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Greetings and salutations

May 23, 2013 - Craig Howell
I've been going back and forth about starting this blog for quite some time, mostly because I wasn't sure about adding anything new to my regular workload. In the end, I figured I would give it a shot. Basically, this will be a place for me to post a couple of quick thoughts during my week — those things which might not provoke enough of an internal dialogue for a full-length column, but still catch my interest. You might find a little about current events, some local or national news, community activities, literature, or even some pop culture (yes, that could even mean a few science fiction references). I suppose the best way to start is a little introduction for those who might not know much about me. I was born and raised in and around Weirton, graduated from Brooke High School and earned my degree from West Liberty University (when it was still a State College). I started at The Weirton Daily Times in 2001 as the city reporter, spending several years covering local government, schools and organizations. For close to a year, I was put in charge of a weekly publication we have called the PA Focus, which covers the Burgettstown, Avella, McDonald area, before being named city editor of the WDT and eventually managing editor. Most importantly, I believe in our communities. We have faced a great deal of adversity over the years, and I fully acknowledge bad things do happen. But I also see some of the great things going on right in our back yards. I see the efforts to attract new business and residents, I see the work to create new community events and beautify our towns and cities. We can't go back to the way things used to be, but we can find a new identity if we try. Best of all, for the first time in years, I see a growing sense of hope spreading through our streets. Hopefully all of you do as well.


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