Local Columns

Having a little mid-July sisterly ranting

My sister Cathy and I had our annual mid-July rant the other evening. It typically begins when I call her on her birthday, the backdrop again for this year’s sibling seething session. Better Half and I call her and sing in unison — if you can call it singing. It’s our rousing ...

Finding the right focus for the future

Efforts to update Weirton’s Comprehensive Development Plan are continuing, working toward mapping out ideas for the future of the community. During a gathering of the city’s Planning Commission last week, officials, a couple of residents and the consultant on the project sat down to ...

Protecting West Virginia consumers

Most businesses are reputable, but when a home repair, a vehicle sale or other transaction goes wrong, our office looks out for consumers. Our dedicated staff works to protect the consumer’s money and personal information from predatory scams and practices. We achieve this through ...

Some things are just tougher to buy

Some things are just harder to purchase. Now shirts, shoes, jeans, purses — that’s not really all that tough for me to make a choice, because those kinds of consumer purchases are ones that call out to me. They know my name. They’ve got my number. Take me with you, they seem to ...

Find a way to be an effective leader

On Thursday, the latest class of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Weirton program completed what is hoped to be the first phase of their journey into becoming a greater part of their community. Leadership Weirton is focused on taking individuals from the local business ...

Do you love as Christ taught us to love?

1 John 2:7-11 “Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light ...

A week of reminders and revelations

It was a week of reminders and revelations, including that fishing can bring out the best and worst in us. It can be a workout for our patience muscles; an ewww-yuck experience baiting a hook, feeling pity for the unsuspecting worm suddenly on a bluegill’s dinner menu; an ongoing series of ...

Stay away from my voter information

By now, you’ve probably at least heard about a request made by the federal government through its recently created Election Integrity Commission. The panel was formed by the Trump administration following numerous claims by the president that millions of illegal voters participated in the ...

You have to have faith … in God

We exercise our faith in many areas of our life that we may not actually recognize. When we turn on the light switch in a dark room we expect the light to turn on. When we turn on the ignition of our vehicles we expect the engine to start. In these simple instances we are actually placing on ...

It’s a Dean Martin T-shirt tradition

Call it T-shirt tradition. When local Dean Martin festivities unfold, it has been my habit to get Better Half a Dean Martin T-shirt. This year’s installment, I thought, was especially unique, given it was a tribute to the Steubenville native who would have been celebrating his 100th ...