Local Columns

Branching out to learn about trees

I learned much about the trees that are part of the Ohio landscape, blooming or sprouting seeds in the spring and turning magnificent colors in the fall. This lesson in horticulture was given by Randy Clum, the 2017 Ohio tree farmer of the year, at the Harrison County Farm Bureau Farm-City ...

Taking back Sundays

Sundays belong to God! Sundays are a day to Worship God together with other Christians! Sundays are a day to hear an anointed, inspiring message from God! Where has the church gone? Why are the pews or seats half full on Sundays? Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and his ...

A conversation with the children

When I can’t think of a column idea, I turn to the children. Not in the sense that I commoditize their childhoods for your consumption — I do that, too — but I ask them what I should write about. They usually have ideas. They’re not always good ideas, but they are better than no ideas. ...

Advice on how not to start Monday

If there was any need for a training video being made on how not to start a Monday, the hidden camera should have been activated and taping away at my house at the beginning of the week. I was dreaming. Or so I thought. Son Adam knocked softly on the bedroom door, opening it slightly to ask ...

Taking ownership of your community

A couple of weeks ago, a crowd of a little over 70 Weirton residents gathered in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center to discuss the future. They reflected on what they like about the city, as well as made suggestions for what they would like to see here in the years to ...

Conviction of sin — a work of the Holy Spirit

When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; (John 16:8-9) The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, that man is sinful. The Holy Spirit convicts man that he misses the mark and comes short ...

He is my son, he is in the Army, and I am proud

I am well-read when it comes to current events — so I thought. I know a lot of details about government that are relevant to my every day existence — so I thought. What I know now, since my son is in the Army, made me see the truth on much different terms. My son Anthony protects his family ...

Motown music makes show special

The music of Smokey Robinson, the Isly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Mary Wells, Jackson 5, Martha Reeves and the Vandells, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Barry White, Al Green, Lionel Ritchie and many other performers from the age of Motown music was performed for “The Pride of Motown” minstrel ...

Raising a 50-year-old British man

I am clinically dead before my first cup of coffee. This is a universal truth. The children know that any promises or conversation made before I make my peace with my caffeine addiction will not be remembered. Unfortunately, I also am the first person up in the morning. Someone has to herd ...

The possibilities of prosperity

The economic situation in West Virginia is troubling from a personal as well as business perspective. At the same time, the bases for improving the situation are in front of us, if we choose to see them and act accordingly. The boom in oil and gas production in the state is ongoing and the ...