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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 ...

Receiving the message from the grave

For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a time for picnics, parties and the beginning of summer. But Memorial Day is much more than that. It is a time to remember our fallen heroes. We remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Even today, brave men and women still are ...

Ready for warm-weather activities

The school year will be ending in the next few weeks, swimming pools will be opening and more people are going to be heading outdoors. The air is consistently warmer, the sun is shining most days and people are doing yard work. They’re also looking for things to do as the summer months ...

Musicals, sports and graduation at Weir High

This week at Weir High School, sports reached a massive peak. The track, baseball and softball teams have all made major achievements. Softball regionals game one was held at Weir against Petersberg, beginning a best out of three for the title. Game two was held at Petersberg. The baseball ...

Support for our law enforcement officers

As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, state, ...

Promising to make spouse spoon happy

Once or twice a year I threaten Better Half or promise him or reaffirm a vow, whatever the appropriate verb is I’m not sure. I tell him I’m going to start making him happy. He just smiles a fake smile and always shoots me a look of disbelief when I announce this. The old “yeah, ...

West Virginia, share your stories

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Today brings a different Mother’s Day

I was invited to the Mother’s Day luncheon at Martha Manor. Attendance at it had been a tradition in the nearly four years that my mother had lived there in a nurturing environment of caring and compassion. But I didn’t go. I was asked to speak at a mother-daughter banquet this ...

Sometimes procrastination can help

For someone whose job relies on hitting deadlines — usually a dozen or so every week — you might think I have my work pretty well scheduled. You would be wrong. While I usually am able to get my various assignments filed by the time they are due, I also have a tendency to push some of ...

The action never stops at Weir High

Weir High School, the school that never sleeps, geared up for a busy week of sports, musicals, children, and walkathons. The seniors at Weir High are having their last day on May 15, if they do not need to take finals, and it seems that it is only causing the school year's end to be even ...

The ascension of our Lord

Yep, he's gone. Can't see him at all anymore. Nope, he's out of sight. Is this what we do in response to the ascension? Do we just stand around gazing into the sky? Do we focus on him leaving? Do we focus on our being left here on Earth without him? What do we do? There are many times where ...

Some things I heard that made me smile

Something. Nothing. Or a surprise. Those were the three options I gave Better Half when I was stalling for an answer to that same old Groundhog Day question we cycle around to every 24 hours or so — what’s for dinner? Better Half gave that trio of choices a moment’s thought, ...

Take the time to cast your vote Tuesday

Tuesday will be a big day. It is the day of West Virginia’s primary election, and, as I always do, I am encouraging our readers who are registered to vote to visit their local polling location and cast their ballot. There has been a great deal of attention paid to the U.S. Senate race in ...

Weir High students strive for greatness

Weir High does not appear to be able to rest, as it continues to do great things in academics and in athletics. To begin, Weir High School and Weir Middle School competed in the Academic Games recently. The academic games is a competition in the United States in which players win by outsmarting ...

Being low maintenance into sixth decade

There are low-maintenance women, and there are high-maintenance women. I fall in the low-maintenance category, lucky for Better Half, who has a different opinion on this self-assessment, of course. But I ask you, in my own defense, what woman on her 60th birthday has high on her to-do list ...

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 ...