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The swiftwater rescue squad was called out on the South Branch west of Romney last Wednesday morning when a kayaker overturned between Maple Landing and the U.S. 50 Bridge. Springfield firefighter Mike Swartz was able to walk to the patient, but medical concerns called for him to be brought …

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Volunteers and artist John D'Amico made progress on a new mural at the Romney Community Pool Saturday. Organizers hope to complete the work this Saturday morning, May 8. They need volunteers again at 9 a.m. at the pool on School Street. o

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When Shirley Lee passed away at age 85 just before Christmas, her family held private services and promised a Celebration of Life for April 24. Last Saturday saw the Green Spring native celebrated at the blue-and-gold trimmed Bottling Works. To keep her memory fresh at least for a few more d…

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“Finally,” gushed the Washington Post editorial board earlier this month, “a president takes on America’s epidemic of gun violence.” I rushed to get the story. This should be good — a Democratic president, Democrats in control of the Congress (although just barely, and not of Joe Manchin), n…

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The Hampshire Emergency Medical Services Association, which represents the county’s volunteer rescue squads, will schedule a meeting to go over issues troubling rescue squad members with the county’s newest commissioner, David Cannon, who took office in January. 

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ROMNEY — School superintendent Jeff Pancione updated the Hampshire County Development Authority on plans for their exchange of the old hospital property for Board of Education properties on School Street at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Hampshire County Development Authority.

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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.

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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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(When I learned that today is Administrative Professionals Day, I couldn’t resist running this piece, which takes a poke at the corporate culture that many of us in the trenches love to pick on.

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CHARLESTON — Corn planting in West Virginia is expected to total 53,000 acres, up 4 percent — or 2,000 acres — from 2020, and up 2 percent from 2019.

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LAKIN — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will be hosting a farm training day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at the Lakin State Farm.

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I’ve made the tractor repair rounds and have everybody’s machines at least functional. I’ve also made a little money so that my creditors know that I — and my accounts — are still active after a fashion. The weather forecast for the week shows intermittent showers and perhaps a few random co…

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A column in the Farm section would seem to be the last place to look for stories of the covert actions of governments, terrorists and organized crime. Though I don’t use a computer from which much of this Henny Penny material seems to originate, I still feel that it is my right to partake of…

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A universal feature of homes built during the immediate post-war (That is, World War 2) period was the brick planter. These permanent structures fronted the new homes of the returning soldiers’ country or suburban nests where they would raise their families and otherwise get down to the busi…

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CHARLESTON — Honey flowed more freely from the Mountain State’s beekeepers last year than the year before.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia farmers in Hampshire County who want to manage weeds, increase production and conserve soil on their farmland are eligible to participate in a pilot program for pasture weed management.

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(I sent this letter to the Winchester Star as an Open Forum submission. It’s a tongue-in-cheek response to an article by political columnist George Will. It was never published. I sent it last October so it’s safe to assume that the Star won’t be running it. It is, after all, way over the wo…

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt is encouraging farmers to consider donating agricultural products under the West Virginia’s farm-to-food-bank tax credit.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture held a statewide virtual agri-tourism roundtable Feb. 9 with key government officials and agri-tourism producers.

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Agricultural innovators across West Virginia can compete for a business assistance package valued in excess of $5,000 as part of a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture held a statewide virtual agri-tourism roundtable Feb. 9 with key government officials and agri-tourism producers.

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CHARLESTON — The number of farms in West Virginia dropped slightly, but the acreage remained the same during 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting.

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March 4, 2015 — I couldn’t have picked a worse day to gather my first impressions of Josephine City. It had been sunny and warm when I left Hanging Rock in Hampshire County, leaving with high hopes for a prosperous day on the Clarke County, Va., tractor repair route. The weather became worse…

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These stories are usually keyed to the seasons, but I can’t recall if these events took place in the fall or early spring.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s inventory of sheep and lambs fell by 9 percent in 2020 while the number of goats grew by 6 percent.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the final rule for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which enables agricultural producers and private landowners to protect farmlands, grasslands and wetlands with conservation easements.

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During the colder months, our thoughts are often with the plight of the homeless. But is their situation always a ‘’plight?” In some instances, homelessness can be an adventure. Let me relate what brought this all to mind.