Hoppy Kercheval

Today July 1, 2016

The Flood of 2016: One week later

One week ago today West Virginia was just beginning to come to grips with some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Up to...

Yesterday June 30, 2016

Where’s Congressman Mooney been?

A natural disaster reveals the often paradoxical view that many have about government—the contradictory positions of wanting government to stay out of our lives, but...

Wednesday June 29, 2016

Loving thy neighbor

Tragedy has a way of recalibrating priorities. When something really bad happens today, the stuff that worried us so much yesterday tends to dissipate.  We...

Tuesday June 28, 2016

West Virginia answers the call

We’re hearing more stories now about some of the heroics by first responders and others who risked their own lives to save others caught in...

Monday June 27, 2016

FEMA flood relief applications rolling in

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already taken over 1,000 individual applications for assistance following Thursday’s record flooding, with many more...

Sunday June 26, 2016

Restoring “almost heaven” after hellish events

We are fond of saying West Virginia is “almost heaven.” The natural beauty and warmth of our citizens combine to create a special kind of...

Friday June 24, 2016

Flooding death toll rises to at least 23

Governor says some areas still not reached.

The annual warnings about Social Security and Medicare

The annual report from the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees is out and it shows how it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for the...

Thursday June 23, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 West Virginia Scholar winner

Madison Robinson’s future changed yesterday. The 17-year-old Dunbar resident reached a seminal moment in her young life. It was a surprise to her… a big...

Wednesday June 22, 2016

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Missing benefits, hidden costs

The Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping Clean Power Plan, which is supposed to save the planet by putting the coal industry out of business, is currently...

Tuesday June 21, 2016

The budget battles to come in West Virginia

The Governor and legislators worked on and off from late last year until the middle of June to develop a budget for the new fiscal...

Monday June 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

According to John G. Morgan in his book West Virginia Governors, “The historic morning of June 20, 1863, the official birthday of the 35th state,...

Friday June 17, 2016

Governor restores greyhound purse fund money

Simple word removal makes more money available to greyhound purse fund.

Reasonable and constitutional gun control

Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are trying to find consensus on a new gun control measure following the massacre in Orlando, but that’s...

Thursday June 16, 2016

Gov. Tomblin faces lose/lose decision on dog racing

A small piece of the proposed West Virginia budget for next fiscal year puts Governor Tomblin in an awkward position. Lawmakers, in combing the budget...

Wednesday June 15, 2016

A budget deal… finally!

Governor Tomblin, the Senate and the House of Delegates have finally agreed on a budget for the new fiscal year.  It was close; the current...

Tuesday June 14, 2016

The ongoing fight against radical Islam

The ongoing effort to protect America from terrorism, specifically radical Islam, is a colossal undertaking.  As witnessed at Fort Hood in 2009, near the finish...

Monday June 13, 2016

Updated public school grading system coming to West Virginia

West Virginia public schools students get letter grades based on their performance and now the schools themselves are also going to be graded in a...

Friday June 10, 2016

Tomblin, Senate put pressure on House to pass tax increase, budget

Stop me if you’ve heard this one:  The Legislature is going to take up a plan to increase the tobacco tax to try to raise...

Thursday June 9, 2016

Cracker update

Plans to fully capitalize on the motherlode of natural gas in our region are moving ahead in fits and starts. Just this week, Royal Dutch...

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