Accepting the honor was Sen. Joe Manchin, which is fitting since he is from Fairmont, the town where Frank Argiro came up with the pepperoni roll nearly 90 years ago so miners could have a portable lunch to take to work.
This year, the Legislature considered making the pepperoni roll the official food of the Mountain State.
Maybe Manchin can propose that Congress make the pepperoni roll the official food of the United States. After all, the people of America have spoken.
WHEN driving along Interstate 77 in Mineral Wells south of Parkersburg, motorists might wish to consider Sgt. Richard Bowry as they pass W.Va. 14.
Fighting in the Battle of Charlottesville, Va., on March 8, 1865, Bowry suffered a severe gunshot wound to his leg with the bullet lodged in his boot. Despite the injury, Bowry fought and captured the Confederate battle flag.
He became the first West Virginia to earn the Medal of Honor. On Tuesday, the state renamed the W.Va. 14 bridge over the interstate the "U.S. Army Sergeant Richard Bowry Memorial Bridge."
Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, a hero of Iwo Jima, attended the ceremony. He said bridges named for such heroes should have standardized signs that explain why the person for whom the bridge is named is more than just a name.
That is a good idea. Perhaps veterans groups can collect the information needed to tell the stories of the many, many West Virginians who have served our nation heroically.
EVERY few years, law enforcement officials acting on a tip stake out a plot of land and begin digging for the body of Jimmy Hoffa, the former Teamsters union president, who likely was killed by mobsters.
The search always generates publicity but little else. This year, officials dug up a plot in Oakland Township, Mich. One observer - who refused to give his name to reporters - stood on the sidelines to watch bulldozers remove concrete and dirt.
"Hoffa disappeared in '75, so 38 years ago," the anonymous man said. "He's obviously dead.
"How he died doesn't really matter. Who killed him doesn't really matter, cause they're probably dead, too. So really, what's the point in what's going on here today?"Good point. Surely the FBI has better things to do.