Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 30 May 2015 12:13:08 EST 1800 Can we go fishing? Please? How would you answer that question? Whether it is from a five year old, a teenager, or your buddy down the street who just needs a little line therapy, the answer should always be “YES”. Who... Tue, 19 May 2015 19:45:31 EST State holds first workforce summit Just last week, I was proud to welcome West Virginians from across the state to the state's first Workforce Summit - a comprehensive review of West Virginia's past, present and future workforce development efforts. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:40:31 EST The ‘ball diamond’ was used for picnics and sports I wrote in a previous column about the old field which, after the completion of Shuff Field, became the headquarters for Cabot Gas. Tue, 12 May 2015 19:30:32 EST April showers bring May flowers If the old adage rings true, the Mountain State should be in for a beautiful and colorful spring. With over 6 inches of rain falling over most of the state last month we should be up over our boots in flower petals. Tue, 12 May 2015 17:20:33 EST I needed help to see Tim McCoy at the movies I was reminiscing the other day with a friend about the days when it took only a dime to get into the movies. That sounds like nothing today, but for kids in large families during the depression, it was a lot. You didn't just go to your parents... Tue, 5 May 2015 22:05:32 EST Youthful hunters have plenty to gobble about The 2015 Spring Gobbler season kicked off with a bang! The West Virginia Spring Gobbler season officially opened with the one day Youth Hunt on April 25. The weather was less than stellar for the hunt,... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:05:31 EST Spring gobbler season opens this week Just as the first rays of morning start to streak across the sky, the stillness of the morning comes to a crashing halt with the thunderous “Gobble, Gobble, Gobble” of ole' Tom turkey. Your pulse quickens as you strain your ears... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:15:31 EST How the Stewart case turned out Last week I wrote about the time in 1939 when the body of Fuzzy Stewart, after 41 days in the water, surfaced in the Fligger Hole near the bridge. I told you about some suspects being indicted for the crime since they were the last ones to see Stewart... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:05:31 EST Turning the pages: Man’s body found in river While going through some of the old issues of the IH, I came across a 1939 news story that struck a chord in my fading memory. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:30:31 EST Watch out, there are snakes about It has finally happened, it looks like once and for all Spring has finally sprung. Just in the nick of time, too. Just when we thought it would never get here, just like that crazy groundhog predicted,... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:20:31 EST Letter: EMS on the Hill Dear Editor:EMS On The Hill Day April 29, Washington, D.C. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:10:32 EST Empowering West Virginians through TANF 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. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:05:31 EST It was sad to lose the small schools You should know by now that I enjoy going through the old editions of the paper that are kept in bound volumes according to the year in which they were published. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:35:32 EST Working toward a bright future 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... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:45:31 EST Exhausted after the basketball tournament I have watched ENTIRELY too much basketball lately. My mind is fried! How do people do this? Sports are EXHAUSTING! Whoever penned the phrase “March Madness” named it perfectly! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:35:31 EST Association works to improve Buffalo Creek For years there has been a slogan “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.”This slogan evidently has struck a chord with the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association. For the past 10 years the Association... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:10:33 EST Fiscal responsibility is key to improving state 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... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:00:33 EST Shroomin’ time Spring time is a bountiful time in the woods, one of the tastier morsels is the morel mushroom. Sometimes called mollymoochers or dry land fish, each spring many “moochers” set forth in search... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:00:31 EST Favorite part of the past is remembering the people Here's one I was asked to repeat. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 17:20:33 EST