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Wade Linger, the Marion County technology mogul who is president of the West Virginia Board of Education, orchestrated last week’s ugly and unprecedented power grab to oust Superintendent Jorea Marple. No reason was given, and the move will hurt schoolchildren and communities throughout West Virginia. Now, with many schools across the state already on their […]

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The Redskins are a cavalcade of wonders

Is it any surprise that the Redskins have only won two playoff games in three appearances since winning their last Super Bowl victory in 1991? The commitment to mediocrity — or worse — that has hovered over the legendary franchise is its own doing. A slew of coaches have come and gone since the days […]

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

KEARNEYSVILLE – With Thanksgiving just eight days away, it’s a good time to look ahead at some kitchen strategies that will save you time. First, take a close look at your family’s favorite recipes and consider what can be made ahead. That could mean slicing and dicing early, cooking a step in advance or making […]

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GOP big winners in House

Despite the Democrat party’s 2-1 voter registration edge, the Republican Party is alive and well in West Virginia as proven by last Tuesday’s general election results. Among the GOP candidates who finished as winners were a new justice on the state Supreme Court, the next attorney general and nearly a dozen new seats in the […]

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Nutty proposal Make your next PB&J ‘the ultimate’

With the blithe ignorance of youth and the enthusiasm of an acolyte, I once sat over a restaurant lunch, dining with the chef that had prepared it, and explained the perfect way to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He looked at me as if I were daft. There we were, chatting over impeccably […]

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Lend an ear

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Lend an ear

Cornmeal makes meals a-maize-ing KEARNEYSVILLE – Some Southerners so love cornbread they crumble it into a glass of cold milk or buttermilk and eat it up with a spoon and many of us hate to indulge in barbecue, pinto beans or chili con carne without some buttery cornbread on the side. With chilly fall weather […]

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EDITOR’s NOTE

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EDITOR’s NOTE

The election of 1800 was the first one in which the opposition party held the presidency following a period dominated by Federalists. As Patrick Allitt writes in the The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History, we Americans are so accustomed to venerating Thomas Jefferson that we scant appreciate “the ferocity with which Federalists denounced […]

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Education groups give union report bad grade

West Virginia’s reputation as a strong labor union state is supported by a recent national study of American teacher unions that concluded the Mountain State has the 13th strongest union presence in the nation. And the same study concludes that this state’s policies are better aligned with traditional union interests than any other state, in […]

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Md. casino vote looms large for W.Va. operators

The biggest problem facing the West Virginia Lottery’s financial future right now is one this state’s Lottery Commission cannot address. Voters in Maryland will decide at next month’s election whether to authorize table games gambling in that state. If the voters give this issue the green light, experts estimate it could divert (revenue) from West […]

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It’s the time to cook up some fun for kids

KEARNEYSVILLE – The waning days of October as we prepare for a flood of little ghosts, goblins and costumed creatures of all kinds are the perfect time to head to the kitchen with your favorite kids. A fun family activity is creating and decorating cupcakes and other easy treats. Before you start, assemble as many […]

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