Editorials

Hancock County making changes

The Hancock County Commission has developed a master plan in recent years to upgrade the county courthouse and other facilities to provide improved services for area residents.Among the most recent additions is a security system at the main entrance of the courthouse, which includes an X-ray ...

Be heart healthy

Area residents should mark this Thursday on their calendars.It's that time again when everyone can practice preventative care by attending one of the Ohio Valley's premier health events.The annual Heartland event sponsored by Trinity Health System is set from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the ...

Heartland offers many benefits

Area residents should mark this Thursday on their calendars.It's that time again when everyone can practice preventative care by attending one of the Ohio Valley's premier health events.The annual Heartland event sponsored by Trinity Health System is set from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the ...

Pinewood Derby more than racing

An annual father-son event is scheduled for this weekend with the Pinewood Derby at the Fort Steuben Mall.Fathers and sons come together every year at this time to build cars to race against fellow Cub Scouts.The event kicked off with events Friday and will continue 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...

W.Va. exercise bill raises questions

While the health of West Virginians is always of great importance, a bill proposed by the majority leader of the state Senate is taking those concerns in the wrong direction.Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, has proposed legislation that would require a half-hour of moderate exercise ...

Exercise bill may cross a line

While the health of West Virginians is always of great importance, a bill proposed by the majority leader of the state Senate is taking those concerns in the wrong direction.Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, has proposed legislation which would require a half-hour of moderate exercise ...

Pinewood Derby teaches lessons

An annual father-son event is scheduled for today and Saturday with the Pinewood Derby at the Fort Steuben Mall.Fathers and sons come together every year at this time to build cars to race against fellow Cub Scouts.The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on ...

A temporary fix

The war on drugs is not always fought with bullets and arrests and warrants and raids.Sometimes, it's a battle best fought in a laboratory, where pharmaceutical company scientists seek to limit the capabilities of the illegal pharmaceutical manufacturers.Such is the case with the sinus drug ...

War on drugs takes new twist

The war on drugs is not always fought with bullets and arrests and warrants and raids.Sometimes, it's a battle best fought in a laboratory, where pharmaceutical company scientists seek to limit the capabilities of the illegal pharmaceutical manufacturers.Such is the case with the sinus drug ...

Tomblin needs a better idea

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has suggested cutting back on the funds local governments receive from video lottery revenue as a way to help the state's continuing budget shortfall.Under state law, a percentage of video lottery revenues is distributed back to the counties. As a result, our local ...

Careful decisions needed on money

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has suggested cutting back on the funds local governments receive from video lottery revenue as a way to help the state's continuing budget shortfall.Under state law, a percentage of video lottery revenues is distributed back to the counties. As a result, our local ...

Senate should act on coal ash bill

It appears U.S. Rep. David McKinley has pulled off quite a feat.Just a few years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was poised to declare coal ash a hazardous waste. That would have opened the door to harsh EPA regulations that could have driven up the price of electricity and had ...

Jefferson County still faces budget concerns

The Jefferson County commissioners are taking a cautious approach in preparing this year's budget.That is a good course of action.The county in the past several years has had a good cushion with a healthy carryover going into the beginning of a new year. The anticipated revenue was added to the ...

Stay warm as winter continues

Controversy rules the world, from Washington to New Jersey to places as far afield as Punxsutawney, Pa., and French Creek, W.Va., and Marion, Ohio.For on Sunday, there was a split among the Tri-State Area's rodent prognosticators of winter weather.The wise veteran Punxsutawney Phil saw his ...

Groundhogs have different outlooks

Controversy rules the world, from Washington to New Jersey to places as far afield as Punxsutawney, Pa., and French Creek, W.Va., and Marion, Ohio.For on Sunday, there was a split among the Tri-State Area's rodent prognosticators of winter weather.The wise veteran Punxsutawney Phil saw his ...

Take pride in our local progress

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times during the past several years.But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition.This year's edition will be ...

Edition a chance to look to future

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times during the past several years.But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition.This year's edition will be ...

Celebrate Black history

It's Black History Month - a time for recognition of achievements and struggles and a time for hope when our country is no longer split by racial lines.There are roots that go back to the 1920s, when Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He knew then ...

Month offers a chance to reflect

It's Black History Month - a time for recognition of achievements and struggles and a time for hope when our country is no longer split by racial lines.There are roots that go back to the 1920s, when Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He knew then ...

A lot to consider on bus issue

A great deal of information will need to be weighed when it comes to the future location of Hancock County's school buses.During this week's school board meeting, some of the county's bus drivers approached the board with concerns over the possible centralization of the county's school ...