Local Columns

Labors of love and late breaking news

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you're building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ••• As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out to ...

Some things that have made me smile

Today’s column is all about things that have made me smile or laugh in recent days, including when I hung some wind chimes on the back porch. They were a gift given to us this past winter, which I had stashed away with intentions to put them out when warmer weather arrived. Unfortunately, ...

‘Project Election Protection’ addressing election integrity

West Virginia has had a checkered history of election integrity, with the purchase of the West Virginia Democrat Primary for John Kennedy in the 1960 election being perhaps the most notorious. But, as recently as 2012, federal authorities obtained criminal convictions against key officials for ...

10 tools to help overcome life’s hurdles

I, Nate a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, address the congregation at Marland Heights Community Church, the Ohio Valley and all who may acquire this document. May God's grace continue to be sufficient for you. I realize that many of us live in a time of great struggle, uncertainty, and strife ...

House gavels in, Supreme Court gavels out

Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced arguments scheduled before the court in September would be moved to October. Jennifer Bundy, the court's spokesperson, wouldn't provide any additional information as to why, but it's pretty obvious. Pre-trial hearings for the ...

In the grip of calendar paralysis again

I go into calendar paralysis this time of year. I was reminded of that when my phone rang the other day at the office. We’re still in August here, mind you, but the caller was definitely looking ahead — to next month and beyond. He is a representative of the Jefferson County ...

A new beginning for Weirton Christian Center

This afternoon, the Weirton Christian Center will open the next chapter in its more-than-100-year history of service to the Weirton community. From noon to 4 p.m., an open house will be held at its new building on Ivy Street. An official dedication service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., at which ...

Trump’s coal plan works for West Virginia

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it followed through on President Donald Trump’s executive order to review and repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). From its inception, the CPP was a total overreach of the federal bureaucracy. That’s why West Virginia led 24 ...

Royalty in kingdom of order remorse

Better Half and I have a lot in common, including the fact that we’re very good at what I call “order remorse.” This is a condition that apparently is not very treatable, because we have yet to be cured. There’s no panacea, no anecdote for us. History teaches us lessons, but, alas, ...

The journey is as important as the destination

During a recent road trip through West Virginia, I thought I would use the opportunity to do a little exploring and check out a few state parks along my planned route. A few years back I enrolled in the Very Important Parks Person program, which encourages people to visit the state parks and ...

Our lives have great value to God

Let's take a few minutes and let God through the Apostle Paul teach us how valuable we are to our Lord. "Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. God raised us up with ...

Are impeachments a case of too swift justice?

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Know what it says before the debate

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For those ...

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, ...