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‘Casino night’ fundraisers under fire

Plans by the state Lottery Commission to crack down on charities that host “casino night” fundraisers using gaming devices that technically are illegal under state law has drawn a lot of criticism – particularly from businesses...

Essays on faith: Wait for His guidance

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Most of us remember being asked that question many times when we were young. It seems important to adults that children establish, early in life, ability or at least a keen interest in something that he...

‘Casino night’ fundraisers under fire

Plans by the state Lottery Commission to crack down on charities that host “casino night” fundraisers using gaming devices that technically are illegal under state law has drawn a lot of criticism – particularly from businesses...

Water hazards following yet another water crisis

I’ve got water on the brain as I type these words, now at the end of day three without water back at the crumbling Steelhammer compound in the artists’ colony of Cross Lanes.

I can honestly say I miss the licorice-infused chemical...

Essays on Faith: Kindling remembrances

We all remember the early days of our childhood, the caring thoughtfulness of parents and friends. It was comforting when Mother tucked us in for the night and Father gave up the daily newspaper to tell us a story. And I enjoyed being at the dinner...

Statehouse Beat: Justice putting millions into Greenbrier Classic

This week’s Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament will again put a national spotlight on West Virginia, with Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice again spending millions of his own money to make the event possible.

I heard that message...

Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney
Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney

Like clockwork, the state has made its first payment this month — of $500,000 — to Old White Charities, the non-profit organization that operates the Greenbrier Classic PGA golf tournament, for a prime sponsorship of the 2015 edition of...

Statehouse Beat: Revitalizing state’s racing industry a big job

To say that the new Racing Commission committee appointed to come up with ways to revitalize thoroughbred and greyhound racing in the state has a daunting task is a true understatement.

As state Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association...

Innerviews: Versatile trumpeter go-to guy for “sideman stuff”
Innerviews: Versatile trumpeter go-to guy for “sideman stuff”

Need some music? Dixieland? Brass? Dance music for a party? Or maybe, say, you’re a big-name entertainer who needs an orchestra for a gig in Charleston. Jeff Flanagan is your go-to guy.

A trumpet player, orchestra leader and all-around...

Essays on faith: Keeping on track

One of my enjoyable moments as a child was to visit my grandmother. During the night, you could hear trains passing through the town, sounding their whistles as they came to crossings. I loved that sound; it was helpful in drifting off to sleep....

Steelhammer: Sony hacking done, North Korea develops cure for all major diseases

North Korea, a country known for using an anti-aircraft gun to publicly execute its defense minister, hacking Sony Pictures to block the release of a comedy poking fun at its leader, discovering the remains of an ancient unicorn lair and giving Dennis ...

Steelhammer: Bring antibacterial cream to go with sunscreen at Lake Erie beaches

Living in a landlocked state like West Virginia during a heat wave can make one envious of those who live in states with ocean beaches, or at least beaches fronting a Great Lake or two.

Our neighbor to the north is just such a state, boasting...

Essays on Faith: No time for me

“There are two messages on the answering machine,” my husband said as soon as I was out of bed.

“From whom?” I asked.

“I didn’t answer,” he said, “but one is from Thomas Hospital and...

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