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‘For the 95 that have died’

On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced his executive order mandating face coverings to be worn when a person is in a public indoor space where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Children eight-and-under, people who are eating and people with trouble breathing or the inability to ...

Don’t relax yet

We are finishing week two of Gov. Jim Justice's six-week phased reopening plan for West Virginia.After spending over a month in social isolation, West Virginia's businesses certainly need to increase their cash flow, so they won't have to permanently close. As The Shepherdstown Chronicle ...

Stay strong, Shepherdstown!

Last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that COVID-19 had been upgraded from an epidemic to a pandemic, due to the level of global devastation it had caused.On Tuesday, Shepherdstown residents James and Carolyn Vigil were the first people in West Virginia to ...

Memorial Day memories: A debt we cannot repay

This past weekend, many Americans celebrated Memorial Day, by getting together with family and friends to indulge in grilled burgers and hotdogs. But, for some celebrants, Memorial Day also brought memories of loved ones whose lives were taken from them, as they defended our country in the ...

Miss America is starting to catch up

She waves her hand and smiles, with a tiara glinting in her hair and a sash draped across her satin gown. Little girls admire her like they would a Disney princess, teenage girls envy her and women wonder what sort of legacy she'll leave behind.Miss America winners have made their stamps on the ...

Winning shouldn’t be everything

"We are the champions, my friends," the popular song goes. Whenever I hear these lyrics, I'm reminded of the sometimes obsessive way people pursue winning.My grandfather is no exception to this obsession.Pappy loves football. Although he occasionally flicks on a basketball or baseball game, if ...

When did Memorial Day lose its meaning?

Memorial Day is coming up in a few days, and for most of us, that means it's time for picnics and, if the weather's warm enough, pool parties.My family's always spent Memorial Day together, eating grilled hot dogs and burgers. But this year, not everyone will be celebrating together.Somehow, ...

Can Millennials truly appreciate Mother’s Day?

This Mother's Day, I gave my mom a wonderful present-a shiny new colander. Yes, her old one had a broken leg, but the scenario felt strangely similar to that of a man giving his wife a new vacuum, expecting her to be thrilled. The wife in that story is always seething inside, but the difference ...

Stepping out of the ivory halls

Graduating from college can be a scary step.A step out of the "ivory halls," as my alma mater put it in its coronation hymn, into a world of uncertainty, expected to handle any challenge with ease.When I graduated college, I decided to ignore the world of uncertainty for one moment longer. ...