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WINCHESTER — Valley Health told its employees and affiliated physicians Monday that the Covid-19 vaccine is now required. The order takes effect immediately and requires staff to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1. More than 2,100 employees of the 6-hospital system remain unvaccinated.

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SPRINGFIELD - The old John Blue Bridge put up a fight as hydraulic hammers chipped away at it's concrete piles before finally succumbing and splashing into the South Branch at 10:55 a.m. 

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Jam the cow has decided she feels like getting milked. A handsome Jersey, a breed prized for its high-quality milk, easy calving and all-around smarts, she strolls into a spotless room, about 10 feet by 15 feet.

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“At Indian Lake you’ll be able to make the way the Indians do.”

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On a country lane, just down the road from Bruceton Mills in Preston County, you’ll find Mason Run Farm and its owner Greg Gibson.

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I’ve kept a daily journal since sometime in 1994. These volumes conclude around 2012 when I started publishing enough to realize that the flow had reversed direction. The idea was to use these journals — someday — as story material for columns like this one. So  — what am I still saving them…

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MOOREFIELD — The Potomac Valley Conservation District is preparing to hold a local work group meeting to discuss conservation programs for 2021- 2022 later this month.

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CHARLESTON — For the 2021 season, West Virginia produced a totaled 13,000 gallons of maple syrup, down 3,000 gallons from the previous year.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is urging landowners to sign up for the 2022 Cooperative State-County-Landowner Gypsy Moth Suppression program.

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JACKSON’S MILL — The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame will honor 2 years’ worth of inductees with a banquet on July 24 at Jackson’s Mill.

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“Please don’t dominate the rap, Jack if you got nothin’ new to say …”

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They’ve munched their way through millions of acres of West Virginia hardwood. The gypsy moth is an invasive pest that’s been doing damage to West Virginia’s forests since it entered the state in the early ’70s.

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 “I simply need a time frame,” said the text message. “Simply” and “time frame” immediately struck me as a contradiction in terms. Let me assure the reader that, in my tractor repair business, any “time frame” or estimate that I have ever given has been wrong.

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As the national food system came to a screeching halt in the early days of the pandemic, the demand for food increased, providing a unique opportunity for local agriculture.

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BUFFALO — Private landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create a pollinator habitat on their property through a recent workshop hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.

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A friend called and asked the Old Hippie if we would lend him a shovel.

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The old barn find is finally running and sounds just like an old tractor — a 2-cylinder John Deere. But it’s not a 2-cylinder John Deere. One or more cylinders aren’t firing. Let’s leave it running, though, as we chase down the culprit. If, as is often the case, the ignition wire connectors …

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Do you remember Reverend Deadly? In the July 24, 2013, issue of this paper, I told the story of this minister's reputation for marksmanship. He's known for dispatching a squirrel in his church (they could have used him in Pascagoula) and largely ridding a farm of burrowing animals. He's marr…

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CHARLESTON — Even as more hay has been used over the last 5 months, hay stocks have risen on West Virginia farms.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will be hosting a virtual Acidified Only Better Process Control School June 15-16.

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Rather than the billionaire real estate mogul, to me, “The Donald” will always be the Disney character; a cartoon duck with a bare butt in a sailor suit. Lately, even more so.

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CHARLESTON — Even as more hay has been used over the last 5 months, hay stocks have risen on West Virginia farms.

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The week leading up to the 21st annual North River Mills/Ice Mountain Festival saw rain daily. There was no reason to expect the festival date to be any different. I had an unusual request from an old customer-not for tractor repair but for mowing.

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MECOSTA, Mich. — For generations, Brian Sackett’s family has farmed potatoes that are made into chips found on grocery shelves in much of the eastern U.S.

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My radio mentor, writer Jean Shepherd, wrote a manifesto for high school mediocrity, a guide on how to be invisible in the classroom. This work was entitled “Lost at C,” so I can’t claim the title. However, my version addresses a very different subject.

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As a pre-teen, I was discovering the rock music of the era just prior to the British Invasion; Little Eva, the Coasters, Elvis (of course) Barry and the Tamerlanes and even the more folksy Peter Paul and Mary and Rooftop Singers.

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Fourth-graders from Slanesville Elementary School swept the top 3 places in the 2021 Hampshire County “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest, sponsored by the Farm Bureau.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia produced 56% more red meat in 2020 than in 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.

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(The quarter-mile soap opera)

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Farm Credit of the Virginias will return $40 million to its customers this month through the annual patronage program.

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WASHINGTON — Half of a $1 million grant to train the agricultural workforce in West Virginia is headed to a program in Moorefield.