Local Columns

Two decades of special stars shining

Two decades is a pretty good stretch for an event to endure. That’s been the case for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars program that started way back in 1998, hard as that is for many of us staffers to wrap our brains around. Great earth! Where have the years ...

Politics don’t have to be involved in everything

It used to be we didn’t know what elected officials’ thoughts on an issue were unless they issued some sort of statement in a press release or interview. Now, with social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are some politicians out there who feel it is necessary to comment on every ...

That would be 71 years, not 51 years

Better Half and I were sitting on the back porch when I mentioned it was Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. It was Sept. 20th, I pointed out. They would have been married 51 years. He gave me that look — very similar to the look I get when he is reviewing the checkbook, trying to make ...

Celebrity chef understands West Virginians

There is a pride in the people of West Virginia. It’s born in back-breaking labor, a connection with nature and a hard-scrabble lifestyle which hasn’t always been looked upon in the best light by the rest of the nation. Even with all the changes of the last century, we still have ...

Fall in love with fall in West Virginia

In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our ...

Whose acceptance matters most?

A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2 I recalled a moment in time when I was much younger and living in Minneapolis that will stick with me forever. I was newly hired into the world of finance. This was my first endeavor into the high stress ...

What you reel in when you fish for praise

We had pulled out of the driveway and were heading up the road, on our merry Kiaski way. But not before Better Half made an observation. “Boy,” he said with animated enthusiasm, “it sure does look nice over there. I wonder who takes care of all that?” I glanced over at “all ...

The seasons are changing, and I’m not ready

I walked out of my house about a week ago, and noticed leaves on the ground. Driving to work Saturday, there were different colors beginning to form in the neighborhood trees. The air is cooler in the mornings and the pumpkin-spiced everythings are hitting the store shelves. Autumn is ...

Stop fighting with your eyes closed

No one giving fighting advice would say close your both eyes and just start swinging and screaming, at best the person giving the advice is misinformed and at worst the person is working for the other team. People are faced with many different challenges. A few of these challenges are caused ...

Preserving our manufacturing heritage

On the front page of today’s edition, you’ll read about an art competition, hosted by the Hancock County Arts Council, with the goal of helping to preserve the imagery of the remaining portions of the Weirton steel manufacturing facilities. Once known as Weirton Steel, and for the last ...