Local Columns

Delegating a job to siblings good idea

I’m typically very bad at delegating, but I made an exception and called in the reserves. The mission? Some help, an opportunity, an adventure, the privilege, the duty — whatever you care to call it, it was all about this ongoing sorting of family photos and memorabilia that I began ...

The final week of the legislative session

The West Virginia Legislature is entering the final stretch of the 2017 regular session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn at midnight April 8, so there is certain to be a flurry of action, arguments, amendments and more taking place this week as proposed legislation is finalized and votes ...

‘Play ball!’ is music to some ears

Play ball are two words that get fans excited and the players gung ho for getting out on the field and making exciting plays or hitting the ball over the fence. The season is just around the corner. There have been world baseball championship games with the United States, Japan, the ...

Getting our spirits cleaned up

It's that time of the year again, time for the city spring clean up. People will put in long hours as they carry trash to the curb and it will hauled away. The walls in our homes may be washed, floors will be scrubbed, trash is thrown away. But what about us, how will we be cleaned? It's ...

What to do with all of my future free time?

In a couple weeks, we will be taking Sass for another college visit. The mail is thick with packages from schools trying to entice her to attend. We’ll be looking at forms and papers in a couple months, and I’m watching scholarship deadlines. And, of course, as soon as we get her settled ...

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...

Youth learn about business, leadership

Last weekend, 26 high school sophomores from our area completed a program developed to provide a glimpse of the business world and some of the skills they may use as they make their way through college and enter the workforce. Youth Leadership Weirton is a program offered each year by the ...

Passing thoughts on contest, Easter

Jelly beans, those tiny candies that have been around for ages and were a favorite of President Ronald Regan, are back for the Easter season. Actually, they are around all year in the Jelly Belly bags with all the flavors and themes. The Liberty Gals and Guys 4-H Club went on a jelly bean ...

Working to be real with others

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

Seeking cultural diversity on a California campus

The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment that Stanford urbanites throw in the direction of rural Americans. ...