It’s been 12 years since that early morning explosion in Upshur County. Twelve years since the Sago Mine Disaster. A year for each of the families who lost someone they loved. But what I can’t stop thinking about is a much more recent coal-mining death. The one that happened on Friday, just a few […]
A few months ago, we noted the efforts by a coalition of advocates to get the federal government to commit to a broad effort to more thoroughly study the health effects of C8 and related chemicals. There’s been some progress on that front, with passage of a defense department funding bill that included language […]
When the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game this weekend, it will put the Eagles’ defender Vinny Curry and Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum in the spotlight on the big stage. It won’t, however, be the first time the two have met on national television. When they did so 10 […]
Fish kills happen. Everyone knows that. Pipeline ruptures, tanker-truck wrecks, train wrecks and accidental discharges from industrial sites are unfortunate, but until someone creates a perfect world such incidents are going to occur from time to time. It still hurts to see the results — fish dead, recreation harmed, ecosystem damaged. It hurts twice as […]
As if you didn’t already think next Saturday’s game against the University of Kentucky was a big deal, ESPN is upping the ante. The College Gameday crew — Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams — will be posting up in the Coliseum and broadcasting from there for the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The […]
2017 wasn’t exactly a great year for yours truly. As the year began, I found myself mired in a rut and with zero desire to pick up a controller, something I wrote about in this space last summer. And as some of you may know, the year ended with the passing of my dad after […]
This week we venture once again back to March, 2011, as Radio Free Charleston was on a roll with a weekly run of terrific shows. This episode featured the first non-FestivALL solo appearance by Andy Park on the show, and the first-ever performance we filmed by an early line-up of QiET. We also present the […]
Most of us will be out celebrating on New Year’s Eve. When we wake up the next morning it will be 2018 and, after the obligatory New Year’s morning headache, guilt will set in and we’ll probably begin to think about resolving to seek self-improvement in the year ahead. Sure, you could go to the gym, cut […]
Fish Hawk Acres in Central West Virginia will host a “fancy” ramp dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Event Center in Buckhannon. And it sounds like it’s gonna be a good one, y’all. Guests will be welcomed with a Pickled Ramp Martini (yes, please!) and a taste of Deviled Eggs with Bacon, Pickled […]
A bipartisan group of 12 governors sent a letter to Congressional leadership Tuesday, asking governors to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, “as quickly as possible.” Congress let the program expire Sept. 30 and still hasn’t allocated new funding. West Virginia has been using leftover funding from the previous fiscal year to continue coverage. They […]
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 […]
As preparation for the stage production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” ramps up in London, we were treated this week to new photos of the adult versions of the Boy Who Lived and his former Hogwarts classmates. The stage production is based on an original story by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and picks up […]
I’ve been working on figuring out exactly who was affected by the delegate district problems in Precinct 277, so here’s a map I made from the addresses Vera McCormick, the Kanawha County Clerk, gave me.
Monday — a few days after floods devastated my home state of West Virginia — I returned to work after a week-long vacation. The red light on my phone was blinking when I arrived at the office, which meant several voicemails awaited my attention. I listened, jotted down notes and deleted them, one by one. […]
I’ve got a bit of a backlog of movies to report on. There’s been some time to watch spooky stuff, but not much time to write about it.
“The Devil’s Candy” is a film that has come up a couple of times on Facebook. A few of my Facebook pals have spoken highly of it. So, sure, I decided to give it a try.
In this episode of the “Mountain State of Mind” podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail we begin an occasional series on “Songmakers,” about how singer-songwriters come to write the songs they do– then they perform their song. Our guest is Colleen Anderson, who has come out with a song called “The Don Blankenship Blues.” The song […]
Charleston Town Center is looking for its next class of modeling talent. The mall’s annual auditions for the Young Faces Modeling Team, for children ages 5 – 11, is at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Macy’s Court. No experience is necessary and they are requesting no portfolios. Those selected will participate in a modeling workshop […]
In honor of boys basketball season starting around West Virginia this week, today we take a look back at the 2002 Class AAA state championship game between South Charleston and Cabell Midland. SC, led by a talented group of seniors that included Cedric Hornbuckle and current Penn State men’s soccer assistant coach Chad Duernburger, slipped […]
By Chris Slater The first thing that hit me was the smell. It wasn’t horrible, but this guy’s apartment was definitely too small for the three large dogs that lived there with him. I could tell he cleaned, but it wasn’t enough to mask the smell of damp fur. “Why am I even here?” I […]