Opinion

Opioid action finally taken

Editorials

For many years, drug companies pumped opioid pain pills into West Virginia at an incredible rate. To cite just one of several horror stories, during a decade-long period, 20.8 million of the pills were sent to two pharmacies in Williamson, which has a population of only about 2,900 people. No ...

New bridge will be a shot in the arm

Editorials

Our region received another shot in the arm Tuesday when ground was broken in Wellsburg for the new Ohio River bridge. When construction on the structure is completed in 2021, the span will connect the southern ends of Brooke and Jefferson counties and help to open the surrounding areas on ...

It’s all Greek in Weirton

Editorials

Members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church have shared their faith, heritage and traditions with the rest of the Weirton community, as well as residents throughout the Tri-State Area, through their annual festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, ...

Stay safe while on the water

Editorials

With the past heat wave, many area residents took to the water on a boat to cool off and relax. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren't remembered. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents involving 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and $46 ...

The Commerce Department hot potato

Local Columns

With Woody Thrasher gone and Clayton Burch sitting as interim boss, all eyes are on the West Virginia Department of Commerce and who might permanently take the helm. The question, however, is who really wants that hassle right now? Maj. Gen. James Hoyer is cleaning up the mess at RISE West ...

Still much to discuss

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump's national security responsibilities give him the power to limit ...

‘And what is so rare as a day in June?’

Local Columns

“And what is so rare as a day in June? “Then, if ever, come perfect days; “Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, “And over it softly her warm ear lays…” Those lines from American Romantic poet James Russell Lowell’s “The Vision of Sir Launfal” were ones that, true ...

Desperately in need of volunteers

Local Columns

There appears to have been a running theme in conversations at various events I’ve attended recently. Whether it has been a festival committee, a business organization or a community association, all seem to have difficulty finding people willing to give their time. President George H.W. ...

Those who do evil should be punished

Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Emergency road needed

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Once again, the residents of Marland Heights had their one access road closed. This was much more than a minor inconvenience as some would report. It took my son-in-law from 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to get up the hill. He was returning home from a gym and then had to shower, ...

The door that changes everything

Local Columns

When I was in fourth grade at New Cumberland Elementary, I had an amazing teacher, Mrs. Campbell. On Fridays she would have us put our heads down on our desks and close our eyes, and she would tell us stories about adventures she and her friend Jane would have. They would explore the hill ...

Helping to battle NAS in West Virginia

Editorials

One in 20 babies born in West Virginia comes into the world addicted to illicit drugs, primarily opioids. For those who understand the problem, neonatal abstinence syndrome, recognizing the level it has reached in our state is heartbreaking. NAS babies are addicted to drugs, because their ...

New rules good for our children

Editorials

Beginning with this past school year, West Virginia public schools required new students entering pre-K or kindergarten, and students entering 2nd and 7th grades to show proof they have had dental examinations and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examinations before entering school. This is in ...

County fair season is upon us

Editorials

County fair season has arrived. It's the time of year when fairgrounds around the region come alive with the smells of elephant ears and cotton candy. It's a chance for area young people to show off their barnyard animals and to recognize our region's farming heritage, artisanship, craftiness ...

Spirit of 1776 is alive

Editorials

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than the men who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate today. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for ...

Reporter’s notebook: Is the governor in?

Local Columns

For my first column, I need to at least briefly introduce myself. My name is Steven Allen Adams and after more than five years away, I returned to journalism last week, covering West Virginia government for your newspaper. I’m going to be your guide to what is turning out to be a very ...

Bureaucrats have something to learn

Editorials

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Go see some local fireworks

Editorials

We ask everyone to take a moment during the next couple of days and remember that there are few nations in the world where citizens are able to gather to celebrate the freedoms residents of the United States of America too often taken for granted. It's an important thought as our nation ...

A new batch of community leaders

Local Columns

Wednesday saw the completion of another year of the Leadership Weirton program, offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce. Eight individuals completed this year’s program, taking part in the various sessions, offering their time to volunteer in the community and organizing a ...

Steel still vital for area

Editorials

The purchase of the Mingo Junction steel mill best known as Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel by JSW, a leading Indian steelmaker, is good news. The firm is looking to establish a foothold in the United States as a potential 4 million ton-a-year steelmaker with operations in Texas and Mingo ...