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Flood relief donations appreciated

July 7, 2016 There are not enough words to express our appreciation to everyone who went above and beyond and donated whatever they could, from a couple of items to a truckload of items. more »»

Thanks given for event’s success

July 6, 2016 On behalf of the Elkins–Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank those who came together to make the 2016 Elkins Mountain State Street Machines a huge succes. more »»

Freedom to give puts us on a solid footing

July 5, 2016 It was a good 4th of July Monday! Two-hundred-forty years ago, 13 fledgling American colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to what we now know as the “Land... more »»

When will we recover?

July 2, 2016 CHARLESTON — It’s been more than a week since the flood. State and national officials have declared much of the state a disaster area. The recovery is underway. more »»

Kump Center loses Founding Mother

July 2, 2016 Hazel Kump Burford will be missed at the Kump Education Center. more »»

Dems should not interfere

July 2, 2016 Just who in heaven’s name is Paul Ryan? Since Donald Trump sewed up enough votes for the Republican nomination he has been trotted out as some kind of sage. more »»

Fourteen years and counting

July 2, 2016 Well, last week was another big one. Wednesday Chad and I celebrated 14 years of marriage y’all! It’s crazy to think about the fact that we have been together basically my entire adult-lif. more »»

A salute to Greenbrier County

July 2, 2016 It has been no secret, as I have worked the last few years to pen this column, that a very favorite destination has been Greenbrier County. more »»

Student’s passing a tragedy for us all

June 28, 2016 The sudden passing of sophomore Dakota Mitchell from natural causes on Friday afternoon — six months and six days following the tragic accidental death of fellow student Will Winters — brings home... more »»

Clinton in her own words

June 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton likes to take potshots at her rival for the presidency, Donald Trump, over things he’s said. But here in West Virginia and Ohio, we’ve been paying attention to what she say. more »»

‘I can do it, I can do it’

June 24, 2016 Sorry to be late with this week’s Monday Letter. Joni and I were in Seattle for our grandson Sam’s graduation from Nathan Hale High School on Monday evening. It was memorable. Here’s why. more »»

Blame evil, don’t blame firearms

June 24, 2016 I am not a “gun nut.” Matter of fact, I’ve been accused once or twice of not paying appropriate homage to the Second Amendment (for the record, I believe in it firmly). more »»

Budget cuts only skin-deep

June 21, 2016 Look up the phrase “wailing and gnashing of teeth” and you’ll see a picture of West Virginia legislators. They did a lot of that this year, before approving a budget acceptable to Gov. more »»

Father’s Day a special time

June 18, 2016 Even though it just seems like yesterday that my father and I were sitting on the banks of the Ohio River fishing for carp, Sunday will mark the 17th Father’s Day since his passing. more »»

High dropout rate in Randolph

June 18, 2016 According to WV Kids Count data, Randolph County ranks 50th out of 55 counties in West Virginia on the high school dropout rate. more »»

Clinton needs to discover America

June 18, 2016 Hillary Clinton completed the Democratic primary season with a flourish. She decisively defeated Bernie Sanders in New Jersey and California, strengthening her grip on the nomination. more »»

His love’s not broken, His love is pure

June 18, 2016 Y’all, I’ve been listening to a song for several weeks now that has really rocked my worl. more »»

Busy summer starts

June 14, 2016 The summer is scarcely started, but already major projects are underway to enhance the living and learning experience of our students. more »»

Ali wasn’t always The Greatest

June 14, 2016 After the late Muhammad Ali refused induction into the armed forces, 42,322 Americans died in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War. more »»

Rest in peace, my friend

June 11, 2016 One of the many downsides of aging is having to say goodbye to family, friends and colleagues. Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working with a great many talented and amazing peopl. more »»



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