Local Columns

Write it down in hopes of a future column

Write it down. This is a command I tell myself and hear from Better Half from time to time when something seems to be a potential tidbit, a theme or an idea for a future column. Truth be told, if I don’t write myself a note, the thought could well be history, lost in a haze of Janice this ...

We should be doing better to promote our state

West Virginia Day is Thursday. June 20, 1863 is the day West Virginia officially broke away from Virginia and became a state, joining the Union in the midst of the American Civil War. That is 156 years of history for the Mountain State. To celebrate, the state’s Tourism Division has once ...

Are we doing something to obscure God’s love?

This is Trinity Sunday. We often use this Sunday to explain the “what” of the Trinity. We may use resources like the Athanasian Creed in our worship service. There is a different approach to talking about the Trinity. This focuses more on the “why” of the Trinity. We teach that God is ...

Jim Justice, Mitch Carmichael, and bad blood

There was a time when it was believed that Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, were close. After last week, I’d say those days are very much over. How that plays out for the Republican Party’s control of most of state government in 2020 remains to be ...

You are often what your T-shirt says or not

“Do you still barrel race?” The question directed at me came from a stranger, a woman who operates one of the shops in the flea market in Sugarcreek. Better Half and I were roaming around in there during what constituted a part of our semi-annual trip to Amish country, a place where I ...

Find ways to preserve all of our history

The other day, our publisher walked into the newsroom carrying a box of items discovered in our Weirton building. When our news operations were moved almost 10 years ago, there was a lot left on Lee Avenue, and every once in a while some remnant of history will be uncovered in some corner. ...

A fellowship with God? The choice is up to you

Mankind was created for fellowship/intimacy with God. Before sin, everything Adam did was an act of worship. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3, man has attempted to come back to a place of worship with God. I want to give you an overall view, a big picture, of worship from Adam in the ...

Experiencing deja vu all over again

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. One body of the West Virginia Legislature unveils a massive 100-plus page bill out of nowhere and passes it in about a week. I could be talking about the birth of Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, which made its debut Jan. 24 during the ...

Vintage gossip table something to talk about

I bought a vintage gossip table the other day. It was kind of a belated Mother’s Day gift to myself, which means I saw it on Mother’s Day but delayed the purchase of it until I celebrated “Janice Day.” First off, a gossip table is a piece of furniture that has two key features. It ...

Pay attention to everything on the ballot

In just over one week, area voters in several of our communities will be heading to the ballot to select their municipal representatives. We’ve worked to provide some information on the various races involved on June 11, either in recent weeks or prior to the primary elections in May. There ...

Don’t go silently into the night

Has America been hijacked by those who despise Christianity and Judaism and any religion that believes there are God given standards to live by? Pastor Tony Foglio shared recently a bible verse from 1 Corinthians 16:13 that says, “Stand firm in the faith… be strong.” It is not time ...

We remember the reason for today

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a ...

Dad’s dog tags are a unique piece of jewelry

I wear my dad’s dog tags with frequency. And that’s for a lot of reasons. I wear them simply because they were my dad’s dog tags from his time of service in the Army during World War II. He had served in a railroad battalion, running a locomotive in North Africa and Italy in what ...

Communities are showing more pride

For years, when area residents heard about community cleanups, it was usually a time where some of the local cities were offering to take some extra refuse or unwanted items off of people’s hands. Weirton holds two such events each year, for example, at which time residents can clean out ...

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’” 1 Kings 20:11 Ben Hadad has invaded Israel, sieged Samaria and had 32 kings with him. These were most likely the kings of the northern city states. They would have sided ...

Back to work after a nice spring break

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of course, ...

Saying farewell to some great entertainers

My mother had a “Doris Day’s Greatest Hits” album that got a fair amount of play time in the Hout House living room when I was growing up. This is when classical music wasn’t playing, mind you, or soundtracks from “Camelot” or “West Side Story” or “Oklahoma” weren’t ...

A little bit of advice for the next step in life

Graduation “season” is well under way here in the Ohio Valley. Our local colleges and universities have been holding commencement services over the last couple of weekends, and our high schools are beginning to take their turns, ushering their seniors into the next phases of their ...

Should our relationship with God be personal or private?

Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is personal, but it is not meant to be private. There are aspects of our relationship with our Lord and Savior that are to be closed, however, we shouldn’t use those moments as excuses to deny our relationship. In many ways our covenant ...

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Buffet Day

There’s a buffet with my name on it today, and I plan to dive into it, given it’s Mother’s Day, a holiday where I’m entitled to abandon the stove, liberating myself from such an unforgiving kitchen appliance. I have no grand delusions of myself when it comes to being a mother, but the ...