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Editorials

Be alert, patient as school goes into session

Area motorists, be alert. School children are heading back to Tri-State Area classrooms, and drivers need to heighten their awareness in the coming days. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools ...

Power plant project needs support

During the last few years, discussions have been held about a possible natural gas-fueled 830-megawatt power plant, with plans to construct it in an eastern portion of Brooke County just north of the Cross Creek area. The company working on the proposed plant — Energy Solutions Consortium ...

Fall sports are back in action

Today is the day that fans of high school football across the Tri-State Area have been waiting for since December. It’s opening day, and action will get under way when Buckeye Local hosts Barnesville. On Friday Steubeenville Big Red will travel to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney; Indian Creek ...

Remembering the sacrifices

When you look through the pages of today’s newspaper, you will find a special section dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment extended the right to vote to women, and is considered to be one of the most important ...

High school football is making its return

The days have been getting noticeably shorter and area children are returning to school. Those indicators remind us that the start of the high school football season is just around the corner. Whether you are a die-hard fan or just a casual observer, you’ll want to make sure you are ...

Housing help will be appreciated

College life is not what it used to be for many higher education students. They enjoy housing amenities of which parents and grandparents could never even have dreamed. This fall, 35 West Liberty University students will be living at a resort — really. As we report, WLU officials found ...

Support your local farmers markets

If you are looking to enjoy a bit of time outside and pick up some of the area’s freshest produce, the farmers markets that are located throughout the area are a great place to visit. The markets might have a different look than they have had in the past as organizers continue to work to ...

Take precautions on college campuses

For several years, West Virginia University had the unenviable reputation of being a “party school.” Let us hope that does not lead to it becoming the Typhoid Mary of higher education. Typhoid Mary Mallon was a domestic worker in the United States during the late 1800s. Somehow, she ...

Use caution in highway work zone

Area motorists will have noticed an all-too-familiar sight on U.S. Route 22 in Weirton this week. Large orange cones have been placed along a portion of the highway, reducing traffic to one lane and signifying the beginning of another road construction project in our area. The West Virginia ...

National Guard funding critical

West Virginians have had many reasons to be grateful to our National Guard servicemen and women during the past several months. They have been all over the state, including the Northern Panhandle, taking leadership roles in fighting COVID-19. But the cost of keeping them on duty constantly ...

Bow hunt provides valuable service

For many years, a controlled bow hunt has been organized through the Weirton Police Department as a way to better control the deer population in the city. This year’s hunt is set for Sept. 5, and is open to anyone who has been a resident of either Hancock or Brooke counties for at least ...

Voting by mail is safe in West Virginia

Nearly half the West Virginians who voted in the June primary election did so by mail. Given the resurgence of COVID-19, it is likely even more will at least consider using that method for the Nov. 3 general election. Is it safe? What about the possibilities for election fraud? How can I be ...

Don’t cut off Census early

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

Grateful for our PROs

In July, Weirton’s city manager announced a planned restructuring of the city’s police department. Among those plans was the removal of city police officers serving as prevention resource officers at Weir High School and Weir Middle School. During Monday’s council meeting, the city ...

Get laced up and ready to race

A tradition summer event for our area is still set to happen this week, although some adjustments are being made in consideration of current events. The Marland Heights 5K, organized each year by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation, has become a focal point of the summer season for many ...

Timing wrong on dog racing

After years of working with some success in the states to end greyhound racing in the United States, the activity’s foes have gone to Washington. There, a bill to prohibit betting on dog racing has been introduced in the House of Representatives. It seems to have attracted little support, ...

Nursing homes remain a crisis

Officials, staff and, no doubt, residents and their families at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling had hoped they had COVID-19 beaten. Last, week, another employee tested positive for the disease, however. Fortunately, Good Shepherd residents remain free of COVID-19. The infected employee ...

Emphasizing a commitment

Announcement of a new system by which abuse and harassment linked to the Roman Catholic Church can be reported was one more step in the church’s effort to rebuild trust. But a reminder included with that news may have been even more important. Last week, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston ...

Nominate your community stars

If you have not nominated a friend or neighbor to be among those who are considered for selection as a 2020 Community Star, we hope you will take to heart this reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. After ...

Still having a peachy time

While the circumstances will be different, many of the traditions will remain Saturday as the annual Peach Festival is held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Weirton. The usual peach short cakes, peach pies, sandwiches and other refreshments will still be available, but, in adjusting for the ...