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Barrel racing picks up speed

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
FRENCH CREEK -- Barrel racing is gaining in popularity in the Mountain State with several districts hosting competitions.
The National Barrel Horse Association District 3 restarted over the last year or so after a several year absence due to the interest, according to director Roger Ferguson. District 3 includes Upshur, Barbour, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Marion,

50 years of lessons learned: Staying relevant, Smitty’s Suzuki grows and changes

Posted: Sunday, Jun 28th, 2015
BUCKHANNON -- A lot can change in 50 years. Smitty's Suzuki owner Ron C. Smith knows that, and he knows the trick to maintaining a business, and keeping it successful, is to stay malleable as times shift.
Smith opened a pawnshop on Florida Street in 1963, right after he exited the Marine Corp. He worked out of a 15-foot by

Journalist sues circuit clerk

Modified: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
BUCKHANNON -- A freelance researcher and journalist claims he was denied access to documents in the circuit clerk's office while wearing a GoPro camera.
Jay Lawrence Smith filed a petition for a writ of mandamus against circuit clerk Brian Gaudet and the Upshur County Circuit Clerk's office Monday.

BBQ Bash blazes on

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
BUCKHANNON -- Dark clouds and a severe storm warning weren't able to halt Saturday's Almost Heaven BBQ Bash.
Teams grilled in the morning and turned in their masterpieces starting at noon. Afterward it was time for camaraderie, a car show and public competition before the results at 5 p.m.

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