Local Columns

Sharing ideas can help with future growth

The sharing of ideas and philosophies can be seen in the growth of many cultures throughout history. Some haven’t always been the result of positive experiences, but the effects of those movements have impacted society in immeasurable ways. Today, through speeches, digital technology, ...

Seniors honored, competitions continue

Weir High School seems to be as busy as ever with senior nights for the spring sports, prom, tennis OVACs, and academic games. Prom for Weir High School seniors just took place on Friday, April 20. Ms. Porter, one of the senior class sponsors, was asked about what went into setting up prom. ...

Searching for a blessed life

Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of the Potters House, in Dallas Texas, says, “God can turn your messing into a blessing, and your mess into a message!” The New Age Movement that is prevalent in our society these days says that you are god. You may be the god of your own life in the sense that ...

Shadowing with restrictions could work

I remember years back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day was observed. I think it was in April, so maybe that’s why it was on my mind recently. It has since evolved, I believe, into taking your child to work, but at the time, it was a girly-girl thing and me being all goey-goey about ...

The voices of the community are still here

Some feel a sign of an active community is the activity of residents seen in their local newspaper, especially when it comes to the Opinion or Editorial section. That often can be seen in our Letters to the Editor, which, admittedly, can be sparse. The only time that seems to change is as ...

Students are excelling at Weir High School

Weir High School has had a very eventful year. Just last month, NHS (National Honors Society) had induction on March 27 where they welcomed 46 inductees, seven of which where seniors. With each new year however, NHS has to say goodbye to its seniors. This year there were 35 outgoing members. ...

Faithful investment into God’s kingdom is required

"Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land." Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 In his book, "Stewarding Life," Paul Chappel makes the following observation about God's measure of ...

Dull documentary or movie magic?

I don’t know if couples ever ask these days for insight on marriage or wonder what it will be like when the honeymoon is l-o-n-g over. But last Sunday for me and Better Half, before the day drew to a close, it made me think to myself now this 24-hour span of time has really captured so well ...

Creativity needed to draw visitors

W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice unveiled a new marketing campaign last week, aimed at boosting the state’s tourism. A new commercial serves as the centerpiece of the campaign, showcasing West Virginia’s natural beauty set to the John Denver classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” During the ...

It truly is the time to celebrate

It is time to celebrate. You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, right?” I understand that the struggle is real. In fact it is all too real; the pain, the hurt, the heartbreak, the suffering, the lack, the depression, the loss and even the letdown. The good news, it is all temporal. The ...

Where did it go wrong?

To the Editor, As night follows day. In the 50s, the proliferation of television exponentially broadened the tobacco industry's ability to merchandize cigarettes to an emerging nation of viewers. In a generation, the merchants of death addicted a nation to nicotine. In the late 50s, Hefner ...

Tuesday is the final day to register to vote

There are hundreds (and probably thousands) of examples nationwide where elections have been won by just one vote. In West Virginia, we're doing our best to make sure that every vote counts. Working with our county clerks, we're cleaning up our voter registration lists. In just about 14 months, ...

Stinky weather needs to pack its bags

My sandals are stuck in storage. My winter coat is hanging on me instead of a hanger, where it should be enjoying seasonal retirement. The furnace keeps running and running, but it’s not getting anywhere. And it’s snowing at April baseball games, for pity sake, where its fans are ...

The election is approaching, right?

We’re a month away from West Virginia’s primary election, although, with the exception of a few campaign signs which recently started to appear, one might wonder if area residents are even aware. There are several races on the ballot May 8, with U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats up for ...

If you invite them, they will come

Why? Why do so many Christians have such a hard time inviting people to church? We invite people to dinner, ball games, picnics and numerous events and programs. So why is it so hard to get folks to invite their friends and family to a church service? A simple answer: We can get the church ...

Fresh haircut, new license, full of hope

I got a haircut last week. I figured I’d take a little off the top and “get my ears lowered,” a little freshening, definition and “sassiness,” as I generally instruct my hairdresser, who I affectionately refer to as “Edward Scissorhands.” After all, I needed a trim because I ...

Have a voice in the city’s future

For more than a year, the City of Weirton has been active in its efforts to update its Comprehensive Development Plan. Working with Mackin Engineering, the goal is to create a guiding document to help set a path for the city over the next several years. It is not meant to be permanent, and is ...

Transitioning from fear to joy

"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples." (Matthew 28:10) Recently, I was reading the account of the two Marys as they were told that Jesus had been raised from the dead. How does Matthew describe what was mixing within their hearts ...

Challenge: One day, no complaining

It seemed not entirely impossible, a challenge worthy of accepting and attempting, something that could be so lovely and uplifting and all. A good and timely lesson for us all. And then Better Half weighed in on the Sunday school/small group gathering assignment called “fun work,” not ...

Events connect us with the past

The Ohio Valley is home to a variety of home-grown fairs, festival and activities. They provide a special connection to those of us who live here, and those who once called the area home. Plans have begun to add one more event to that list, and I would encourage everyone interested in putting ...