Local Columns

With grieving, there isn’t any time limit

I read a post on Facebook the other day that caught my attention. It noted: “Those who think there is a time limit when grieving have never lost a piece of their heart.” Very true. And we all grieve differently. Also very true. I couldn’t help but think of my mother in a couple ...

The big game, United Way and pizza rolls

Tonight, millions will be tuning their televisions to one of the major networks to watch what is considered to be among the biggest sporting events of the year. It’s not the Hunger Games or the Tri-Wizard Tournament. It’s the Super Bowl, that annual battle on the gridiron to crown the ...

Dealing with anxiety through God

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” Most people deal with anxiety. It is prevalent in our society today. We lose sleep, we can’t eat, and we miss work and school because of ...

Spreading good Christian values in everything

Madonna High School and students always strive to spread good Christian values in every action we, as a school, do. In our sports, we play with humility, and in our extracurricular activities, we always keep Christ in mind. This past week, the Lady Dons were able to humbly defeat the Weir High ...

Investing in the future of West Virginia

One of West Virginia’s most pressing issues is its low work force participation rate, which is the measurement of those in our state who are above the age of 16 and are either employed or are actively seeking employment. Sadly, with only 53 percent of West Virginians employed or actively ...

Education remains a focus in Legislature

The third week of the 2019 legislative session finally saw the debut of the education omnibus bill, and the roll out could have probably been handled better. Rumors had been flying about the bill since the beginning of January. No one was sure what was in it, but the rumors reached a fever ...

Guess what you haven’t done in a while

“You know what you haven’t done for a while?” Better Half asked me the other evening. Sometimes questions between spouses can be tricky points of conversation. Understand that what you say and what you really mean often are two completely different things. I might tell Better Half, ...

Election season is under way in Weirton

The deadline to file for office in Weirton was at noon Saturday, and you may have already looked through our report on today’s front page, listing who currently is included. There still is time for changes, such as those who mailed in their application or those who may decide to withdraw in ...

The Eagle and the Prairie Chickens

Jesus said, in Matthew 4:17, in the bible; “The Kingdom of is here, it’s at hand!” The Kingdom of God is here, it’s available because the King of Heaven came down to show us what the Kingdom of God looked like, as Jesus modeled the Kingdom of God lifestyle for us. In Luke 10:25-37 in ...

Going into week two at the Capitol

We made it through the first full week of the session, several bills have already been passed and sent to the next chamber, and the two major pet projects of legislative leaders — broadband expansion and workforce development — will be up for votes next week. I won’t rehash a lot of ...

Whatever the weather is today, so be it

I don’t know what today’s weather has turned out to be like. I couldn’t predict it any better than anyone else commissioned to such a daunting task, and since this column gets written mid-week, all I knew for sure was that “scare-casts” (a.k.a. forecasts in some instances) were ...

Are term limits in Congress a good idea?

There is a movement forming in West Virginia, and apparently 12 other states, to seek a constitutional convention to establish term limits for members of Congress. Now, the chances of this actually going anywhere are pretty slim, so I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up. The question ...

The kind of love that we are to live

1 Peter 1:22-25 22) Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23) For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24) ...

Week one at the West Virginia Capitol

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness ...

Memories of the coats we used to wear

A couple of weeks before Christmas, a big package arrived at the Kiaski household with two familiar names on it. There was my name, which made me excited, because that meant the package was for me, and there was my sister Linda’s name on the return address. That was exciting, too, because ...

Participation, communication are key

Participation is key in everything. Whether you are on a sports team, part of a community service project, hold an elected office or are a member of a church choir, it simply is not good enough to just show up and expect everyone else to do the work. We all must accept our roles in order to ...

The calm before the legislative storm

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Being so predictable no matter the year

I am so predictable this time of year. No sooner does the clock strike midnight and usher in a new year than I resort to a very familiar pattern. I embrace much of it for the most part, except for that first time I stand on the scales to see how much ho-ho-ho has caught up with me and ...

It appears to be a busy legislative session this year

There will be a lot of attention on Charleston over the next two months. The state Legislature will be kicking off its regular session in a few days, and there are many “big ticket” items already on the agenda. On Friday, journalists from around West Virginia gathered for the annual ...

Is Christianity dead in America?

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully, your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...