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Editorials

Continue support for Weirton United Way

The Weirton United Way is planning one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, although, as with everything else in the last year, there will be a twist. The 10th-annual Tailgate fundraiser has been scheduled for Feb. 6, and tickets are on sale. Typically, this event would feature an ...

King’s message remembered today

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Our school boards’ options are limited

In-person classes will be returning to the majority of West Virginia’s schools in the coming week, with the exception of high schools located in counties classified “red” by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. We know there are mixed opinions on whether this is a good ...

Remembering King’s dream

Residents from across our region aren’t letting concerns about COVID-19 stop them from remembering the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Once again, pupils, parents, city leaders, senior citizens and others from across the Tri-State Area have the chance to learn about and ...

Keep vaccinating, West Virginia

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Providing fair coverage of COVID in W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice, Friday, criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media ...

Professional hockey is making its return

As we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing a greater number of groups and organizations figure out ways to at least return to something resembling their normal schedules. That’s especially true in the world of sports. This year’s college football season, which ...

School will be better, safer for students

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

Still finding ways to enjoy football

This is the type of weekend that football fans around the Tri-State Area have been looking forward to for a long time. It’s playoff time in the National Football League and college football is preparing to end its strangest season ever with the national championship game. And the games ...

Andochick served as a shining example

The city of Weirton lost a true public servant last week with the passing of former mayor Michael Andochick. Though not originally from the city, Weirton quickly became his home after his family moved here when he was 9 years old. As with many of the city’s residents, his family moved here ...

Billiard’s contributions will be remembered

For many years, when someone thought of Brooke County, they probably also thought of Paul “Bud” Billiard. Over a 23-year coaching career, he guided the Brooke Bruins football team to 185 wins, with 15 playoff appearances, three Class AAA state championships and seven OVAC championships, ...

Governor can’t dodge this issue

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

An ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan is vital

Precisely what President-elect Joe Biden has in mind for an energy policy will not be known until after he takes office on Jan. 20. Unless we miss our guess, it will be only a matter of weeks after that before we are given good clues to his plans. Much of the relief outgoing President Donald ...

Work to keep more people in West Virginia

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released recently indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35% between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going backwards, as it ...

A season hanging in the balance

Fans of professional football should have seen this coming. While area residents have been pointing to Sunday’s showdown between Pittsburgh and Cleveland as being a key game since the National Football League schedule was first released, the game, as it turns out, will have little meaning ...

Looking forward to a new year

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2021 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. That’s especially true after 2020, a year ...

Reflecting on the losses of 2020

It’s likely that you lost a cultural icon who meant something to you during 2020, whether from the world of politics, art or sports. We again were reminded the importance a single person can make on the lives of everyone through the losses of a couple of giants from the world of politics. ...

Think twice before having that drink

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. We expect this year there will be fewer parties and those that are held will be attended by fewer people. In addition, bars and restaurants in Ohio will close well before midnight on ...

A very COVID bowl season

If you are a fan of college football, you already know that this season has looked vastly different from those in the past. Just like everything else in all of our lives this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for many changes. There’s the season itself. Some conferences decided in ...

Taking the necessary precautions

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...