The state Auditor's office flagged the purchases but state law exempts colleges and others in certain cases; this particular exemption makes sense.
Besides, the college's foundation reimbursed the state for some of the expenditures and Hemphill also paid back some of the money.
Even without the reimbursements, state taxpayers are ahead. The $4 million raised is $4 million that does not come from taxpayers.
John Bailey may have found the solution to the problem of leaky chemical storage tanks. At a town hall meeting at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on Monday, Bailey asked why he has to get a vehicle inspection every year but no one inspects large above-ground storage tanks.
"Maybe you need to let the DMV take over," he said.
Surely, lawmakers will pass legislation on above-ground tanks this year, but the Department of Motor Vehicles does fine work in West Virginia and earned the shout out, even in jest.
Between snow, cold and bad water, January was the Month Without School in many counties. The alternative could be worse.
Fifty schoolchildren spent Tuesday night on a school bus stuck on an icy freeway in Atlanta.Critics of the many, many times West Virginia superintendents have declared a snow day this year might keep that in mind.