Local Columns

The door that changes everything

When I was in fourth grade at New Cumberland Elementary, I had an amazing teacher, Mrs. Campbell. On Fridays she would have us put our heads down on our desks and close our eyes, and she would tell us stories about adventures she and her friend Jane would have. They would explore the hill ...

Reporter’s notebook: Is the governor in?

For my first column, I need to at least briefly introduce myself. My name is Steven Allen Adams and after more than five years away, I returned to journalism last week, covering West Virginia government for your newspaper. I’m going to be your guide to what is turning out to be a very ...

A new batch of community leaders

Wednesday saw the completion of another year of the Leadership Weirton program, offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce. Eight individuals completed this year’s program, taking part in the various sessions, offering their time to volunteer in the community and organizing a ...

A little something to think about

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) Our successes or failures in life can be directly related to our thoughts and how we think. Positive thoughts plus positive actions equal positive results. Negative thoughts plus negative actions equal negative results. Nothing ...

Not surrendering to July without a fight

It was very late, and I was very tired, but I would not surrender the evening. It was past 10:30 p.m. on what was the eve-eve of June 21, summer solstice day, when Better Half poked his head out the back door. “You’re still up??!!” came his incredulous half question, half observation ...

Development doesn’t happen overnight

One day, you’re driving past an empty field. A few weeks later, the beginnings of a new restaurant, an office building or a manufacturing facility can be seen. To many, it may seem like magic, bringing a new business into a community seemingly in just a short period. The fact of the ...

Elder fraud cases need to be a priority

The Northern District of West Virginia was recently invited by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions to highlight our prosecution of a fraud case involving elderly victims. It was the Department's goal to highlight that prosecution and others being done by United States ...

Letting go of a foiled flower bed

For me, it’s one of those things you see but you don’t see. It’s been in the back yard area for a number of years now, a disabled truck that I’m confident to say is not an eyesore to any neighbors. It just looks like a truck waiting patiently for a driver to take it somewhere. And ...

Take time to explore West Virginia

The other day, our newsroom received a press release on a new social media/tourism campaign encouraging people to explore the Mountain State. The same day, I received one of the stickers included in the campaign. The next day, the new West Virginia Vacation Guide arrived in the mail. The ...

Remembering to honor our fathers

Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her ...

Diagnosis: Company-is-coming anxiety

Him or her? Will he or won’t he? Should she or shouldn’t she? We’re playing the waiting game in the Kiaski casa. Better Half bought me a present the other day — an 8-foot ladder. Tough to gift wrap but very thoughtful. It’s the gift that keeps on giving — especially ...

It’s good to step outside of our box

As I absorbed the news of the death Friday of chef, television host and author Anthony Bourdain, I thought of some of the comments I’ve either heard of read from a man who worked to connect the world through food and friendship. One, in particular, stuck with me, and I think it sums up his ...

They have so much to offer

Recently, I've had several of the dear senior saints of our church on my mind and heart as well as in my prayers. Those moments brought to mind some humorous anecdotes I received over the years. Here are a few of them: She didn't know if her granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so she ...

We still don’t need Hollywood

Several years ago, a television show known as “Buckwild” aired on MTV showing the zany antics of a group of young West Virginians. The “reality” show was promoted as showing the “wild” life of the state’s youth as they found various ways to have fun in their communities. I was ...

The school year is winding down

With this week being the last week of school, life at Weir High is beginning to wind down. The baseball team lost regionals against Frankfurt at the third game. The softball team had an amazing season, with a sectional title and five girls selected for all state recognition. First team honors ...

Inspiring West Virginia’s young to embrace S.T.E.M.

I was thrilled to be at West Virginia University recently to announce an exciting collaboration between Mylan and and the university. Not only is West Virginia my home state, but it's where Mylan was founded nearly 60 years ago. The city of Morgantown also is home to more Mylan employees ...

A week of surprises and the expected

I came home from work the other day, gave Better Half a little “hello” peck and headed straight to the kitchen where I dropped my purse and book bag like a way-too-heavy barbell. I felt like a kid home from a long school day, ready for some din-din. “Close your eyes,” I heard Better ...

Mail was a military mom’s best friend

Mailboxes and Memorial Day might seem like two things that don’t have any connection, especially since there’s no mail delivery on the Monday holiday. But when I started reading some letters my grandmother had written to my dad while he was serving in the Army during World War II, I ...

Learn to follow your own path

There are many of our area’s residents who find themselves on the verge of a new path in their lives. In recent weeks, our local colleges and universities, as well as several of our high schools, have held commencement ceremonies. Those receiving either their high school diploma or their ...

Activities continue at Weir High School

Editor's note: Corrections from May 20 article: Slapdash will take place in June, not July. Vi and Ethel's actresses were switched. This past week was huge for seniors, even though they haven't been in school. Senior recognition was held on Thursday, in the gymnasium at 8 a.m. Many of the ...