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CHARLESTON - During the special legislative session, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has encouraged the governor to include the opportunity for the Secretary of State's Office to use incoming special revenue to his office that exceeds the costs of Business Division services to cover the cost of upgrading the Statewide Voter Registration System (SRVS).

LOGAN - School board members from Kanawha, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties gathered May 15 for a regional meeting of the West Virginia School Board Association at Chief Logan State Park.

SETH - With a trip to the state softball tournament secured for a third year in a row after a 7-0 win over Wahama last Wednesday, Sherman High's softball team has been here before, but coach Jim Henderson said he thinks this season is somewhat different than the others.

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MORGANTOWN - The No. 17-ranked West Virginia University baseball team has earned the No. 4 seed at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship and will begin postseason play against fifth-seeded Kansas in the opening round on Wednesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT, in Oklahoma City.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty University ended Marshall University's season Saturday and moved into the championship round of the National Invitational Softball Championship.

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CINCINNATI - Hyun-Jin Ryu's shutout streak rolls on.

Ryu blanked the Reds over seven innings to extend his major league-leading streak to 31, Cody Bellinger hit his 17th homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cincinnati 8-3 on Sunday.

Every professional sport has some form of an all-star event that it uses to showcase its stars and in the process put on an entertaining show for the fans. The stick and ball sports make sure that they put their stars in a position to shine but at the same time, those all-star games do not generate the same kind of passion and effort that we witnessed Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.


Do you remember that old song in Vacation Bible School that said, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart?" Well, I do agree that humanity is searching as hard as they can to find contentment and desperately longs to discover peace, but rebellion and the lack of knowledge is preventing them from having it.

Whether it is driven by a topic of public policy, politics or something that perplexes me, I tend to let the words of my opinion pieces roll around in my brain for some time before moving my thoughts to text. While this submission is no different, it is also connected to the strong reaction, both mostly positive and somewhat negatively, to some recent thoughts I shared with your newspaper, titled, "Getting a much better understanding of West Virginia."

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