Pendleton County, West Virginia is a unique place.
We are a rugged group of individuals not bound by what’s inside our mountains, but on top of them. We are the most beautiful destination in the state, and possibly the most well-hid. We are minutes from metropolis, but secluded as if civilization were light years away. We are in the calm of the screaming universe around us.
There is burden to this blessing, however. Industry doesn’t want us, and the world of business finds no value in what we offer. Despite closure after closure, we have endured, and will continue to endure to protect the land we love so much.
Unfortunately many have had to venture out into the wide world in order to survive, and are in danger of losing touch with home. Perhaps they won’t, but the generations that follow will know less and less about what was left behind.
Newspaper is a brilliant medium that has survived for centuries despite being counted out for the past 100 years as the medium of communication has advanced. Radio and television couldn’t put that final nail in the coffin, but the internet has always threatened to do so.
To be clear, newspapers should never go away completely. The printed word will always be the most powerful. It is the one communication medium that can span eons. The broadcast signal is fleeting, and the bits and bytes that make up the digital word could be wiped out with one strategic failure in the technology. Newspapers must continue. In 50 years or 1,000 years they will tell us who we were.
This site was created as a window into Pendleton County. It’s a view of home that can see anytime, and hopefully that familiar sight will leave you comforted.
It is also an advocate for Pendleton County. It has always been my opinion that we have lost so much, and let so many opportunities pass because there wasn’t a strong voice rallying us and motivating us to secure our futures. It’s not too late to turn things around, but it’s much harder than it would have been 15 years ago.
This is an imperfect example of what the community truly deserves, but it suits the need for now. We welcome better options, and do not intend to impede upon any site that can do a more adequate job. The objective is to make Pendleton County stronger, and the more voices we add, the louder the call to action will be.
Armed with only the stamina that God has granted us, we are producing this site as a labor of love solely in our free time, and will continue to do so as long as stamina holds.
Mike Mallow is the publisher of Pendleton News
and advertising manager for the Moorefield Examiner