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Editorials

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

Christmas in the Park has the holiday spirit

Editorials

Organizers of the annual Follansbee Christmas in the Park event say the holiday season is filled with the spirit of giving. And that’s why they continue to share proceeds from the annual event with members of the community. The festival has been a staple on the October calendar for nearly ...

Solving our foster care problems

Editorials

Observant West Virginians concerned about children taken into the foster care system have been aware of its shortcomings for some time. So have state officials, who seem to be making a sincere effort to improve the situation. And, not just incidentally, so does the U.S. Department of ...

Practice fire prevention during the holidays

Editorials

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are another cause of fires in December. The ...

Reporter’s notebook/The state’s employment by the numbers

Local Columns

Little did I know last week that a simple story about employment numbers would cause so much consternation in the world of social media. That’s exactly what happened last Monday when Gov. Jim Justice and Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, touted an increase ...

Leftovers – you either love ‘em or leave ‘em

Local Columns

People either love leftovers or hate them. Sometimes I’m not sure which category I belong to, which side of the fence I’m leaning on. After we had our early Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday, and I gave it some thought as we were cleaning up, I’m still not entirely sure. Maybe I’m ...

There are many ways for us to celebrate

Local Columns

We have made it through Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, and will experience Cyber Monday (because, of course, that is a thing) tomorrow. The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, with only a few weeks remaining until the big day (or days if you have to split up time in order ...

Stay positive this holiday season

Editorials

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those already stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle of the holidays ...

Watching our history

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Cal Thomas’ column, 11-19-19, “Forgetting our own history.” The problem with teaching America’s history? Up until the 1950s, everyone was teaching the mythical history of America. “Who chopped down the cherry tree?” The Civil War, Andersonville, Sherman’s March ...

Christ is the path toward coming alive again

Local Columns

Have you ever been to a place that was dark and dangerous and you couldn’t wait to get out of there? As believers in Christ, sometimes we find ourselves in a place spiritually where there seems to be darkness all around, with no light to be seen. We are either dead spiritually, or we are ...

History in the Hills: Community is our strength

Local Columns

At the Visitor Center, we are often asked what is special about the Upper Ohio Valley, and the answer is undoubtedly the community. We have been through a lot in this community over the years, but we stick together. That is one of the biggest reasons my wife and I came back, after all. An ...

Be safe, smart 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 must practice common sense and have an awareness ...

Be patient during Black Friday shopping

Editorials

Pundits and analysts have been pronouncing Black Friday a dying tradition, but pundits and analysts are not in the immediate circles of family and friends who set out today in bargain hunts for the perfect, and affordable, Christmas gift. For many, today represents a memorable, annual, fun ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Editorials

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s many things to many people. It’s a day that has come to stand for food, family and football. And while those traditions are important, we hope that everyone will take just a few minutes to remember all of the good things in our lives, and make this ...

Counting the blessings in our communities

Editorials

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

Time for spending cuts has arrived

Editorials

Often in the past, legalized gambling has been a relatively bright spot for West Virginia officials worried about state revenue. It seems that even when times are tough, people enjoy wagering. That may be changing. State Lottery Commission members were told last week that thus far during the ...

Watching the Great Legislative Exodus

Local Columns

The 2020 races for the state Senate and House of Delegates have gotten more interesting due to the announcements by several senior lawmakers that they won’t seek re-election. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, announced ...

Lighting the valley for the holidays

Editorials

The special glow that comes with the Christmas season once again will be seen as communities across the Tri-State Area hold their light-up events. Those evenings help to create a sense of joy and anticipation as they bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy a festive atmosphere where ...

Always thankful to enjoy a daily laugh

Local Columns

Given that our daughter has to work on Thanksgiving day, we’re having a little early holiday dinner today so we can have some feasting and gratitude time together. And that just goes to show you that you can stuff yourself and be thankful any old day of the year, whether it’s the official ...

It’s the season of giving and thanks

Local Columns

As this column is being written, I’m listening to the rain pounding on the roof of our building with the knowledge it is supposed to turn to snow at some point overnight. Snow is another reminder that we are quickly approaching the holiday season. Weirton’s Light the Night was postponed ...