This month marks the 30th anniversary of FlipSide. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate its creation than by celebrating some of the very first FlipSiders. I have the honor of knowing one personally. My mom, Casey Bond, was also a FlipSider long before I was when she was in high school…

Gerzi’s, (pronounced Jerry’s) is a small one stop shop nestled smack in the middle of a high-rise called “Goodman Manor” located in downtown Williamson, West Virginia. Goodman Manor, one of four public housing communities my grandmother directs as Executive Director of the Williamson Housing…

At a young age, many students learn about an Italian navigator who was the first to explore America. Christopher Columbus was a familiar name in classrooms, even for seven year olds. Only, Columbus wasn’t the first to discover America; Indigenous peoples have populated the Western Hemisphere…

One of the biggest legends in West Virginia history starts at the beginning of this horrific tragedy. The most famous cryptid in our state has the entire country’s mind blown at all the sightings and reports of this creature. Magazines have written stories on this event even after decades ha…

As we begin a new school year, many questions arise as to how things will go this year. With the delta variant of COVID-19 cases on the rise, but things also slowly returning to “normal,” no one is really sure how this school year will be. These are just a few of the things I’m excited to ob…

The 2020-2021 school year was another rough one for students — switching between in-person schooling and virtual schooling took a toll on some. Luckily, this year students will be able to celebrate graduating in-person. We’d like to honor our FlipSide seniors who will be graduating this year.

As a child, I always wondered what it would be like to be a business owner. I would go around Charleston visiting various local restaurants and stores and wonder, who is the person that started it all? As I have grown, I consider this question more and more. Suddenly, now it is not only abou…

Stories can travel a very long way, especially if it’s about the past. These stories are from the deepest and darkest parts of West Virginia. Legends and legacies remain of the history that lies in this town. They have lasted for centuries, and some still remain. This town is named Harpers F…

It’s no secret that 2020 was an “exciting” year, to say the least. From a global pandemic, to devastating losses, to constantly living in a state of confusion, it’s been unlike anything that we have ever experienced — but you didn’t need me to tell you that.

How can one de-stress during stressful times? Without a doubt, the 2020-2021 school year stands out compared to the past years. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought multiple new problems to students, parents, educators and many more. With the presence of these new stresses, most people are left…

It has been such a crazy year — one that gave us surprise after surprise (and not in a positive sense). I think I can speak for a majority when I say that while we know that it not being 2020 doesn’t mean that all the problems simply resolve themselves, it doesn’t hurt to know that we are en…

We all know nutrition plays a key role in physical and mental health, yet many people suffer from distorted eating. Everyone goes through the trials and tribulations of life; the highs and lows are what make the journey. Unfortunately, social influences have contributed more lows.

We all know at this point how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has been on local businesses. We witness and experience the struggles every day of people trying to balance safety with making a living. We have been all masked and social distanced — at stores, restaurants, cafes and all the places we go.

Throughout childhood, a fear of the dark is a common thread. After a few years of maturing, that fear normally goes away, but for 2021 seniors, the fear of the dark is back. That is, the fear of being left in the dark.

Located on a small island in the middle of the Ohio River lies a haunted area that has kept secrets, paranormal activity and is a place where history has created a story of treason, chaos and pure terror: Blennerhassett Island.

Ever since the lockdown of this past March, everyone’s been noticing the decline in the economy. All of the lost jobs, the closed businesses, losing the ability to do things like going to the pool or getting an ice cream on a hot summer day, something most everyone expected to be doing this …

To claim that 2020 has been an insane, scary, exciting and wild year so far would be a major understatement — and it’s only September.

On April 2, 2019, Mark and Libby Chatfield opened Ristorante Abruzzi, in the space previously occupied by Paterno’s in West Virginia Power Park. For over a decade, the two had run Charleston Bread Company, and were making a long-awaited expansion into a full-service Italian restaurant.

It’s been a rough few months for everyone, and after years and years of hard work, the class of 2020 won’t be able to finish their final year of school and celebrate at graduation.

Crises like the COVID-19 outbreak shed light on the problems that have gone unchecked in all of our systems for years, and technology is no exception.

Staying on top of everything now that we are in quarantine seems like it would be a lot easier, but being able to keep everything from getting unorganized is actually not as easy as it would seem. Here are some ways to keep everything from going crazy:

Slavery was one of the most horrific institutions in the history of our country and the world. There is only one thing wrong with that sentence; the word “was.” The practice has found new ways to adapt to our laws and restrictions, and has remained a horrific institution.

Pretty soon after the holidays, January will be one of the biggest months for paging. That’s because the 2020 regular Legislative Session will be starting at the Capitol. It’s when many important political figures from around the state come together for 60 days to help make decisions at our …

The 21st Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop was held Oct. 17 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. The contestants included select teams of students from 42 schools and 13 counties around the state. The event was also open to the public, so many citizens from surrounding communities cane ou…

Midterms and finals are just around the corner, and the stress of studying can seem like a villain terrorizing the city. When staring at pages of notes for hours with nothing seeming to stick, finals season can be a very stressful one. While teachers have taught the material, they never seem…

It’s likely that the school election just ended at your school, or maybe it hasn’t started or you may not have it at all. School elections can be different depending on how your school does it, and what your student body is like. The main differences may even just lie in if you’re in high sc…

Not too long ago, many of us found ourselves setting alarms, purchasing supplies and reuniting with friends and classmates for that yearly tradition, back-to-school. But why now? Have you never wondered why we start school, end school and have vacations when we do, and what it would be like …