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Essays on Faith: Time for Some Getaways

Everyone needs a good getaway, a departure from the norm, even if it’s only for a while. Going out to lunch with family and friends or traveling to a place you have yet to see can be rewarding. Further, the beauty of nature has its effects. It...

Essays on Faith: Time for Some Getaways

Everyone needs a good getaway, a departure from the norm, even if it’s only for a while. Going out to lunch with family and friends or traveling to a place you have yet to see can be rewarding. Further, the beauty of nature has its effects. It...

Steelhammer: New Patterson book a “bomb”

With 76 of his novels making the New York Times best-sellers list, James Patterson can afford to have at least one book bomb.

Maybe that’s part of the rationale behind the marketing campaign for his newest book, “Private Vegas,...

Essays on Faith: Rainbows and Butterflies

Losing a loved one is a painful experience.

At times, you feel you can’t go on, even when a good friend, a family member or a minister assures you that everything will be okay; that God never puts on us more than we can bear. If...

Steelhammer: West Virginia hot dog holds its own in cuisine survey’s battle of the blands

When it comes to haute cuisine, the haute dog rules in West Virginia, according to a new Huffington Post survey based on customer input from Yelp, the do-it-yourself online rating service.

The tube steak was deemed to be 146 percent more popular ...

Statehouse Beat: Republican staffers draw higher wages than counterparts

One of the goals of the new Republican leadership in the Legislature is to create good-paying jobs, and it looks like they’ve decided the best place to start is at home.

A number of new full-time House and Senate staffers are drawing...

Essays on Faith

Compassion is such a wonderful thing. It is full of sympathy, empathy, love, goodness, kindness, and caring for others. We are all made by God to be people of compassion. Far too often, though, we fail the test. I myself have failed the compassion...

Statehouse Beat: Looking over House financial disclosures

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at financial disclosures for the incoming state Senate leadership, and am finally getting around to looking at the new House leadership:

Incoming House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is senior counsel for...

Essays on Faith: Christmas, a Joyous Celebration

As Christmas Day draws near, we may feel many emotions. Our homes are decorated for the season, children glow with excitement and expectation, and many holiday parties and programs are planned.

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of...

Essays on Faith: Christmas stockings

Our thoughts of Christmas are graced with touching memories.

As a child, I, along with my sisters and brothers, put my Christmas stocking on a living room chair (we didn’t have a fireplace). And when Christmas morning came, we dashed into ...

Essays on Faith: Innocence and wisdom

I was walking out of a local library when I heard the most wonderful sound in the world. It was children laughing. The Kindergarten class had just gone out for recess on a warm, Autumn afternoon. They were running, shouting and playing with all the...

Statehouse Beat: Barnes had planned to be Judiciary Committee chairman

Following up on last week’s item about Sen. Clark Barnes’, R-Randolph, intentions of becoming Senate clerk, In talking to Barnes, he said incoming Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, had offered him the Judiciary Committee chairmanship,...

Statehouse Beat: Greyhound subsidy money could be tempting

West Virginia’s greyhound racing industry could well be under siege in the 2015 regular session of the Legislature.

There’s the study that’s been commissioned by the Lottery Commission at the behest of the two current...

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