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    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
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    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:41 GMT
    A robbery at a video lottery parlor in Fairlea is under investigation by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office.  Now they are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them with tips.
    A robbery at a video lottery parlor in Fairlea is under investigation by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office.  Now they are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them with tips.
  • BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

    BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

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    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
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  • Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:00:24 GMT
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
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    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
  • Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:46:55 GMT
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.

Former West Virginia University quarterback, the great Pat White, said it best — once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer. We can't help but evoke that same sentiment now that E. Gordon Gee has been named the president of WVU. 

Gee, who served as president in the early 1980s and recently came back on interim basis, is an excellent choice for the permanent position. Our state's flagship university is fortunate to have him back.

Gee, if he were so inclined, could work for any institution of higher learning anywhere in the country. He could spend his golden years writing a book, touring the world or sitting on a beach and reading a novel. Yet, he chose to return to West Virginia. Why? What could bring him back to Morgantown? It's not likely the paycheck. Though he is paid well, it's nothing close to what he was making at Ohio State University or what he could earn as a consultant. We launched him into a career as one of the great leaders in higher education and he may feel that he owes us for believing in him at the start of his career, yet his return is more than nostalgia. Quite simply, Gee loves West Virginia. He loves everything about this state and its people. He sees our potential and he wants to help our young people achieve their dreams. He also knows what WVU means to this state. Growth in and around North Central West Virginia has been amazing. WVU has been an integral part of that dynamic. 

An educated, versatile workforce is going to be a key part of economic success in the 21st century, and WVU is training tomorrow's leaders. Stagnation and lack of innovation are simply no longer an option. Dynamic, creative thinkers — those who know how to develop our natural resources and position us to grow — are the component that will make the machine work. This is why having a capable man or woman sitting in the big office in Stewart Hall is so important. This person's leadership is going to define the university, and, in turn, play a major role in the future of our state. 

While this position will truly be free from political influence, Gee has been around long enough and comes with a pedigree that allows him to operate above the fray and with an eye not on Charleston, but on what is going to push West Virginia forward. Gee's affability and congenial nature conceal a true leader; one who has taken on this challenge for the right reason. To make WVU and West Virginia a better place.