Local Columns

Shop local this holiday season

We are faced with many choices when it comes to spending our money, especially this time of year, when the Christmas shopping season is ready to hit its full stride. With that in mind, it’s important to remember the impact that spending can have on the local economy. That’s the message ...

The power of giving thanks

What if we woke up today with the things with which we gave God thanks? This question would be a scary proposition for most people. We too often put our focus on the material things we don’t possess and complain about the valuable possession we have at hand. My wife asked the children at ...

Just a few post-election observations

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the first state Supreme Court elects under the nonpartisan category, it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial elections nonpartisan. I ...

The wonders of winterizing revisited

I spent the past week winterizing, a seasonal exercise that involves physical and emotional effort. Sometimes very emotional, very painful. After all, I am not a fan of the approach of cold weather, but I do realize that, like it or lump it big time, it happens, so get over it. Our local ...

Will the craziness end anytime soon?

The midterm elections are over...for the most part. There are still a few races that are too close to call and are in the process of recounts or have to wait for the official canvass. With the campaigning completed, that also means the end of all of those spam e-mails, flyers in our mailbox, ...

Finding the path to joy in our life!

Psalm 89:15-18 (15) Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. (16) They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. (17) For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn. (18) Indeed, our ...

It’s a busy time at Weirton Madonna

Madonna High School has prided itself on Catholic tradition since the school’s founding in 1955. Our school was created not just of brick and mortar, but of and for all Catholics and Christians within the northern parts of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Madonna has served as a lighthouse ...

We’re heading into the final countdown

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...

Ho, ho, ho for some Halloween candy

On Halloween, I stopped at a store on my way home to buy some extra candy, anticipating that there’d be lots of trick-or-treaters out despite what would not be the best of outdoor conditions. What I realized, though, was that Christmas apparently is happening again this year, judging from ...

Getting the attention we need to rebuild

Our area is slowly rebuilding itself, and more people from outside of the Ohio Valley are taking notice. There aren’t going to be any major industrial operations employing several thousand individuals. Instead, the hope is to have numerous, smaller operations providing new types of jobs. If ...

Shedding some light on our foundational truth

I have chosen for this sermon an issue about which I feel strongly and one I deem to be very relevant to our current national condition. With the mid-term election just two days away, I am compelled to attempt to adjust our thinking and shed much needed light upon a valuable foundational ...

Is West Virginia seeing a new Jim Justice?

Last week I observed two separate press conferences by Gov. Jim Justice and came away pleasantly surprised. The statehouse press pool usually goes into these press events expecting to see the same patterns. There is usually a hype video that is usually thick on the Justice praise and thin on ...

It was a week of many discoveries

It was a week of discoveries, of learning lessons, of finding things I was looking for and things I wasn’t. Today’s space is dedicated to some of them. These included: -- A key to an important thing. Not my house, not my car, but an important building. I had taken this key off my ...

Still a lot of conversation going on

I can honestly say this edition is a first for me. I’ve been managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times for about nine years now, and today is the first time I can remember us ever needing multiple pages for our Letters to the Editor section. As you’ll notice, this week’s letters are ...

Following the path of love and obedience

As you enter my home office you are likely to notice a small four-inch by four-inch slab of granite upon which are written the words of John 14:21 — "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and ...

Focusing on bettering ourselves and the community

"As a Catholic school, Weirton Madonna seeks to prepare its students for a successful future spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially in the environment of a caring community in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Madonna seeks to improve upon this mission statement with ...

The wheels of government keep spinning

The nice thing about the hiatus of the impeachment trials of Chief Justice Margaret Workman, former justice Robin Davis and convicted Justice Allen Loughry is that I can finally focus on other issues. For example, the PEIA Task Force formed last March to solve the riddle of preventing health ...

One too many ‘Whatever you say, dear’

Stay-cations are tough on a spouse. Having just had a week of October off — the one that was wildly warm and wonderful — I noticed this weighing heavily on Better Half. He just didn’t seem quite like himself, which is not to say he’s not a super nice guy and all, but he was ...

Bringing down the gavel on West Virginia’s courts

Around 2009, when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...

Get out and meet your candidates

On Thursday, the Weirton Board of Realtors hosted a candidate forum at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. Several candidates were in attendance, including Kendra Fershee, Democratic candidate for U.S. House; Ryan Ferns, Republican, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Democrat, candidates for state Senate; Pat ...