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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 ...

Leading the way

Davis & Elkins College is “Leading the Way.” Named for two United States Senators who were railroad and timber barons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is fitting that their namesake College train the next generation of leaders. There are four students who serve as the ...

Why U.S. wars are ‘endless’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell produced a revealing piece in the Washington Post chastising those who use the term endless wars. In his conclusion, he stated “America’s wars will be ‘endless’ only if America refuses to win them.” What does McConnell mean by winning? Since ...

Learning lab brings technology

This week Altice USA connected Kump Education Center to 21st Century technology with all-in-one service for internet, phone, TV and Wi-Fi through Suddenlink. The new lines will serve a new Altice Learning Lab in a basement room Kump children used as a playroom 90 years ago. Elkins High ...

Change is inherent

Inherent in the life cycle of a college is change. Each fall about 30% of the students on campus are new and occasional members of the faculty and staff are beginning their Davis & Elkins College journey as well. The result is a dynamic environment that resists “sameness” and promotes ...

The DAR in a changing America

The John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] held its 112th Birthday Celebration at Kump Education Center on Wednesday, October 9th. DAR members wanted to meet in the home of Edna Scott Kump, a founding member of the local chapter. The DAR has financially supported ...

Time to reassess

For the Republican party, the hour is drawing nigh to reassess their position in the Trump era. Slowly but surely the president is purging the party of moderates and reversing their policies, especially in regard to foreign policy. Trump’s actions in regard to Syria have been evolving since ...

Leaves are now falling and time is flying in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! The leaves are really starting to look pretty. Look quick though, because they are also falling fast. The first quarter of school in Barbour County is already over. Time is flying by! The 36th annual Mt. Liberty Fall Festival takes place today, Oct. 19, with ...

Don’t fail to plan

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This wisdom was passed along to me at an early age. Early in my presidency at Davis & Elkins College, we began a grassroots strategic planning effort. One central component of this multi-faceted strategic plan called for a Comprehensive Master ...

Voters have long memories

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...