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Memories of steam heat and bacon

December 24, 2015 I was 6 years old. It was winter and there was a chill in the air and snow on the ground as far as the eye could see. In the distance, some of my friends were racing away. more »»

Who will be governor?

December 22, 2015 For the first time in many years, there is a very real possibility Republicans may take control of the West Virginia Board of Public Works in 2017. more »»

Preparing for the future

December 21, 2015 On this eve of the Winter Solstice — marking the longest night and shortest day of the year — the four-week journey from Thanksgiving to Christmas is about to end. more »»

Uneasy frontrunner

December 19, 2015 Not since Lyndon Johnson and Edmund Muskie have the Democrats had such an unstable front-runner. Hillary Clinton is a “ho-hum, whatever” kind of inevitable nominee. more »»

Elkins is full of Christmas magic

December 19, 2015 Elkins is a place where people believe in making magic for each other. The Polar Express has been rolling in and out of town for weeks, and tiny twinkling star lights brighten the downtown streets. more »»

Thank you for being a friend

December 19, 2015 I have the best friends ever, y’all! And some of them have been around for a long, long, LONG, time. Last weekend I celebrated a birthda. more »»

Delve deeply into Advent this season

December 19, 2015 I have one great fear in life and many, many smaller fears. I am terrified of flying. I fear the loss of control that I feel as soon as I walk onto an airplane. more »»

Throw some money at the problem

December 18, 2015 Coal miners in West Virginia upset the Environmental Protection Agency is killing their jobs? Throw ’em some money and don’t worry about. They’re used to “welfare,” after all. more »»

Changed lives are the real value

December 15, 2015 Exams are over, students have returned home for the holidays, Santa was here in Halliehurst for children from the community on Saturday, grades are due by 1 p.m. today. more »»

Slashing the red tape in W.Va.

December 15, 2015 What’s wrong with West Virginia’s economy? One word: Uber. more »»

Campaign confounds experts

December 12, 2015 For mainstream political observers the Republican race has been a mystery. more »»

Working for the good of our children

December 12, 2015 At the Christmas Season we are reminded that the birth of a child should be a time of celebration, but a new baby can be a great burden for a teenage mother. more »»

Wreaths Across America ceremony slated for today

December 12, 2015 Hello from Barbour County! I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! Things have been a flurry of activity with parades, craft shows, Christmas lights, trees and shopping. more »»

Things I will never do again

December 12, 2015 The other day I said to someone that every time I hang clothes on the line I take a trip back in time. This summer ritual always makes me think of time spent on the farm. more »»

Holidays can be a stressful time

December 12, 2015 We are now living in the time of year that many look forward to enjoying. However, there are a vast amount of people who not only do not enjoy it, but dread it. more »»

Finding gems at flea markets can be challenging

December 12, 2015 While lots of novice collectors are in the spirit of summer antique hunting, the autumn marks the time for the true collectors to shop for their collections. more »»

Why strict gun controls won’t work

December 11, 2015 I’m told it’s not at all difficult to buy drugs such as heroin, methamphetamines and others. Matter of fact, I suspect I could do so without any guidance or help. But wait a moment. more »»

Goodwin may enter race

December 8, 2015 Jeff Kessler and Jim Justice may be facing real competition in addition to each other for the Democrat nomination for governor. more »»

Every day is exam day

December 7, 2015 The 14 weeks of classes for this semester are over, and final exams begin tomorrow. more »»

Misjudging Middle East situation

December 5, 2015 The terror attacks in Paris once more remind America of what time it is. ISIS or whatever you choose to name it has unveiled itself to be a nihilistic force dedicated to murder. more »»



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