Local Columns

Letting go of a foiled flower bed

For me, it’s one of those things you see but you don’t see. It’s been in the back yard area for a number of years now, a disabled truck that I’m confident to say is not an eyesore to any neighbors. It just looks like a truck waiting patiently for a driver to take it somewhere. And ...

Take time to explore West Virginia

The other day, our newsroom received a press release on a new social media/tourism campaign encouraging people to explore the Mountain State. The same day, I received one of the stickers included in the campaign. The next day, the new West Virginia Vacation Guide arrived in the mail. The ...

Remembering to honor our fathers

Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her ...

Diagnosis: Company-is-coming anxiety

Him or her? Will he or won’t he? Should she or shouldn’t she? We’re playing the waiting game in the Kiaski casa. Better Half bought me a present the other day — an 8-foot ladder. Tough to gift wrap but very thoughtful. It’s the gift that keeps on giving — especially ...

It’s good to step outside of our box

As I absorbed the news of the death Friday of chef, television host and author Anthony Bourdain, I thought of some of the comments I’ve either heard of read from a man who worked to connect the world through food and friendship. One, in particular, stuck with me, and I think it sums up his ...

They have so much to offer

Recently, I've had several of the dear senior saints of our church on my mind and heart as well as in my prayers. Those moments brought to mind some humorous anecdotes I received over the years. Here are a few of them: She didn't know if her granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so she ...

We still don’t need Hollywood

Several years ago, a television show known as “Buckwild” aired on MTV showing the zany antics of a group of young West Virginians. The “reality” show was promoted as showing the “wild” life of the state’s youth as they found various ways to have fun in their communities. I was ...

The school year is winding down

With this week being the last week of school, life at Weir High is beginning to wind down. The baseball team lost regionals against Frankfurt at the third game. The softball team had an amazing season, with a sectional title and five girls selected for all state recognition. First team honors ...

Inspiring West Virginia’s young to embrace S.T.E.M.

I was thrilled to be at West Virginia University recently to announce an exciting collaboration between Mylan and and the university. Not only is West Virginia my home state, but it's where Mylan was founded nearly 60 years ago. The city of Morgantown also is home to more Mylan employees ...

A week of surprises and the expected

I came home from work the other day, gave Better Half a little “hello” peck and headed straight to the kitchen where I dropped my purse and book bag like a way-too-heavy barbell. I felt like a kid home from a long school day, ready for some din-din. “Close your eyes,” I heard Better ...

Mail was a military mom’s best friend

Mailboxes and Memorial Day might seem like two things that don’t have any connection, especially since there’s no mail delivery on the Monday holiday. But when I started reading some letters my grandmother had written to my dad while he was serving in the Army during World War II, I ...

Learn to follow your own path

There are many of our area’s residents who find themselves on the verge of a new path in their lives. In recent weeks, our local colleges and universities, as well as several of our high schools, have held commencement ceremonies. Those receiving either their high school diploma or their ...

Activities continue at Weir High School

Editor's note: Corrections from May 20 article: Slapdash will take place in June, not July. Vi and Ethel's actresses were switched. This past week was huge for seniors, even though they haven't been in school. Senior recognition was held on Thursday, in the gymnasium at 8 a.m. Many of the ...

Receiving the message from the grave

For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a time for picnics, parties and the beginning of summer. But Memorial Day is much more than that. It is a time to remember our fallen heroes. We remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Even today, brave men and women still are ...

Ready for warm-weather activities

The school year will be ending in the next few weeks, swimming pools will be opening and more people are going to be heading outdoors. The air is consistently warmer, the sun is shining most days and people are doing yard work. They’re also looking for things to do as the summer months ...

Musicals, sports and graduation at Weir High

This week at Weir High School, sports reached a massive peak. The track, baseball and softball teams have all made major achievements. Softball regionals game one was held at Weir against Petersberg, beginning a best out of three for the title. Game two was held at Petersberg. The baseball ...

Support for our law enforcement officers

As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, state, ...

Promising to make spouse spoon happy

Once or twice a year I threaten Better Half or promise him or reaffirm a vow, whatever the appropriate verb is I’m not sure. I tell him I’m going to start making him happy. He just smiles a fake smile and always shoots me a look of disbelief when I announce this. The old “yeah, ...

West Virginia, share your stories

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Today brings a different Mother’s Day

I was invited to the Mother’s Day luncheon at Martha Manor. Attendance at it had been a tradition in the nearly four years that my mother had lived there in a nurturing environment of caring and compassion. But I didn’t go. I was asked to speak at a mother-daughter banquet this ...