Local Columns

What you reel in when you fish for praise

We had pulled out of the driveway and were heading up the road, on our merry Kiaski way. But not before Better Half made an observation. “Boy,” he said with animated enthusiasm, “it sure does look nice over there. I wonder who takes care of all that?” I glanced over at “all ...

The seasons are changing, and I’m not ready

I walked out of my house about a week ago, and noticed leaves on the ground. Driving to work Saturday, there were different colors beginning to form in the neighborhood trees. The air is cooler in the mornings and the pumpkin-spiced everythings are hitting the store shelves. Autumn is ...

Stop fighting with your eyes closed

No one giving fighting advice would say close your both eyes and just start swinging and screaming, at best the person giving the advice is misinformed and at worst the person is working for the other team. People are faced with many different challenges. A few of these challenges are caused ...

Preserving our manufacturing heritage

On the front page of today’s edition, you’ll read about an art competition, hosted by the Hancock County Arts Council, with the goal of helping to preserve the imagery of the remaining portions of the Weirton steel manufacturing facilities. Once known as Weirton Steel, and for the last ...

If you invite them, they will come

How many empty seats are in the church you attend? Knowing our area, I would imagine more than are filled. Why is that? Whose fault is it? Some would say, it's the preacher's fault, others would blame the age of the congregation. There are myriads of excuses, but the real reason is simple. We ...

Vacation — a mandate to eat out

I made myself perfectly clear as I began what was a lovely, long stretch of vacation time away from the newspaper. (You missed me, yes?) I told Better Half that we would be eating out every day, that it was my vacation, and no way was I going to go near our dusty stove unless there was a big ...

Diversification needed in West Virginia

During a conference held Thursday at the Greenbrier Resort, WVU President Gordon Gee and other education and business officials discussed the importance of diversification in the state’s economy. Among the suggested areas are plastics and chemical manufacturing, cybersecurity, higher-end ...

Finding the right path to follow

This is what the Lord says, "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'" (Jeremiah 6:16) We stand at the crossroads of life currently. Folks today have ...

Chalk it up to participation apathy

Chalk it up to participation apathy. A lot of people like the idea of experiencing moments in history up front and personal — the solar eclipse this past Monday is certainly testimony to that. I mean, it doesn’t happen all the time, so there’s some motivation there to be a part of a ...

Are we losing our local history?

I’m willing to bet a large portion of the area’s current residents can only trace their families’ living here to the early 1900s. That’s the time the Weirs brought their steel mill to what would become Weirton, which resulted in an influx of immigrants to the Ohio Valley. The old ...