Editorials

Prevent child abuse

One of every two children placed in foster care in 2015 was there because of abuse and neglect associated with their parents' drug use, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Parents are so intent on feeding their addiction that they forget about their ...

New task force a true asset for state

By an enormous margin, most health care professionals in West Virginia are honest, dedicated to the well-being of those who need their help. But the possibilities are nearly endless for that tiny minority determined to build their own wealth by harming patients and ripping off ...

Highway corridor would benefit all

It was the spring of 2011 when the idea of the Pittsburgh-to-Columbus highway corridor went into hibernation. After several years of work involving politicians from the state level, business and local politicians across seven counties in Eastern Ohio and economic development leadership, the ...

A continuing commitment

Eastern Gateway Community College is making a $1.8 million investment in its facilities in Steubenville that are a welcome sign of continuing commitment to the area. The Student Success Center will become, as EGCC President Jimmie Bruce said, the new front door to the college. President ...

PROs provide safety in schools

Security concerns nationwide are prompting school districts to re-evaluate how they provide for the safety of their students, faculty and staff. Such efforts can be seen in Hancock County where school board officials recently announced a plan to station prevention resource officers in all of ...

Project will provide new opportunities

Economic development efforts continue in Weirton, and collaboration has been key to seeing growth and new business. The latest news was the announcement of a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the expansion of the Three Springs Business Park. The grant, ...

Thanks to our school volunteers

It is easy to overlook the contributions volunteers make to our area schools. They come from all walks of life and in all ages. They are professionals in our community, They are the people who attended school many years ago and are looking for a way to give back to the community. They are ...

There is still division

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. In 50 years much has changed. In 50 years, much hasn’t changed. King is remembered as the leader of a nonviolent movement seeking equality, justice for all, for African-Americans, for the ...

Our children are our top priority

Thousands of West Virginia children are in grave danger, most of them because of the drug abuse epidemic. Bless them — and we do not write that lightly — officials in the state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing what they can to protect the little ones. Forty-eight new ...

Think safety on prom night

Be assured, preparations have long been under way for this year's area high school proms, as area students have been anticipating a truly magical evening for many months. We hope each and every student has a wonderful night filled with friends and fun, as they don formal attire and head off ...

Remember the Resurrection

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king. There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no ...

Volunteers who keep us safe

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we rely primarily on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to help us when disaster strikes. Nationwide, 85 percent of fire departments are staffed either partially or entirely by volunteers. They receive nothing for their skill and ...

Kim Jong Un cannot be trusted

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Honoring the past, looking to the future

For 82 years, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce has been an active part of our community, working to meet the needs of local businesses while providing events and services to benefit many of our residents. The chamber has shown its pride in Weirton and surrounding cities of the Ohio ...

Baseball has returned

It’s easy to sit back and say that Opening Day in Major League Baseball represents nothing more than the first episode in a 162-game drama that begins in the spring, stretches through the summer and ends in the fall. Those who think like that are not true fans. They see the sport as nothing ...

Positive outlook promising

“We have every problem under the sun,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, during Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference last week. But Gee and others at WVU see West Virginia’s woes as an opportunity — solve the problems here and it could help solve ...

Getting tests right in West Virginia

West Virginia public education officials have taken a giant step forward in deciding to use the SAT college entrance test for all Mountain State juniors. Many more steps remain before the valuable standardized testing system we need for public schools is in place, however. Each and every one ...

Build upon what works

A meeting of local officials with Bryce Custer of North Canton-based Ohio River Corridor LLC emphasized something that has to happen: Steubenville needs to do a better job of promoting itself and the good things that are happening that could lay the groundwork for an economic ...

Provide input for the future

Area residents, business owners and others interested are encouraged to attend a town hall event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the future of Weirton. The town hall will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center and is part of the continuing work to update the city's ...

Community wins in annual battle

The students of St. Paul School in Weirton may have come out on top for this year's Battle of the Saints, but the real winners in this annual competition are the Community Bread Basket and the Weirton community. This is the third year for the "battle." The Battle of the Saints is held every ...