Local Columns

Breaking the 11th Commandment

While the late President Ronald Reagan didn’t originate it, he is often credited with what’s called the 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Apparently for some state Republican activists, this does not apply to Gov. Jim Justice. I’ve been a little ...

Growing up without ‘helicopter parents’

I did not grow up with “helicopter parents” or “snowplow parents,” either. The thought of my mom and dad falling in either category is as amusing as it is absurd. Such parenting styles were topics of discussion I recently had in the wake of the college admissions scandal that’s ...

Where were the voters of Weirton?

Weirton held its primary election this past Tuesday, although, judging by the voter turnout, not many people knew that...or cared. According to the unofficial tallies — which included early and absentee ballots — only 1,542 people took time to let their voices be heard. That’s a sad ...

Madonna students recognized for their work

Madonna High School congratulates Rachel Boniti, Alec Cook, and Lonni Riggs for being the school’s recipients of the St. Sebastian Medal and Aquinas Award from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The three seniors will be recognized at the Catholic Schools Dinner today in Morgantown. ...

Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit

I came across a great article written by George O. Wood, former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. He was talking about the fruit of the Spirit in the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, ...

Legislation signed, sealed and delivered

With Gov. Jim Justice’s signatures and vetoes, we can now truly tie a bow on the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. During the 60 days between Jan. 9 and March 9, 1,823 bills were introduced and 294 bills passed both the Senate and House of Delegates. That’s more than ...

Offering an end-of-first-quarter assessment

Today marks the end of the first quarter of 2019. Three months gone. History. I can’t help but think back to New Year’s Eve, remembering in a wincing kind of way how I vowed to do this and do that. Start off the first part of the New Year with a swirl of productivity. But wow, where ...

Not getting hopes up on road projects

There has been much discussion across the state in the last few weeks about the possibility of getting more repair and maintenance projects on West Virginia’s secondary roads. Roads are an important part of modern life, and making sure they are drivable is a priority for many, including ...

Marvel at the church in all her glory

I recently heard a minister make a powerful and thought-provoking statement. Upon hearing his declaration, I marveled at how insightful it was — and I further observed that he had managed to say in a few words what I had been trying to articulate for some time. Commenting on the church In ...

Weirton Madonna is working for future generations

Weirton Madonna High School is a small member of the universal and worldwide community that is the Catholic Church. Madonna continuously looks for ways to expand its numbers by getting involved with the younger generations that eventually are going to lead others in becoming a faithful follower ...

More problems with roads and letters

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Enjoying unexpected bonding moments

A bonding moment can happen anytime, anywhere. I was at a local woman’s club meeting the other day when this occurred to me. I was talking to a club member at that in-between point of the gathering — post-lunch but pre-program and business session. As we were chatting, I was admiring ...

It’s time for NCAA excitement

It’s time for March Madness! Some of the best teams in college basketball are the focus of the country right now as they battle it out to become the national champion. Like many places in the last few days, televisions in our newsroom have been tuned in to the tournament, and some of us ...

The response of God’s servant is what sets him apart

Numbers 12:1-3 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the LORD heard this. (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than ...

Madonna prepares its students for their future

Weirton Madonna High School exists to better students through educational and spiritual means to help them be successful in the world. While this was not always true, a college degree is required in many ways to attain high-level jobs within the modern American workforce. Obviously, Madonna ...

A rocky road runs through West Virginia

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

Needing some time to get ‘stuff’ done

Everybody needs a day to do stuff — no argument from me. Sometimes there’s just no other way to take care of business that needs taken care of, so a “personal day” is in order. I took one of those earlier this week, Tuesday to be specific, because sometimes I reach the point where I ...

Take time to learn about your candidates

The Weirton municipal primary is coming up fast, and I acknowledge I haven’t been able to provide as much coverage as I would have liked. Early voting begins this Wednesday for those interested in casting your ballots before the April 2 primary. It will be held in Room 212, located on the ...

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Nathanael asked the question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?,” when he was approached by Phillip (John 1:46). Phillip’s response to him was, “Come and see.” Our mentality in life is affected by our perspective and our perspective is influenced by what we see. We must guard ...

Working together in Christ

Madonna High School has been educating young men and women of Weirton and surrounding communities since 1955. Recently, Madonna partnered with the two Catholic elementary schools in Weirton, St. Joseph the Worker School and St. Paul School to market themselves as the “Catholic Schools of ...