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Hopefully, when members of the West Virginia Legislature convene in Charleston next week for three days of interim committee meetings, the joint House-Senate panel assigned the task of coming up with a solution for this state’s increasingly overcrowded prison facilities will begin considering concrete proposals to solve that problem. Carl Reynolds, a retired Texas courts […]

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Of windmills and rock roads

A gravel road is what, in southern Iowa—the old hippie’s home state, is called a Rock Road. The land there isn’t flat as the Midwest stereotype would suggest, but gently rolling, the hills sizable enough to conceal intimate bits of landscape until one pops over the rise. The roads follow the edges of the old […]

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Chop wood, carry water and whistle

Women’s magazines all seem to have their own set of topics that they keep recycling. A feature on how to lose those last stubborn 10 pounds, paired, oddly enough, with recipes for the world’s most decadent brownies, is bound to be on the pages along with an article about putting more zip into your marriage […]

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Cobbler’s a great way to enjoy Panhandle peaches

KEARNEYSVILLE – Yes, the apple reflects the diversity and melting-pot culture of early American life, but so does the peach. What’s better than a ripe peach, just picked? To me, the image of biting in and letting the succulent juice run down my chin is the perfect symbol of good ole summer time. I spoke […]

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New hunting rules near

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) recently published the 2012-2013 hunting regulations. For some folks it might be hard to think about hunting right now with the 100-degree temperatures but it’s only 2 1/2 months away. There have been some changes in the regulations this year worth mentioning. Archery season starts on Sept. […]

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Scorching heat no cause to tap Rainy Day Fund

If you are one of the thousands of West Virginia that suffered a power outage during a late evening storm June 29, hopefully your electric service has been restored by now. But none of us will likely forget the experience of dealing with no electricity in our homes or businesses for one or more days […]

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The Year In Review

(note: the Hampshire Review is West Virginia’s oldest newspaper and the parent company of the Spirit of Jefferson.) The moving of the offices of the Hampshire Review has some of that publication’s writers looking back over their relationships with that publication. In her column, Nora Kimble, who has been with the Review since May 1963, […]

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Things are tough all over

I work on the fourth of July — I have for years. As a traveling tractor mechanic, I found the Glorious Fourth to be inextricably connected to hay season. For many of us, there’s just too much going on this time of year and a weekend off wouldn’t be practical. Today, most of my work […]

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It was a dark and stormy night

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley might have described Friday’s storm best when he likened it to a hurricane lacking the politeness to warn us of its coming. In its aftermath, generators and bags of ice became commodities, people slept on their porches overnight to escape the heat from their sweltering homes as day dragged into day […]

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Changes to ‘Stand your Ground’ make it defensible

The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida recently has prompted an examination of so-called “stand your ground” laws passed in recent years by many state legislatures.     These laws were strongly supported by the National Rifle Association. West Virginia has been listed in much of the national media as a state that has passed such a law. This […]

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