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Editorials

Be extra safe around cycles

The weather has finally warmed up and motorcycle owners are getting their bikes back on the road.Unfortunately, the area has already experienced its first motorcycle fatality of the season.Drivers of vehicles and motorcycles need to remember they both share in the responsibility of safe ...

Honor, remember Death March veterans

Seventy-three years ago, following the months-long Battle of Bataan during World War II, tens of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to march approximately 65 miles from Mariveles, Bataan to San Ferando, Pampanga, then loaded into a box train and taken to Camp ...

Congratulations young leaders

On Tuesday, 30 local teens took the next step into potentially becoming future leaders of our area with the graduation of the latest class of Youth Leadership Weirton.The students from Weir, Weirton Madonna, Oak Glen and Brooke have been participating in the program, offered by the Weirton Area ...

Contest provides ‘hands-on’ learning

Recently, several area sixth-graders honed their public speaking skills, with the best orator title on the line.We applaud the Brooke County school district, as well as St. Joseph and St. Paul schools, for allowing their sixth-graders to, once again, be a part of the Gettysburg Address Speech ...

Impact of war on coal felt

American Electric Power's announcement it is closing six power plants, including the Kammer facility near Moundsville, was not unexpected. The generating states are old and have been due for replacement for some time.But the impact of idling the plants will be enormous, affecting millions of ...

Let’s play ball!

Opening Day.When you look at it from a clinical point of view, it's just the first of 162 Major League Baseball contests that will be played between now and the end of September.That view, however, is accurate only if you believe that baseball is nothing more than a game, not a contest that ...

Remember the Resurrection

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king.There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no tweets, ...

Let your voices be heard, vote

Participation in an election is a privilege and responsibility of all citizens in every community across our nation.The city of Weirton's primary election is slated for Tuesday, and we encourage all eligible voters to take this opportunity to let their voices be heard.The offices of mayor and ...

Action needed following hoax

There are many lessons to be learned from an incident in North Carolina earlier this week involving members of the Oak Glen High School baseball team.On Sunday, four members of the baseball team and varsity baseball coach Mathew Deveaney were stopped by several police cruisers from the High ...

We all need to pitch in

There has been a dust-up, pun intended, about the amount of cinders covering the new sidewalks along Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton.The long, and slick, winter notwithstanding, spring is finally showing signs of being on the way and as more time is spent outside, the problems of the long winter ...

Consider security at state hospital

West Virginia lacks a mental health evaluation and treatment facility secure enough to ensure people accused of violent crimes cannot walk away. That is the logical conclusion to draw from a court hearing Friday in Brooke County.It involved Rocco J. Zuccaro, the Burgettstown, Pa., man accused ...

Get ready for road construction

Orange barrels are starting to pop up around the area as the summer road construction season begins.Several projects already are planned in and around the Weirton area, and we're sure more will be on the way.Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton will be repaved from Cove Road to the Pennsylvania state ...

Prevent hunger in our schools

Another outpouring of concern and caring ways has appeared in the Ohio Valley, and we're very impressed and thankful.Longtime city resident and business owner Judy Manfred in recent months established Hope 68 for pupils attending Garfield East Elementary School in Steubenville.Manfred, along ...

Fast track is needed

Trade Promotion Authority, better known as "fast-track" for trade agreements, has been a part of the American landscape since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Congress has granted "temporary" authority on request of every president since FDR, the exception being President Obama, who never made the ...

Science event a breakthrough

In recent years, more emphasis has been put on the sciences and mathematics in our schools as our technology becomes more advanced and the fields begin to have more importance in our daily lives.As such, schools are finding themselves looking for creative ways to encourage students' interest in ...

Recognizing those who protect us

Our local law enforcement officials are tasked with ensuring the safety of residents in every community and on every road.Recently, several local officers were recognized for their work by the Governor's Highway Safety Program, the purpose of which is to encourage, promote and support safety ...

Chamber honors businesses

Officials with the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce acknowledge they would be nowhere without the support of its membership.It is through business memberships, sponsorships and other contributions the chamber is able to organize all of its events, from the Weirton Christmas Parade, to the Wine ...

Cruz taking control of message

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a human third-rail in American politics, a man whose presence can create a shock value all its own.But in being the first declared Republican for the 2016 presidential race, more than 500 days before the election, Cruz can set the tone for debate.And the debate he ...

Address highway funding challenge

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had good news for West Virginia motorists tired of dodging potholes. He revealed last week the state Division of Highways will have as much as $80 million more than normal to spend on spring road repairs.That is good to hear. The additional funding will be appreciated by ...

Take hard look at state spending

Interim committee meetings held by West Virginia legislators, often during the summer months, are opportunities for them to learn what they need to know to make decisions on major issues during their annual winter sessions.This summer, going through the state budget with a fine-toothed comb ...