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Editorials

Community input will be key

Former industrial properties are located throughout the Ohio Valley, a reminder of the engines which used to be the main force behind our local economy. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to find new futures for those sites, whether it be leveling steel plants or pottery ...

Working together to heal the nation

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...

Vaccine registry the right move

We field calls every day from local residents eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost all of the inquiries deal with frustration in getting through on the phone banks set up by local county health departments for vaccine clinics. We aren’t going to directly fault our local public ...

Don’t forget our indoor air

We’re right in the middle of National Radon Action Month, and it’s a good time to remember that homeowners in our area should have their homes tested for the radioactive gas and take steps to reduce the risk if elevated levels are detected. Radon is colorless an odorless and is produced ...

Use plate readers responsibly

The Weirton Police Department is in the process of obtaining a new tool in its efforts to protect and serve residents and the community. During a meeting Jan. 11, city council approved the acceptance of a grant from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ...

Don’t make assumptions with children’s welfare

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Make the return to school safe

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, Tuesday was like the first day of school all over again, as they returned to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. In both Hancock and Brooke counties, the first ...

Continue support for Weirton United Way

The Weirton United Way is planning one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, although, as with everything else in the last year, there will be a twist. The 10th-annual Tailgate fundraiser has been scheduled for Feb. 6, and tickets are on sale. Typically, this event would feature an ...

King’s message remembered today

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Our school boards’ options are limited

In-person classes will be returning to the majority of West Virginia’s schools in the coming week, with the exception of high schools located in counties classified “red” by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. We know there are mixed opinions on whether this is a good ...

Remembering King’s dream

Residents from across our region aren’t letting concerns about COVID-19 stop them from remembering the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Once again, pupils, parents, city leaders, senior citizens and others from across the Tri-State Area have the chance to learn about and ...

Keep vaccinating, West Virginia

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Providing fair coverage of COVID in W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice, Friday, criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media ...

Professional hockey is making its return

As we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing a greater number of groups and organizations figure out ways to at least return to something resembling their normal schedules. That’s especially true in the world of sports. This year’s college football season, which ...

School will be better, safer for students

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

Still finding ways to enjoy football

This is the type of weekend that football fans around the Tri-State Area have been looking forward to for a long time. It’s playoff time in the National Football League and college football is preparing to end its strangest season ever with the national championship game. And the games ...

Andochick served as a shining example

The city of Weirton lost a true public servant last week with the passing of former mayor Michael Andochick. Though not originally from the city, Weirton quickly became his home after his family moved here when he was 9 years old. As with many of the city’s residents, his family moved here ...

Billiard’s contributions will be remembered

For many years, when someone thought of Brooke County, they probably also thought of Paul “Bud” Billiard. Over a 23-year coaching career, he guided the Brooke Bruins football team to 185 wins, with 15 playoff appearances, three Class AAA state championships and seven OVAC championships, ...

Governor can’t dodge this issue

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

An ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan is vital

Precisely what President-elect Joe Biden has in mind for an energy policy will not be known until after he takes office on Jan. 20. Unless we miss our guess, it will be only a matter of weeks after that before we are given good clues to his plans. Much of the relief outgoing President Donald ...