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Innerviews: Ex-governor's daughter builds her own identity
Innerviews: Ex-governor's daughter builds her own identity

She's the daughter of West Virginia's youngest and oldest governor. There. That's out of the way. See, there's a lot more to Cecilia Underwood Ford than her prominent parents, Cecil and Hovah Underwood.

To her, they were just...

Innerviews: Two-war veteran still haunted by memories
Innerviews: Two-war veteran still haunted by memories

Seventy years later, he still gets teary when he recalls the young seaman hollering for help, screaming that he didn’t want to die. He did, of course. Nine men froze to death that awful night in the frigid ocean when their landing...

The enrichment of life lies in love

I remember my mother’s cooking quite well — her gooseberry pie, meat loaf sandwiches and muffins with a bit of fruit. Ah, yes. Good cooks know how to enrich a dish.

Chefs often have cooking contests, and who isn’t caught up...

When you shake a family tree, be prepared for surprises

“Do you know what your last name means?”an email advertisement from a popular online ancestry-tracing company asked me, before trying to sign me up for a free 14-day trial to help me find out.

If I had a clue-challenged last name...

Innerviews: Chemical engineer living dream role as nonprofit CEO
Innerviews: Chemical engineer living dream role as nonprofit CEO

Reared in Guyana, she immigrated to New York as a teenager and envisioned a lifelong career in chemical engineering. Then that game-changing rascal called fate stepped in.

A chemical engineering post at Carbide brought her to...

Innerviews: Visionary teacher builds new career as
Innerviews: Visionary teacher builds new career as "social entrepreneur"

She calls herself a “professional social entrepreneur.”

That’s the nutshell title. There’s also “serendipity concierge,” a matchmaker of sorts for business wannabes.

Officially,...

Statehouse Beat: Conservation district supervisor responds
Statehouse Beat: Conservation district supervisor responds

A few follow-ups before I take a well-deserved break:

Heard from Bill Stewart, one of the conservation district supervisors who pulls down more than $10,000 a year in compensation and travel expenses.

Stewart suggested the supervisors who...

Innerviews: Upbeat outlook grounded in joy of music
Innerviews: Upbeat outlook grounded in joy of music

Weekdays, he pores over tax returns as a state tax audit clerk. But that’s not the Kai Haynes most people know.

He’s one of Charleston’s busiest and most-recognizable musicians, longtime bassist with the ...

Essays on Faith: I felt His presence

I had errands to run. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but sometimes we have to make ourselves do things whether we want to or not. So, with a few words to my husband about dinner and when to expect me back, I was off. Heading west....

Statehouse Beat: Money squirreled away by state agencies

In a year when the Legislature had to beg, borrow, raid and transfer funds to get the 2014-15 state budget to balance, in a year when groups had to rally at the Capitol to restore $1.06 million in cuts to family resource and social service programs,...

Innerviews: Inventive photographer thinks outside the (camera) box
Innerviews: Inventive photographer thinks outside the (camera) box

Life-size portraits of American Indians and coal miners stand guard in the foyer of his East End home. Enormous pictures of the Manhattan skyline dominate both walls in the hallway.

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Statehouse Beat: War on ... casinos?

We hear a lot about the purported war on coal, but it occurred to me there’s a war on West Virginia casinos.

State Revenue officials last week noted that coal severance tax collections are down 11 percent compared to last year, primarily...

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