Local Columns

Everybody’s got to be good at something

It was column-writing time, and as routine would have it, I was thinking out loud about what topic to tackle. I generally do this with weekly frequency, at home in the presence of Better Half, my husband who so often is a great source of encouragement, a man who is a flowing fountain of ideas ...

Ho, ho, ho and a merry, hairy Halloween

One column about needing a Santa Claus beard warrants a follow-up column about getting one. As I mentioned in last Sunday’s space here, I had a game plan to dress up as Santa Claus for our church’s annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween, because I’d come across a sweet Old St. Nick suit at ...

We must let the investigation play out

This time last week, we were listening to much speculation after news broke that the first indictments had been issued connected to the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. On Monday, we learned indictments had been issued against ...

Ignore the time wasters of life

Isn't it amazing what makes people quarrel? It used to be, folks would argue over which brand of car was best. My dad was a Plymouth person and would tell Ford owners that the letters of their vehicle stood for Fix Or Repair Daily. if they drove a GMC, that stood for Got a Mechanic ...

Simple things become very complicated

Simple things become complicated. How smug I was this summer to think I was way ahead of the Halloween costume game. I had patronized a rummage sale at church, one to benefit the American Cancer Society. And rummage sales at churches never disappoint when it comes to variety and ...

It’s nice to see some ‘spirit’ returning

It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, with rain splattering my windows. The leaves had finally changed color, with many falling on the ground. In other words, it was perfect. It was finally feeling like autumn. With Halloween only a couple of days away, it was about time. Halloween ...

Overcoming the fears of farming

This week people will dress in costumes, perhaps they will attend parties, children will go trick or treating, some people may even dress up with the goal to scare someone. But, there are people who live in fear every day. There may be health problems, financial problems or other dark ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...

Promoting literacy community-wide

In today’s world, being able to read is needed more than ever. It goes far beyond just being able to enjoy a book or magazine, or even this newspaper, for example. Reading winds through so much of our lives, from writing to use of computers to traveling to shopping and many other ...

Good news, bad news in state’s business climate

There's good news and bad news in West Virginia's business climate. First the good. The Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall University just released their findings from McKinsey and Company's extensive analysis of the state's economy and future. The project, known ...

Looking for a few good community leaders

It’s a good idea to get an infusion of new blood into the fabric of a community every once in a while. New people can bring a fresh perspective, with new ideas and opinions on the direction we are going, a particular project or even just the way things are done in general. If you don’t, ...

The myth of good people

I frequently run into people who think that they are good, and then they talk about "those" people who are bad. They frequently follow this with the idea that there should be sermons against those people. The first problem with this is that such sermons would not help the person making these ...

Jumpstart the day — stay off my nerves

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday — bright blue sky and warmth, a bonus fall day way more like summer. Fabulous. Better Half and I are motoring along, on our way after church and our small group Bible study that’s always a great way to jumpstart the week. Terrific. We are on the ...

How far should we go into electronic markets?

I’ve been known to make the occasional purchase through an online marketplace. I’m sure most of us have. It’s especially handy for the Christmas season, or if I happen to be looking for a hard-to-get item I otherwise might not be able to find locally. Whenever possible, though, I ...

Is God in your blind spot?

Mark 6:48 “And he saw them toiling in rowing…and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them…” Everyone who drives an automobile, sooner or later, experiences one of those “blind spot” moments — a time when you look in your rearview mirror and don’t see the car in ...

Two decades of special stars shining

Two decades is a pretty good stretch for an event to endure. That’s been the case for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars program that started way back in 1998, hard as that is for many of us staffers to wrap our brains around. Great earth! Where have the years ...

Politics don’t have to be involved in everything

It used to be we didn’t know what elected officials’ thoughts on an issue were unless they issued some sort of statement in a press release or interview. Now, with social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are some politicians out there who feel it is necessary to comment on every ...

That would be 71 years, not 51 years

Better Half and I were sitting on the back porch when I mentioned it was Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. It was Sept. 20th, I pointed out. They would have been married 51 years. He gave me that look — very similar to the look I get when he is reviewing the checkbook, trying to make ...

Celebrity chef understands West Virginians

There is a pride in the people of West Virginia. It’s born in back-breaking labor, a connection with nature and a hard-scrabble lifestyle which hasn’t always been looked upon in the best light by the rest of the nation. Even with all the changes of the last century, we still have ...

Fall in love with fall in West Virginia

In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our ...