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No more toaster shame or warranty shame

“Would you like the warranty with that — it’s $2,” the masked cashier behind the Plexiglass asked. I squinted at him because I hadn’t heard him clearly and surely not correctly, had I? But who knows what people are saying under their breath and under a mask on top of ...

History in the Hills: Wildlife of the past

In most of my professional museum roles during the years, my duties have encompassed a lot. The typical duties one might find in a museum director job, such as leading tours, managing the financials and promoting the site, are always to be expected. The part I always caught, though, and ...

Climbing the state’s next COVID peak

I honestly thought that by the end of summer we’d be seeing better COVID-19 numbers in West Virginia. I’ve been a little taken aback at just how bad the numbers are. Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 numbers are still worse in many states south of us. Much of our increase in cases and ...

Heading to a season of traditions, fun

Summer is, for all intents and purposes, coming to a close. Most of the local public swimming pools are done for the season. School is back in session. Planning for the traditional fall festivals is taking place. The Hancock County Oldtime Fair is being planned for Sept. 17-19. The Hancock ...

How priorities change when a day begins

Funny how a day can begin and its priorities change in an instant. That can happen when you walk in the bathroom. Thursday started with the rescue attempt of a cricket. Yes, a cricket. Kind of a big one. Who knows, maybe even a little on the famous side, maybe a descendant of none other ...

State’s progressives tilting at windmills

A piece I wrote last week about the progressive group WV Can’t Wait launching ReplaceJoeManchin.com went viral on social media, being shared far and wide, including by national political outlets. That piece received 39 retweets, 112 quote tweets, and 260 likes in Twitter, shared by people ...