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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 |  

Deer season has bumper crop

The preliminary numbers are out and by all accounts, it was a bumper crop of whitetails all across the state. …

January 26th, 2016 |  

Junkyard was a popular site for kids

Before there was an Arby’s, before there was a Little General, before there was a PizzaMingo, even before there was …

January 19th, 2016 |  

Brand new year, same resolution

Here we are a little over a week into the new year, by a show of hands how many have …

January 12th, 2016 |  

Turning the pages: Battling rats was not easy

A few years ago Randy wrote a column about our adventures with a rat in our basement. I think it …

January 5th, 2016 |  

It’s been quite a year in the outdoors

WOW! 2015 has come and gone already, where did time go? It seems like only yesterday we were watching 2014 …

January 5th, 2016 updated: January 5th, 2016. |  

Folks of all ages can enjoy the winter season

Who says just kids can have fun snow days? In Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, people of all ages can enjoy …

December 29th, 2015 |  

Making preparations for the return of the wapiti

The mighty wapiti, or elk, roamed the hills and hollows of West Virginia over two centuries ago, but have long …

December 29th, 2015 |  

Turning the pages: For children, Christmas was an exciting time

When we were children and the Christmas season rolled around, the excitement would begin to build until it seemed that …

December 22nd, 2015 |  

Princess Jackson was much more than a ‘character’

Editor’s Note: This column is continued from last week. Sometime Princess wore her bandanna around her neck. She was usually …

December 15th, 2015 |  

Bringing the outdoors indoors for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us and before long the snows will be blanketing the ground and trees with an …

December 15th, 2015 updated: December 15th, 2015. |  

Latter part of deer season is more laid back

The smoke hasn’t quite cleared on the heels of the West Virginia Buck season, and it was by all accounts …

December 8th, 2015 updated: December 8th, 2015. |  

Make your own holiday traditions

The holiday season is filled with traditions like dinners prepared with special family recipes, shopping, gift exchanges, open houses and …

December 8th, 2015 |  

No one who knew Princess Jackson ever forgot her

When I first started doing these columns, I wrote one that generated about as much comment as any I have …

December 8th, 2015 |  

Cantatas planned at Westside, Mullens

Two cantatas will be held in Wyoming County this weekend. The “Believe in Christmas” community cantata is set for this …

December 2nd, 2015 |  

There’s plenty to be thankful for in the great outdoors

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there is no shortage of things to be thankful for this year. It has been …

December 1st, 2015 |  

Sacrifice was part of life in the war years

On a peaceful Sunday on December 7, 1941, life as Americans knew it was changed in a matter of hours …

December 1st, 2015 |  

Eccentrics provided interest to community

I was looking at an issue of the Independent Herald dated 1939 when I came across a short article on …

November 24th, 2015 |  

State committed to combatting substance abuse

Since becoming governor, I’ve made helping those struggling with substance abuse one of my top priorities, and I’m proud of …

November 24th, 2015 |  

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