Face flies: tough to manage pests

The face fly is a tough-to-manage pest of pastured cattle. In addition to the irritation it causes while feeding, this fly can play a major role in the spread of the strains of the bacterium that causes pinkeye within and between herds.

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God and devotion

From my devotional reading: “Men are not to rejoice in their wisdom, their strength, or their riches, but in the fact that they have a knowledge of Christ. This knowledge is the most excellent, the most precious, that we can possess.”

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Programs to impose massive fees

This letter is to inform the Weston residents about the massive fees that will be imposed under the Vacant Structure Registration program and the Uninhabitable Structure Registration program.

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CEOS Clubs Never Fail to Brighten the Day

This week is CEOS Week, and for people who don’t know anything about the CEOS clubs, well, you’re missing out. There are six clubs in Lewis County, and every time I cover their events, meetings, etc., I gain a sense of happiness. They are an amazing gro

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Republican-Controlled Congress Worried About Impeachment? Seriously?

We gave them the House, and Republicans said they needed the Senate. We gave them the Senate, and Republicans said they needed the Presidency. Now that we have given them the Presidency, we are now talking about impeachment?

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We don’t need no...education?

Thomas Massie from Kentucky introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to “abolish the Department of Education by December 2018.” Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, readily admits a lifelong dream of destroying public education by priva

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Corruption Alert: Anti-Public Education Politician to be Keynote Speaker at Public High School Graduation

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who voted yes on Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, and who publically stated support for the nominee, is slated to be the keynote speaker at Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s graduation ceremony to be he

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Sweet Vernal Grass

Sweet Vernal grass grows primarily as a winter annual and occasionally as a perennial cool-season grass. It gives off a distinctive, sweet-smelling odor when mature which can give hay a sweet smell.

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Growing up in West Virginia

Mari-Lynn Evans, the co-director of Blood on the Mountain, was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to have a conversation with me about her new documentary and her life growing up in West Virginia.

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How much is a working parent worth?

Lately on social media websites I have seen a meme or two floating around saying that stay at home moms are worth six figures, while I don’t dispute that a stay at home mother works enough in a year to earn six figures, what am I worth then as a working m

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How to poison a three-state water supply

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. of the night of March 6-7, 10 completely unmarked dump trucks, with no license plates, rumbled past Jesse Johnson’s home in Kanawah County.

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The Painter of Light

It is one of the great tragedies of being an artist to display enough skill to become famous, but, through lack of talent, tact, or simple luck, not be placed in the first tier of talent. One artist whom I had never previously encountered, J.M.W. Turner,

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Firefighter’s Annual Fund Drive beginning

The members of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department would like to announce the beginning of our Annual Fund Drive the week of May 1 - May 5. This is the only fund drive of the year, and as in years past, we sincerely hope that citizens, businesses and p

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The Lookout's Dream

I have failed to write Chats for the past few weeks. Things are hectic. I had hoped to get some things done, including Chats, but couldn’t. My arm and wrists breaks were healing fine until last week I found out that I was dropping things from my left

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Holocaust Remembrance

I have finally run out of things to say. Just kidding. I have so much to say, but don’t know where to start. Of all the things rattling around in my head, there is one that keeps circling back around.

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The Social Media ‘Reaction’

For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law of Physics has helped scientists in numerous studies, but what can it say about social media? Technology was developed from the best of intentions. The goal of newer, faster and

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Dear People of the Great State of West Virginia

I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of West Virginia as I work on my report.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”

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Tremendous Victories Require Continued Vigilance

Over the past few months, West Virginia has experienced a tremendous amount of success in beating back years of federal overreach that have devastated many in our state.

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Recreational Marijuana Lobbying Organization behind push for “medical” use in WV

For weeks, West Virginians have been told that SB386, the “WV Medical Marijuana Act,” is specifically to serve as a health benefit for our state. This claim is made despite proven research that the substance can cause more problems than it can temporaril

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Carpenter bees are buzzing

Carpenter bees are beginning to buzz about after spending winter as adults in the tunnels where they were raised last summer. After mating and a little spring cleaning, females will re-use their “home tunnels” while the others will have to find new sites

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My Life as a Police Wife

Most people who know me, know that my husband is a police officer. While I love his job and I love my job, we both have very hectic schedules at times. News never stops, crime never stops. Our lives are spent running around like chickens with our head cu

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In response to “Why we elected Donald Trump”

As I am sure most are aware, Donald Trump won West Virginia by a larger margin than any other state. A letter published in the April 12 edition of the Weston Democrat attempted to explain West Virginia’s support of Trump by stating that West Virginia elec

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The Cost of Broadband

West Virginia has a long history of isolation from the rest of the country. Our state, which is bordered by the Appalachian Mountains to the east and the Ohio River to the west, has always felt insulated from the goings on of most of America. Often we eve

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The Hermit of Three Decades

A few years ago in the magazine GQ I read an interesting story about a man who lived in the Maine woods for nearly three decades, before finally being caught and arrested. The story struck me as a fascinating and I filed it away in the deep recesses of m

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Annual W.Va. Beef Expo

The West Virginia Beef Expo was held over the past weekend at Jackson’s Mill. This was the 27th annual expo and featured sales from several breeds, a trade show, a banquet, and several youth competitions.

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Better to Have It, and Not Need It Than Need It and Not Have It

Fire, fire burning down. Burning my house to the ground. Why? Because the lack of funding caused the volunteer fire department close to my house to close its doors. Then, my rent increased because my landlord’s homeowners insurance increased all because t

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W.Va. Coal is Depending on Trump

When President Trump Campaigned on a pro-coal platform last fall, coal country paid attention. For the top five coal producing states in the nation voted Trump in the November election, including West Virginia. As President Trump settles in his office, h

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Lewis County: A Variety of Activities for ALL

I’ve come to notice on Facebook and other social media websites, that many people complain that there is nothing to do in Lewis County. In my opinion, this simply isn’t true.

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Applying Herbicides

The past three years a company from Virginia has come to the county and applied herbicides by helicopter to pastures in the area, trying to control brush. The applications were done in Lewis, Harrison, Doddridge, and Gilmer Counties.

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Pipeline Proposal Raises Questions that Beg for Answers

The comment period on the 42” Atlantic Coast Pipeline comes to a close this Thursday. Anyone who made comments during the pre-filing period MUST submit those comments again, since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has essentially tossed those into

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The McNemar House

It was a surprise and very interesting to read in the March 31 Record Delta about “The McNemar House.” My mother was Allegra McNemar, daughter of the same couple that Bronson might just remember as Mom-mom and Pop-pop, (at least, that is what I always

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A Fresh Look for the Website

The Weston Democrat is excited to announce a brand new look and a whole new functionality coming to our website, and it will change the way our readers can interact with us. To keep up with the changing times and growing social media trends, our newspape

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One Vote Changed the Fate of Women

It’s surprising just how little time has passed since everything changed for women in the United States with the passage of a constitutional amendment. At the founding of the United States, the newborn country’s female citizens did not share all of the r

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The City Needs Formal Plan for use of 1 Percent Sales Tax

Editor: Two weeks ago, I attended the Weston City Council meeting where the 1 percent city sales tax was approved by a 2 to 1 vote. One council member was absent. Several town citizens spoke out against the new tax, but it was apparent that the counc

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Citizen Backs Delegate

Editor: I believe whole heartily in what Delegate Patrick Martin said in his article in The Democrat on March 1st. If the cynics would realize that if we put Jesus and the word of God first in our lives, the so called “important things” on our plate

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WV Beef Expo

The 27th annual West Virginia Beef Expo will be held at Jackson’s Mill April 6-8. This event is one of the largest beef cattle activities in the state and will attract farmers from around West Virginia and surrounding states. This will be a historic Bee

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Racial Equality Doesn’t Exist

“Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human heart or mind.” -Billy Graham “Racial equality occurs when people of all races are given equal opportunity. In other words, by ignoring their racial

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The President Who Can Paint

There are few things so depressing as a politician in retirement. Once at the center of power, they often struggle to find a new role in society as a private citizen. Among the ways they seek to ameliorate the boredom of their leisure time are engaging i

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Open Letter to Congressman Mooney

Dear Congressman Mooney, My name is Tim Higgins; I live in southern Upshur County, West Virginia. I write to you today concerning a March 2017 flyer from your office titled “Supporting and Protecting West Virginia Jobs”. After reading through the info

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Economic Bubbles are Bursting

Editor: Some people who predicted the bursting of economic bubbles in the past say we are in for a depression from massive government borrowing and money printing. They say it is inevitable; however, they say that if we end the massive borrowing and p

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The Penny Tax

To help everyone understand the proposed sales tax and the realization of its importance, I wanted to provide some facts about it. First, what does it cover or more importantly what is exempt. There are over 21 categories of purchases and business items

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Brewing Season Quickly Approaches

For cow herds in the area that calve in the spring, which is most of them, we are quickly approaching breeding season. This means we are also in bull selection season. The importance of bull selection to a herd can not be over emphasized. For several

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One Percent Sales and Services Tax

I have already written a column on the proposed one percent City of Weston Sales Tax, but I think it would do some good to write another, simply because the public hearing is approaching. My stance on the tax falls somewhere in between opposition and sup

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My Tour Through TALA

Most of us drive or walk past the Trans-Alleghney Lunatic Asylum (TALA) every day. We probably do not give it a thought, or if we do, it’s fleeting. The building is so much a part of Weston’s landscape that we are all used to it being here.

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