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Sport Columns

Local drivers race at Charlotte

It was World Finals weekend for the Craftsman Tools World of Outlaws Series. I’m focusing on the Super Late Model division because it has the largest following in our area. Several area teams make the trek each year to the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for this great event. This ...

W.Va. tops in deer accidents

Mountain State hunters have to be doing something right. According go the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (CASH), there has only been one hunting accident in West Virginia for this year. It was a tree stand fall that took place in September near the McDowell-Mercer County line between ...

Drivers fighting to remain in contention

After rain delays, hurricanes and various other problems, NASCAR racing finally had a beautiful weekend in Talladega, Alabama. The Xfinity series has had two weekends off and will be back in action at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 5.  The other two top divisions ran Chase elimination races at ...

Visit from a WVU legend

MILL CREEK — On Monday a group of local athletes were treated to a visit from one of the all-time greatest West Virginia University football players — Pat White. The legendary Mountaineer quarterback was on hand when the Tygarts Valley High School Bulldogs football squad practiced Monday ...

DNR mast survey is released

On Oct. 7, 2016, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook report for 2016. This survey has been conducted since 1971 in cooperation with volunteers and numerous agencies throughout the state. The availability of fall mast will have a great ...

Fall racing is stirring the leaves

Fall is in the air. Racing series are running the final events for a lot of the short track groups on both pavement and dirt. One such event took place just this past week in Martinsville, Virginia. The Whelan late model stock car class which makes up most of the regular Saturday night ...

DNR trout stocking announced

The 80th annual Mountain State Forest Festival came to a close on Sunday afternoon, and I, along with several others, said, “Well, it’s over for another year.” I worked in the city park on Saturday morning, in the intermittent showers, at the Izaak Walton League booth trying to sell ...

Rain puts damper on racing

Racing news this week took a back seat to hurricane Matthew as it ravaged the East Coast. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our family and friends who faced the wrath of this major storm event. Also we send out thanks to all the power crews and others who continue to help in the rescue of ...

Gun laws vary a great deal from state to state

The annual Mountain State Forest Festival is now in full swing. It’s really hard to believe seeing all of these people in town for this thing wearing short-sleeved tee shirts, along with young ladies getting on the carnival rides wearing short shorts. It was just a few years ago everyone ...

Chases are underway

The only real dirt racing news is that Jacob Hawkins traveled out to Eldora, Ohio, and took home first-place prize money in the UMP Modified Nationals this weekend. This makes back-to-back wins in this prestigious event. Jacob is also in a tight battle for the AMRA National Points ...

DNR busts guide service

It was on Aug. 28, 2015, when a West Virginia Natural Resources police officer received an anonymous complaint from a concerned citizen that an individual was operating an illegal hunting guide service in Ohio County. This is located in the Northern panhandle of the state near the greater ...

Always play like you have no tomorrow

One of the simplest things to do in life is to watch something happen, or hear about it. Better is being involved in it, and having a “say so” in the result can be satisfying, too. It’s easy to reflect on so much these days with the amount of information that is so easily attained, no ...

Wrapping up racing season

The 2016 season is in the books at Elkins Raceway! This time of year I’m ready for a break but, as soon as I say that I’m missing it already. Almost all the area tracks are winding down their seasons, too. Fall is in the air, Forest Festival is just around the corner. It’s football ...

Hunters should be scouting for big game

I concluded last week's column by saying that bow and crossbow deer hunters need to have their archery skills and equipment tuned up.The statewide deer bow and crossbow season opens today. The season will continue to run through Dec. 31.From talking to a few people, I knew who are enthusiastic ...

‘Mountain Thunder’ set for Saturday

Local racing this past weekend was to be at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park in Markleysburg, Pa. Officials had two days of racing scheduled, and on Friday night Bobby Lake took the checkers in the super late models "King of the Knob" race.Heat races were completed on Friday and Saturday nights ...

DNR opens some roads for disabled hunters

Hunters with disabilities possessing a class Q/QQ hunting permit will be able to hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National forests in West Virginia.In addition to the national forests, the West Virginia ...

Tragedy at the track

This past weekend featured several important events in the racing world.Tony Stewart's Eldora Raceway in Eldora, Ohio, offered one of the crown jewels of dirt track racing. The World 100 is one of the most sought-after trophies in all of Super Late Model racing.Racing began on Thursday evening ...

Morrisey claims untrue

One puzzling aspect of the advertising being used in an attempt to force West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey out of office is that much of it is easily disproved. Perhaps it's a test of whether the big-lie theory of politics remains valid.That's the suggestion that if you want to ...

DNR legend made his mark

Last week, I read in The Inter-Mountain that Joseph C. Rieffenberger had passed away at the age of 89.Joe worked for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a wildlife biologist for more than 45 years.It was Joe's research and recommendations that have made the black bear population ...

Racing still on the local schedule

With Elkins Raceway idle, the dirt action moved to Tyler County Speedway for the Hillbilly 100! There were three action-packed nights of racing.I was able to get some information from fans that were at the preliminary nights events. Jacob Hawkins captured the Modified portion on Saturday ...