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Opening round in Manchin, Justice political matchup?

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...

Leading a mobile revolution

West Virginians are so used to hearing that we are “dead last” — a reminder that comes too often from politicians who want us to believe we are, and that THEY have the solution — that it might come as a shock to some to know we are first in the nation at something. We are the go-to ...

Op-ed: Division does nothing for education

I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the other one. It’s bad for our community, and it’s bad ...

March has International Women’s Day

March is a very busy month with March 8 set aside for the celebration of “International Women's Day.” Well, ladies we are getting up in the world I guess…?? Can you believe that we now actually have a day named for all of us women in the world, which I think is fascinating. I am not sure ...

Visit the world with cookbook

30 international dishes are presented in both English and Spanish with the new book, "Famous Dishes from Around the World / Platos famosos de todo el mundo" The recipes are presented with photos, as well as the dish in English on one page and in Spanish on the opposite. Along with some ...

Chamber events to make businesses stronger

It is our goal at the MOV Chamber to offer programming to make our business community as vibrant and strong as possible. Below is a sampling of upcoming events that we hope you will take advantage of during the month of April. *** Breakfast Workshop: Understanding Financial Statements * ...

Future is ahead of us day by day

As I’m writing this I’m in San Antonio, Texas with the Shale Crescent USA Team at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC). This conference has over 1,500+ attendees from 40 countries. It is truly a “World” conference. There is a lot of ethnic diversity. No one cares about gender, race, ...

Suspense will keep you guessing

An actor gets the role of a lifetime in “The Last Act” by Brad Parks. Once upon a time, Tommy Jump was a child actor earning acclaim. Now, as an adult, he is facing some trouble trying to keep afloat. Now that his fiancee is pregnant, it looks like he may have to give up the acting side ...

Biological spring is weeks away

It seems the older I get, the longer winter lasts. So, I was thrilled when the vernal equinox arrived last week. The sun has already begun rising a few minutes earlier and setting a few minutes later each day. My bones are beginning to warm up. However, the calendar does not guarantee blue ...

Safety Town sign-up

Attention parents of children who will be registering for kindergarten in the fall of 2019 at either Fort Frye of Wolf Creek School Districts! It’s time to consider signing up for this summer’s Safety Town program. Safety Town offers a comprehensive program of safety training for each ...

Morehouse to speak at Marshall alumni dinner

Keith Morehouse is humbled and looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s scholarship fundraiser dinner April 11 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. “It is an honor to be asked. I appreciate it,” said Morehouse, WSAZ ...

Look Back: Team of horses gives way to vehicle

Faithful team leaves service Mark and Ben, the two faithful old horses that have served the city well for many years, but who by decree of the city council entered some months ago, will give way to more modern methods of travel, were removed from their old quarters at the city building ...

Reporter’s Notebook: A rocky road for W.Va.

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

West Virginia budget includes eye-brow raising line items

As West Virginia legislators were sending a state budget for the coming fiscal year to Gov. Jim Justice last weekend, it presented an opportunity to reflect on this: They approved a plan to spend $7,579 for every man, woman and child in our state during the 12 months that begin July 1. If ...

Truth Seeker: Notes on a journey to Philippi

Last month I was able to share with each of you a few locations that I had planned on visiting for this year. One was being in the town of Philippi, W.Va., to see the mummies that is on display at the Barbour County Historical Museum. No, I am not talking about the kind with bandages wrapped ...

Being safe at any speed

When lawmakers passed a resolution to increase the speed limit on interstates in West Virginia from 70 to 75 miles per hour in some spots, I wondered a little whether they had considered how many Mountain State drivers are probably already inching up to 75 (and beyond) on those ...

March is nutrition month

I guess I have been ahead of myself talking a couple weeks ago about nutritional foods, not realizing the month of March is set aside to recognize good foods. But there is so much more to discuss and consider when it comes to nutritional foods and many of us (including myself) have a tendency ...

Bittman brings recipes three ways

Author of 21 books Mark Bittman brings a new cookbook that gives recipes three ways — easy, vegan and for company with “Dinner for Everyone” (Clarkson Potter, $40.) With 300 recipes and 100 photographs, this book gives home cooks recipes for busy nights, vegan recipes and recipes that ...

The power of truth

I was telling my college leadership class students about an experience I had with a car dealership. The small shop I take my car to had run out of inspection stickers so I took it to a large dealership in the Charleston area. My car was in good shape. I thought it would be a quick process. I ...

Brand awareness seminar a success

What is your business’ brand? Most people think that your logo is your brand, however, participants that attended our Brand Awareness Training this past week learned that’s not completely true. Last fall, Downtown PKB applied for and received a grant through BB&T’s Community ...