Local Columns

Madonna prepares its students for their future

Weirton Madonna High School exists to better students through educational and spiritual means to help them be successful in the world. While this was not always true, a college degree is required in many ways to attain high-level jobs within the modern American workforce. Obviously, Madonna ...

A rocky road runs through West Virginia

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

Needing some time to get ‘stuff’ done

Everybody needs a day to do stuff — no argument from me. Sometimes there’s just no other way to take care of business that needs taken care of, so a “personal day” is in order. I took one of those earlier this week, Tuesday to be specific, because sometimes I reach the point where I ...

Take time to learn about your candidates

The Weirton municipal primary is coming up fast, and I acknowledge I haven’t been able to provide as much coverage as I would have liked. Early voting begins this Wednesday for those interested in casting your ballots before the April 2 primary. It will be held in Room 212, located on the ...

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Nathanael asked the question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?,” when he was approached by Phillip (John 1:46). Phillip’s response to him was, “Come and see.” Our mentality in life is affected by our perspective and our perspective is influenced by what we see. We must guard ...

Working together in Christ

Madonna High School has been educating young men and women of Weirton and surrounding communities since 1955. Recently, Madonna partnered with the two Catholic elementary schools in Weirton, St. Joseph the Worker School and St. Paul School to market themselves as the “Catholic Schools of ...

A look back at the legislative session

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Applause for all those fundraiser meals

One of the really great things about being the community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times is getting regular information about a variety of fundraiser dinners that we have going on in our area. I get all kinds of notices in all kinds of ways — from faxes to Facebook, ...

Closing one door and opening another

Standing on that hillside, looking down into the valley Saturday morning, we all knew it would be a moment in Weirton’s history. The sounds of the air horns helped to count down the minutes as we awaited the sight of what was undoubtedly one of Weirton’s largest-ever buildings come ...

Let’s stick to the commandments of God

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, The harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain “The good old days,” Solomon had something to say of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.” ...

Excelling in academics and leadership

On March 5, 2019, numerous Madonnians were admitted into the National Honor Society. NHS is a national program to recognize students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Today, there are over 1 million members in NHS. They can be found in local ...

It will be difficult to erase this mark

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets that were ...

Madonna offers inspiration through education

“Inspiration through education:” one of many mottos that Weirton Madonna High School continues to follow and strengthen everyday. This is a journey of not only education, but also of faith. Faith is as much a cornerstone of the Madonna curriculum as is academics. Students who attend ...

The happy kitchen window brings joy

I’ve never considered myself a green thumb, but a window in my kitchen might belie that confession. I call it my happy window, and I admire it out loud all the time. Oh, look how pretty that is. Is that another bloom over there? Doesn’t that just make you want to smile? We’ll be ...

Art helps us to find and show our soul

In recent years, we’ve received the occasional letter to the editor from students in other parts of the country requesting our residents send them information from the area, whether it be photos, postcards, newspapers, etc. The idea is to collect materials showcasing various parts of the ...

Consuming milk or meat?

Many who call themselves Christians continue drinking milk through the course of their lives instead of eating the meat of the word as should be done. As an adult, if I regularly went to lunch with you and continued drinking milk instead of eating a meal would you be concerned about my health? ...

Heading into the legislative home stretch

We are under two weeks out from the end of the 60-day 2019 legislative session, which means things speed up significantly now. In fact, toward the end of last week both the House of Delegates and Senate started having morning and evening floor sessions to keep the calendar of bills moving, ...

There’s no joy in making some purchases

There’s just no joy in some purchases. For someone who is very consumer oriented and keeps the local economy pumping with purchases I don’t always necessarily need to be making, I find that there are some things I’m not at all thrilled about buying. Windshield wipers might top that ...

Work to find the vision for our valley

Our Ohio Valley continues working toward its rebirth. The history of our area, and its economy, has gone through many phases, from sparsely populated frontier, to the growth of forts and settlements, to the agrarian communities to the early and modern industries. Its population has risen ...

We’re two-thirds of the way through

As of Sunday, there are 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...