Local Columns

Closets can make a lot of a.m. ruckus

Squeak, squeak is the sound the bedroom clothes closet doors make when I’m rolling them open. A squeak, squeak that’s there no matter how fast or how slow I try to open the doors, despite my efforts to will them to silence at either speed. Then comes the repeated sound — the word to ...

An early Christmas present to savor

I gave my brother Jay an early Christmas present the other day or at least something to keep him amused while he begins the recuperation process this week from knee replacement surgery. He rolled into town from Columbus for a brief visit last week, and I gave him two big envelopes stuffed ...

We all need to take time for a mental rest

If all goes well, I will be returning from a vacation by the time most of you are reading this column. It’s good to get away from our regular bit of life every once in a while, especially all of those things which stress us out or bring us down. It’s not something I’ve been able to do ...

From the pulpit/Who we are in Christ is what defines us

By PASTOR RICK GAULT Kings Creek Union Chapel All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the lord our God for ever and ever. (Micah 4:5) I have watched the movie “Batman Begins” a few times and I remember a scene where Rachel (Bruce Wayne’s ...

Your Chamber and You/Weirton Ministerial Association says thank you

The Weirton Ministerial Association would like to thank all the area churches, local businesses, civic groups, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and all individuals who helped make the annual Community Thanksgiving Day dinner a success. Organized by the WMA, and hosted by the Greater ...

We’re not bugged by the same things

What bugs one person doesn’t bother the other. A perfect example of that came to light when we stopped at the store the other day and bought a package of turkey breast. Better Half was driving home. My job, I was reminded as the passenger holding an integral part of the ...

Development takes more than one person

It’s easy for those in office to take credit when something positive takes place, while blaming the other guy when the bad comes along. The recent announcement of the potential investment of close to $39 billion, over approximately 20 years, into the West Virginia economy by a Chinese ...

How an obituary sparks thankfulness

It probably sounds odd, but reading an obituary this past week ignited a wave of thankfulness in me. Of course, I felt sad at first when I learned that the Rev. Jack Clouston had died. He had served as the pastor at Richmond United Methodist Church from 1989 to 1993, during a particularly ...

Don’t forget those who need assistance

Many of us have turned our minds toward the oncoming holidays. It’s a festive time of year, where we tend to focus on the tasks of decorating our homes or offices, purchasing presents, going to parties and other festivities, and possibly taking a trip to see family or friends. It’s also ...

Childhood Thanksgiving memories

I grew up about the happiest boy in the world, raised, as aunt Catherine Cheeks once put it, "in a shoe box" — she meant tucked away each night like a valued Christmas ornament by Dad, the bravest of men, having fought in World War II, and my mother, the most loving woman ever born. My ...

Our communities are filling with cheer

The Nativity is in front of the Millsop Community Center. The giant Santa Claus, I’m certain, soon will follow. Festive lights will be going up along many of the poles lining Main Street, Penco Road and other areas of the city. The Weirton Christmas Parade, organized by the Weirton Area ...

Human trafficking can happen here

When many hear the phrase “human trafficking,” they may think of people from abroad being smuggled into this country to work. However, this heinous crime also takes place within the United States, and can happen right here in the Mountain State, where all too often difficulties in victim ...

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 ...