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Antique Tractor Consumer Report – (Farmall B, circa 1943)

I’m still mowing at the 1950s farm museum until we find someone to fill the late Jerry Kirk’s resident caretaker position. Anyway, there’s a new old tractor on the farm, a Farmall B equipped with a belly mower. The arrival of this restored gem was very timely as it corresponded to the radiator going out […]

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My many West Virginia days

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state admitted to the Union. The land was rugged and huge virgin timber towered over these hills and hollows. Most early settlers staked out the rich fertile bottomlands first. Along these rivers huge virgin oaks, walnuts, yellow poplars, sycamores and other hardwoods grew plentiful in the […]

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High, lows for Mountain State’s economic figures

The state of the economy in West Virginia is currently far better than most of the other states in the nation. According to a report released earlier this month by the U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the state’s real gross domestic product increased by 4.5 percent in 2011. This gave West Virginia the third-highest […]

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Fee disclosure changes coming for 401(k)s

The idea of working hard and saving money for your golden years is a familiar concept. In fact, many people have retirement plans set up either through their employer or individually to help them lock away money for the glorious years of retirement. However, many employers, who are the plan sponsors, and employees, the plan […]

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WEST VIRGINIA OUTDOORS

I would like to start off by saying hello to all the fellow outdoorsmen and women out there that also call this great state home. My name is Clint Ferguson and I was born and raised in central West Virginia. Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel all over wild and wonderful. […]

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Furry apocalypse

After a coordinated attack on Jefferson County’s communications infrastructure by a groundhog and a squirrel, a rational observer can draw only one of two conclusions: either our nation’s rodents have been converted to a radical ideology and are now taking orders from Iran, or the end of the world is nigh. Either way, it’s a […]

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Big Gulp on hit list

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his soapbox planted firmly on his treadmill, disgusted with the way his people are still overweight and unhealthy, no matter that he has taken cigarettes from dining patrons and those congregating at neighborhood watering holes, or that trans fats are no longer welcome in the Big Apple. This time […]

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Volunteer fire companies face challenges

There are 444 volunteer fire departments throughout West Virginia compared to only a handful of full-time paid departments in the state’s larger cities. Even in Kanawha County, home of the state’s largest paid municipal fire department in the city of Charleston, there are more than 20 volunteer fire departments. And these volunteer firefighters are not […]

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Remembering Flag Day – and West Virginia

Tomorrow is Flag Day, and the anniversary of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that has its roots in West Virginia. The court’s June 14, 1943, ruling in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette can be seen as something of a pleasing paradox: by giving schoolchildren freedom from the requirement that they salute […]

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Stories, spirituality help us make sense of life

For a few years now, a phenomenon has been quietly spreading: the six-word memoir, credited to Smith Magazine founder Larry Smith. He saw the explosion of online self-expression via Twitter, Facebook, and blog sites, and decided to celebrate it by inviting readers of his online magazine to tell their life stories in six words. The […]

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