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Late last week, during a rally with President Trump in Huntington, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he was switching political parties — going from Democrat to Republican. To be clear, the governor actually was returning to the Republican party after approximately two years. We must ...

‘I told you so’ and ‘just you wait’

The bad thing about people who say “I told you so” or “you just wait” are often right. I don’t like to admit that. Actually it pains me — very much like those times when Better Half and I are “discussing” something or other, and I think I’m right, and he thinks he’s right, ...

Taking a look back, one year later

One year ago, an evening rain storm resulted in disaster for several area residents and businesses. Rain had been predicted, but I don’t think anyone thought it would come as quickly or end the way it did, as flash flooding pushed the waters of Allegheny Creek over its banks and into ...

A man, a plan, and a span

1 Chronicles 11:15 "Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim." God searches for and calls the man — a person — to perform all His will. God then devises the plan that person ...

Having a little mid-July sisterly ranting

My sister Cathy and I had our annual mid-July rant the other evening. It typically begins when I call her on her birthday, the backdrop again for this year’s sibling seething session. Better Half and I call her and sing in unison — if you can call it singing. It’s our rousing ...

Finding the right focus for the future

Efforts to update Weirton’s Comprehensive Development Plan are continuing, working toward mapping out ideas for the future of the community. During a gathering of the city’s Planning Commission last week, officials, a couple of residents and the consultant on the project sat down to ...

Protecting West Virginia consumers

Most businesses are reputable, but when a home repair, a vehicle sale or other transaction goes wrong, our office looks out for consumers. Our dedicated staff works to protect the consumer’s money and personal information from predatory scams and practices. We achieve this through ...

Some things are just tougher to buy

Some things are just harder to purchase. Now shirts, shoes, jeans, purses — that’s not really all that tough for me to make a choice, because those kinds of consumer purchases are ones that call out to me. They know my name. They’ve got my number. Take me with you, they seem to ...

Find a way to be an effective leader

On Thursday, the latest class of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Weirton program completed what is hoped to be the first phase of their journey into becoming a greater part of their community. Leadership Weirton is focused on taking individuals from the local business ...

Do you love as Christ taught us to love?

1 John 2:7-11 “Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light ...