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A Life, Via Chocolate

March 26, 2016 It was cold and snow lay thick on the ground. I was standing with my older brother and sister at the public bus stop near the old Woodsdale School when it happened. more »»

Republican Party Should Kick Trump Out of the Race

March 20, 2016 I believe the peaceful transfer of power will prove more popular with Americans than Donald Trump. But we need to make sure of this, before we get on with the rest of the 2016 campaign. more »»

Baseball Trip Includes Disney World, Kennedy Space Center

March 20, 2016 The second annual baseball spring training trip to Florida is history! This year’s Ohio Valley group made visits to not only five different baseball locations, but to the moon. more »»

Right-to-Work Law Won’t Help in West Virginia

March 20, 2016 As the 2016 legislative session was drawing to a close, I began to get the distinct impression that certain members, the ones who voted for legislation that will hurt working families such as “Right... more »»

Maryland, Wisconsin May Hold Key

March 19, 2016 Donald Trump is going to come close to winning enough delegates in primary elections to claim the Republican nomination for president before the party holds its July convention in Cleveland. more »»

Cooking Up A Winner

March 19, 2016 There is an important piece of equipment in our lunchroom at the newspaper office that is older than half the staff that uses it. more »»

Practicing Home Town Journalism

March 13, 2016 Many people who work in “the media” don’t understand the real boots on the ground are worn by the folks who put out weekly newspapers in small towns throughout the country. more »»

Reducing Supply of Painkillers to Ease Drug Epidemic

March 13, 2016 The drug problem in West Virginia is complex with many moving parts and seemingly few concrete solutions. more »»

Traffic Troubles, New Attractions and Help Is Wanted

March 13, 2016 A Mistake Worth Making This past Tuesday, this reporter found himself lamenting his decision to use Ohio 7, rather than W.Va. 2, to make the commute to work. more »»

Dates for Annual Free Disposal Program Set in Marshall County

March 13, 2016 With spring coming on board next Sunday, several events connected with this time of year will soon be getting underway. more »»

Is the ‘War on Terror’ Never Meant To Be Won?

March 13, 2016 Since Sept., 11 2001, our foreign policy can be summed up with the euphemism, “The War On Terror. more »»

Environmental Cues Trigger Many Spring Time Behaviors

March 13, 2016 The ultimate environmental cue that triggers many behavioral changes in the natural world is photoperiod. Longer days in late winter signal that it’s time to bree. more »»

What Do All Those People Do?

March 12, 2016 West Virginia’s state Department of Education has 566 employees overseeing public schools. That’s more than 10 for each county school system in the state. more »»

Grandkids Turn Page

March 12, 2016 Suddenly our newsroom is just about evenly balanced between employees who are parents and those who also are grandparents. more »»

Kicking The Can Again?

March 6, 2016 West Virginia legislators now know, if they didn’t previously, what it means to be between a rock and a hard place. Here’s the context: -- Our state is broke. more »»

Putting Threat of Terrorism Into Perspective

March 6, 2016 Fear of terrorism on American soil is now part of our daily lives. Surveys show how deeply we feel the threat. more »»

Sugar Buzz, Changing Landscapes and Exiting the Race

March 6, 2016 Campgrounds Will Fill Again Because of the slowdown in both drilling and pipelining associated with a drop in natural gas and oil prices, local RV campgrounds are not as full as they have been durin... more »»

Moundsville Council Kicks Off Campaign for Four Seasons Pool

March 6, 2016 The push is on! Although discussion pertaining to the upgrading of Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville has been underway for the past few month, a vote taken by Moundsville City Council this past... more »»

Verna Pools Are Busy In March

March 6, 2016 A walk in any deciduous forest in early March is certain to reveal a variety of vernal pools. Every depression, large and small, fills with snow melt and rain. more »»

Collecting Less, Spending More?

March 5, 2016 If you think West Virginia’s fiscal problems are bad now, just wait ‘til next year. They could be worse if legislators accept the revenue assumptions in Gov. more »»

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