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FNB Bank’s Hampshire Square branch will be hosting this mixed media exhibit by Darlene Alkire until March 9 as part of Hampshire County Arts Council’s Art In Public Places program.

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A scene from Route 50 just east of Romney this weekend, as fire companies gathered to pay tribute to Donnie Wilson Sr., who passed away last week. Wilson was a lifetime member of the Romney Volunteer Fire Company, a volunteer of the Augusta Volunteer Fire Company and a former volunteer with …

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CHARLESTON– High school seniors in the class of 2023 planning to apply for West Virginia’s Promise Scholarship have until March 1 to complete both the Promise application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through Promise, qualifying high school graduates receive annua…

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What we're about to address here is a serious subject though this is not supposed to be a serious column. I'll treat the subject of drug addiction and drug related crime as lightly as I can.

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Charleston – All hay area harvested in 2022 totaled 565,000 acres, up 47,000 acres from 2021. The average yield in 2022 was 1.91 tons per acre, up 0.18 ton per acre from 2021. Production totaled 1,080,000 tons, up 186,000 tons from 2021. December On Farm Hay Stocks were 780,000 tons, down 10…

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MORGANTOWN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help strengthen the bottom lines of rural West Virginia businesses and agricultural producers. 

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CHARLESTON — Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said he wished for more enthusiasm toward rebuilding ag laboratories in the state following his review of Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2024. 

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CHARLESTON — Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) are encouraging all farmers and farm operations to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Servic…

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I collect old high school social studies and science textbooks. Few journals can more accurately depict a time period than these. As an example, when Madeleine Albright described waiting out the Blitzkreig as a child in a London basement, she expressed little chance of surviving a near-direc…

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Pests are a pain, so WVU Extension is reaching out to growers and gardeners around the state about the dangers of pesticides and how to incorporate safe alternatives — such as barriers, insect traps and introducing predatory insects that feed on pests.

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If the work is done and the day still young, a ride through the back roads in an antique truck is often in order. Since my work truck is only months short of being 50 years old, the antique factor is already built in. All that’s needed is some time, gasoline, curiosity and a camera.

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Part of the purpose of this installment is to assure our new neighbor to the west that we are not in the least bothered by his monster dump trucks starting at first light on these frigid mornings.

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WASHINGTON — As of Dec. 1, there were 73.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 2% from December 2021 and down 1% from Sept. 1, 2022, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published on Dec. 23 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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During the 103rd annual Farm Bureau, longtime Hampshire County Farm Bureau member Garry Shanholtz was presented the 2022 Distinguished Service Award. Garry Shanholtz is a lifelong resident of Hampshire County, where he owns and operates Shanholtz Orchard along with his wife, Sandra and son, …

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More than 200 members and friends of the West Virginia Farm Bureau (WVFB) gathered on November 13-15th at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, to conduct their 103rd Annual Meeting. Among those attending were Hampshire County Farm Bureau members David Parker (Region 1 …

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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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Following a decades-long tradition, Thursday, Nov. 17 was the annual Old Hippie Orchard Day. Which annual, we can only guess. If there had been a 1st annual Old Hippie Orchard Day, we could have counted, but events that take on a life of their own are seldom announced in this manner. One day…

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I'm thinking about my grandfather's Winchester Model 42 .410 pump shotgun. It's somewhere else in the extended family, jealously guarded by some of those who hoard keepsakes and mementos. Fortunately, I never inherited that gene.

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Led by Elizabeth Rowen, a team of faculty from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will study the use of manure as an organic fertilizer, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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The holidays mean turkey time, and although you will find plenty of farm-raised turkeys in your neighborhood grocery store, the wild turkey population is struggling. In fact, it’s disappearing in many states, and a West Virginia University researcher is working to find out why with help from…

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Tiny North River Mills has become quite the music, arts and history venue. Of course, the Ice Mountain phenomenon has brought this little ghost town some fame through tourism and university studies of this unusual feature. 

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I’m afraid that I’ve gotten out of the habit of deer hunting. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is one complication. Additionally, the kids have grown up and flown the coop. We’re no longer in need of the meat as we were when they were still at home. As one older fellow said, “I raised my family…

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Veterans and community members are gaining career knowledge and tools through agriculture as part of a cooperative effort between West Virginia University Extension and Operation Welcome Home, a project designed to support military members moving from active-duty service to civilian life.

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It was around 6:30 a.m. and I had just dropped off the Old Hippie school bus driver at her bus in Capon Bridge. It was raining an uninspiring rain; Neither the fury of Summer thunder nor the deep, contemplative state inspired by a winter ice storm.

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This story might read a little like my story “About a Bus.” About a Bus first appeared here and later in Vintage Truck and Farm and Ranch Living magazines under various titles. 

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I guess I should change the sign on the North River Mills shop that reads "Thursday and Saturday — noon till 5" to read "by chance or appointment." We'll see. The idea for a shop there started around 2006 when the economy was going full bore. That economic feeding frenzy had been going on wi…

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The Hampshire County Farm Bureau would like to Congratulate RandiJo Wolford on winning the 2022 Contest. RandiJo will go on to compete at the state level in November with her speech topic, “What is artificial meat and what does it mean for the future of the meat industry? Fad or the Future?”

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The Hampshire County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Banquet was held at the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Sept. 24 after being canceled for 2 years.

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I was first introduced to the term “hand hole” at Baker Equipment, the Massey Ferguson dealership in Capon Bridge, now the home of Bent River Wood Works. Like so much of the terminology used in West Virginia, “hand hole” has its roots in antiquity. Another example might be “water pump” pliers.