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Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating drivers who are believed to have been in the area of last month’s arson fires in Berkeley County that resulted in the death of a West Virginia Air National Guard firefighter.

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“A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity. In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defin…

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Approved by the Hampshire County School Board at the end of July, this comprehensive back-to-school plan highlights focus areas and safety practices to be implemented by schools when classes resume Sept. 8. Read more

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Patricia Rodgers of Baker has won a John Deere XUV 590E Gator through a surprise giveaway organized by Farm Credit of the Virginias.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia produced more hay in 2020 than a year earlier, with both the acreage and the yield per acre increasing.

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I’ve never used material from this column as an “encore presentation” before. Actually, I should have saved the story, “There’s Nothing Funny About a Flood” for this issue instead of running it on Jan. 15, 2014. My bad.

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CHARLESTON — The number of pigs in West Virginia on Dec. 1 was unchanged from a year earlier.

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MOOREFIELD - Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College completed a virtual National Biochar Week before Christmas.

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It seems that when it comes to the art of writing, I now only have time for works that pay especially well. These usually first appear in this column in their full length of about 1,400 words.

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This story begins very close to where the very first “Far Muse” story started, near the intersection of Old Chapel and Bishop Meade roads at Millwood, Va. Unlike that story, I’m not trying to locate the source of a mysterious barbecue fragrance. In fact, if there is any fragrance involved, i…

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This will be the last installment of this column in 2017. The next will be on Jan. 3, 2018. Such an occasion is commonly thought to be a time of reflection — another year gone by (sigh).

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Every square inch of ground anywhere holds a story. As children in the then vast New Jersey farm country, we would find lost objects in the fields by throwing our pocket knives then looking at the place where they landed. I admit that this method wasn’t very scientific, but it did sometimes …

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CHARLESTON, — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop block grants.

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POINT PLEASANT — The West Virginia State Farm Museum Christmas Light Show that came to life last Friday is running every night from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 13.

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The Hampshire County Farm Bureau was unable to hold its 2020 annual meeting and awards banquet due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Some of us can remember when disappointment with an American product or our government could be embodied in a single phrase; “Give it back to the Indians.”

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CHARLESTON — Six West Virginia projects will share in $248,433.07 of federal funding under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program this fall.

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The North River Mills shop has virtually no heat and plenty of ventilation. Years ago, someone must have found themselves in a situation similar to mine as there is evidence of newspapers having been put up on the west wall to block the wind. An open lean-to protects this wall from rain and …

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia will continue to operate under the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2021 hemp growing season.

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Our managing editor at Vintage Truck magazine is recovering from surgery. Having just gotten back in the game after about a month’s leave, we’re all working together to try to compress time and get a couple of issues out in a timely manner.

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 “You don’t wanna mess with West Virginia — it’s all rocks,” advised our Iowa landlord, Dr. Dave North.

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“You can tell me that your dog ran away, then tell me that it took 3 days.’’ That’s part of the theme song to the Canadian situation comedy “Corner Gas.”

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Imagine going for a checkup and receiving some not-so-great news — but instead of your physician adding another pill to add to your morning routine, she hands you a slip of paper that reads:

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Ted wrote this on the eve of the 2016 election, with it appearing in print the day after Donald Trump won the presidency. He thought it would be a fitting reminder 4 years later.

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Lonely Lights is a previously published title, but I can use it here because I own it. “Lonely Lights” was a poem that I wrote while listening to a radio broadcast of Miles Davis — it may have been “Sketches of Spain.”

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Richard Dykstra of Readstown, Wis., writes to ask how much work is involved in replacing the engine in a gasoline powered Massey Ferguson 150 with a Perkins Diesel unit.

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When we left off last week we had established that the Baldwin apple, another of the old-time varieties grown at Joy Orchard in Woodstock, Conn., where I picked in the 1970s, dates back at least to the Civil War. Well, I’ve since learned that we might as well pick up the American Revolution …

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There’s a yearly event that takes place near the top the Blue Ridge at the Clarke and Loudoun counties line on Route 7. You may have noticed a wide parking area on the east bound side of the highway. The Appalachian Trail adjoins this area and there are usually vehicles parked there: car poo…