Local Columns

It’s a Dean Martin T-shirt tradition

Call it T-shirt tradition. When local Dean Martin festivities unfold, it has been my habit to get Better Half a Dean Martin T-shirt. This year’s installment, I thought, was especially unique, given it was a tribute to the Steubenville native who would have been celebrating his 100th ...

There’s more of our history to uncover

A few days ago, we published a special section in observance of the 70th anniversary of the City of Weirton. On July 1, 1947, the four unincorporated communities of Hollidays Cove, Weirton, Weirton Heights and Marland Heights combined to form the City of Weirton. Thomas Millsop would become ...

Find ways to help grow the church

I am more than convinced that the answers to our problems, and the problems of our world, are to be found in the Church of Jesus Christ. The church holds the Mystery of Christ, our only hope of glory. The church is the one institution, or organization, or organism designed to answer the needs ...

Savings a good start to fighting disability fraud

One of life's little pleasant surprises is reaching into an old coat pocket and finding a few misplaced dollars. Even better is keeping millions of dollars in the pockets of taxpayers, which is exactly what my office's Social Security disability fraud unit was created to do. Since the ...

We’re all wired differently. This I realized when I casually looked at my rear view mirror as I was waiting outside the home of my sister’s friend with whom she was visiting for the first time in many, many years. I had dropped off my sister Linda for the visit when she was home ...

It’s a fairs and festivals time of year

School is out of session, and the first days of summer are officially on the books. That means it’s time for many of our communities to hold a variety of fairs and festivals. Whether it is an observance of a particular culture, a special holiday or just an annual street fair, the Upper ...

Do you trust your lives to the Lord?

Over 30 years ago a song was written by Twila Paris in response to the tragic death of a close friend, Keith Green. She wrote "Do I Trust You, Lord" as a way to offer comfort and strength to Keith's widow, Melody. Here is part of the chorus: "I trust You, Lord, when I don't know why. I will ...

Citizens deserve a voice in health care talks

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill after only one legislative hearing, without knowing how much the proposal would cost the American people, without knowing how many people would lose their insurance coverage, and without any feedback from Democrats ...

‘Vacation’ days turn out OK, but …

I wasn’t in this space last Sunday with good reason. I took a few “vacation” days, happy to host family get-togethers driven by the arrival of my oldest sister Linda and her husband, Bob. They were making their annual trip in to Richmond from Clover, S.C., and that means time to call ...

Showing why it’s called ‘Almost Heaven’

I’ve always felt that West Virginia is a special place. There is such a variety of scenery and places to go, that you probably wouldn’t think it could all fit into such a relatively small state. As a way to help showcase some of what makes West Virginia so unique, and to further encourage ...

Facing Father’s Day as a father, not as a son

This year is a unique year for me, because I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that somebody in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become a ...

Becoming more familiar with our history

The history of the Weirton area continues to grow, both literally and metaphorically. Last week, residents crowded into the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, located on Main Street, to view the latest addition to the local museum, which celebrates and enshrines much of what makes ...

Becoming a life-saver in the world

Have you ever noticed how many of the yellow warning labels there are now on all kinds of products? Warning labels in your car about your seat belts and air bags, child safety seats, just to name a few. Those warning labels are there to help prevent injuries and save lives. Have you ever ...

Patriotic clothing worn by a ma’am

Over the Memorial Day weekend when I walked into a store, I heard a girl’s voice, but didn’t have reason to think she was talking to me. “Excuse me, ma’am, I know this is going to sound funny, but ….” It took me a minute or two to realize the young lady really was trying to get ...

Some lessons from vacation

A lot of preparation can go into going on vacation, which is a bit ironic considering the whole point of vacation is to get away from work and responsibilities. No matter how much you may do to get ready, or where you happen to be going, there is always going to be something forgotten. I try ...

Farewell and thanks for the memories

Someone once said, “Windshields are bigger than rear windows so we can see where are going and not where we have been.” Sometimes we don’t see through those windshields as well as needed and get a jolt from looking forward as well. This will be my last column after working 37 years in ...

John 3:16, an example of the perfect father

I'm not the perfect father. But what's reassuring is that neither are any of you. I don't say that to slam any of you, it's just a fact. None of us are perfect fathers. We all make tons of mistakes. But, it's a goal for many of us. Some of us look to the secular "experts" to help us become ...

Memorial Day a time for thought

It’s Memorial Day weekend. On Monday, residents from across the nation will gather to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our nation’s armed forces. They are those men and women who have laid down their lives while making sure this country, and many ...

Early Memorial Day parade for an icon

Paul Blackburn had his Memorial Day parade early. That observation to the audience came from Dan Vojvodich, former commander of the Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven who was one of the eulogists at Blackburn’s funeral held May 18 at the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home in ...

From the pulpit/Christ always has the last word

There was a song several years ago that said “you’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you, don’t you?” Our society has become increasingly self-centered. Many people judge things according to how they feel about it, or how it affects them. I remember a young man several ...