Local Columns

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 ...

The election is approaching, right?

We’re a month away from West Virginia’s primary election, although, with the exception of a few campaign signs which recently started to appear, one might wonder if area residents are even aware. There are several races on the ballot May 8, with U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats up for ...

If you invite them, they will come

Why? Why do so many Christians have such a hard time inviting people to church? We invite people to dinner, ball games, picnics and numerous events and programs. So why is it so hard to get folks to invite their friends and family to a church service? A simple answer: We can get the church ...

Fresh haircut, new license, full of hope

I got a haircut last week. I figured I’d take a little off the top and “get my ears lowered,” a little freshening, definition and “sassiness,” as I generally instruct my hairdresser, who I affectionately refer to as “Edward Scissorhands.” After all, I needed a trim because I ...

Have a voice in the city’s future

For more than a year, the City of Weirton has been active in its efforts to update its Comprehensive Development Plan. Working with Mackin Engineering, the goal is to create a guiding document to help set a path for the city over the next several years. It is not meant to be permanent, and is ...

Transitioning from fear to joy

"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples." (Matthew 28:10) Recently, I was reading the account of the two Marys as they were told that Jesus had been raised from the dead. How does Matthew describe what was mixing within their hearts ...

Challenge: One day, no complaining

It seemed not entirely impossible, a challenge worthy of accepting and attempting, something that could be so lovely and uplifting and all. A good and timely lesson for us all. And then Better Half weighed in on the Sunday school/small group gathering assignment called “fun work,” not ...

Events connect us with the past

The Ohio Valley is home to a variety of home-grown fairs, festival and activities. They provide a special connection to those of us who live here, and those who once called the area home. Plans have begun to add one more event to that list, and I would encourage everyone interested in putting ...

Make the decison to follow Jesus

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Taking the action needed to protect our kids

Sadly, it seems like every day we hear of a new report of children or young adults being abused by trusted coaches or trafficked online. Every child deserves to grow up in a caring, nurturing environment that protects them from those who wish to do them harm, and I am working hard with my ...

West Virginia sues DEA, reforms national drug policy

Every aspect of the pharmaceutical supply chain bears responsibility for the havoc and senseless death unleashed upon West Virginia — and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is no exception. The DEA — the agency tasked with effectively limiting how many opioid pain pills can be ...

Make the decision to be obedient to God

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Easter lilies symbolize the resurrection hope

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...

People my age are getting up there

The mail brought notices prompting a you’re-kidding-me kind of reaction from yours truly. You know how it goes when you’re thumbing through the mail — bills; junk stuff; flyers; money-please appeals; and an occasional honest-to-goodness card from a human being. Then something stands ...

Celebrating our cultural heritage

The Ohio Valley, like much of the United States, is a melting pot of cultures, with residents representing a variety of nationalities through their ancestry. We take pride in that heritage, often passing down the lessons taught from our parents and grandparents to the next generations, ...