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Find things for which to be thankful

Local Columns

The last several months have provided obstacle after obstacle for many of us. For me, the year started out difficult for a variety of reasons. I certainly didn’t anticipate the challenges we would be facing as the months progressed, with the spread of the virus, its impact on local ...

‘Somebody’ is always messing with our stuff

Local Columns

Life at our house is like a never-ending scavenger hunt. We’re always looking for something we can’t find, and clues rarely help in a cold-now-you’re-getting hotter-kind of quest for everything unlocatable. That would be everything from our car keys and our cell phones to even our ...

Think safety while holiday shopping

Editorials

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. It is a shorter shopping season this year for many who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their gift buying. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers need to practice common sense and have an ...

Be an informed voter

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Friends and neighbors and all those concerned about the outcome of the Nov. 3, 2020, election: The news media has been pointing out that “Sleepy Joe Biden” has 6 million more votes than Donald Trump. Trump claims this result was brought about because of massive voter ...

History in the Hills: A snowstorm remembered

Local Columns

Certain events in the life of a community seem to stick around. On a national scale I think that is common. For my grandparents, it was remembering where they were on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, or for my parents when JFK was assassinated in November of 1963, or ...

‘Tis the season to be careful when shopping

Local Columns

Whether you choose to mask up and wait in line at a brick-and-mortar store or shop online from the comfort of your home, it’s important to beware of seasonal scams. Scammers take advantage of increased consumer activity during the holidays. Every transaction is an opportunity for a ...

From the Pulpit: Ten truths for which we can be thankful

Local Columns

We are living in tumultuous times. We can be tempted to focus on the negatives we see all around us. But even when times are tough, there are still moments to be thankful for, the simple things in life that we can be grateful for in times of turmoil. 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice ...

The emotional case for eating healthy this holiday season

Local Columns

As the days get colder and shorter, many Americans will experience what we call “seasonal depression.” Lack of vitamin C, personal interactions and social events are the root for many that experience this illness. It can cause folks to lose interest in activities, feel tired or even gain ...

Be safe shopping on Black Friday

Editorials

One thing about many holiday traditions is that they eventually evolve into, well, new traditions. Consider the time-honored tradition of Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving that was said to make or break the holiday season for shoppers who were eager to snag a particular gift at a very ...

Being thankful for what we have

Editorials

Today is Thanksgiving Day. And while it means many things to many people, we all can agree that it feels different this year. It’s a day that has come to stand for food, family and football. Those traditions are important, but the COVID-19 pandemic we find ourselves in the midst of has ...

More contact tracers are needed

Editorials

County health departments on both sides of the Ohio River are under enormous strain because of the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. They need help, especially in the critical work of contact tracing. That is an attempt to identify people who, because of contact with others who test ...

The unsung heroes of free, fair and successful elections

Local Columns

As West Virginians reflect on the 2020 elections and look forward to a season of gratitude, we should be especially thankful to those who helped lead our state through another free and fair election. We should take pride in our leaders’ and fellow citizens’ willingness to work together to ...

Be alert this deer season

Editorials

Drivers need to be careful this time of the year to avoid deer crashes. But the odds are against you if you are driving in the Tri-State Area. The odds of a Mountain State resident having an insurance claim because of a deer or animal collision is 1 in 37. In Pennsylvania, it is 1 in 51 and ...

Masquerades and tightrope walking

Local Columns

I wrote my column last week prior to last Friday’s expansion of the mandatory indoor mask executive order by Gov. Jim Justice. But it seems since that order came out and since the governor’s comments saying business owners can call the police on customers who refuse to comply, confusion has ...

‘Doxing’ by former official was wrong

Editorials

If it was not clear previously that West Virginia Republicans made the right decision in rejecting Mike Folk’s candidacy for governor, Folk himself made his unfitness for the office plain last week. Upset over Gov. Jim Justice’s actions regarding COVID-19 — and probably still angry he ...

Giving thanks for the gift of encouragement

Local Columns

At the end of every church service, our pastor references a particular scripture that sticks with me from Sunday to Sunday. It bears repetition. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ ...

The holidays are not about large festivities

Local Columns

It’s going to be a different holiday season this year. While many of the public decorations are up or in the process of being put on display, there are few community events planned (a topic I may address in a future column). There continue to be many uncertainties as a result of current ...

Our history needs to be remembered

Editorials

There are some buildings that seem to take on a life of their own. They are more than structures of mortar and brick, of steel and glass, of wires and pipes. They represent family and work, and they stand for a way of life. They help keep history and memories alive. The former United ...

Election thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Hallelujah! Decency, dignity, honor, respect, compassion and character won on the ballot for Joe Biden for the presidency. Promotion of hatred, divisiveness, lying, destruction and poison vitriol has been rejected of President Donald Trump by the majority of the American people. ...

As much as ever, supporting small business is important

Local Columns

The pandemic has strained business owners, employees, and customers alike, making “doing business as usual” a challenge. In response, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office seeks to assist in any way possible, and we remain committed to serving businesses throughout our state. We ...