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Experience the joy of Christmas

Garland, wreaths, trees and lights greeted Davis & Elkins College students as they returned to campus from Thanksgiving break. The air is festive with the arrival of the holiday season and students wasted no time becoming involved in the Christmas celebration. A special D&E edition of ...

Sharing the joy of Christmas

One of the best parts of Christmas for most of us (I hope) is the ear-to-ear grins and whoops of delight from our children and grandchildren when they open those packages from Santa Claus. Is there anything better? Yes, there is, as hard to believe as you may find it. There’s a different ...

State needs a savings account option for tradesmen

My first job was as a welder. After I completed trade school and became certified, I worked at a mining operation and was responsible for maintaining all on-site equipment. It was hard work, but it was rewarding, and it led me to want to open my own mobile welding business. I planned to buy a ...

Using a natural tree for Christmas

First, as all wise dogs do, he sniffed. Yep. Definitely a pine tree. So he lifted a rear leg, aimed at the tree, and let fly. Why not? Easier than having to whine for someone to open the door. Dog owners learn many things. One of them is how difficult it is to clean up canine urine. But we ...

Reporter’s Notebook By the Numbers

Little did I know last week that a simple story about employment numbers would cause so much consternation in the world of social media. That’s exactly what happened last Monday when Gov. Jim Justice and Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, touted an increase of ...

GOP’s dilemma

For Republicans, the current impeachment inquiry must appear a conundrum. Mostly because they approved President Donald Trump’s foreign policy from the outset. They are partially responsible for his current troubles. Yet because they crave power more than consistency, the GOP has also ...

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 ...