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Local Columns

It’s the key question of the evening hour

We no sooner have supper in our bellies and dinner dishes done than we’re already wondering what other food we can feed our faces. Evening eating lies ahead, an important time of the day in the Kiaski household. And it prompts that post 7 p.m. question that’s understood yet a vocalized ...

Trail expansions worth looking into

There appears to be a renewed focus on the idea of expanding some of the recreational trails available in our region, with the idea of connecting more of our communities and expanding into other states. Mike Paprocki, executive director of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning ...

West Virginia’s role in the oil and gas industries

This week, as we welcome the members of the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives to Charleston, I find myself reflecting on the significant role West Virginia played in the development of the oil and gas industries. While the drilling of Drake’s well in Pennsylvania in ...

More types of power to the people

Man, where do I start? It was a very busy week last week here under the golden dome, with two special sessions done, major economic development announcements, controversial social issues, our two U.S. senators fighting behind the scenes, dogs and cats living together and mass hysteria. The ...

Please practice patience on the roads

For most of us, this time of year means a shift in weather, fall festivals, a change in color in the trees, football, pumpkins, apples and hoodies. It’s also a time for certain road maintenance projects, and an opportunity for all of us to keep in mind ways to stay safe while behind the ...

A to-do list reminding me to ‘start thinking’

It’s no secret that I’m a compulsive list maker with one to keep me on task for work at the newspaper and another one for home to-do things, just in case I’m not already exhausted enough and feel unworthy of wearing my “Look at Me, I’m Busy Badge.” On the latter list, I came ...