Opinion

We’ve had a great ride, haven’t we?

Local Columns

So. Deep breath. This is my last column. I’m not going to pretend this was anticipated or my plan. But I need to thank you. I’ve been doing this for a decade, give or take a year or two, and there were plenty of stinkers along the way, but I think I did OK sometimes, too. And you ...

Speaking bans should be eliminated

Editorials

West Virginia Board of Education members are right to be backtracking from an agenda item that appeared last month, banning members of the public from speaking during meetings about items not listed on the agenda. Board President Tom Campbell has said he wants to remove the ban from agendas ...

Sex trafficking affects us all

Editorials

When many people think of sex trafficking, ruthless thugs from abroad or, perhaps, from domestic street gangs, may come to mind. Think again. Sex trafficking charges have been filed against a man and woman in Mingo County. They are accused of conspiring to convince a 14-year-old girl to ...

Washington remains the problem

Editorials

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Events center alive with music

Editorials

Music will be coming from the Weirton Event Center just about every Friday this summer, with the annual summer concert series set to kick off Friday evening. With a variety of musical acts scheduled, the series, organized by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, is sure to ...

Summer concert season arrives

Editorials

Music will return to downtown Steubenville on Thursday, as the 11th-annual summer concert series at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben gets under way. The talented lineup is varied, as always, and we’re sure most Tri-State Area residents will be pleased. In ...

Time running out on budget

Editorials

With the clock ticking on a new budget for West Virginia government — the new fiscal year begins July 1 — House of Delegates members have a plan to try again. A tax bill dramatically different than one promoted in the state Senate was approved by delegates on Friday. Senators were to ...

Confessions of a concrete water artist

Local Columns

The Associated Press story on today’s page about the fidget spinners craze is testimony to the fact that you never know what will keep kids entertained or capture their attention. I’d never even heard about these twirling things until now, so apparently I am very much out of the ...

Keeping local mining history alive

Local Columns

Each year, the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park holds a dinner and auction to earn funds to keep their park, located on state Route 519, west of New Athens, preserved for future generations. It tells the story of surface mining, reclamation equipment and related materials ...