We’ve all heard the lament in recent years: No one wants to work anymore. It’s become a popular gripe, but in the real world, some are facing a bigger challenge than others. According to WalletHub’s “2022’s States Where Employers Are Struggling the Most in Hiring,” West Virginia ...

Power to the people


Man, where do I start? It was a very busy week last week here under the golden dome, with two special sessions done, major economic development announcements, controversial social issues, our two U.S. senators fighting behind the scenes, dogs and cats living together and mass hysteria. The ...



It appears roads all over the country are leading to West Virginia, as tourists continue to visit the state at an increasing rate. In fact, new numbers show travelers spent more than $4.9 billion in the Mountain State in 2021, a 3.8% increase over 2019 — before the pandemic struck. Research ...

Different Path


With the school year underway, not every high school senior is considering which college to attend. Some are learning in high school how to become plumbers, welders, carpenters, electricians, mechanics or HVAC technicians. They will leave ready to enter a job market that is in need of their ...

Forest Festival memorabilia and mythology


The public is invited to see early Forest Festival memorabilia at Historic Kump House Sunday afternoons (3-5 p.m.) from Sept. 18 through Oct. 23. Folks are welcome to stop by, learn about early festivals, see how things have changed, and think how they have stayed the same. There is no ...

Brianna Nicole Barnette


Mountain State Forest Festival Director Robbie Morris has announced Brianna Nicole Barnette will serve as a Princess to the Royal Court of Maid Silvia LXXXIV, Caroline Marie Fluke. Barnette was appointed by Mountain State Forest Festival President Ben Shaffer. She is the daughter of Jon and ...