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Celebrating Veterans Day by Making a Difference
November 11, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Each year, this is a time to count our blessings and reflect on our appreciation of those who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom here in West Virginia and across the nation.

Veterans Day is an important moment to honor, with solemn gratitude, the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect ours, and to express our deepest thanks for those who continue serving our state and country.

Recently, I joined Department of Veterans Assistance Deputy Secretary Billy Wayne Bailey to raise awareness about the pressing mental health issues many veterans battle on a daily basis. FULL STORY

College Application and Exploration Week
November 7, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Today marks the close of West Virginia's seventh annual "College Application and Exploration Week," a statewide initiative to help our students evaluate their options to pursue higher education. Students at nearly 450 schools across the state, from preschool... FULL STORY

A Vision for the Future at Rock Creek Development
October 31, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (October 28, 2016) - For the past 30 years, I have looked at thousands of acres of flat land at the Hobet mine site in Boone and Lincoln counties and thought about the enormous possibilities those acres could bring about for West Virginia - if we ever had th... FULL STORY

New Life movie: Real love, real life
October 24, 2016

By Rusty Wright As I watched this film, I often felt like the screenwriters had placed a hidden microphone in my home. True love. Romance. Exciting, intimate, emotional connection. Fulfilling, committed partnership. Joys and sorrows. Drama…tragedy…recovery…triumph. This one's got real love... FULL STORY

I'm Not Ashamed movie
October 17, 2016

By Rusty Wright The 1999 Columbine High School massacre became etched in a nation's collective consciousness. Shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve fellow students and one teacher. Rachel Joy Scott was their first victim. This new film tells her inspiring story. And what a ... FULL STORY

Celebrating the Positive Impact of Service
October 10, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Community service is a cornerstone of our way of life in the Mountain State. As West Virginians, we take pride in our communities, and volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps have facilitated thousands of volunteers from West Virginia and beyond in making a ... FULL STORY

Freedom fighter or domestic terrorist?
October 3, 2016

By Rusty Wright Into a nation boiling with racial conflict enters a film about an antebellum Bible-quoting Virginia slave whose revolt inspires many to counter racial oppression. Who was Nat Turner? What did he accomplish, and why should we care? Writer, producer, director and actor Nate Pa... FULL STORY

'Deepwater Horizon' movie
September 23, 2016

By Rusty Wright Imagine you're relaxing in your hotel room after a long day's work. Your three-week business trip is nearly over and you're returning home the next day. Then… BOOM! A massive explosion rocks your world. Your room becomes an inferno of smoke and fire. You rush to escape, w... FULL STORY

Remembering 9/11 and Recommitting to Preparedness
September 12, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, West Virginians joined the nation and the world in sorrow and devastation. We gathered around our televisions and watched an act of terror unfold that was beyond comprehension. On that day, at the World Trade C... FULL STORY

Sending Our Kids Off to College Helps Keep Them
August 26, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Over the past few weeks, families across the state hugged their children goodbye and sent them off to college. For many, it was a bittersweet and emotional moment filled with both pride and sorrow, worry and relief. But we can all take heart. Because earn... FULL STORY

Hobet Project Holds Vast Promise
August 24, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Just down the road from Charleston in Boone and Lincoln counties lies something unique and promising in Southern West Virginia - approximately 12,000 acres of flat land ideal for new businesses and with the potential for a level of job creation that would be... FULL STORY

Ben-Hur remake: Revenge, redemption, inspiration
August 15, 2016

By Rusty Wright Do you remember the classic MGM movie, Ben-Hur? Charlton Heston, the chariot race, the galley slaves forced to row at "ramming speed"? The film won eleven Oscars as it displayed passion and pageantry, betrayal and bitterness, grace and redemption. Now, Mark Burnett and Roma ... FULL STORY

West Virginia RISE: Flood recovery
July 29, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin For West Virginians like Cheryl Sams, who owns Sams Auction and Bargain Barn in Clendenin, the flooding that hit our state in June was especially devastating. Her family business lost $100,000 in inventory, and their building sustained $30,000 in damages. ... FULL STORY

West Virginians Working Together to Rebuild
July 23, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin In the days and weeks following the floods that devastated parts of our state one month ago, it is inspiring to see West Virginians banding together to support friends, family and neighbors as the long road to recovery continues. More than 4,500 individual... FULL STORY

Tell her you love her
July 22, 2016

By Rusty Wright Recently, when my wife, Meg Korpi, was dying of cancer, a longtime friend offered some advice I'm really glad I heeded. "Hutch" Hutchins told me I should write a tribute, expressing what she's meant to me and how much I love her. I should frame it, give it to her, and read it... FULL STORY

West Virginians Coming Together
July 16, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Just over three short weeks ago, our state was hit by severe, widespread, historic flooding. Twenty-three people lost their lives. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Communities were devastated. But along with this tragedy came the fastest, most coordinated... FULL STORY

Safe at Home West Virginia
May 19, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As Governor, our children's well-being is one of my top priorities, and I am particularly proud of the progress we have made through the Safe at Home West Virginia program. The federally supported program's innovative approach provides community and behaviora... FULL STORY

Support Needed for Main Street Project
May 10, 2016

The Upshur County Development Authority (UCDA) and the City of Buckhannon have a tremendous opportunity to enhance the business climate in downtown Buckhannon. ARC and USEDA announced the POWER Grant Program for the purpose of revitalizing coal impacted communities and to encourage economic diversif... FULL STORY

Kevin Durant's inspiring mom struggles and shines
May 1, 2016

By Rusty Wright When NBA superstar Kevin Durant received the professional basketball league's 2014 Most Valuable Player award, his moving acceptance speech honored his mother's crucial role in his success. He named her "the real MVP." The standing ovation and subsequent media groundswell confi... FULL STORY

The Governor's Internship Program
April 4, 2016

PREPARING WEST VIRGINIA STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Over the past several years, we in West Virginia have worked hard to create a strong education system and new opportunities for our students while developing workforce training programs to give our people the sk... FULL STORY

Batman v Superman movie: Superhero rumble
March 23, 2016

By Rusty Wright OK. You're a comic book character. The bad guys are closing in. The time bomb is ticking, your best friend's become a maniacal intergalactic terrorist, and the IRS is auditing you. You need a superhero – fast – but you can choose only one: Superman or Batman. Who you gonna c... FULL STORY

Miracles from Heaven movie: Astonishing outcomes
March 7, 2016

By Rusty Wright The true story this film depicts is astonishing. A nine-year-old girl falls thirty feet, lands headfirst, sustains only minor scrapes and bruises, and leaves the hospital the next day. She says she visited heaven and sat in Jesus' lap. Eventually, her chronic, life-threateni... FULL STORY

Young Messiah movie: Jesus' childhood imagined
March 4, 2016

By Rusty Wright Seven-year-old Jesus is accused of killing a bully … then raises him from the dead. He restores life to a dead bird and sight to a blind man, heals his ailing uncle. Sound familiar? Maybe not. But – for the sake of argument – suppose you were this Jesus. What would you thi... FULL STORY

Working Together to Combat Substance Abuse
February 17, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Substance abuse is one of the greatest struggles our state has ever faced, and it is destroying the lives of far too many of our family members, friends and neighbors. As we continue our efforts to improve our workforce participation rate and strengthen o... FULL STORY

Getting to Work on What Matters
February 12, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin At the halfway point of the legislative session, it's important to recognize there is still much work to be done. West Virginia is experiencing budget challenges unseen in a generation, and we must take action - both legislative and administrative - to ensur... FULL STORY

Strengthening West Virginia's Education System
January 20, 2016

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Five years ago, when I became governor, we started down a path to strengthen and improve West Virginia's education system. Last week, I was proud to join members of the state Department of Education, representatives from education groups and programs from acr... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Very Own Winter Wonderland
December 23, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Who says just kids can have fun snow days? In Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, people of all ages can enjoy the winter season by playing on the ski slopes or participating in recreational offerings like ice skating, hiking, caving or even zip lining. The wide ... FULL STORY

Drive Safe and Smart during the Winter Season
December 17, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Across the Mountain State, winter weather is quickly approaching. Whether you are someone who dreads cold mornings and frosty nights, or you love the cheer and chill that comes with a new snowfall, the season will arrive with or without our approval. As we l... FULL STORY

Sharing the Importance of a STEM-Focused Education
December 8, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano In the midst of holiday school programs, teachers and staff across West Virginia are working to ensure our state's students remain focused on preparing for opportunities beyond high school - and that ... FULL STORY

Grow Your Own West Virginia Holiday Tradition
December 6, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (December 4, 2015) - The holiday season is filled with traditions like dinners prepared with special family recipes, shopping, gift exchanges, open houses and caroling - just to name a few. A tradition many West Virginia families enjoy is making an annual trip... FULL STORY

Make Small Business Saturday a Big Day
November 25, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This Friday, the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season starts in earnest. Beginning with Black Friday and ending with Cyber Monday, the traditional shopping spree that follows Thanksgiving is the most important weekend of the year for many retail b... FULL STORY

W. Va. is Committed to Combatting Substance Abuse
November 20, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Since becoming governor, I've made helping those struggling with substance abuse one of my top priorities, and I'm proud of the progress we are making in this difficult fight. A few weeks ago, we were privileged to welcome President Obama and Health and Human... FULL STORY

DNR Game Check Goes Online
November 12, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin One of the most anticipated time of the year for West Virginians is big game hunting season. So many of our family members, friends and neighbors enjoy picking up a bow, rifle, musket or, beginning this year, a crossbow, and heading out into the woods and fie... FULL STORY

The 33 movie: Chilean Miners' Rescue
November 10, 2015

By Rusty Wright Can you imagine being buried alive for days, weeks, months on end? In this dramatic true story that captivated the world in 2010, a huge explosion traps 33 miners deep underground in Chile. Up top, an international team works frantically to save them. Food rations and human ... FULL STORY

Peanuts movie: Good grief…plus fun…in 3D!
November 3, 2015

By Rusty Wright Fasten your seatbelts, Peanuts fans. It's a wild ride as the beloved comic strip characters hit the big screen in 3D. The whole gang's in this one: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Schroeder, Sally, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, the Little Red-Haired girl. And don... FULL STORY

Loan Program Recruits its 100th Lender
November 2, 2015

Landmark hit as Lending Amount Reaches $100 Million for FY 2015 and $200 Million since Program Inception WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Community Advantage (CA) Pilot Program scored a major success as it recruited its 100th lender, surpassed $100 million in lending for the fiscal... FULL STORY

Uncovering West Virginia's History
October 29, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin No matter where you live or where you're from, there is always something fascinating about finding an unearthed treasure. Whether it is an arrow-shaped fragment or a piece of old pottery, our imaginations immediately think back to the lives of the people who... FULL STORY

Creating a Safe Learning Environment for Students
October 16, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, I joined administrators, teachers and student advocates from across the state to recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and to proclaim October 11-17 as Bullying Awareness Week in the Mountain State. As students across West Virginia reach the... FULL STORY

Woodlawn: Racial Strife, Football, Faith
October 11, 2015

By Rusty Wright A nation too often tarnished by racial conflict could use an inspiring film like this. When I learned this movie involved Tony Nathan, I perked up. As a longtime Miami Dolphins follower, I knew of his NFL exploits. But I was unaware of his Woodlawn High School days in Birmin... FULL STORY

State Holiday Commission Seeks Nominations
September 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 14, 2015) - The Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2016 'Living the Dream' awards. The ceremony revealing and recognizing the winners will be part of the ecumenical service on Monday, January 1... FULL STORY

Captive Movie: Gripping Atlanta Hostage Drama
September 11, 2015

By Rusty Wright OK. You're a twenty-something single mom, a recovering drug addict. At 2:00 a.m., you're exhausted from moving into your new apartment. You've heard an escaped killer's on the loose, but that he's probably in the next state by now. Suddenly, he's on your doorstep, holding a g... FULL STORY

90 Minutes in Heaven movie: There and back again?
September 4, 2015

By Rusty Wright What's it like to die and go to heaven? Don Piper believes he knows. A horrendous 1989 auto accident left him battered, bloody, and – according to four Emergency Medical Technicians – dead. Yet 90 minutes later, he was alive. He says he visited heaven's gates, heard celes... FULL STORY

Making the Most of a New School Year
August 28, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As students across our state return to school, it is important to have a fresh focus on the year that lies ahead. Since becoming governor, I have worked hard to give all West Virginia students access to a world-class education and increased opportunities that... FULL STORY

War Room Movie: Got Prayer?
August 22, 2015

By Rusty Wright Got marital problems? Job-related stress? Ethical conundrums? Try prayer. That's the theme of War Room, a Kendrick Brothers / Sony TriStar release opening August 28. This film, clearly aimed at a Christian audience, is not your typical Hollywood fare. Rather it weaves pra... FULL STORY

Developmental Education Reform
July 28, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin During my time as Senate President and now, as your Governor, I have made it a priority to improve our state's business climate and to strengthen and grow West Virginia's workforce to meet the long-term needs of business and industry operating here. While bui... FULL STORY

Make Your Summer Memories at One of W.Va.'s Parks
July 8, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin The Mountain State is known worldwide for its natural beauty and outdoor adventures, and this summer is the perfect time to explore all that West Virginia has to offer. As families across the state plan summer vacations and outdoor activities, I encourage you... FULL STORY

Stay Safe This Summer While Exploring W.Va.
July 2, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, West Virginians across the Mountain State are celebrating Independence Day with family and friends. Whether your summer plan includes taking a long weekend to explore some of what our state has to offer or making plans for annual family get-togeth... FULL STORY

Faith of our Fathers Movie: Vietnam War Healing
June 24, 2015

By Rusty Wright What was/is the Vietnam War for you? For many, it's a history book chapter. For me it was a controversial conflict that divided our nation and set university campuses aflame. For my classmates, it was variously cause for debate, protest, a call to serve, or motivation to reloc... FULL STORY

Fighting Back Against Substance Abuse
June 6, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin During the five years I have served as your governor, I have made it a priority to develop a skilled workforce, reduce our state's prison and regional jail inmate population, rehabilitate those offenders when possible, and fight the battle against substance ... FULL STORY

John Rhys-Davies: Veteran Actor With Heart
June 4, 2015

By Rusty Wright When I interviewed veteran actor John Rhys-Davies at a film premiere recently, I already knew we had several things in common. We both understand some Swahili, studied at UK universities, and married older women. But I was not aware of his deep concerns about two significant so... FULL STORY

Christian Students Hiding Jews from Nazis
May 25, 2015

By Rusty Wright As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a newly-released film dramatically portrays a forgotten story of dedicated Christian students who played a vital role in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution. Driven by faith, love and convictio... FULL STORY

Tomblin Issues Statement Following Layoff Reports
May 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 22, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a statement following additional reports of layoffs in the coal industry. "Additional layoffs and mine closures are heartbreaking for our miners, their families and the communities in which they live. These cutbacks affect mor... FULL STORY

Cleveland Abduction: Courage, Faith, Riveting TV
April 24, 2015

By Rusty Wright No one should have to suffer what Michelle Knight and her fellow captives did in Ariel Castro's house of horrors. With gripping realism and tender reflection, Lifetime's movie tells this absorbing story from abduction to liberation and beyond. In May 2013, three women missing... FULL STORY

Empowering West Virginians Through TANF
April 17, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Across the Mountain State, we have worked hard to increase the availability of programs that provide West Virginians with an equal opportunity to live a great life right here at home, no matter what their circumstances may be. Since becoming governor four... FULL STORY

Working Toward a Bright Future
April 9, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Today's global economy is dependent on an educated, skilled and versatile workforce. In West Virginia, we are developing a national reputation for our skilled training programs and workers who are committed to getting the job done - and doing it well. Acr... FULL STORY

Fiscal Responsibility a Key
April 1, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin More than sixty days ago, the leadership team of the 82nd Legislature gaveled members of the Senate and the House of Delegates for the 2015 legislative session. Last week, legislators made their final votes and adjourned sine die with the passing of a budget ... FULL STORY

A.D. TV series: The Bible Continues …in Prime Time
March 30, 2015

By Rusty Wright Hollywood's Bible Power Couple is back – with a flourish – this time on prime-time network television. They really take this spiritual stuff seriously. In 2012, my wife and I attended a dinner in Washington, DC, where actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) announced that s... FULL STORY

Beyond the Mask Movie: Swashbuckling Fun
March 16, 2015

By Rusty Wright It's certainly got swash. And buckling. Plus romance, intrigue, thrills, spills and chills. The protagonist in this Revolutionary War-era action adventure film even saves George Washington's life … and then saves America. Beyond the Mask relates the struggles of mercenary... FULL STORY

Common Sense Needed
February 27, 2015

By Michael J. Martirano, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Common sense is the key to effective decision making. This is true when it comes to the West Virginia Next Generation Standards. These standards guide the work of teachers as they help our children learn and thrive and prepare them... FULL STORY

Unlocking the Door to a College Education
February 24, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin High school seniors have the world at their fingertips - and a lot on their plates. Planning for the future can be overwhelming. Choosing what's next after graduation is one of the biggest decisions of they'll face, but if that decision includes a college edu... FULL STORY

SBA Promotes Innovation and Technology
February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR Road Tour “Seeding America’s Future Innovation... FULL STORY

Old Fashioned Movie: 50 Shades of Nice
February 8, 2015

By Rusty Wright Want an alluring love story for your Valentine’s Day movie date? US filmgoers have distinct options this season. Much-discussed Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the erotic novel that’s drawn countless bookclubbers into lip-biting, toe-curling ecstasy. Trailers promise mystery... FULL STORY

Tackling Substance Abuse in the Mountain State
February 4, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Substance abuse is a heartbreaking problem facing families across West Virginia each and every day. With the help of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, we've taken bold action to stop the production of meth and increase practice standards fo... FULL STORY

Serving Those Who Have Served Us
January 28, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin With the nation's highest per capita percentage of residents in the military, there is no doubt West Virginians have answered the call to serve and defend our country for generations. During my 2015 State of the State address, I highlighted the efforts of ou... FULL STORY

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. King
January 19, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Each January, we unite as communities, as a state and as a nation to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his dream of equality for all. Dr. King was among the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and ... FULL STORY

Go Outside and Ski in West Virginia
January 8, 2015

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia is blessed to enjoy four beautiful seasons, each with its own set of exciting recreational opportunities. If haven't experienced the exhilaration of plowing down a snowy slope, now is your chance to try something new and bring along a friend. ... FULL STORY

A Wish for a Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year
December 26, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin This week as we gather together with family to celebrate the holiday season, we reflect on all of the wonderful holiday and cultural traditions we share as West Virginians. Each winter, our state's picturesque landsc... FULL STORY

Unbroken Movie: Hope, Despair, Redemption
December 23, 2014

By Rusty Wright When Louie Zamperini boarded a World War II bomber in late May, 1943, unforeseen dangers awaited the Olympic runner and war hero. He later said he'd prefer suicide to repeating his castaway and POW ordeals. His inspiring story – told in the bestselling book, Unbroken (Laura H... FULL STORY

Developing Our State, Strengthening Our Future
December 19, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, it was my privilege to join executives and key leadership from Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation in announcing the company's decision to relocate its North American headquarters to West Virginia. With this investment, Diamond Electric's W... FULL STORY

STEM Success in the Mountain State
December 11, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (December 10, 2014) - Across West Virginia, our young people are aiming for greatness. Whether choosing a career path requiring a two-year degree from one of our state's community and technical colleges or a four year degree at one of our colleges and univer... FULL STORY

Exodus Movie: Brother-enemies, Slavery, Liberation
December 8, 2014

By Rusty Wright If you were an epic-adventure filmmaker and wanted a protagonist who could connect with over half the world's population, Moses would be a prime candidate. He's revered by Christians, Muslims and Jews. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible are commonly called the "Books of ... FULL STORY

Supporting Our Veterans When They Return
December 4, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As West Virginia's military men and women return home from serving across the country and around the world, West Virginians stand together to welcome them with open arms and warm hearts. We all want to do everything we can to support those who sacrifice so m... FULL STORY

Big Thanks for Small Businesses
November 26, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week as we gather to give thanks this holiday season, many across the Mountain State are also preparing for the hustle and bustle of the biggest shopping days of the year. Each year, squeezed between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturda... FULL STORY

A Salute to West Virginia's Veterans
November 11, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, West Virginians throughout the Mountain State will join Americans across the country and around the world to recognize our nation's veterans and honor those men and women who have answered the call to serve their country. This Veterans Day, as peo... FULL STORY

Military Family Appreciation Month
November 7, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us across the country and throughout the Mountain State shift our thoughts to the traditions we will share in the coming weeks - cherished moments with family, friends and those we love most. Whether catchin... FULL STORY

Building a Culture of Caring and Respect
October 31, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin In today's world, bullying has become a nationwide epidemic. Whether we read stories from local news reports, hear rumors from close friends or have our own personal experiences, each of us has either been affected by bullying in some way. As a father, I'm d... FULL STORY

Benefits of Risk-Based Pricing in Consumer Market
October 28, 2014

Cites Drastic Expansion of Credit Opportunities Across Socio-Economic Spectrum WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) released a report which finds that risk-based pricing lowers the cost of credit for the majority of borrowers while simu... FULL STORY

Making Fall Memories in the Mountain State
October 24, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Greeting us with brilliant red, yellow and orange foliage, a breath of crisp cool air and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, the autumn season calls us to linger outside a little longer and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mountain State. Whether you're ... FULL STORY

#WHYICHOSE
October 21, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Today marks the start of West Virginia's fifth annual "College Application and Exploration Week," a statewide celebration of the higher education opportunities available to our state's students. This week, nearly 240 schools across the state will host colleg... FULL STORY

Preventing Forest Fires
October 13, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin We often hear stories on the evening news and read articles in national newspapers about areas of our country that have experienced devastation caused by wildfires. This August, West Virginia's Division of Forestry wild land firefighting crew traveled acros... FULL STORY

Be Aware and Always Take Action to Prepare
October 1, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginians are known for coming together to support each other in times of need - whether to help communities recover from a disaster or through statewide volunteer projects as part of Day to Serve. In September, West Virginians joined more than 14 mill... FULL STORY

My State, My Life
September 29, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, I had the opportunity to join students from Wayne High School and Robert C. Byrd High School to talk about West Virginia's bright future and the number of exciting opportunities that await them in the Mountain State. West Virginia has tremendou... FULL STORY

Keeping with Tradition: Service to Others
September 22, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Across the country, West Virginians are known for their true hospitality and live out the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. Throughout the year, West Virginians of all ages across the Mountain State participate in community service activities in our ho... FULL STORY

A Time to Honor and Remember
September 15, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This week, Joanne and I joined Americans across our state, our nation and the world as we remembered and paid tribute to lives lost on September 11, 2001. The day's ceremonies at the State Capitol Complex and those held across the nation reminded us of the ... FULL STORY

Grandparents Day: A Cherished Tradition
September 5, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As Governor, I have had the amazing opportunity to experience many treasures of the Mountain State. From our friends and neighbors who welcome visitors with true West Virginia hospitality to our beautiful landscape views, we are blessed to live in a place th... FULL STORY

Celebrating and Sharing Our Hertiage
August 28, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia is a state with a story around every scenic turn, and our people are known for sharing tales of generations past from countries all over the world. West Virginia is a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditional heritage, and I can't think ... FULL STORY

Rehabilitating Roadways and Futures
August 19, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin When it comes to our roadways, rehabilitation is a term we often hear during the summer months. Long, harsh winters take quite a toll on our roads, and each summer, the 10 districts of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) send road crews to repair... FULL STORY

Celebrating 90 Years of Blue Ribbon Traditions
August 13, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin In West Virginia, we enjoy taking time to celebrate our rich heritage and traditions. Each year, the West Virginia State Fair brings many of these traditions to life and our state's communities closer together. Celebrating its 90th year of blue ribbon tradit... FULL STORY

"Go Outside and Play"
August 8, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin We've all heard it at least once-if not a hundred times-in our lives. And for those of us who are parents, we've probably said it at least that many times since school let out and summer break began: "Go Outside and Play." It's something we should all do... FULL STORY

Fighting to Preserve W.Va. Role as Energy Leader
August 2, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Growing up in the heart of coal country, I learned very early on how important our coal industry is to our state, our nation and thousands of families throughout West Virginia and the Appalachian region. I'm proud West Virginia remains a leader in energy pr... FULL STORY

Book Nook - Your Face in Mine
By Maria Bray
July 30, 2014

Advance Galley Review: A difficult book to love, Your Face in Mine by Jess Row takes the reader on a long journey of self reflection. The characters in this novel share a common tragedy, the death of a young friend by suicide, and appear to drift through life without moorings. Kelly Thorndike has... FULL STORY

Showcasing West Virginia's Youth
July 29, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (July 25, 2014) - This summer, nearly 500 of West Virginia's best and brightest middle and high school students are coming together from across the state to participate in five different sessions of the Governor's Schools. Through August 9, the Governor's Sc... FULL STORY

Showcasing W. Va. Youth through Governor's Schools
July 25, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin This summer, nearly 500 of West Virginia's best and brightest middle and high school students are coming together from across the state to participate in five different sessions of the Governor's Schools. Through August 9, the Governor's School for Math and S... FULL STORY

An Open Thank You for Supporting Local Arts
July 20, 2014

Letter to the Editor A sunny morning, amazing volunteers, enthusiastic participants and generous sponsors helped to make the inaugural Rock ‘N Run 5K a successful event. The Upshur Arts Alliance hosted the first annual run/walk in order to raise awareness and funding for community artists and pe... FULL STORY

Rising to the ChalleNGe
July 18, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Nationwide, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program transforms the lives of at-risk youth through training and mentoring, empowering cadets with the confidence they need to succeed and the skills to make positive contributions in their communities. Since ... FULL STORY

'Outside is In' at West Virginia State Parks
July 11, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Natural beauty, fun and adventure in the great outdoors are some of our state's defining characteristics, bringing us worldwide renown as a terrific place to get away from it all. Those marvelous gifts are on display at their finest throughout our superb ne... FULL STORY

Celebrating Our Nation
July 3, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Each year, in towns and communities across West Virginia and the United States, families, friends and neighbors come together to celebrate our nation. Small children gaze with wonder at red, white and blue fireworks illuminating the night sky, and people yo... FULL STORY

Find Your Summer Fun in West Virginia
June 27, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin As temperatures climb, summer fun really heats up in West Virginia. Nearly the entire state is an outdoor playground and the perfect place to spend a week or all season. From cool breezes at mountaintop resorts, in hidden caves or on shady hiking trails... FULL STORY

Moving Forward with Justice Reinvestment in W.Va.
June 18, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin The communities we live in are more than the places we put down roots, start a new business and watch our children grow up. They are places we call home - and they should be a place we feel comfortable and safe. For many years, protecting the public mean... FULL STORY

Making Government More Accessible
June 11, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Technology changes the way we do many things, from communicating with each other to paying bills. It also provides opportunity for government - especially state government - to be more efficient and accessible to its citizens. With this in mind, the West Vir... FULL STORY

Small Business, Big Vision
May 16, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin I have had the opportunity to meet the owners of many successful small businesses across West Virginia since becoming your governor. Often their companies started as a life's passion. As we wrap up our celebration of National Small Business Week, it is import... FULL STORY

Then and Now:History's Role In Our Every Day Lives
May 2, 2014

A Column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (May 2, 2014) - In today's society, change happens quickly - it is a time of progress, innovation and discovery. Consider your smartphone. You can browse the web, text your family and friends, tweet or even post photos to Instagram instantaneously. Every day... FULL STORY

Readying West Virginia for America's PrepareAthon
April 29, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (April 28, 2014) - During my State of the State address in January, I emphasized the importance of being prepared before a disaster occurs. Last summer, West Virginia welcomed more than 40,000 Boy Scouts of America, troop leaders and volunteers to Fayette Co... FULL STORY

Visit W.Va. State Parks and Forests
April 21, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (April 17, 2014) Spring brings warmer temperatures, fragrant blossoms, the melody of chirping birds and new opportunities for adventure. It is also the time when many of us begin planning our spring and summer getaways-a memorable family vacation, a relaxing ... FULL STORY

Supporting the Spouses of Those Who Serve
April 14, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (April 10, 2014) The First Lady and I have witnessed firsthand the dedication, courage and sacrifice of our military men and women- and their families. Whether serving half way around the globe or here at home, it is the families of our military members who... FULL STORY

Heaven is for Real, Movie Claims
April 8, 2014

By Rusty Wright The kid says he sat in Jesus' lap. In heaven. And that angels sang Sunday School songs. He asked them to sing "We Will, We Will Rock You," but they declined. Colton Burpo, age 3, had a near-death experience (NDE) during a 2003 emergency appendectomy. He claims he rose abo... FULL STORY

Investing In Our State, Supporting Our Workforce
April 2, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Having a well-prepared, educated workforce is essential to ensuring our state's continued growth and economic success-we must have skilled workers to fill jobs. West Virginia's ten community and technical colleges are helping us reach this goal-affordably, i... FULL STORY

Noah Movie: Courage, Faith, Hope
March 28, 2014

By Rusty Wright OK, how would you feel if you thought you heard God telling you he was going to destroy every living thing on earth with a great flood? Except he wanted you to build a boat to survive the tumult with a few relatives and a slew of creatures. Would you jump at the challenge?... FULL STORY

The Six Billion Dollar Opportunity
March 27, 2014

A column by Walt Helmick, Commissioner of Agriculture As we celebrate National Agriculture Day I would again like to take the opportunity to emphasize the tremendous growth opportunity we have when it comes to Agriculture in West Virginia. In fact, this economic development driver is worth $6 bil... FULL STORY

The Responsibility to Protect Our Seniors
March 22, 2014

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: It’s no secret that West Virginians live in one of the most naturally beautiful states in our nation. We pride ourselves on a special quality of life that visitors from across the globe travel to enjoy. Whether hunting, embracing our rich history ... FULL STORY

The 2014 Legislative Session
March 11, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (March 9, 2014) Two months ago, I delivered my fourth State of the State address. It was an opportunity for me to highlight our successes, recognize my fellow West Virginians, and share my proposals for this legislative session. The next day, however, would ... FULL STORY

Son of God Movie: Jesus for the Third Millennium
March 5, 2014

By Meg Korpi When I first met television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice), he was lunging through a small band of onlookers, bicep flexed, hammering the air with an emphatic fist. "I see him as strong—powerful, impressive," he was saying. I could fairly hear the BANG! as fi... FULL STORY

A Promise That Is Paying Off
February 28, 2014

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (February 28, 2014) Like so many West Virginians, Crystin Povenski and her siblings were raised by parents who instilled in them the importance of hard work and the value of learning. She worked hard and, as a result of her good grades in high school and com... FULL STORY

The Facts
February 26, 2014

by Wade Linger, West Virginia Board of Education Member I would like to address a recent editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail about staffing at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). As a West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) member, I appreciate the continuing focus on Gov. Earl ... FULL STORY

Mark Burnett's Son of God movie: Action Epic
February 21, 2014

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey get religion. At least they get The Bible. Their 2013 blockbuster television miniseries of that name garnered accolades while reaching huge audiences. Now they've adapted its "Jesus" portion with new footage for theaters. Prolific television producer Burnett (Sur... FULL STORY

West Virginia WILD January 2014
January 19, 2014

January is “For the Dogs” West Virginia hunters like their “hunting dogs.” We chase rabbits, bear, and squirrels and pursue grouse, woodcock and quail with our dogs. Hunting with dogs in West Virginia is a long and deep standing tradition. Today was a day for the little hound and... FULL STORY

Protecting West Virginia Homeowners
January 16, 2014

By Sen. Joe Manchin For too many homeowners in West Virginia, flood insurance rates are rising faster than floodwaters in a rainstorm. But with new legislation that I am cosponsoring, Congress can pull them to financial safety and save them thousands of dollars on their premiums. These new ... FULL STORY

Valentine's Day Brings Back That Lovin' Feeling
January 14, 2014

By Rusty Wright February is known for cold weather, presidents' birthdays and Cupid's delight. As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts flutter, lovers sigh and Charlie Brown hopes that little red-haired girl will like the card he's been gathering up the courage to give her. Love, sex and amorou... FULL STORY

The Six Billion Dollar Opportunity
December 29, 2013

A column by Walt Helmick, Commissioner of Agriculture As I approach the conclusion of my first year as West Virginia's Agriculture Commissioner there are a number of things that have become crystal clear to me. Of the many things that I have come to learn is that... FULL STORY

Unconditional Love Was My Best Christmas Gift
December 21, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: As 2013 draws to a close, Gayle and I want to wish everyone a joyous and merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. All of us are so blessed, as Americans and as West Virginians. And that is never more apparent than during the h... FULL STORY

A Homegrown Holiday Tradition
December 13, 2013

A Column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin For many families across West Virginia, the weeks following Thanksgiving are when they seek out the perfect tree for the upcoming holiday season. Fortunately, West Virginia has more than 30 family-owned "Choose-and-Cut" Christmas tree farms conveniently located t... FULL STORY

Thanksgiving Uniquely Reflects American Character
December 4, 2013

A Column by Senator Joe Manchin One of the eight historical paintings in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol depicts the departure of the Pilgrims for the New World in 1620. In the painting, the Pilgrims are kneeling in prayer, some with heads bowed, others looking to the heavens, all asking for Div... FULL STORY

Give Back This Thanksgiving
November 28, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Unfortunately, the good company and delicious food we enjoy on Thanksgiving Day is not experienced by everyone. Often, we take our blessings for granted. It's easy to get caught up in holiday department store sales and television specials. But, if we are trul... FULL STORY

America is Blessed With ‘Such Men And Women’
November 17, 2013

Every time I hear a veteran’s story of service and sacrifice, I think of the question famed author James Michener posed in his war novel, The Bridges at Toko-Ri: “Where do we find such men?” The answer, of course, is that we find these great patriots in every city, village and crossroads of Ameri... FULL STORY

JFK Still A Powerful Symbol of Idealism
November 11, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, America still mourns his loss. It’s no mystery why. He remains a powerful symbol of a time of soaring idealism in America, when our people believed our country could do anything – even go ... FULL STORY

West Virginia WILD for November 2013
November 7, 2013

The mountains above the Gauley River are steep, rough, beautiful and home to a wealth of wildlife. During the month of November our state’s sportsmen and women can experience the season of their choice. For the small game hunter, November is the prime time to pursue rabbits, squirrels and grouse. ... FULL STORY

Let's Focus on Fire Safety
November 5, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia is in mourning after a devastating fire in Randolph County this week. Our hearts are broken. Those who perished include four children: an 11-year-old, a 4-year-old, and 2-year-old twins. Sadly, these precious lives aren't the only ones lost to ... FULL STORY

Fall Foliage Takes Center Stage
October 24, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Living in a state known for its natural beauty, we sometimes take our forests for granted-even though we're surrounded by trees. In fact, we are surrounded by 12 million acres of trees, making West Virginia the third most forested state in the nation. Trees prov... FULL STORY

A Silver Lining Playbook After the Shutdown
October 22, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Most of us hope there is a silver lining even in the darkest cloud. I’m hoping the dark cloud of the government shutdown does indeed have a silver lining – the possibility that despite such a debacle we may finally be closer to a long-term solut... FULL STORY

A Week to Explore the Future
October 15, 2013

A Column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Red, yellow and orange leaves combined with crisp fall air mean it's time for more than just unpacking sweaters and carving pumpkins. For many of our students, October is also a time to think about the future, to consider their next steps, and to start planning ... FULL STORY

Teachers Are Given a Voice for the First Time
October 11, 2013

by Gayle Manchin, West Virginia Board of Education President "I really believe that this process of hiring, if done correctly, will eliminate a lot of hiring based on anything other than the qualifications of the right person for the position. We went into the process with a single goal: to hire... FULL STORY

Opening European Doors to Business in W.Va.
October 7, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia has a strong business story to tell-it's one I will personally share during my upcoming investment mission to Europe, Oct. 10 - 22. This 13-day mission will take me to five countries: Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Our goals are to m... FULL STORY

"Linsanity movie: hoops, hopes, Harvard, heaven"
October 3, 2013

By Rusty Wright Ever feel like giving up on your dreams? Basketball star Jeremy Lin understands. Linsanity – the new documentary of Lin's electrifying basketball career (opens October 4) – will inspire you. After viewing it, I can understand why a screening at Robert Redford's Sundance Film... FULL STORY

October - The REAL Opening of the Hunting Season
October 1, 2013

By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Time surely does “fly by” the older you get. In years past I was ready, straining at the bit, in anticipation of October. Each cool morning in September would bring visions of falling, swirling multicolored leaves. It always... FULL STORY

September is National Preparedness Month
September 28, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin We've seen many wonderful examples of West Virginians coming together in recent weeks. On September 11th we came together for the National Day of Service and Remembrance. And through this year's Day to Serve effort, we're reinforcing our state's strong tradition... FULL STORY

If We Lived In A Perfect World
September 26, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: If we lived in a perfect world, no one would ever have to worry about how much it costs to keep the lights on in their house. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in the real world where hardworking families and seniors keep a close... FULL STORY

POW/MIA: You Are Not Forgotten
September 22, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin For more than twenty-five years, Americans have designated the third Friday of September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day - a day dedicated to honoring the men and women who are former Prisoners of War or who are still listed as Missing in Action. On this day... FULL STORY

A Culture of Safety on Our Campuses
September 16, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin With college back in session, it's an incredibly exciting time for students on campuses across our state. The world is at their feet and the future is in their hands-with hopes and dreams leading the way. With all this excitement, understandably, come concerns... FULL STORY

Substance Abuse Problem Must be Reviewed
September 13, 2013

Column by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey: Substance abuse is a terrible plague on our state and a growing problem nationally. West Virginia has one of the highest prescription drug overdose rates in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Thousands of babies in our state ar... FULL STORY

Thank You to our Foresters and First Responders
September 7, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Earlier this week, one special group of West Virginians returned to the Mountain State after a 14-day tour of duty fighting wildfires in Montana and Idaho. This crew, consisting of employees of the Division of Forestry and civilian firefighters, volunteered to le... FULL STORY

An Exciting Month for Business in W.Va.
September 1, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin August has been an exciting month for business in West Virginia. This week, I had the opportunity to speak with more than 600 representatives from businesses-large and small-operating in our state. Some of them are entrepreneurs blazing their own path with the he... FULL STORY

West Virginia Next Generation Standards
August 29, 2013

A State Superintendent’s Perspective by Dr. James B. Phares, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools I believe that if we raise expectations, our students and educators will rise to meet those expectations. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), what we call West Virginia Next Generation Conte... FULL STORY

Supporting the Men and Women Who Support W.Va.
August 27, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin I've always valued our National Guard, and now, as Commander-in-Chief, I witnessed, first-hand, their everyday dedication and I have gained a deeper appreciation for the men and women who wear the uniform. They provide relief in some of our state's most dif... FULL STORY

Day to Serve
August 18, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Each year, hundreds of West Virginians come together at the State Fair in Greenbrier County to celebrate everything that makes our state great. From livestock shows and concerts, to unique hand-crafted goods and delicious treats, the fair showcases state pride l... FULL STORY

Discover West Virginia Through Geocaching
August 11, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin There is nothing quite like the thrill of the hunt. The mere possibility of making a discovery rouses a sense of curiosity and excitement in many of us. As children, many of us enjoyed searching for a friend in hide-and-go-seek, digging for seashells at the ... FULL STORY

Caring for Her Husband's Love Child
July 29, 2013

By Rusty Wright Would you volunteer to care for your spouse's love child? When I visited Debbie and Gary Fuller in late April, they were sharing a studio apartment with – and caring for – Solana Cortez, whose recent double-lung transplant aimed to save her life from Cystic Fibrosis. Solan... FULL STORY

Laying Out the Facts About Coal
July 23, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: On Capitol Hill recently, I was asked: If coal is so controversial, why don’t we, as a nation, just use more electricity? I’m not usually at a loss for words, but I didn’t know how to respond to such an uninformed question. What I should... FULL STORY

Welcome to West Virginia
July 17, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Editor's note: During the opening ceremony of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, Gov. Tomblin welcomed the Boy Scouts of America to West Virginia. The governor's prepared remarks are below. Let me be among one of the first to welcome you to the Summit Bechtel F... FULL STORY

W.Va and Boy Scouts – Like Peas and Carrots
July 16, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains I still remember the snipe hunts at Camp Mountaineer when I was a Boy Scout. I never caught one, but I still believe in them. Camp Mountaineer, located near Morgantown, was a pretty rustic place – we even had to do our own cooking, which I wa... FULL STORY

New Comedy Brings Hope for Frazzled Moms
July 9, 2013

By Rusty Wright Hang in there, frazzled moms. Hope is coming! But you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Moms' Night Out, a new movie comedy about the challenges of parenting, recently wrapped shooting and is headed for release in 2014. According to the actors and producers who pitched th... FULL STORY

Keeping Safe During July 4th Travels
July 4, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Independence Day is an important day for us to remember how this great nation was born. It's a day we can look back and marvel at the creation of the United States of America. For many, it also will be a day spent with friends and family celebrating the birth of... FULL STORY

West Virginians Most Unique Soldiers at Gettysburg
July 3, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Seven score and 10 years ago, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia clashed in the greatest battle of the Civil War. It was three days of great courage, terrible sacrifice and high drama that ultimately determined the future ... FULL STORY

The Elimination of The Food Tax
July 2, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin This year as we celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday, we've recognized many historic milestones. And on Monday, July 1, 2013 we will once again mark another historic day in the Mountain State. On that day, hard-working West Virginians will no longer see the ... FULL STORY

Man of Steel Movie: Got Hope?
June 28, 2013

By Rusty Wright “What’s the ‘S’ stand for?” Lois Lane asks Superman in the new movie. “It’s not an ‘S’,” responds the Man of Steel. “On my world, it means ‘hope’.” A symbol of hope for humanity: That’s how Man of Steel portrays the legendary hero. There’s plenty of action and drama: Gene... FULL STORY

Time for a "Taste of West Virginia"
June 26, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Don’t turn out the lights. The party isn’t over just yet. West Virginians observed our state’s 150th birthday in grand style last Thursday – with bells, fireworks, concerts and cake. And in the days that followed, the celebrating continued, w... FULL STORY

Celebrating West Virginia's 150th Birthday
June 21, 2013

This week, the state of West Virginia will celebrate the sesquicentennial of its birth – a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history. Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War 150 years ago, West Virginia was founded by patriots who were willing to r... FULL STORY

RETIRING IN WEST VIRGINIA
June 10, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Recently, Bankrate ranked West Virginia as the seventh unexpectedly best state for retirement, noting our low cost of living and low crime rate. While it's always nice to be recognized for the things that make our state great, the fact that our state is a wonderf... FULL STORY

In Government We Distrust
June 5, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Before the popularity of credit and debit cards, I often saw the same sign in Mom-and-Pop stores all across West Virginia: “In God we trust. All others pay cash.” It was a good way to do business then, but the sign almost always made me laugh. ... FULL STORY

IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY
June 3, 2013

A column by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin For eight years, in Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties, a change has been underway. It's a change that has successfully taken root, turned lives around, and improved communities while fighting substance abuse and the crimes associated with addiction. The Firs... FULL STORY

Connecting with West Virginians
May 29, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains I didn’t know it at the time, but at the ripe old age of 10, I started to learn the importance of serving the people of West Virginia. It all began with me working for my grandfather in our town’s grocery store. I bagged and delivered groceries, p... FULL STORY

MEMORIAL DAY
May 24, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin As we prepare to celebrate our state's 150th birthday, this Memorial Day holds special meaning for our state's history as well as its future. First known as Decoration Day, this national holiday has West Virginia roots. It was founded in 1866 by Julia Pierpont, w... FULL STORY

FUELING THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF TOMORROW
May 21, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin It is an exciting time for natural gas development. I believe now is the time to begin taking advantage of this abundant, clean burning, domestic natural resource. That is why I joined the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association to host the first-of-i... FULL STORY

Saluting Our Veterans and the Honor Flight Network
May 20, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: I am filled with so much pride every time I meet our military veterans. They remind us just how patriotic West Virginia is. We are a state of people with courage, nobility and valor. This week, I met with 31 veterans from West Virginia, rep... FULL STORY

Time for the FDA to Stop Stalling on Pain Killers
May 15, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains Fourteen years is a long time to wait for anything. When you need help, 14 years is a really long time to wait. And yet 14 years is how long it’s been since drug experts first asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for help in stopping an ep... FULL STORY

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
May 11, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin More than 100 years ago, Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia sought to honor her mother. The Tucker County native's desire to recognize all that her mother had done for their family, grew into a pursuit to honor all mothers. A lot has changed since the first M... FULL STORY

West Virginia Celebrates Teachers
May 10, 2013

by James B. Phares, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Schools Psychologist Theresa Grimm once said "Without teacher appreciation there can't be any student progress." As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, and National Teacher Day, May 7, it is appropriate to take time to express my gr... FULL STORY

Every Day is Mother's Day
May 9, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains The tradition of honoring our mothers is as old as the Scriptures. But it was only a little over a century ago that America began observing Mother’s Day. And I am so proud that this great tradition was born in Grafton, West Virginia. It was A... FULL STORY

Refurbishing Education
May 7, 2013

by L. Wade Linger, Jr. There is nothing like taking a vintage vehicle and refurbishing it back to perfection. When I bought a 1957 Chevy Nomad it needed a little help- okay, a lot of help. The paint was chipping, there were a few dents and the upholstery was damaged. With attention, dedication an... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ORDERS STATE FLAGS LOWERED
May 3, 2013

In honor of former Senator Lafe Ward CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all State flags at all State-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk on Saturday, May 4, 2013, the day of services for former West Virginia Senator and Mingo County native Lafe Ward. ... FULL STORY

DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR WEST VIRGINIA
May 3, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin As your governor, it's my job to ask the tough questions on complex issues. One of the most complex issues we've dealt with since I took office is Medicaid expansion. For more than a year, I have asked many questions, diligently sought answers, researched options, ... FULL STORY

A Matter of Fairness
May 2, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains The Senate is considering legislation that is vital to the livelihood of the retailers you do business with almost every day. It’s called the Marketplace Fairness Act, and I am proud to support this proposal because it is a matter of fairness to t... FULL STORY

CELEBRATING WEST VIRGINIA'S 150TH BIRTHDAY
April 29, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin This year, on June 20th, West Virginia turns 150 years old. It's a big deal, not just for our state, but for our country. One hundred and fifty years ago, our nation was torn apart-divided by the Civil War. As the war went on, the people of what would soon be West ... FULL STORY

Stop the Lies -- Stick with the Facts
April 25, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains On the Senate floor last week, I quoted John Adams’ famous remark that “facts are stubborn things.” It was my way of warning the groups who were spreading misinformation about my background check legislation that facts, not lies, ultimately prevai... FULL STORY

THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
April 23, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin For the past 60 days, the dedicated men and women elected to represent the people of West Virginia in our legislature have worked with me and my administration to pass meaningful legislation. During the 2013 Legislative Session, we focused our attention on build... FULL STORY

DOES GOD'S LOVE MAKE YOU WANT TO GIVE?
April 22, 2013

By: Rusty Wright Does experiencing God's love make you want to give? Some current social scientific research suggests it might. University of Akron sociologist Matthew T. Lee says, "Millions of Americans frequently experience divine love and for them this sense of God's love not onl... FULL STORY

Growing Up With Guns
April 19, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains I still remember that special Christmas when I was 10 years old, growing up in my small hometown of Farmington. There, under the Manchin family Christmas tree that year, was what I most wanted – a .22 single shot rifle. My very own rifle, at l... FULL STORY

HUMAN TRAFFICKING MOVIE GRABS HEARTS
April 15, 2013

By: Rusty Wright It's her eyes and innocent face that first grab your heart. At least they grabbed mine. Annika, a delicate young girl, has been unwittingly handed into virtual slavery by her homeless father. Sweatshop labor and sex-for-sale portend a bleak future. She seems precio... FULL STORY

Working Toward a "Grand Bargain"
April 8, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains If you had stayed awake through the early Saturday morning hours just before the Senate’s most recent recess began, you could have witnessed some of the best and the worst of Congress. For the first time in four years, the Senate actually vo... FULL STORY

Dogwood, Ramps and Gobblers
April 5, 2013

By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Dogwood, Ramps and Gobblers As I walked along the old tram road I could make out the white blossoms of the dogwoods and the rich green carpet of the ramps along the hillside. It was a perfect morning to be out in the hig... FULL STORY

A GREAT EDUCATION
April 1, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin During my service as your governor and as your longest serving senate president, I have had the great privilege of working on some very important legislation. Over the years, we've passed bills that have kept our children safe, cared for, and opened the door to b... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
March 22, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains It’s time to put an end to the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is devastating the lives of too many West Virginians. So many of our fellow citizens have been affected by this epidemic, their heartache so real – parents bailing their children... FULL STORY

Honoring Our Frontline Warriors
March 18, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains After hearing concerns from countless West Virginia veterans and active service members, I am convinced it is important to overturn a recent decision by the Department of Defense to elevate a new military decoration – the Distinguished Warfare Meda... FULL STORY

Healthcare-associated Infections Are Serious
March 15, 2013

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are on the increase across the country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has ramped up efforts to help healthcare facilities and healthcare providers combat the issue... FULL STORY

March is Our Time for Transition
March 12, 2013

West Virginia WILD by Frank Jezioro, Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources On one of the recent rare days of sun and warm temperatures I was driving along Shaver’s Fork in Randolph County. It sort of brought back memories of when I started trout fishing. There were several fishe... FULL STORY

It Just Makes Sense
March 6, 2013

By L. Wade Linger Since I became president of the West Virginia Board of Education in 2011, I have stressed to my colleagues on the board and at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to stay above the turbulence. I think most of you reading this article know what I mean. Some call it d... FULL STORY

EDUCATION REFORM
March 6, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Every child in West Virginia deserves the opportunity to receive not just a good, but a great education. Unfortunately, what we're doing is not working. The National Assessment of Educational Progress ranks us below the national average in 21 of 24 categories, our ... FULL STORY

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
March 4, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin As we prepare for our state's 150th birthday and reflect upon our history, we have many wonderful people to be thankful for--people who have worked together to make West Virginia what it is today. Our state was built by people of all different backgrounds--peo... FULL STORY

Leading “Veterans Day on the Hill”
March 1, 2013

Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains Just over a year ago my good friend, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, and I launched a new Caucus here in the Senate. Our purpose was to bring attention to the problem of unemployment among our military veterans. There’s no sugarcoating the fact t... FULL STORY

MARK BURNETT'S BIBLE TV SERIES: EPIC ADVENTURE
February 26, 2013

By: Rusty Wright Think of it as Survivor: Earth As reality TV host Jeff Probst might say (cue theme music; roll panoramic video), "This … is the planet Earth. A spectacular paradise that can become a perilous jungle. Two people – a man and a woman – are about to begin the adventure of the a... FULL STORY

Internet Access Improvement Can Enhance Learning
February 26, 2013

by James B. Phares Star Wars creator George Lucas, who founded the George Lucas Education Foundation, has called high-speed Internet access for students, schools and libraries a “digital civil right.” I believe Internet access is not only a civil right it is the lifeline for our students and t... FULL STORY

I Met a Man
By Don Smith
February 21, 2013

The other day I had the pleasure to spend some time with a young man who comes to our community from a different country on a different continent. His daily responsibilities include going to class, working two different positions to help defray the cost of his education and volunteering. So, I ... FULL STORY

Making America Energy Independent
February 19, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains Some of us have been around long enough to remember when our country first figured out it was time we stop relying on other countries for our energy needs. It was in 1973. An Arab oil embargo sent shock waves through the U.S. economy with gas pri... FULL STORY

INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE
February 15, 2013

On Wednesday, I delivered the annual State of the State Address. I presented the budget and announced a number of legislative proposals. While we have a lot of work ahead of us, I'm very excited about the opportunities the upcoming legislative session holds for our state. This time last year, it ... FULL STORY

Board of Education Members Guided by Experience
February 13, 2013

By L. Wade Linger As West Virginians prepare for this year’s legislative session, the West Virginia Board of Education is packed and ready for an education reform journey. We expect that educational issues will be at the forefront of this session. While there will be many turns and bumps, our pa... FULL STORY

Stopping the Violence
February 11, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains As a husband, father and grandfather, it is incomprehensible to me how anyone can abuse a woman, a child, or even a man. Truly, life is tough enough without perpetrating violence. That is why I am a proud cosponsor of the Violence Against Women’s A... FULL STORY

LANCE ARMSTRONG CONFESSES HE LIED
February 7, 2013

By: Jan White The headlines on television and in newspapers recently announced that cycling champion Lance Armstrong confessed to lying for the past 20 years. According to Fox News, during an in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong “spilled his guts on using performan... FULL STORY

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY
February 6, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin I'm a firm believer in the transformative power of higher education. Participation in education and training programs beyond high school not only equips students with critical workforce skills needed to compete in today's economy, but also strengthens our communi... FULL STORY

Standing Up for What is Fair and Right
February 4, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains Whether as Governor or Senator, I have always stood up for what is fair and right for West Virginia and this country. That’s why in the 113th Congress I am strongly supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act - legislation that would help close the pay g... FULL STORY

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
January 29, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin As I've said time and time again, substance is a growing problem in our state. It affects people of all ages and in every corner of West Virginia. Since taking office, I've worked hard to address the issues. We've studied the problem in great detail, and we hav... FULL STORY

Prioritizing Based on West Virginia Values
January 28, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains From my very first day in the United States Senate, I have been focusing on issues important to West Virginians, and I’ve approached each of them in ways that reflect the values of our great state. As we begin the work of the new 113th Congress,... FULL STORY

REMEMBERING DR. KING AND WORKING TOWARD HIS DREAM
January 21, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Each year we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with gratitude for the man who shared his dream with our nation and with great pride for how far we've come in making that dream a reality. I believe Dr. King would be proud of us. I also believe he would challenge us ... FULL STORY

Time for Country-First Politics in Washington
January 18, 2013

Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains Washington is broken. But I truly believe it’s still possible to repair it. That is the reason why I have agreed to help lead a national organization that is trying to fix it – trying to change attitudes in Washington so we can jumpstart Congress a... FULL STORY

WEST VIRGINIA FIRST
January 18, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Throughout my years in public service, I've worked hard to create a brighter future for West Virginia, and I've approached every decision, every challenge, and every opportunity with one goal - West Virginia First. As your governor, I will continue to work har... FULL STORY

EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE
January 4, 2013

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Whether it's to entertain out of town family with an unforgettable outdoor excursion or bring friends together for a unique dining experience, West Virginia's cities and small town gems are wonderful places to satisfy any adventurous spirit. When it comes to p... FULL STORY

LES MISERABLES FILM: MERCY TRIUMPHS
January 2, 2013

By: Rusty Wright Could receiving a healthy dose of kindness and mercy help transform a person’s life? Victor Hugo thought so. The 19th Century French social reformer wove his classic novel Les Misérables around the theme of grace trumping legalism. A new film based on the successful musical... FULL STORY

A TIME FOR COMMUNITY
December 28, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Time and again, I've witnessed the generosity of West Virginians firsthand-in the wake of the spring tornado and floods, the derecho, the tragic loss of two State Police Troopers, Hurricane Sandy, and most recently, the gas line explosion. In the midst of these e... FULL STORY

A ROYAL BIRTH REASON TO CELEBRATE
December 24, 2012

By: Jan White Headlines around the world recently announced that William and Kate are expecting a baby! Buckingham Palace confirmed the news, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a bab... FULL STORY

CHRISTMAS CAROL'S MESSAGE OF COMFORT AND JOY
December 22, 2012

By: Jan White A Christmas carol came to mind the morning after the Connecticut school shooting. The lyrics come from a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His words described the way I felt after hearing the tragic news. Longfellow penned his poem on Christmas Eve 1863... FULL STORY

FINDING GOD IN "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
December 20, 2012

By: Greg Asimakoupoulos Christmas came early for me this year. In April I was contacted by a publisher asking if I’d be interested in writing a book on the classic Christmas movie. Although they were unaware “It’s a Wonderful Life” was my all-time favorite film, they were not unaware of my immed... FULL STORY

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
December 20, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin In the coming days, many West Virginia families will pack up the car to visit family and friends for the holidays. It's the most anticipated trip of the year-the kids will get new toys, grandma will make her old fashioned griddle cakes for breakfast, and everyon... FULL STORY

The Best in West Virginia is on Display
December 15, 2012

A Column by Senator Joe Manchin We in West Virginia are so blessed, with the riches of loving families, a beautiful state to call home and the knowledge that we all truly care about our friends and neighbors. West Virginians have such a unique sense of community. We work hard at our jobs, but... FULL STORY

GETTING READY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
December 13, 2012

By: James J. Jackson Are you ready for the end? A current film titled, ‘Finding a friend for the end of the world’ includes a jilted husband traveling with a neighbor to find a childhood sweetheart with whom to spend the final day on earth. Somehow, the end of the world, as I understand it, won... FULL STORY

Remembering December 15, 1967
December 13, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin December 15, 1967: the evening rush hour across the Ohio River between Point Pleasant and Gallipolis started out like any other. The Friday evening traffic was beginning to build up. Cars were bumper to bumper on streets lined with poles adorned with Christmas ho... FULL STORY

Our Responsibility to Our Seniors
December 11, 2012

A column by Senator Joe Manchin “Life is old there, older than the trees” – the song tells us about West Virginia. And it’s the truth. Sixteen percent of West Virginians are at least 65, second only to Florida’s 17.3 percent. So serving seniors is an important issue in our great state. It... FULL STORY

A NEW TRADITION OF HONOR
December 7, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Joanne and I celebrated Joyful Night with West Virginians from throughout the state who traveled to Charleston to kick-off the holiday season. As we toured the capitol grounds to see the beautiful decorations, listen to musical selections and light the state's Ch... FULL STORY

Work To Develop, Reward and Retain Educators
December 5, 2012

By Priscilla Haden The research is clear: teachers matter most when it comes to improving student learning. The most effective teachers can teach even the most disadvantaged students up to high standards. Facilities, technology, work experiences, extra-curricular activities and many other schoo... FULL STORY

W.Va.'s Education System Poised for Change
December 5, 2012

By L. Wade Linger Founding father Benjamin Franklin was a true visionary, who said, "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." While Franklin said those words more than two centuries ago, the wisdom in them still applies today.... FULL STORY

Manchin: Let's Stay Connected
December 1, 2012

A little more than two years ago, I had the unbelievable honor to stand on the floor of the United States Senate and take the oath of office. It has been truly an honor for me to represent fellow West Virginians in Washington, and while no one could ever replace our beloved Senator Byrd, I have str... FULL STORY

COURAGE, SACRIFICE AND SELFLESS SERVICE
November 30, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin When I think about our heroes, I think of the outstanding West Virginians I've had the privilege of meeting since becoming governor--the folks who've shown bravery in the most difficult of circumstances, folks who've committed themselves to a lifetime of selfless... FULL STORY

Manchin: Enough Talk, Time For Action
November 24, 2012

From my first day in Washington, I’ve worked continually to try to get our fiscal house in order. Time and again, though, a big deal has been out of reach. With the election behind us, now is the time to finally come together and put this country’s finances first. In Washington, the country is fa... FULL STORY

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS
November 20, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Small business is big business in West Virginia. As we prepare for the biggest shopping season of the year, I encourage you to support your local businesses by shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 24. Set between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturda... FULL STORY

A SNAPSHOT OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN
November 17, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin On many of our mantles is a cherished photo. The photo is of a soldier in the field during a training exercise, an airman departing for deployment, a guardsman delivering meals after a storm, or maybe someone you've never met, whose name you've only seen on The ... FULL STORY

Manchin's Letter From The Hill To The Mountains
November 16, 2012

No other national holiday reflects the American character more than Thanksgiving. It is the one day in the year that the entire American “family” gathers together to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy in this great country. And we do so no matter what is happening in the life of our country – wh... FULL STORY

“Hyphenated-Americans”
November 15, 2012

By Don Smith A British statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729-1797), gave us a quote that has been modified over the years, yet its core message still rings true; "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." In our present race towards the absurdity of total political cor... FULL STORY

Thank You West Virginia
November 12, 2012

Thank you, West Virginia, for your continued support and confidence in me. Once again, you have put your faith in my ability to fight for you, and I am humbled and grateful to have six more years to fight for you. I promise you this: I will always stand up for West Virginia and America. After ma... FULL STORY

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS
November 9, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia has a longstanding history of service. Our state has some of the most hard working and loyal veterans and active duty military in the country. They have served our state with pride, and we couldn't be more honored to claim them as our own. We are h... FULL STORY

Honoring Our Veterans All Year Long
November 5, 2012

By Senator Joe Manchin I love a parade. And I really love a Veterans Day parade because it’s not just a joyous celebration of America’s freedom – it’s also a grateful salute to the brave men and women of who have helped to preserve that freedom. With every snap of a flag, every blast of a bug... FULL STORY

MAKING PROGRESS TOGETHER AFTER THE STORM
November 2, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Just this summer, a record-setting wind storm tested our ability to respond to an emergency affecting our entire state. And just this week, the combined effects of Hurricane Sandy and a winter weather system tested our state's emergency response, yet again. Thro... FULL STORY

Manchin's Message from the Hill
October 29, 2012

This coming week, I will take on one of the most important tasks I have as your U.S. Senator: speaking up for those who don’t have a voice on an issue that is destroying families and communities across our state – prescription drug abuse. Our great state and this nation are seeing an epidemic o... FULL STORY

TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS
October 26, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin In a time when families are hurried, smartphones intrude on dinner and less time is spent outdoors-crisp autumn air and vibrant fall foliage, again, remind us of West Virginia's natural beauty and splendor. For many West Virginians, it's the anticipated arrival ... FULL STORY

A LEGACY OF SERVICE
October 20, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Lining the pages of our history books, bestselling novels and screenplays are stories of dedication, courage, selfless service and sacrifice-a legacy inspired by the men and women who serve, and have served, in our nation's military. Inspiring patriotism in even... FULL STORY

SEXUAL ABUSE VICTOR OFFERS HOPE FOR VICTIMS
October 19, 2012

By: Rusty Wright & Meg Korpi It hits you in the gut: Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State football coach, a convicted child molester. For Josh, it brings back agonizing memories. He knows how Sandusky’s victims must feel. “You never get over it,” says the now septuagenarian. A male housekeeper ... FULL STORY

How to Work Together to Create Good Jobs
October 19, 2012

A message from Joe Manchin With creating good jobs on everyone's mind, this week I was so proud to help officially open South Charleston's Gestamp stamping plant, which will create potentially hundreds of good-paying jobs for our great state. At the event, I had the pleasure of meeting a numbe... FULL STORY

Manchin's Hill to Mountain Message
October 15, 2012

No matter what season, West Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in our great nation. But especially in the fall, visitors travel from all over the country - and the world - to enjoy our spectacular landscape. With West Virginia’s rugged terrain, rumbling rivers, picturesque mountain views, ... FULL STORY

PUBLIC SERVICE HEROISM
October 13, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Earlier this week a group of West Virginia state employees saved a man's life. A five-man-crew from the Division of Highways noticed a truck drifting erratically on the highway. When they looked closer, they noticed the driver was slumped over the steering whe... FULL STORY

TAKING A STAND AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE
October 6, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Substance abuse has become a major problem, not only in West Virginia, but across the country. Recent studies show drug overdoses now kill more West Virginians than car accidents. It's a serious problem with tragic consequences, and it affects people in every ... FULL STORY

COLLEGE APPLICATION AND EXPLORATION WEEK
September 28, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia's people are by far our state's greatest asset. We are blessed to have strong communities where hard work, cooperation, compassion, and - simply doing the right thing - are still valued. It is therefore fitting that we take time, to celebrate the su... FULL STORY

ONE DAY. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.
September 22, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin During my travels, I've witnessed firsthand the generosity and willingness of West Virginians to lend a helping hand to those in need. Recently I proclaimed September 29, 2012 as a statewide "Day to Serve" because I deeply value our state's commitment to helping... FULL STORY

TWO GREAT HEROES
September 7, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Hero. That word - hero-gets used an awful lot in America today. People talk about sports heroes and movie heroes and comic book heroes. It's used so much it sometimes loses its meaning. West Virginia lost two great heroes last week: Corporal Marshall Bailey ... FULL STORY

QUADRIPLEGIC FINDS MEANING IN LIFE
August 30, 2012

By: Jan White Forty-five years ago, a teenager named Joni Eareckson dove into the shallow water of Chesapeake Bay. In seconds, her life changed from athletic to quadriplegic. She was paralyzed from her shoulders down, due to a broken neck. There’s no way 17-year-old Joni cou... FULL STORY

LOOKING AT THE MIRACLES OF GOD'S CREATION
August 24, 2012

By: Jan White “The wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars,” stated NASA chief Charles Bolden when the nuclear-powered rover landed this week. Curiosity traveled 352 million miles on its eight-month journey to Mars. Described as the size... FULL STORY

WHO SAID THAT?
August 16, 2012

By: Rusty Wright “Who said, ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be’?” asked Chris Matthews on his MSNBC-TV program Hardball. Matthews had been discussing evangelical Christians’ economic views with CBN News correspondent David Brody. In response, Brody did not name the quote’s source, but playf... FULL STORY

A Revelation in Time
By Don Smith
August 16, 2012

I remember being taught as a child about the concept of the eternal nature of God. “God always was and always will be”, is what my teachers would say. So to try to grasp that idea, I pictured myself standing on a road looking backwards, to see just how far back I could see. I could not see very far ... FULL STORY

PARK SERVICE MAKES (UP) HISTORY
August 9, 2012

By: Gary Hardaway During a visit to Yellowstone National Park a few weeks ago, my wife and I viewed an educational film concerning national park history. Yellowstone was the first to be established, signed into existence by President Ulysses Grant in 1872. Today there are 397 park areas reaching... FULL STORY

COMPROMISED PRINCIPLES MAY COST YOU DEARLY
July 27, 2012

By: James J. Jackson Penn State’s beloved long-time winning coach, Joe Paterno was worshipped by many. He taught countless young men to excel on the football field, and pushed them to excel academically. He was a role model to many, and Penn State University took pride in being honorably linked t... FULL STORY

AND THE REST IS HISTORY
July 17, 2012

By: Greg Asimakoupoulos One of the highlights of this summer was playing tour guide to two sets of cousins visiting our community from Norway. Each group was making the most of their time-off to explore the United States. When I asked how much vacation time they were given each year, I was enviou... FULL STORY

IN GOD WE STILL TRUST
July 9, 2012

By: Jan White “In God We Trust” – these four words are engraved on the wall of the U.S. House of Representatives and above the south door of the Senate Chambers, as well as our coins and currency. Our national motto, “In God We Trust,” dates back to 1814 when Francis Scott Key c... FULL STORY

A FATHER'S DAY BLESSING
June 22, 2012

By: Greg Asimakoupoulos Fathers' Day 2006 was the most memorable one I've ever experienced. I had asked my retired pastor-dad to preach at the church I served. Because my dad was battling terminal cancer, I knew it would likely be the last time he'd give a sermon. It was a poignant morning. Dad ... FULL STORY

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OVERRULES HEALTH CARE MANDATES
May 26, 2012

By: Gary Hardaway There are some essential core values every American should embrace. Chief among these is religious liberty for all, the first right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Whether we are conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, religious or irreligious, w... FULL STORY

PARTAKING OF FICTION WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW
June 13, 2012

By: Shaunna Howat Numerous parents over the past two decades have approached me with grave concerns over what their children are reading. Their concerns are wide-ranging and unpredictable. Some say that their children should only read specifically Christian literature; anything else would be t... FULL STORY

WHAT IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED?
June 7, 2012

By: Jan White If you ever go to Washington, D.C., set aside at least a week to see the monuments, museums, art galleries, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Arlington National Cemetery. Another must-see, the National Cathedral, stands atop Mount Saint Alban. It’s majestic spires point ... FULL STORY

Just My Opinion about…The Gallup Poll
By Don Smith
March 14, 2012

It’s a fact that different people can look at something and see very different things. Pessimists see the glass as half empty, while optimists see it as half full. Police can be astounded at the variations in eyewitness testimonies to the same event. The old story of the elephant and the seven blind... FULL STORY

Just My Opinion about…2012 and the Mayan Calendar
By Don Smith
June 11, 2012

Doomsday speculations and End of the World scenarios have been part of humanities lexicon since recorded history began. There is always a fresh nasty waiting to obliterate us and make cockroaches the dominant species on our blue marble. Of particular interest, this year is the Mayan Calendar, bec... FULL STORY