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Presenting an hour of code for kids

Teachers Susan Ellison and eight elementary school students have brought historic Kump House into the 21st Century. On Tuesday, March 3 from 4-5 p.m. Kump Education Center [KEC] offered a Free Coding Class for second- to fifth-graders. If students want to learn more they will enroll in the ...

Going out on a limb again

It will come as no surprise to you, fellow West Virginians, that once again this year we are not going out on a limb. Last week I suggested that if we don’t get out of our comfort zone and take some risks to develop our economy, we’re doomed to continuing stagnation. Specifically, I ...

Week eight at the Legislature

Here we are folks, ending week eight and starting week nine — the final week — of the 2020 legislative session. I’m not ready to do a look-back yet. That will come in next week’s column. But I can at least say that my predictions of a boring session have been mostly on the money. ...

Honoring Williams and other heroes

Seventy-five years ago Feb. 23, a young West Virginian, Hershel “Woody” Williams, lifted his face from the black volcanic sand of a small island in the Pacific, wondering why many of the men with him were standing up, cheering and firing their rifles into the air. Then he saw the American ...

At the Capitol

CHARLESTON — For the second week in a row at the Capitol, a major piece of legislative agenda crashed and burned, as the Senate failed to advance a joint resolution to amend the state Constitution in order to phase out personal property taxes on manufacturing equipment, machinery and ...

Myths, magic of Australian mammals

Last week a few students at Elkins Middle School attended my presentation on the early evolution of animals in Australia. The students had seen news reports about the plight of Kangaroos and Koalas during December when Australia was ablaze with uncontrollable fires. By the time we got to ...

Sanders’ movement

Bernie Sander’s victory in Nevada was both comprehensive and complete. He ran well with key constituent groups and left his nearest competition, Joe Biden, a distant second. However, it was not a knockout and his campaign awaits results in South Carolina and Super Tuesday. But despite the ...

Property Transfers

The following deeds were recorded in the Randolph County Clerk’s office: On Feb. 5, Claudette Brown to Jordan C. Brown, parcel of land situate in Middle Fork District, $10. On Feb. 7, Mary Ann Morgan Gay, James Logan Smith, and Katherine Smith Wyrosdick to Joseph Lambert, parcel of real ...

Gift of an estate

In 2018, Davis & Elkins College received a wonderful gift of property from Bill and Grace Jordan. Like Graceland and Halliehurst, this property is connected to the founding families of our College. The “Jordan Estate” is comprised of a secluded red brick mansion sitting on a level ...

Change can be difficult

Old habits are hard to break. Change is difficult. Yet in 2014 West Virginia voters decided the way we’d always done things wasn’t working very well. For the first time in 80 years, we handed control of both chambers of the Legislature to Republicans. Since then, change has been too rapid ...

Week seven at the Legislature

As we head into the final two weeks of the 2020 legislative session, let’s take a look at various odds and ends. First, Sunday was the final day for bills to make it out of committee in the originating body. In order words, if you’re a Senate bill and didn’t make it out of a Senate ...

Cowboy response

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Munich last week and blithely ignored the Europeans. Despite the fact that leader after leader at the security conference bemoaned President Donald Trump’s “America first” foreign policy, Pompeo insisted that all was well. Indeed, Pompeo did not seem ...

Springtime is finally on its way across Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! Spring is on its way! How do I know this for sure? Yes, the calendar says it’s so. Yes, the birds chirping of a morning is a good sign. Yes, some days we see a sneak peek of warmer weather. But, the sure sign that spring is getting closer is when Dairy King opens ...

Curious creatures offering clues

Going to Australia in January for a family wedding gave us an opportunity to see some of the animals that represent earlier stages of mammal evolution. Observing the “living fossils” of early mammals and seeing my nephew make a conscious choice to marry and continue our branch of the ...

Incredible opportunity

Young adults need a chance for real world experience to either confirm or discourage their potential vocational path. As a college student, my spouse, Lisa, was certain she wanted to become an accountant. She participated in an internship after her junior year and promptly changed her major. ...

ERCC resident celebrates 103rd birthday

ELKINS — Hazel Hart Hanger celebrated her 103rd birthday Feb. 8 with family and friends at Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center. In addition to her family and friends, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton attended the event. He presented Mrs. Hanger with the key to the city of Elkins. “Mrs. ...

Three weeks left in session

Starting today there are three weeks left in the 2020 legislative session. After last week, this session can’t end soon enough for me. Last Tuesday was the last day for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates. Today is the last day for new bills to be introduced in the Senate. ...

Wilson’s bill won’t accomplish much

Bright and early Thursday morning, I pulled into a visitors’ parking lot at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. Rather, I slammed into the lot. Squarely in the middle of the lot entrance was a large pothole. Not exactly the best way to create a good impression among visitors to the ...

At the Capitol: Cross-day looming

With the 2020 legislative session fast approaching cross-over day — the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills originating in each house — legislators found their work overshadowed by distractions at the Capitol and beyond. Much of the focus of the week was on the girl’s ...

Here’s a Valentine for the teachers

Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite days at Central School on Second Street in Elkins. The teacher would give us a list with the names of all our classmates, and my family made each child a heart-shaped sugar cookie with red icing. The night before Valentine’s Day our ...