Soon As I Could: Call Me Crazy

I feel great about living in Elkins and West Virginia—most of the time. Sometimes, though, it can feel like there is a conspiracy to get us to doubt ourselves—to make us feel like we must be crazy for...

Soon As I Could

First things first: I wasn’t born in West Virginia. Upon learning this fact, more than one person who was born in West Virginia has recommended that I add “but I got here as soon as I could.” That...

Elkinite Launches Community Calendar

When we first launched Elkinite, we wanted to improve our community by telling positive stories about it. We wanted to share the people, the places, and events that make our community valuable and worth...

Why We Need the West Virginia Channel

What is West Virginia’s most valuable resource? Our natural beauty? Coal and natural gas? Our people? I believe our most important resource is one we don’t think of very often. Our story. The...

Generation Randolph 2015 Year End Update

With the holidays right around the corner, many folks are rushing around wrapping up office work, meeting deadlines, buying presents and considering New Year’s resolutions. Here at Elkinite.com we’d like...

Community Pride: How I Bring Tourists to Town

Growing up in Elkins, I can still remember the desolate Railyard with the boarded up and dilapidated train depot. It always seemed sad to me that such a great part of our town’s history was sitting there in...

Fairness Elkins Seeks Community Feedback

For the entirety of 2015, Fairness Elkins has been working to pass legislation through the Elkins City Council that would make it illegal to fire someone or deny them housing based upon their sexual...

Beauty Beyond the Leaves

Busting through fallen leaves early a few brisk mornings ago had me thinking. Born and raised in West Virginia I’ve heard the jokes, stereotypes, and assumptions that seem to cling to the native roots here....