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Essays on Faith: Peace to you

By There is a peace that comes when a day’s work is done and you can put your feet up. It comes slowly but surely when we look upon the beauty of nature. And I can picture in my mind’s eye a family sitting together at table for the...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Statehouse Beat: Reaction to prevailing wage legislation could be new low

The gang that couldn’t legislate straight could have its most ignominious moment yet, if it follows through on threats last week to file suit to block implementation of its own legislation.

That was one of the options authorized last week ...

Alyce Faye Bragg Column: Summer’s poetry of bees, birds and barking

Charleston, W.Va. — Summertime weather simmers along as daisies bloom and leaves grow green and full on the trees. The hills surround and envelop us with rich greenery that protect and comfort us. I could...

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