Sustained Outrage

Tomblin gas safety commission recommendations focus on emergency response, training

This image provided by the West Virginia State Police shows a fireball erupting across Interstate 77 from a gas line explosion in Sissonville, W. Va.,Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police) We haven’t told you much lately about the commission put together by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to study the safety and health […]

Coal Tattoo

Almost level: Study details how mining flattens W.Va.

The hillside slope of West Virginia’s Headwaters Twentymile Creek watershed pre- and post-mining, calculated from elevation maps. Photo provided by Duke University. There’s an important new study out from the folks at Duke University that provides some fascinating new calculations of the impacts of mountaintop removal on West Virginia’s coalfield environment. Here’s the summary abstract: […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Marshall 70% at FT line? Could happen

One of the most unsung positive developments in this Marshall basketball team? Free-throw shooting. After watching some painful seasons at the FT line, the Thundering Herd is shooting .692, not that far from the 70 percent mark. Two seasons ago, that number was .622; in 2012-13, it was .598. Think about that — 59.8 percent. […]

Woods and Waters

Could W.Va.’s long-standing smallmouth record be broken? Maybe!

A note to West Virginians who like to fish for smallmouth bass: A new state-record bronzeback just might be lurking somewhere in the waters of the state. I can’t offer proof, of course, but I can offer evidence that even the longest-standing state records can be broken. Last Sunday, a Michigan man caught a 9.33-pound, […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

WVU v. TCU: Nathan for you?

You are not looking live at today’s starting lineup introductions. This is from the Baylor game last Saturday, and that was Nathan Adrian’s fourth straight start. Yesterday, a day after Bob Huggins reinstated Jon Holton from his indefinite suspension, Huggins wouldn’t commit to starting Holton, as is custom, or Adrian, who’s been uncommonly good these […]

Karin Fuller


                Today’s column is my last. It seems an appropriate time to say goodbye. The end of the year. The end of my daughter’s childhood, which was the subject of so many columns. Most moms record their children’s upbringing on film. Celeste’s was on newsprint. Saying goodbye isn’t […]

Mountain Word

Reminder: Mountain Word is on Facebook

A new, more flexible version of Mountain Word is now on Facebook. It’s easier than ever for everyone to contribute, read, listen, watch, comment, add links and generally interact with and enjoy Mountain Word. Please stop by, and “Like” it. Thanks for all the “Likes” so far!

Plugged In

Pop Cult

Sunday Evening Videos: Enz Again

Your PopCulteer is in New York covering Toy Fair, so this week we’re going to recycle a Sunday Evening Videos post from eight years ago. Admit it…if I hadn’t told you, you wouldn’t have noticed. One of my favorite new wave bands of the early 80s, Split Enz eventually evolved into Crowded House and started […]

Vines & Vittles

A tasteful exercise: getting the most out of wine

A friend of mine approached me the other day with a kind of sheepish look on his weathered brow and asked: “I want to learn how to like wine. I’ve tried it several times and I just don’t like it. Is there some way to learn to like the stuff?” I must admit I was […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

In the ‘Chain’ Gang, Longhorn is a Cut Above

I’m all about raising awareness and support of solid, independent, locally owned restaurants, choosing to spend my dining out dollars at such places the vast majority of time. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good quality “chain” restaurants out there. Just like most people, we occasionally find ourselves inside one of these national behemoths and […]

The Mommyhood

The hardest and best job

First, let me say I don’t consider parenting a job. But many times it can be like a job, in that work is involved. And it’s often compared to a job. So, if I’m going to compare parenting to a job, here it is: Parenting is hard work. (I know, I know – deep stuff […]

Capitol Notebook

Justice campaign announces “Coaches for Jim”

From a press release issued today by the Justice campaign: Today, businessman Jim Justice visited Morgantown and Huntington alongside former Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett and former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen to kickoff “Coaches for Jim,”— a citizen-led coalition to reach out to local coaches across West Virginia. Justice, the basketball […]

Health Blog

Bill Nye and the science of choice

I thought it might be interesting and appropriate, in view of the fact that celebrated science speaker Bill Nye is set to visit Charleston in November, to point  to his explanation of everything that is wrong with trying to attack women’s health services. Nye is well-known for his no-nonsense approach to a variety of hot […]

Extra Credit

Live from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Charleston Daily Mail reporter Samuel Speciale will provide updates from the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. The speller sponsored by the Gazette-Mail is Varun Kukkillaya, a John Adams Middle School 8th grader who is making a repeat appearance at the national bee. Go Varun! Other West Virginia spellers include Andrew Gould, a sixth-grader […]

Pop Machine

The 304

Sports with Chuck McGill

The best names (possibly) entering college football

Wednesday’s National Signing Day festivities reminded me how much I enjoy the introduction to a wave of new names that might become household over the next four or five years of competition. The Mountain State did quite well in this regard. Marshall signed Sir Patrick Scott and Pro Wells. West Virginia locked up Toyous Avery […]

One Month At A Time

Mountain State of Mind

EPISODE 1, ‘Mountain State of Mind’: The W.Va. Activist Archive

“Mountain State of Mind” is a new podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail that focuses on interesting people and intriguing developments around the state of West Virginia. This podcast is a companion broadcast to a story in the Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 Gazette-Mail on the development of the West Virginia Activist Archive, by Michael Tierney, a […]