Keeping a closer eye on Charleston

By now, you’ve no doubt noticed just about daily news articles appearing in our newspaper focusing on issues with the Legislature, courts and other aspects of state government.

Steven Allen Adams recently joined the Ogden Newspapers family, operating from Charleston and dissemenating coverage to all of our West Virginia publications.

Steven also has been writing a column, offering commentary on some of these activities, which will be appearing on our opinion page; usually as part of our Monday editions.

His experience as both a journalist and a public sector employee have been vital in recent weeks as we have seen special legislative sessions and the beginning of impeachment proceedings against at least one (possibly multiple) member(s) of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

We at The Weirton Daily Times welcome his contributions and insight, and hope you, our readers, find it to be a valuable addition to our publication.

While we work locally to cover our communities in Hancock and Brooke counties, we also must keep in mind the action in our state capital.

Major decisions are made throughout the year, all of which has the potentail to impact everyone living in West Virginia in a multitide of ways.

Things don’t close down when the Legislature is not in session.

For many years, we relied entirely on the Associated Press for that information.

While we still plan to use the services of that national news agency, we also recognize its operations in West Virginia, and in fact many other areas of the nation, have been affected by many of the concerns seen across this industry.

With only one or two bylined journalists focusing on West Virginia, they cannot possibly make it to every major news event. So, in recent years, our company has been working on ways to provide a different focus with more localized input.

It is important for residents to be as informed as possible.

While our general election is only a few months away, we should all stay informed throughout the year. It’s not even about the political process. In fact, many times it is more important than the political process. It doesn’t matter what party an official belongs to, you are going to be affected by their decisions.

We need to know what is going on with our elected officials, our state departments, our judiciary, as well as our county and city operations.

We need to have an understanding of what is going on with our government.

In the last few weeks, we have had detailed articles about the process of possibly impeaching a state official, the problems with the state’s flood recovery program, debates about the future of West Virginia’s higher education system and more.

Unless you’re in Charleston, you probably don’t get to hear too much about any of these events.

You might not have heard about the Blue Ribbon panel appointed by the governor to look at possible modifications to our state’s public colleges and universities.

You probably wouldn’t have seen daily reports on the Supreme Court impeachment hearings.

You may not have known some of the actions as part of the flood hearings.

It’s good that is now changing through our newspapers.

Hopefully, these new efforts help all of you to have a better idea of what is happening in Charleston, as well as in your back yard.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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