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Editorials

It’s playoff time in West Virginia

For many fans of area high school football, it doesn’t get too much better than this weekend. While Ohio’s teams are entering the second week of playoffs, the area’s West Virginia squads are ready to open post-season play. Oak Glen and Weirton Madonna will begin their second seasons ...

Never too late to honor our heroes

It is never too late to honor a hero. It was appropriate, then, that the late Joseph Guio Jr. was recognized in Follansbee this week, nearly 75 years after his courage and compassion was demonstrated. Guio was serving in the Navy during World War II. In December 1944, his ship, the USS ...

Be careful driving on the winter roads

Drivers got their first taste of winter driving this week, albeit the snow was mainly on the grass. Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic ...

Funds lacking for dam repair

Eight of the 10 small-watershed dams in West Virginia deemed to be at-risk for failure are located in the Northern Panhandle, as we reported recently. State officials emphasize the risk rating system does not mean every dam listed is about to fail. The ratings are based on the number of ...

Grateful for our veterans

The names of the battlefields American men and women have fought on have changed many times over the years, but we must always remember the sacrifices they have made in those faraway places. That’s why we want every reader to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to remember all who have ...

Look closely at red wolf proposal

Some West Virginians consider the Monongahela National Forest, 919,000 acres in the eastern mountains, the very heart of our wild, wonderful state. No doubt some of them have heard of a recommendation to try the forest as a site to reintroduce red wolves to the wild. Red wolves are among the ...

Address the needs of foster care system

Many of our woes in West Virginia are blamed on the drug abuse crisis, and quite rightly so. But one of the attorneys involved in a lawsuit over the state’s foster care system for children insists shortcomings there existed long before substance addiction reared its ugly head. A few weeks ...

Enjoying the Festival of Lights

As the sun set on the Ohio Valley Thursday evening, the hills of Oglebay Park lit up in a delightful fashion for the annual Winter Festival of Lights. More than 300 acres became a wonderland of beautiful displays, including new ones along with old favorites. Since 1985, the festival has been ...

Trumpeting elk as an attraction

State officials hope reintroduction of elk to West Virginia will help the tourism industry. Initial indications are they are on the right track. A small herd of elk obtained from Kentucky and Arizona has been established in the wild in Logan County. This fall, state wildlife officials hosted ...

Residents deserve the full picture

When Weirton Council convenes its regular meeting next week, members will be presented with the second reading of an ordinance to increase part of the city’s municipal police and fire service fee. Currently, the fee assesses $50 per household per year to provide funding to support the ...

Be alert during deer season

Drivers need to be careful this time of the year to avoid deer crashes. But the odds are against you driving in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, especially, in West Virginia. The odds of a Mountain State resident having an insurance claim because of a deer or animal collision is 1 in 38. In ...

Transparency still lacking in diocese

Very, very few people receive $79,000 pay raises in a year. But Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, did, as our story on page one of today’s newspaper explains. Financial records obtained by the News-Register and The Intelligencer indicate ...

Teach children more, not less

Spending less time teaching students at a time when multiple indicators suggest we in the Mountain State are not educating many of them adequately does not make sense. Yet on Wednesday, state Board of Education President David Perry suggested that legislators should consider reducing the ...

Take precautions with the time change

As you make your way around the house today changing clocks and watches back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — your smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time are a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to ...

Foundation continues support for community

For the last 20 years, the Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has worked to support the community by giving back to area organizations and service projects. That sense of giving continued earlier this week when the foundation awarded $44,000 in grants to 31 groups from the ...

Reveal details about Bransfield

Roman Catholics in West Virginia may well be wondering whether there was any end to Michael Bransfield’s perfidy — and that clearly is the right word — while he was in power as bishop of their diocese. Revelations about Bransfield’s misdeeds continue to spill out. The most recent ...

Have a safe and happy Halloween

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout the Tri-State Area on Thursday evening, we ask parents to make safety a priority this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Parents should always accompany young ...

Spending hike was premature

You may have heard it said that the problem with the always-unbalanced federal budget is not a lack of revenue but, rather, too much spending. The same could be said for West Virginia’s general revenue budget. On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration revealed state agencies have been ...

Helping disaster victims — or not

At the rate federal disaster relief funds are dripping out of state government, it could be 13 years before some flood victims in West Virginia get help. Do the math: In February 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized state government to begin drawing down $149 ...

Alter eating habits and live longer

It was no surprise to learn this week that West Virginians are No. 1 in something. We lead the nation in the percentage of adults who are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38.1 percent of Mountain State adults are obese, the CDC reports. That fits ...