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The First Day of Autumn

The National Weather Service is predicting a colder and wetter winter than usual, and the old farmers almanac says it’s going to be a cold and snowy winter in West Virginia. Yesterday was summer and today is the first day of Autumn or fall as we most know it. And as we often hear it’s ...

Through the Lens: Road Trip to the Mystery Hole

Over the last half century road side carnivals have slowly faded from American culture. For myself the traveling carnivals that came to town and set up in the Brooklyn rail yard were eagerly anticipated each summer. Rides, cotton candy, hoochie-coochie girls and the side’s shows made up the ...

A Labor Day Tradition

For the past 73 years, folks in the small town of Paden City have been celebrating Labor Day with the largest parade in the state; this year was no different. Although the parade route basically remains the same, traveling from the South end of town and going North along Rt. 2 to the high ...

Letter to the Editor – Cheri Acree

Dear Editor, I want to thank the staff at the Wetzel County Hospital during my recent visit. The doctors and nurses in the ER and ICU re compassionate, caring, competent and knowledgeable people. They were all detrimental in the outcome of my recent visit. The care I received was ...

Through the Lens: John Henry

Recently on our day trip through the southern West Virginia Mountains, we found ourselves passing through many unincorporated small towns. A gas station with a store and a post office were sometimes the only businesses in town. Houses with well-kept yards and a big pickup truck in the drive ...

Growing Old With Security

Social Security is a Government run savings and insurance program you get the joy of paying into your entire working life, but leaves you wondering the entire time if it will be there for you when you become disabled or retire. People throughout all of human history have faced uncertainties ...

Give Cubs a Chance

Dear Editor, A petition to: The WV Division of Natural Resources to stop the spring and summer chasing of WV black bear with packs of dogs. “Did you know that the WV Division of Natural Resources allows resident bear hunters to use packs of dogs to chase bear year round? Sows and subs are ...

Repairing Our Community

Where are the best places to live and raise families? Everyday social media posts indicate people are not totally satisfied no matter where they live. Arguments about which states provide the best atmosphere for retirees or young people raising families, include everything from climate change, ...

Letter to the Editor – Beulah Talkington

Dear Editor, Thanks to Chuck Clegg for his story of “The Perfect Season.” I remember some of it vividly. The summer of 1961 was very stressful with my husband on strike from PPG. It was a real struggle to pay the house payment and utility bills. Not knowing how long the strike would ...