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Only you can prevent forest fires

It has been an unusually hot and dry spring so far. With the bumper crop of fallen leaves from last …

April 26th, 2016 |  

The spoils of spring 

Spring is a bountiful time in the wilds of the outdoors.  It seems that everywhere you turn there is a …

April 19th, 2016 |  

Ole Tom Turkey, your time has come

The redbuds are blooming, the dogwoods are budding and the turkeys are gobbling. That can only mean that turkey season …

April 12th, 2016 |  

Mother Nature has her crayons out

Have you looked around lately? I mean really looked around. The hills and mountains around us have changed dramatically seemingly …

April 5th, 2016 |  

Spring meant it was time to go fishing

There are plenty of signs of springtime and what it brings. When we were kids we seemed to always want …

March 29th, 2016 |  

Spring is finally here

Spring is finally here! And it is about time. The weather is getting better by the day and the old …

March 29th, 2016 |  

NASP not just about building bowhunters

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was started 15 years ago in our neighboring state of Kentucky and …

March 22nd, 2016 |  

Leading the fight against substance abuse

Earlier this week, I was pleased to announce the latest round of funding to establish new and expand existing substance …

March 8th, 2016 |  

Each year the Natural Resources Game Commission meets on a quarterly basis to set the regulations and bag limits that …

March 8th, 2016 |  

Youth Center to hold rummage sale

The Way Youth Center in Mullens will hold its annual rummage sale and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, April …

March 8th, 2016 |  

Legislature reaches ‘Cross-Over’ Day

This past Wednesday, March 2, is what we at the Capitol call “Cross-Over” Day, which is the last day for …

March 8th, 2016 |  

NWTF is not just for the birds

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is one of the leading conservation organizations in the nation. Each year local NWTF …

March 1st, 2016 |  

Legislature looks for ways to fully fund PEIA

While the legislature continues to look for funding to offset the budget shortfalls this year and next, we also continue …

March 1st, 2016 |  

Anyone up for predator control?

Anyone up for doing a little predator control? Predators are Mother Nature’s way of keeping animal numbers in check. They …

February 23rd, 2016 |  

Working together to combat substance abuse

Substance abuse is one of the greatest struggles our state has ever faced, and it is destroying the lives of …

February 23rd, 2016 |  

The Eagle Cafe had a reputation for being rough

Names and events popped up in items gleaned from the 1942 issues of the Independent Herald that sparked a more …

February 23rd, 2016 |  

Getting to work on what matters

At the halfway point of the legislative session, it’s important to recognize there is still much work to be done. …

February 16th, 2016 |  

Projected budget shortfall is big concern

A new year has brought new challenges and changes to West Virginia’s political landscape in Charleston and statewide. One of …

February 16th, 2016 |  

Seeing men off to war brought tears

It wasn’t one of my brothers, but I remember that I accompanied my dad to Mullens to help out a …

February 9th, 2016 |  

Castle Rock provided a hideaway and refuge

I was talking the other day to a fellow about Castle Rock. He opined that I should write a column …

February 2nd, 2016 |  

We’re working to create a skilled workforce

Since becoming your governor, preparing our state’s workforce to meet the long-term needs of business and industry operating in West …

February 2nd, 2016 |  

Watershed associations work to improve streams

There is no telling what we can accomplish when people start working together. Two local watershed groups are perfect examples …

February 2nd, 2016 |  

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