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Delays on the road to roads funding

One of the issues that won’t be on the agenda for the current legislative session in Charleston is to consider ways to finance much-needed repairs to West Virginia’s 36,000 miles of roads. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed a commission of legislators and industry representatives to come up with a long-term plan and the final […]

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A church in the wildwood

Author’s note: Dear reader, please suffer me one more trip to New England. I promise to get local again next week. You’ll likely see the importance of this story being told on this particular date. For Stephanie and I, one of the first stops on our spiritual journey, the geographical part anyway, was a little […]

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Let’s all invest in the future of W.Va.

On Wednesday, I delivered the annual State of the State Address. I presented the budget and announced a number of legislative proposals. While we have a lot of work ahead of us, I’m very excited about the opportunities the upcoming legislative session holds for our state. This time last year, it was projected West Virginia […]

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Lawmakers are promising big fixes, but no new taxes

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made it abundantly clear during his annual State of the State speech last Wednesday night that two issues are critical to the future of this state. He wants the 60-day session to concentrate on major changes in West Virginia’s public schools and he also wants lawmakers to seriously address this state’s […]

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Glorious moments — and a season of reflection

On Feb. 9, a unique event occurred in Harpers Ferry. The word “unique” is overused, but in this instance, no other event like this one had ever happened at St. John Lutheran Church. Vicar John Unger of St. John became Pastor John Unger, in the process known as ordination. As Lutheran Bishop Ralph Dunkin said, […]

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Layering, peeling for onion weather

Onion weather — it’s a term that I haven’t heard all that often here in West Virginia. I picked it up in New England where a typical sentence using this term might go like the following: “It appeahs to be onion weathah, Haahvey.” But it has nothing to do with growing onions — instead, it […]

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At breakfast or in recipes, oatmeal is a go-to grain

KEARNEYSVILLE – A big bowl of oatmeal is a stick-to-the-ribs breakfast that never fails to keep me feeling full until lunch. It’s also great added to meatloaf and makes a delightful cookie. A few great, easy recipes to try: Soft Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar […]

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Crying about birds

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Crying about birds

Circling in a sky filled with snow clouds, the bird came sweeping across the view from our windshield and my friend who was driving slowed and excitedly pointed out that it was a bald eagle. Days later, I’m still in awe of seeing the majestic bird, thankful that its populations are coming back and in […]

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A valentine to our town

Charles Town: It’s our town. It’s the place where a great many of us were born and raised; and the place where many others have migrated and now call home. Either way, Charles Town is a place of great character, incredible history and a small, quirky town that we all know and love. Those of […]

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What will Tomblin duck; what goose?

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin doesn’t deliver his 2013 State of the State speech until tonight, but there are advance hints about some issues he likely will endorse as well as some critical ones he plans to duck. And he’s already made it clear there will be no tax increases recommended in his televised address to […]

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