Local Columns

Our communities are living united

The campaigns for our local United Way organizations are well under way, and representatives will be going through our communities asking for contributions, planning fundraising events and raising awareness of the good done by the United Way and the various member agencies. The Weirton United ...

Finding the true power of hope

Pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado in his new book entitled, "Unshakeable Hope," asks, "Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the ...

Go out and rock the vote, West Virginia

Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far little attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

All hail the invention of Taco in a Bag

You would have thought I had just discovered the cure for the common cold or had invented the airplane or electricity or the automobile or the Internet. Instead, I had not only prepared but divulged the recipe for — a roll of the drum here, folks, and a clank of a couple of skillets while ...

Just why did Nike decide to do it?

A few days back, Nike unveiled its newest promotional advertisement, featuring Colin Kaepernick, the polarizing NFL player known primarily for kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest against social injustice. The ad features Kaepernick’s face, with the statement ...

Labors of love and late breaking news

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you're building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ••• As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out to ...

Some things that have made me smile

Today’s column is all about things that have made me smile or laugh in recent days, including when I hung some wind chimes on the back porch. They were a gift given to us this past winter, which I had stashed away with intentions to put them out when warmer weather arrived. Unfortunately, ...

‘Project Election Protection’ addressing election integrity

West Virginia has had a checkered history of election integrity, with the purchase of the West Virginia Democrat Primary for John Kennedy in the 1960 election being perhaps the most notorious. But, as recently as 2012, federal authorities obtained criminal convictions against key officials for ...

10 tools to help overcome life’s hurdles

I, Nate a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, address the congregation at Marland Heights Community Church, the Ohio Valley and all who may acquire this document. May God's grace continue to be sufficient for you. I realize that many of us live in a time of great struggle, uncertainty, and strife ...

House gavels in, Supreme Court gavels out

Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced arguments scheduled before the court in September would be moved to October. Jennifer Bundy, the court's spokesperson, wouldn't provide any additional information as to why, but it's pretty obvious. Pre-trial hearings for the ...

In the grip of calendar paralysis again

I go into calendar paralysis this time of year. I was reminded of that when my phone rang the other day at the office. We’re still in August here, mind you, but the caller was definitely looking ahead — to next month and beyond. He is a representative of the Jefferson County ...

A new beginning for Weirton Christian Center

This afternoon, the Weirton Christian Center will open the next chapter in its more-than-100-year history of service to the Weirton community. From noon to 4 p.m., an open house will be held at its new building on Ivy Street. An official dedication service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., at which ...

Trump’s coal plan works for West Virginia

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it followed through on President Donald Trump’s executive order to review and repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). From its inception, the CPP was a total overreach of the federal bureaucracy. That’s why West Virginia led 24 ...

Royalty in kingdom of order remorse

Better Half and I have a lot in common, including the fact that we’re very good at what I call “order remorse.” This is a condition that apparently is not very treatable, because we have yet to be cured. There’s no panacea, no anecdote for us. History teaches us lessons, but, alas, ...

The journey is as important as the destination

During a recent road trip through West Virginia, I thought I would use the opportunity to do a little exploring and check out a few state parks along my planned route. A few years back I enrolled in the Very Important Parks Person program, which encourages people to visit the state parks and ...

Our lives have great value to God

Let's take a few minutes and let God through the Apostle Paul teach us how valuable we are to our Lord. "Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. God raised us up with ...

Are impeachments a case of too swift justice?

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Know what it says before the debate

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For those ...

To strike or not to strike, that is the question

After watching the video for last week's Public Employee Insurance Agency Taskforce subcommittee for public outreach, I reasonably believe rumors of a fall teachers' strike are true. The fall teachers' strike is probably one of the worst kept secrets in Charleston. I can't tell you how many ...

A ‘Deer Hunter’ day in Mingo Junction

When the “Deer Hunter” movie was being filmed locally in 1977, I had finished my freshman year of college and was back home in Richmond, working for the summer in the concession stand at the local drive-in theater. It really wasn’t on my radar then that something out of the ordinary was ...