If you can call someone you've known less than four years an old buddy, I will say Mike Ruben, who heads the convention and visitors bureau in Ripley, W.Va., is an old buddy. We used to work next to each other at The State Journal. We've both moved on, but we still write now and then for our former employer.
Mike recently wrote a piece about how mussels are making a comeback in the Ohio River. Check it out.