Local Columns

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...

Youth learn about business, leadership

Last weekend, 26 high school sophomores from our area completed a program developed to provide a glimpse of the business world and some of the skills they may use as they make their way through college and enter the workforce. Youth Leadership Weirton is a program offered each year by the ...

Passing thoughts on contest, Easter

Jelly beans, those tiny candies that have been around for ages and were a favorite of President Ronald Regan, are back for the Easter season. Actually, they are around all year in the Jelly Belly bags with all the flavors and themes. The Liberty Gals and Guys 4-H Club went on a jelly bean ...

Working to be real with others

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

Seeking cultural diversity on a California campus

The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment that Stanford urbanites throw in the direction of rural Americans. ...

Thankful for those who have helped along the way

I was chatting with a co-worker about Boy Scouts, and he mentioned that he, too, was a Boy Scout, just like the Professor. His parents were involved in leadership positions with a pack and two troops, and they spent many weekends hiking, camping or maintaining local Scout facilities. He told ...

External angsting better with company

We all angst. It’s just that we angst about different things that seem terribly important at the time. And we angst with distinction, often to a different drummer, in our own unique ways. I tend to think of myself as an external angster, meaning there’s no mistaking that I’m ...

Whatever happend to family game night?

A few days ago, a news alert caught my attention, announcing Hasbro would be replacing the classic Monopoly game tokens of the thimble, wheelbarrow and shoe with a penguin, rubber ducky and Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s a continuing effort to “update” the board game, which previously has ...

Many honored at annual Cadiz event

An event I enjoy attending each year is the Cadiz Business Association Recognition Banquet. It honors individuals, a business, an award voted on by the public, a beautification program, Sally Buffalo Park improvements, a community service award and the Lions Club citizen of the year. All ...

The third Sunday in Lent

We have a story about a woman at a well. She is a Samaritan woman, drawing water at midday. As a Samaritan, she would have been rejected by Jews. Since she was drawing water at noon, we also know that she was also rejected by the other women in the town. Women got their water either early in ...