Blair-Justice spat ramps up

The war of words between State Sen. Craig Blair — 1 of the 2 representing Hampshire County — and Gov. Jim Justice reignited Thursday after the 2 men snipped at each other earlier (Blair last Friday, Justice retorting on Monday).

On Wednesday, Blair called Justice’s Monday press conference “incoherent” and tried to steer the focus away from the governor, claiming that the spat was about the state’s children and education system. Justice somewhat took the high ground Thursday, saying, ““I couldn’t be any more prouder as West Virginians, but I couldn’t be any more prouder to represent the Republican Party and say we need to be together and move forward. I’ve said it until I’m blue green. It doesn’t really matter if we’re Democrats or Republicans. A the end of the day, we’ve got too  many people on the outside throwing rocks at us.”

Gas jitters: The attack on 2 oil tankers in the Middle East sent crude oil prices spiking Thursday, but says the increase will likely subside quickly and won’t reach gas pumps.

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Experience the frontier

Fort Edwards opens for the summer Saturday with its annual Family Frontier Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the visitor’s center on Cold Stream Road in Capon Bridge. The site and foundation celebrate the history of the Edwards family that built and defended a fort for colonial forces in the French and Indian War.

• Relay for Life hopes to pack Rannells Field at the high school Saturday evening. Gates open at 4 with cancer survivors walking the 1st lap at 6. The evening ends with a luminaria  service at 9:15. In between you’ll find lots of activities for the whole family.

Also on Saturday: The birding club (8 a.m.) and ukulele club (11:30 for novices, noon for veterans) both want you at The Co-op, 56 S. Marsham St., Romney. … Musician Bob Shank and poet Kirk Judd are in concert together from 7 to 9 p.m. at The River House in Capon Bridge. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for members.

Check out our complete community calendar at any time.


Post 91 rips Cumberland in extras, 2-1

Potomac State’s Tobin Cain picked up the victory on the mound and drove in Hampshire’s Tristan Everett for the 2-1 walk-off win over Cumberland Post 13 in extra innings on Wednesday night. On Tuesday evening Romney spanked Fairmont Post 17 in both games of a doubleheader, 13-6 and 9-6. 

Statistically Zack Whitacre leads the team with a .486 batting average in 35 at-bats while his Frankfort teammate Chandler Rhodes is batting .474 in 23 plate appearances.

Tobin Cain has the lowest ERA on the squad (.000) pitching 9.1 innings so far this season.

Post 91 improves to (9-2) on the season and is back in action in this weekend with games scheduled in Allegany County.

Also: The 3-week open period is officially underway at Hampshire High and the sports teams are taking full advantage of the opportunity. Check out the Sports section in the Review next week for a glimpse at the team’s practices.


Relaying our hopes and concerns

A look back at the 2019 Relay for Life

We’ll also cover:

• How HHS athletes are using the 3-week summer training period

• The fallout from the Capon Bridge municipal election

• Family Frontier Day, kicing off Fort Edwards’ summer season

Pick up a copy of the Review on Wednesday. It’s the best $1.05 you’ll spend this week.

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