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Editorials

Blue Stream Farms a growing enterprise

There may have been doubt a few years ago when a small group of businessmen from our community announced plans for what would become Blue Stream Farms. The idea of establishing an agricultural-based business in the middle of a steel community probably seemed far-fetched. Those involved have ...

Getting the best people to operate COVID clinics

If we agree we are at war against the spread of COVID-19 — and we are — it is good to know the Pentagon is sending out more than 1,100 troops to the first five mass vaccination centers planned by the Biden administration. Perhaps they are taking some cues from how well the National Guard ...

Take extra care on snow-covered roads

We’ve been reminded during the past week about the concerns that pop up when the snow begins to fly. And, while we enjoyed a few milder days, this week’s forecast is calling for several inches of snow to fall across several days, and that makes it important for drivers to get a grasp on ...

New revenue is crucial to the state

As lawmakers, lobbyists and members of the press gathered virtually last week for the annual West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead, a familiar phrase popped up — quietly and infrequently, but it was there. Once again, Republican lawmakers are going to be “finding ...

The ‘Big Game’ is upon us

If ever there was an unofficial holiday, Sunday is that day. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, the day the National Football League crowns its champion. There’s been plenty of hype surrounding this year’s game in Tampa, Fla., which features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The ...

Board proposal shows dysfunction

Last week, Weirton Council opted to vote down a proposal which would have expanded the voting membership of the Weirton Area Water Board. While the decision was a wise one, given potential adverse effects to the ongoing expansion plans for the city’s water treatment plant, discussions prior ...

McKinley correct on energy policy

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. The idea is that as the political process works, other ideas are heard and compromises are made, and both ...

Spring is coming…eventually

It seems that no matter where we turn these days, we find controversy, including places such as Punxsutawney, Pa.; Marion, Ohio; and French Creek, W.Va. For on Tuesday, there was a split among the Tri-State Area’s rodent forecasters of winter weather. Punxsutawney Phil, the wiley veteran, ...

Showcasing the valley’s resiliency

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times. But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition. “Progress 2021: A Resilient Reset” — that’s the ...

Remembering nation’s Black history

Black History Month 2021 reflects on the tapestry presented by Black families and the role they have played in the African American experience. “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” is the theme that has been selected by the Association for the Study of African ...

Continuing its work through difficult times

The Weirton park board deserves a pat on the back for their efforts to continue providing recreation opportunities in the time of COVID-19. As with most of us, the park board and city park officials had to enforce limitations to their offerings throughout 2020. That includes the closure of ...

West Virginia deserves better

For years, West Virginia leaders have been urged to think outside the box when it comes to economic development. While the state always needs to be evaluating new ways to attract businesses, officials cannot lose sight of those initiatives — as appears to be the case with a loan program ...

DeStefano showed true public service

Through his 16 years as city manager, as well as his time as a councilman and as part of the local business community, John DeStefano represented the true values of public service. A Brooke County native, his hometown knowledge, along with his financial and sales experience, were valuable ...

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 ...