Local Columns

To strike or not to strike, that is the question

After watching the video for last week's Public Employee Insurance Agency Taskforce subcommittee for public outreach, I reasonably believe rumors of a fall teachers' strike are true. The fall teachers' strike is probably one of the worst kept secrets in Charleston. I can't tell you how many ...

A ‘Deer Hunter’ day in Mingo Junction

When the “Deer Hunter” movie was being filmed locally in 1977, I had finished my freshman year of college and was back home in Richmond, working for the summer in the concession stand at the local drive-in theater. It really wasn’t on my radar then that something out of the ordinary was ...

Keeping an eye on our roadways

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice called a press conference to announce yet another new program he says will help the state and its residents. Armed with his requisite easels and colorful displays, Justice sat at a desk and announced not one, but two new websites focusing on West Virginia’s ...

Never stop finding ways to grow

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 ...

Some thoughts on Canterbury’s Tales

It was anticipated that Thursday’s testimony by Steve Canterbury, former administrator for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing would be a day for popcorn munching. While Canterbury, fired by then-Chief Justice Allen ...

Crepe making means no more dusting

We “borrowed” the crepe maker months ago. M-o-n-t-h-s. And there it sat on the kitchen bar for weeks and weeks and weeks to the point where it needed dusting, so that didn’t exactly endear it to me. Every time I looked at it I was reminded of two things: 1.) Better Half and I had ...

Work to chronicle our communities

One of the coolest things I’ve found in my various explorations of our local history — usually spurred on by assignments involving our area museums — has been the opportunity to see the various photographs of our Ohio Valley. There’s, obviously, not much beyond the early 1900s, ...

Kavanaugh fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

On July 9, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and in the coming months, the Senate will vote on this important nomination. As a senator, I take my responsibility to evaluate presidential nominees very seriously. That is ...

The impeachment process is not so peachy

CHARLESTON — Last week we wrapped up week two of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and the High Court is not making things easier. It all started last week with a letter from Barbara Allen, the interim administrator for the ...

A fresh perspective on life from little people

There’s nothing like some casual encounters with children to give you a fresh perspective on life. Little people can leave a big impression. I was pitching in at the concession stand at the Steubenville Saddle Club at its July show when I was reminded of this. Even though I have a ...

Provide input in your community

Over the last year, or so, there have been town halls, surveys and other means to collect information from residents and businesses as part of efforts to update Weirton’s comprehensive development plan. There have been hundreds of residents giving feedback on things would like to see, the ...

What is the purpose of anger? What is forgiveness?

We are told in Ephesians 4:26 to be angry but don't sin. In the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6, we are told that if we do not forgive others, we are not forgiven by God. Why does Paul tell us to be angry, and what is anger for, and what is forgiveness? I think that we can see a major problem in ...

Definitions of love can be varied and many

In a few days, we will be celebrating our first anniversary as a new married couple and a new family. We believe we have come together because of love. Have you ever thought of how the word love is really used? Why do we use the word “love” in tennis? If you’ve scored love, you’ve ...

Higher education equations don’t add up

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should, because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Planning doesn’t always make perfect

Planning is never a guarantee that everything proceeds without a hitch. I was reminded of that when my aunt came for a recent visit, flying in from Chicago’s O’Hare to Pittsburgh. My aunt is a very organized person, a do-ahead planner and plotter who actually mailed a box of clothing way ...

Keeping a closer eye on Charleston

By now, you’ve no doubt noticed just about daily news articles appearing in our newspaper focusing on issues with the Legislature, courts and other aspects of state government. Steven Allen Adams recently joined the Ogden Newspapers family, operating from Charleston and dissemenating ...

Living your life without any limits

Joshua 3:5 "And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." There are three types of believers in this world when it comes to believing in God and his power: No. 1, unbelievers – these are the people who do not believe in God at all, ...

The Commerce Department hot potato

With Woody Thrasher gone and Clayton Burch sitting as interim boss, all eyes are on the West Virginia Department of Commerce and who might permanently take the helm. The question, however, is who really wants that hassle right now? Maj. Gen. James Hoyer is cleaning up the mess at RISE West ...

‘And what is so rare as a day in June?’

“And what is so rare as a day in June? “Then, if ever, come perfect days; “Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, “And over it softly her warm ear lays…” Those lines from American Romantic poet James Russell Lowell’s “The Vision of Sir Launfal” were ones that, true ...

Desperately in need of volunteers

There appears to have been a running theme in conversations at various events I’ve attended recently. Whether it has been a festival committee, a business organization or a community association, all seem to have difficulty finding people willing to give their time. President George H.W. ...