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Editorials

Sign will be a lasting tribute

A community should always take pride when its citizens are able to reach the highest peak of their career fields, especially when it takes them to national prominence.Weirton is showcasing some of that pride after dedicating a sign Saturday to honor Weirton residents who have reached the ...

Football is back

If you're a fan of high school football in the Tri-State Area, Thursday is the day you have been waiting for since December.That's the first day of this year's high school football season, and it opens at 6 p.m. when Steubenville Big Red takes on Cleveland John F. Kennedy in Harding Stadium. ...

Another step taken toward our future

Economic development projects can take years to reach fruition. It can look for those years like very little is taking place and then comes an announcement of a major commercial or industrial facility that appears to be an overnight sensation for an area.Those who work in the economic ...

High school football is back in the valley

This is a special week for many residents from around the Tri-State Area.The summer season is winding down and classes are resuming at area schools, and that means it's time for the return of high school football.Area fans know that this week would not be complete without our annual football ...

Don’t stop with craft breweries

Technology has revolutionized the way companies - including very small ones - do business. Meanwhile, many of them are forced to cope with government regulations, fees and taxes seemingly aimed at keeping entrepreneurs from going into business at all.Many would-be small business people take a ...

Concert season a success

The Weirton Summer Concert Series continues to grow, bringing in more musical acts and drawing bigger crowds than in previous years.Every good thing takes some time to build itself up, and the concert series is proving that to be true, attracting hundreds of area residents to the Weirton Event ...

Looking for some shining stars

Once again, we are making our plea.We need your nominations very soon for the Herald-Star, Weirton Daily Times Community Stars, Presented by Weirton Medical Center.It's that time of the year when we are looking for communities' "stars" - special people all around us who shine for making a ...

Chester mayor, council must work together

Chester city officials seem to have been at loggerheads in recent months when it comes to some of the city's most basic decisions.In July, during the first meeting of the new administration, efforts by Mayor Larry Forsythe to appoint a new police chief, city solicitor and city judge failed, ...

Giving some flexibility

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester remains a profitable business, but a substantial dropoff in revenue has prompted company officials to look for ways to cut costs. Reducing the amount of horse racing at the facility is one of them.But last week, state Racing Commission members ...

Think about safety as the school year starts

The sounds of school bells ringing and children yelling will be heard around the area during the next few weeks. It is a good time to remind everyone to be safe as the new school year opens.School and law enforcement officials every year preach the importance of driving safely around schools, ...

Saving money for education

County school districts in West Virginia already share the costs of many services and products, through both state and regional programs. Here in the Northern Panhandle, Regional Education Service Agency 6, based in Wheeling, provides both teaching and service specialists counties might not be ...

Anyone can be affected

Why do we feel so lost when the man who made us laugh so hard - Robin Williams - is dead at his own hand?How can a man who loved to make so many laugh to the point of tears be so depressed?We all follow our favorite TV and movie stars, even more so now with social media. We just assume we are a ...

Exhibit shows off local sports

When the ribbon is cut at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center Sunday, area residents will have the opportunity to learn more about how a community can be influenced by their athletic offerings."Hometown Teams - How Sports Shape America" is just the latest traveling exhibit from the ...

Be extra careful with your passwords

The theft of more than 1.2 billion e-mail account passwords by a Russian gang should be raising fright among regular Internet users.The gang has been smart, using the data, apparently, only to supply lists to spam e-mailers so far, according to some experts. But the day will come when the ...

5K race has become a community tradition

The Marland Heights 5K is making its return Friday, and we are sure it will, once again, be a success with runners from all over the region converging on the Weirton community.The annual foot race, winding through the neighborhoods of Marland Heights, has become a tradition in Weirton. More ...

Where is the District of Columbia?

As Washington, D.C., resident Justin Gray was trying to board an airliner in Orlando, Fla., earlier this summer, a Transportation Safety Administration agent asked him for some identification. Gray produced his D.C. driver's license.He began to wonder when the agent asked for his passport. ...

Elk River spill: Examing actions prudent

West Virginia Public Service Commission officials' desire to learn whether adequate precautions were taken to protect public water customers before and after a dangerous chemical spilled into the Elk River at Charleston last winter seems reasonable.Two considerations enter into such thinking: ...

Capito looks out for West Virginians

U.S. Rep. Shelley Capito, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, works hard to represent her fellow Mountain State residents. Sometimes that has meant going against the leadership of her Republican Party - but Capito has not hesitated to do that when she believed her ...

A new era in education

Last spring saw the end of an era with the closing of Weirton Heights, Liberty and Broadview elementary schools.Sunday will see the beginning of a new one for students with the official dedication of Weirton Elementary.Hancock County officials and invited guests will formally cut the ribbon at ...

It will be a ‘peach’ of a time in Weirton

An annual tradition will be renewed in Weirton Saturday, and it means area residents are sure to have a "peachy" time.St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been preparing for weeks for its annual peach festival, and we hope to see the community come out and support the event.The annual event, now in ...