liberals: We have too much freedom

The subject of gun control is once again in the national news.Last month, former New York City mayor and multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg announced plans to support the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million of his own money to support ...

Show looks for ‘monsters’

ST. MARYS - Growing up in West Virginia, I looked for adventure in the deep woods where sunlight filtered through green leaves to the ground below. In the green light, I saw a movement behind a tree and I convinced myself I knew what hid in the shadows of the forest. On summer nights, we sat by ...

Obama fails to reach potential

Sometimes when listening to President Barack Obama, you hear the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. On nearly every subject from Nigeria to the Ukraine, Obama sounds like Bush on Iraq and Afghanistan. He delivers, like his predecessor, a highly personal narrative. Sometimes, in the ...

Never forget: ‘It’s not about me’

You drive down the road while making a mental list of all the food you want to serve at the Memorial Day picnic. You remember the patio set needs cleaned and the grill needs brought out from storage after a very long hiatus due to continual cold weather. It's finally appearing not only that ...

Front porch passers-by have stories to tell

From my front porch, I look directly out on U.S. Route 219 North, and this route carries a lot of traffic. As I was sitting in the swing the other day, I began to look at all the vehicles and their passengers and realized they all have a story to tell.Here are some of them. The first is the one ...

Landfill record is decisive

Many West Virginians share a deep love for our rugged, beautiful environment. We get angry when it is abused. We are suspicious of those we fear may damage it.So what happened Tuesday in Ohio County was interesting. It also should be instructive to executives in some types of businesses.One ...

DUI policy fails W.Va.

Imagine living in a house where you are allowed to live in its rooms, but you aren't allowed to use the hallways. This is how critics described Israel's 2000 offer to the Palestinians that would hand over parts of the West Bank and Gaza but would not withdraw police that would keep Palestinians ...

Kump Corner

In collaboration with Trout Unlimited members, the Kump Center volunteers are planning to start monitoring water in Goddin Creek at the wetland area across Randolph Avenue from Kroger.West Virginia Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator Jamie Holmes has agreed to bring equipment Saturday, May 24 ...

Daily Grind

Your son or daughter just walked across the stage of his high school and your heart brimmed with joy, pride and tears. Your baby is launching out into the real world. Their world is about to change, but, then, so is yours. The house will be empty for the first time in a couple decades or maybe ...

Obama losing his ‘cool’

President Barack Obama's tour of Asia demonstrated just how isolated the United States is in the world. His trip to Japan, although cordial, lacked the flair of his early days in office. Malaysia was correct but uninspiring, marked by questions about comments made by the owner of the Los ...

‘Round and About Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County. Did you see the amazing lightning show and thunderstorm that we had this week? Wow!Schools were closed on Tuesday for voting in the primary election. I'm sure that students and teachers alike enjoyed the break. Congratulations to the winners in each ...

Obama focuses on legacy

Unemployment figures have given President Barack Obama a boost domestically. After inheriting a jobless rate hovering at 10 percent or better, his policies have gradually taken it down to 6.3 percent.Predictably, Republicans have dismissed the progress as too slow - citing that many have been ...

Teachers impact student learning

How do teachers know students are learning? That is the central question that future teachers were exploring at the Fourth Annual Kump Center Education Research Seminar at Davis & Elkins College April 30. Twenty-four future teachers from Alderson-Broaddus University, Davis & ...

Weaving a beautiful tapestry in our lives

It is usually in the seemingly least likely places in which we have our "aha" moments, isn't it? As I approached the car wash, I marveled at the advancement of such a machine. Yeah, yeah, they've been around a very long time, but this country girl had not experienced one so advanced until a ...

America no longer ‘makes stuff’

In March, the highest unemployment rates in West Virginia and Ohio were, respectively, Wetzel County at 12.7 percent and Monroe County at 12.5 percent. Why? In a word: Ormet.Both counties had fairly high unemployment rates before the aluminum plant at Hannibal shut down. Ormet sent the numbers ...

Activities abound in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! April showers bring May flowers? If that's true, then I think that we might have some flowers this month. The past week has brought some rain to our area, but I'm thankful that we didn't get the storms that folks down South received. Our hearts go out ...

Volunteers made a difference

Presbyterian volunteers were busy at Kump Center Saturday, April 25, hemming tea towels, clearing debris from the yard, and constructing a new gate for the Wetland Classroom along Goddin Creek running through the oldpasture.The tea towels will be sold as Mother's Day gifts at the Preservation ...

When bad things happen to good people

It is not the first time I have seen it happen, or even the tenth, but it has happened again. I have reconnected with several people in this world, whom I thought, "I wonder what on earth happened to them after that horrible incident, accident, death or wrong-doing? When a trial becomes a ...