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Santa Claus and Christmastime are on their way in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving. Did you get the big buck this year? School in Barbour County will resume on Dec. 2 at the normal schedule. I guess now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas will be the next stop. Have you started shopping yet? If you ...

Two holiday tours in one season

Local residents have an unusual opportunity to experience Christmas as it might have been for a large family growing up in Elkins during the early 20th century. The advertising for the two events may seems a little confusing, but in fact, there are two houses in Elkins and one in Beverly ...

Holiday horror stories

Many of us are puzzling over the perfect Christmas gifts. Here’s an idea for some children: Get them away from mommy and daddy. In my business, the “big story” always takes precedence. But for some children, it isn’t whether President Trump will be impeached. And what worries them ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Great Exodus

By Steven Allen Adams For The Inter-Mountain The 2020 races for the state Senate and House of Delegates have gotten more interesting due to the announcements by several senior lawmakers that they won’t seek re-election. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and House Judiciary ...

Off-year triumph

Democrats once again pulled off a triumph in off-year elections, this time with a victory in Louisiana. John Bel-Edwards clearly defeated a candidate who tried to make it a referendum on Donald Trump. Edwards, a Democratic Conservative and pro-business governor, proved along with Andy ...

KEC has much to be thankful for

This week Kump Education Center (KEC) celebrated the opening of the Altice Learning Lab (ALL). We want to thank Bob Lillie, Erin Jones, Kenneth Matthews, and everyone from Altice and Suddenlink who have made this 21st century computer learning facility available to students and teachers in ...

Attitude of gratitude

The upcoming national holiday is all about an attitude of gratitude. At its core, the uniquely American day of Thanksgiving is quite profound. Except for love, and possibly forgiveness, few concepts are more powerful or more life-altering than giving thanks from the heart. As I near the ...

Excess levies and voters

So-called “excess levies” for public schools can serve as small red ribbons tied around the fingers of education officials. That is, they can remind them that voters are watching, and if they do not like what they see, the electorate can come down hard on the education establishment by ...

Electoral bad news

Elections in 2019 carried bad news for Republicans. In Kentucky, Democrats won the governorship — although they lost nearly every other office. But, they were crushed in Virginia, losing both houses of the legislature. In the suburbs of Philadelphia, they also suffered other losses in local ...

Holiday events begin as the season starts in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! There is a youth cheer competition today at Philip Barbour High School, beginning at 7 a.m. During this time, there will be a vendor and craft show. Come on out and support our youth, and do some Christmas shopping! Also today, there is a Christmas Bazaar at the ...

Kump Education Center celebrates lab

This coming Wednesday Kump Education Center (KEC) will celebrate the opening of the Altice Learning Lab (ALL). We want to thank Bob Lillie, Erin Jones, and the helpful people from Altice and Suddenlink. They have made it possible to transform the playroom in the historic Kump house into a ...

Proud tradition

College athletics has a rich and proud tradition at Davis & Elkins College. Over the past decades, thousands of student-athletes have competed and achieved great success. Individual all-Americans, victories over NCAA Division I opponents, conference championships and national championships ...

Amazing coincidences

We’ve seen some amazing coincidences during the past few years, haven’t we? Take the Interstate 70 bridges in Ohio County. Isn’t it incredible that after decades of service, nearly all of them went bad at the same time? Equally fascinating is the fact that decades passed during which ...

Stretch your charitable giving dollars

Although the 2017 federal tax cuts reduced the likelihood that donors could take tax deductions for giving to charities, there are ways to give money to help other people without straining your budget. WV Neighborhood Investment tax credits and IRA Required Minimum Distribution are two helpful ...

Meet the family

For Democrats who are obsessed with the personage of Donald Trump, check out the rest of the family. The Republican party is united not so much by a vision but what it fears and opposes. Social changes, demographics and the breathtaking speed of which they have come about have made the GOP ...

Showing support for the arts

“The purpose of art: to make the unconscious conscious.” — Richard Wagner As an apologist for the liberal arts, I am also a strong supporter of the visual and performing arts. For Davis & Elkins College, our Creative Arts program is both valued and supported. In other words, we ...

Things you should know about Murray

I like Bob Murray. I respect him, too, even though in today’s politically correct climate, he has three strikes against him. He’s an old white male who runs a coal company and has supported Donald Trump. This week, his Murray Energy Corp. sought and received Chapter 11 bankruptcy ...

AmeriCorps celebrating 25 years

Here’s a parlor trick: How many people can you name who were in favor of impeaching William J. Clinton and also favor impeaching Donald J. Trump? Or flip it: How many opposed Clinton’s impeachment at the time and now also oppose Trump’s? Of the 14 House impeachment managers in the ...

Many activities on tap in Barbour County this November

Hello from Barbour County! November already? Soon we will be closing on another year. The Barbour Country Club closed for the season on Friday and plans to reopen in March or April 2020. The club, which was closed for a few years, started up again in July and with an all volunteer workforce, ...

There they go again

As Ronald Reagan might say, “there you go again.” Donald Trump and his Republican critics cannot seem to make up their minds on which foreign policy to conduct. One day the United States withdraws its troops from Syria, the next he sends them back in “to secure the oil” allegedly to ...