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 […]
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: […]
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. […]
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, […]
http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/2-10-2016/A7DEbt.gif When your team goes 6-for-16 on layups in the second half and 4-for-12 from 3-point range, there’s but one way to start the postgame news conference. Such was life Tuesday night for Bob Huggins, who coached his 300th game with WVU.
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 […]
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. https://www.facebook.com/MountainWord Please stop by, and “Like” it. Thanks for all the “Likes” so far!
A big week for “The Walking Dead” fans just got a little bigger as Telltale Games has announced the release date for the first episode of its three-part miniseries centered around everyone’s favorite sword-swinging loner, Michonne. “The Walking Dead: Michonne” makes its debut on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC on […]
It all starts this weekend. Your PopCulteer will be in New York City with an all-star crew to bring you the sights and sounds and news on all the cool new toys coming your way in 2016 (and beyond). We are going to attempt to update PopCult with posts from the scene starting as early […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When I first heard that “Peanuts” was being brought back to the screen in CGI and 3-D, I was worried. I thought, good grief, they’re going to ruin these characters. As a lifelong fan of both the strip and animated films, I didn’t want to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang reimagined, I wanted the […]
Someone pointed out to me yesterday that I hadn’t made a map for the Congressional Race. Here it is.
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 […]
Another one from the No Pants Players, who have a show on Thursday at the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes. They’d be OK with it if you wanted to come to the show, if you wanted to…
Name: Jenna Skeen
Hometown: St. Albans, WV and now reside in Charleston, WV
Occupation: COO at Loved Ones In Home Care and owner of Midnight Justice Films
“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 […]