Local Columns

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 ...

Shadowing with restrictions could work

I remember years back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day was observed. I think it was in April, so maybe that’s why it was on my mind recently. It has since evolved, I believe, into taking your child to work, but at the time, it was a girly-girl thing and me being all goey-goey about ...

The voices of the community are still here

Some feel a sign of an active community is the activity of residents seen in their local newspaper, especially when it comes to the Opinion or Editorial section. That often can be seen in our Letters to the Editor, which, admittedly, can be sparse. The only time that seems to change is as ...

Students are excelling at Weir High School

Weir High School has had a very eventful year. Just last month, NHS (National Honors Society) had induction on March 27 where they welcomed 46 inductees, seven of which where seniors. With each new year however, NHS has to say goodbye to its seniors. This year there were 35 outgoing members. ...

Faithful investment into God’s kingdom is required

"Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land." Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 In his book, "Stewarding Life," Paul Chappel makes the following observation about God's measure of ...

Dull documentary or movie magic?

I don’t know if couples ever ask these days for insight on marriage or wonder what it will be like when the honeymoon is l-o-n-g over. But last Sunday for me and Better Half, before the day drew to a close, it made me think to myself now this 24-hour span of time has really captured so well ...

Creativity needed to draw visitors

W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice unveiled a new marketing campaign last week, aimed at boosting the state’s tourism. A new commercial serves as the centerpiece of the campaign, showcasing West Virginia’s natural beauty set to the John Denver classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” During the ...

It truly is the time to celebrate

It is time to celebrate. You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, right?” I understand that the struggle is real. In fact it is all too real; the pain, the hurt, the heartbreak, the suffering, the lack, the depression, the loss and even the letdown. The good news, it is all temporal. The ...

Where did it go wrong?

To the Editor, As night follows day. In the 50s, the proliferation of television exponentially broadened the tobacco industry's ability to merchandize cigarettes to an emerging nation of viewers. In a generation, the merchants of death addicted a nation to nicotine. In the late 50s, Hefner ...

Tuesday is the final day to register to vote

There are hundreds (and probably thousands) of examples nationwide where elections have been won by just one vote. In West Virginia, we're doing our best to make sure that every vote counts. Working with our county clerks, we're cleaning up our voter registration lists. In just about 14 months, ...

Stinky weather needs to pack its bags

My sandals are stuck in storage. My winter coat is hanging on me instead of a hanger, where it should be enjoying seasonal retirement. The furnace keeps running and running, but it’s not getting anywhere. And it’s snowing at April baseball games, for pity sake, where its fans are ...