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Common Core showdown

October 6, 2015 Quite a few West Virginia legislators are looking forward to a showdown on Common Core public school standards in January or February. more »»

Many events on tap in Barbour County

October 5, 2015 Hello and happy fall from Barbour County! It sure it a beautiful (and busy) time of year. Have you been enjoying the Forest Festival? Forest fire season is now in effect until the end of the year. more »»

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October 5, 2015 Shortly after 9 o’clock last Sunday evening — as I was wrapping up last week’s Monday Letter — an email came in from sophomore Grayson Blythe, editor of the Aurora Literary Journa. more »»

Improving economy, bad vibes

October 3, 2015 The press in the main have looked with shock at the “divisive” nature of the 2016 Presidential Campaign. more »»

Drugs hurt everyone, especially kids

October 2, 2015 Dominic Dickinson, of Columbus, Ohio, died of a drug overdose on May 13. He was 11 months old. Baby Dominic somehow ingested heroin and fentanyl, a much-abused painkiller, his parents had obtained. more »»

Festival a special one for our family

September 28, 2015 OK ya’ll, this is part one of two. more »»

Clinton in a dogfight

September 26, 2015 Until Hillary Clinton straightens out the mess with her email accounts, the chances of her receiving the Democratic nomination decrease. more »»

Ecology of area has changed

September 26, 2015 Reading old Forest Festival programs is a good way to learn about local history and the changing attitudes toward ecology. more »»

Does ‘home’ change or do we?

September 26, 2015 I am an avid reader, currently halfway through “Guests on Earth” by Lee Smith, my sister Juanita’s favorite author, and mine. In it, Smith quotes Thomas Wolfe’s famous line, “You can’t go home again. more »»

Revival and reflections on Christ’s coming

September 26, 2015 Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Living Son of Jehovah God and their mighty Holy Ghost! We’re getting settled into our new house, just a stone’s throw away... more »»

‘It’s not overwork, it’s overflow’

September 26, 2015 Have you ever wondered how you are going to get through a day? Maybe sleep has eluded you due to the crushing weight of worry. more »»

Do we deserve failing schools?

September 25, 2015 Reaction to our most recent round of editorial insistence that West Virginians need to do better in improving public schools has been predictabl. more »»

Kasich may surprise GOP

September 22, 2015 Presidential politics this far out from November 2016 is a lot like a NASCAR race. Lots can happen in 500 miles or 14 months. At this point, Ohio Gov. John Kasich just needs to stay in the race. more »»

Response to the unplanned says a lot

September 21, 2015 Many of us try to live our lives by ‘to-do’ lists. Others are guided by a schedule of appointments or classes or meetings. Still others don’t plan at all. more »»

Trump has GOP in a tizzy

September 19, 2015 Reince Priebus must be looking with dismay over how his effort to win Hispanics to the Republican party are being shattered in the summer of Donald Trum. more »»

Belington Fall Festival on tap

September 19, 2015 Hello from Barbour County! Fall is in the air, as the season officially begins next week. This Wednesday marks the start of the favorite season for some folks, including myself. more »»

Kump Education Center prepares for MSFF

September 19, 2015 Last year at this time the Kump Education Center offered an exhibit of Forest Festival memorabilia from the 1930. more »»

Remembering days of uncertainty

September 19, 2015 It happened again this past Friday morning. I found myself remembering the 11th day of September 14 years ago. more »»

D&E honors four students

September 14, 2015 Some students arrive at college full-blown in the academic accomplishments of their pre-college years. more »»

Politically correct

September 12, 2015 During the election of 1956, Adlai Stevenson bemoaned a politics that was becoming uncivil and to his mind dangerous. “Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. more »»

Learning to swim in the sea of life

September 12, 2015 As I sit and drink my morning coffee, trying to relax and enjoy the cool crisp air of an “almost fall” morning, all I hear is screaming, ya’ll. more »»



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