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Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer
Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer

Five lobbyists chipped in to host a reception and dinner Aug. 26 in Clarksburg for legislators attending out-of-town interim meetings in nearby Bridgeport, according to the latest round of lobbyists’ financial disclosures to the Ethics...

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer
Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist spending down over the summer

Five lobbyists chipped in to host a reception and dinner Aug. 26 in Clarksburg for legislators attending out-of-town interim meetings in nearby Bridgeport, according to the latest round of lobbyists’ financial disclosures to the Ethics...

Remembering Tarzan’s visit to Charleston

One thing that makes the job of a bush league newspaper reporter worthwhile is the wide range of people you encounter in the course of a career. Well, that and the free coffee.

I’ve had the good fortune to meet everyone from...

Scott Shalaway: Monarch Butterflies on the Rebound?

The last few years have been tough on monarch butterflies. Roundup, a widely used agricultural herbicide, kills the milkweed plants monarchs require for egg-laying. (Genetically modified crops resist the effects of Roundup.) The late summer migration...

Statehouse Beat: Bills and unintended consequences

Events last week with rules for inspection of chemical storage tanks statewide brought to mind two truisms of the legislative process:

One, every bill passed has at least one and usually multiple unintended consequences.

Two, the most...

Innerviews: Counseling leader shapes by religious diversity
Innerviews: Counseling leader shapes by religious diversity

In Thailand, he had a Buddhist nanny. For three years, he attended a  fundamentalist Bible camp. He attended an Episcopal academy and went to an Episcopal church. Later, he went to a Catholic school and a Catholic church....

A just dessert from the fat of the land

It was with a heavy heart — and gut and hips — that I digested the fact that West Virginia is now tied with Mississippi for being the most obese state in the union, according to a report released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson...

Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   
Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   

Born in a different place, a different time, he might recall playing war games with tin soldiers and toy fighter planes. But Gil Watkins grew up in a real war. Reared in England in World War II, watching aerial...

Essay on faith: Interesting Travels

The curvy, rugged roads here in the mountains of my home can make for some very interesting travels at times. In the last few weeks, I have had my nostrils stung when the smell of a squashed skunk got sucked through the open windows of my car. I have...

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...

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Statehouse Beat: Bills and unintended consequences