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Reporter’s Notebook: Party time in West Virginia

For the last week or so, “party” has been the key word as West Virginia celebrates 159 years as a state, as I celebrate four years as your state government reporter in Charleston, and as both political parties make news for good and ill. I was expecting more drama from the West Virginia ...

JFK’s vision of West Virginia

Ah, the Internet, a nearly limitless source of information, opinions, images and entertainment; and a development that has drastically changed the way humans interact with one another. Some of that change is for the good. Plenty of it is just bad. Among the challenges of wandering online is ...

Op-ed: Separation of church and state remains crucial

In a decision handed down on July 21 (Carson v. Makin), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of forcing taxpayers in the state of Maine to fund religious education. To quote Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, “This nation ...

Look Back: Landmarks come and go

An Old Landmark: “Dutch” Henry’s Resort Will Soon Be No More The old brick house above Riverside, which has been for years known as “Dutch” Henry’s home, is sliding into the river [the Ohio]. The waters have washed away the banks adjoining the house, gradually encroaching upon the ...

Op-ed: June is Alzheimer’s, Brain Awareness Month

Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month? Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder, tragically robs individuals of their memories and leads to mental and physical impairments. There are more than 6.5 million Americans living with ...