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Prioritizing legislation is a must

January 16, 2016 With the second week of the 2016 legislative session looming, lawmakers not only are scrambling to fill a $353 million budget gap, but they also are pushing several early pieces of legislation. more »»

Recycling equals savings

January 16, 2016 The mandated goals established 30 years ago by the West Virginia State Legislature and administered by the State Solid Waste Authority and our Department of Environmental Protection Agency can be me... more »»

Trump sensation still is growing

January 16, 2016 Lately, as befuddlement grows within the Donald Trump phenomenon, some Democratic media outlets and public officials have made far-reaching speculations as to its origins. more »»

God bless the broken nose

January 16, 2016 Prayer works, y’all. And if you don’t really believe in prayer, then you should meet Mister Mister some time. He’s all the proof you would need. more »»

Questions abound about the past

January 16, 2016 Introduction: Having written for the paper some four years now, I thought, perhaps, it is time for a bit of a chang. more »»

Lessons learned from my family

January 15, 2016 Wisdom from my parents and grandparents comes to remembrance as George Carver, Upshur County Board of Education treasurer/chief school business official, led our board in a budget meeting in... more »»

The next not-so-big thing

January 15, 2016 Who saw craft beer coming as a job creator in West Virginia? Economic development, not just here but in most states, tends to be a jackpot affair with government picking winners and loser. more »»

We can meet the challenge

January 14, 2016 Just about a year ago this week, a new majority was about to take over in Charleston for the first time in 83 years. more »»

Discovering democracy

January 11, 2016 The discovery — and re-discovery — of the meaning of democracy is the recurring responsibility and privilege of every generation of Americans. more »»

Substance abuse in our community

January 9, 2016 The Substance Abuse Task Force meeting at Elkins City Hall Thursday night left me with the impression that we have a long way to go to find answers to our community substance abuse problems. more »»

Trump vs. two-party system

January 9, 2016 Donald Trump’s presidential bid has exposed some unpleasant traits within the two party-system in general and the Republican party in particular. more »»

Barbour County events announced

January 9, 2016 Hello from Barbour County! The temperatures sure have been more winter-like lately! Best wishes go out to James “Tim” Barry, Ed.D. more »»

Quality time is important

January 9, 2016 I think winter has arrived, y’all! And I can’t really say that I’m a fan. I haven’t always been offended by that four-letter word. You know the one. It starts with “s” and ends with “now. more »»

‘Until our first big snow arrives’

January 9, 2016 As we travel through the area, we can wipe the dew from our vehicle’s windows and wonder, “Where are the snowmen?” No school has been missed due to inclement weather, no meetings canceled, and there... more »»

New Year’s resolutions may not be way to betterment

January 9, 2016 On this side of New Year’s, I’m guessing many of us already have “fell off the wagon,” so to speak in regards to the proverbial resolutions. more »»

Sanders, Trump challenge thoughts

January 2, 2016 Political phenomenons come around very rarely but when they do, their impact is long and deep. Huey Long, George Wallace and Ross Perot burned brilliantly but not for any great period of time. more »»

The Every Student Succeeds Act

January 2, 2016 Instead of “No Child Left Behind,” the new education bill that Congress passed this month is called “The Every Student Succeeds Act. more »»

Make your goals a reality

January 2, 2016 Mistakes happen y’all. Like when you submit 917 words of rambling nonsense rather than a 600 word article that neatly expresses your thoughts. That’s what happened last week. more »»

Small schools have benefits

December 28, 2015 One of the delights of Christmas is receiving word from new as well as life-long friends. And, from those who know us well, the gift or suggestion of a good book we’ve not yet read. more »»

Annual Polar Bear Plunge is Jan. 1

December 26, 2015 Hello from Barbour County! I hope that you all had a very good Christmas! This week has been a flurry of activity for me, with baking, cleaning and spending time with friends and famil. more »»



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