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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 »»

Self-trust, setting goals are secrets to success

December 26, 2015 “Self-trust is the first secret of Success.” That was the Chinese Proverb that turned up in my fortune cookie at CJ Maggie’s a few months ago. more »»

You can shoot your eye out

December 26, 2015 It turns out you may, indeed, shoot your eye out — but don’t place all the blame on the Red Rider BB gun Ralphie was warned repeatedly about in the film “A Christmas Story. more »»

Crucial elements missed

December 26, 2015 For moderate Democrats and Republicans the politics of the 2016 presidential election seems strange. more »»

Christmas isn’t really about wish lists and gifts

December 26, 2015 After my younger daughter came home from school with a Christmas wish list, I was fairly quick to tell her this wasn’t what Christmas was about. more »»

Christmas traditions are a blast

December 26, 2015 I love Christmas, y’all! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I’ve already told you that I start listening to Christmas music in October. Hey, to each their own, don’t judge. more »»

Santa always comes through

December 24, 2015 And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas futur. more »»

Holiday meals a time for memories

December 24, 2015 The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone. more »»

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 »»



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