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Editorials

Some summer staples set to return

They are getting started a little bit later than usual and they will come with some new guidelines, but two events that have become staples of the Tri-State Area’s summer season are set to get under way. The Berkman Concert Series at Historic Fort Steuben and the downtown farmers market in ...

Continue to meet the need

Wednesday’s annual American Red Cross Jefferson County Media Blood Donor Day might have a different feel this year, but its goal remains the same: To help collect vitally needed blood during a period when need annually grows. This year’s event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in ...

Help keep teens safe on the road

During the past 10 years, nearly 8,300 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise, according to the AAA Foundation for ...

Remember what the flag represents

It proudly flies in the front of schools. It is raised in front of public buildings. It is displayed from the porches and in the front yards of countless homes around the nation. It is raised each day at outposts in the far reaches of the world. It stands tall and is recognized before ...

Voter turnout still disappointing

There were few real surprises but a little disappointment when the results of Tuesday’s West Virginia Primary Election were tabulated. Likely the biggest surprise in our region came from Brooke County, where Democrats chose Kevin Heck over incumbent Sheriff Larry Palmer. Heck, a former ...

Coal remains vital to the nation

Being told you may be handed a pink slip, even though you have done your job conscientiously, comes as a shock. It is one 1,522 local men and women have received. As we reported, Murray Energy Corp. has issued government-required notices that the employees, who work in the coal industry in ...

Remain cautious while moving forward

We are encouraged to see that our area is continuing to open up to events and other activities as the restrictions that were put into place in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been eased. Residents from around the Tri-State Area are once again able to enjoy a meal in a restaurant ...

West Virginia schools need a reformer

West Virginia Board of Education members plan to select a new state superintendent of schools Wednesday. In many ways, it will be the most important decision made in our state this summer. That is saying a lot, of course. The upheaval caused by COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, ...

Let your voice be heard this election

The polls will be open in West Virginia Tuesday, and we continue to encourage area residents to let their voices be heard as part of the state’s primary election. The last few months have been unique in many ways, and that includes political campaigns and the election process. Candidates ...

Battle against dilapidated buildings must continue

Clearly frustrated with his part-time job on behalf of Brooke County residents, Anthony “Butch” Rotellini quit on Tuesday. Rotellini has been a part-time investigator of illegal dumping and dilapidated structures. Showing county commissioners a stack of 12 pending complaints, he said ...

A day which changed history

Saturday marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on that day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches ...

A return to exploration

The United States has, once again, set its sight for the stars. Following a weather delay last week, the nation watched Saturday afternoon as the first manned flight to launch from American soil in almost a decade lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With astronauts Bob ...

Courage, integrity needed now

Sometimes we wish we could rewind something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred May 25 in ...

Honoring a real American hero

It was not enough for West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams to save lives at the risk of his own during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. But for several years, Williams has been spearheading another campaign — to honor the ...

Celebrating our high school graduates

There’s no doubt this has been a disappointing spring for this year’s high school seniors. They never had the chance to close out their careers in sports. There was no opportunity to perform in one last musical. Annual awards dinners? Nope. There have been no proms, no graduation ...

Coaching recognition well deserved

His team might not have had the chance to defend its 2019 Ohio state baseball championship, but that does not diminish the work Brian Perkins, the school’s longtime coach, has done. Those efforts were recognized Thursday evening when Perkins was named as the recipient of the Ohio Valley ...

Show support for Brooke 911 levy

When the 911 phone system for handling emergency calls was set up, it appeared an excellent way of funding them had been devised. Users of landline telephones would pay small fees to support 911 service. Then cellphones became all the rage — and many buyers dropped their landline phones. ...

There’s no excuse not to vote

West Virginia’s primary election is officially two weeks away, with residents set to head to the polls June 9 after it being rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting by Mountain State residents has been going on for a while now, though, and, beginning today, it is in full ...

Be safe on the water

The warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine of spring mean that Tri-State Area residents will again be turning to the outdoors for recreation. Among the most popular activities area residents use to enjoy the spring and summer are boating and fishing. Both are fun ways to spend an ...

Remember the sacrifices

Throughout the nation’s history, millions have died protecting the freedom American citizens enjoy in the relative peace the rest of the world only dreams about. Think about that today as you light up the grill, spend time with family and friends or just hang out in your ...