Editorials

Take precautions with holiday fire hazards

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are another cause of fires in December. The ...

Stay positive through the holidays

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those already who already are stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle ...

Be safe this holiday shopping season

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers need to practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season. Thieves look for the opportunities ...

Be safe and enjoy your holiday shopping

One thing about many holiday traditions is that they eventually evolve into, well, new traditions. Consider the time-honored tradition of Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving that was said to make or break the holiday season for shoppers who were eager to snag a particular gift at a very ...

It’s a day for us to give thanks

There are two ways to approach today’s holiday, all contained in the simple one-word name we give to the fourth Thursday in November in the United States: Thanksgiving. We can be thankful. Yes, the world is a tough place, economically, politically, religiously and racially. Yes, there are ...

Coming together to give thanks

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

We love a community Christmas parade

There are few things in our lives that can take our minds off of the many troubles we face in our day-to-day world better than a Christmas parade. It’s impossible to see the smiling faces of all of the participants and not get caught up in the holiday spirit. From the musicians in area bands ...

A message which still holds meaning

The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863, when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that year in which Union forces had ...

Lighting up for the holidays

The special glow that comes with the Christmas season once again will be seen as communities across the Tri-State Area hold their light-up events. Those evenings help to create a sense of joy and anticipation as they bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy a festive atmosphere where ...

Troubles mounting in Brooke County Schools

This one isn’t going to fade away quickly. If Brooke County Schools Superintendent Toni Shute had any illusions about that, they were dispelled Tuesday. A large crowd of people attended the county board of education meeting held that day in the gymnasium at Brooke Middle School. Many in the ...

Weirton lighting up the night

For the third year, the City of Weirton will be lighting up the night Saturday, and we hope to see the community turn out for the festivities. The City of Weirton, working with Renaissance Weirton and a number of local businesses, will light up the official community Christmas tree, with a ...

Is it time to let it go?

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

Taking the first step toward quitting

This Thursday is a good day to clear the air, so to speak. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers, hopefully, will make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit ...

Program provides chance for leadership

Leadership Ohio Valley is officially under way, with a class of 11 men and women from across the region hoping to make a difference in their communities. Previously known as Leadership Weirton, the program is operated by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, and is open to business people ...

Continue to live united

The Weirton United Way has reached 63 percent of its $240,000 goal for the 2018 campaign, volunteers and officials with the charitable organization learned Friday. That’s good news for the community, but those involved know there still is a long way to go. There are two major fundraising ...

Saluting the sacrifices of our veterans

They come from all walks of life and all races. They practice different faiths and are representative of all segments of our society, but they all share a common trait — they all have been willing to stand tall and fight to preserve the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, knowing that ...

Pay attention to school buses

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio. We doubt there is a school bus driver ...

Voters demand loyalty to us

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Drug crisis is a true war

We in West Virginia and Ohio have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our states’ futures. West Virginia has the highest illicit drug overdose death rate in the nation (52 per 100,000 residents in 2016, the most recent year covered by the Centers ...

Providing hope for the community

When various parts of a community comes together, it can make a difference. It can provide hope. That’s exactly what has been happening in Weirton since April 2012, and the difference has recently become more visible. Table of Hope was created with one purpose — to provide a hot meal to ...