Editorials

Keep our rivers and waterways clean

The Ohio River has been one of the area’s greatest natural resources. The development of towns along the river depended upon its use as a means of drinking water, wildlife and transportation. Volunteers will have a chance to help protect the river Saturday. The 30th-annual Ohio River ...

Scheduling votes on school bills

Pop quiz: What is included in the Student Success Act approved last week by the West Virginia Senate? If your answer was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have been napping in class. Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But, as we have ...

Learn the issues and go vote

Residents of some of our communities will be heading to the polls Tuesday in order to select who will represent them in their respective municipal governments. Whether in Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg or Bethany, we encourage those who are eligible to vote to exercise their constitutional ...

Golf Classic has stood the test of time

When a charitable event has been around for 38 years, you know its organizers are doing something right. You also know members of the community are certain the organization it raises money for always has stepped up to help in times of need. A great example of such an event is the Weirton ...

West Virginia needs to attract more visitors

How many out-of-state residents will be persuaded by a new tourism campaign to vacation in West Virginia is a question. But clearly, we need to do something more to attract visitors to our state. Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials unveiled the campaign Tuesday in Mineral Wells. The ...

The great and noble undertaking

Today marks the 75th 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 of ...

Event to get people out on the river

Residents from across the Tri-State Area will have the opportunity to spend a fun afternoon on the Ohio River during Saturday’s Paddlefest. Presented by the Steubenville Department of Parks and Recreation, the free event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Steubenville ...

Freedom Ride is a challenge worth doing

For the 11th year, a group of area residents is hitting the bicycle trails this week in an effort to raise money for Tri-State Christian Academy. This year’s “Freedom Ride” is aimed at its participants riding a combined 1,010 miles, with donations and sponsorships going to cover the ...

Keeping our teen drivers safe on the road

During the past five years, nearly 3,500 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 ...

Appreciate all the little moments

One single moment in time can have a big impact on our lives. We were reminded of that once again last week when we learned of the deaths of Bart Starr and Bill Buckner. Both are remembered as professional athletes, Starr as quarterback with the Green Bay Packers and Buckner as a first ...

Improving West Virginia’s public schools

Charter schools have become the bogeyman of public school improvement in West Virginia. Their opponents, including the three unions representing many school employees, warn of dire consequences if legislators allow them in our state. Charters will siphon off funds needed by public schools, ...

Going back to the frontier

Tri-State Area residents will have the opportunity to see the past brought to life this weekend during Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben in downtown Steubenville. Visitors on Saturday and Sunday can experience early American life on the Ohio frontier. The history of the ...

Take time to get education reform right

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session on Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete Senate ...

Battling abuse is a daunting task

Deaths from drug overdoses tend to be the headlines regarding the scourge of substance abuse that continues to sweep West Virginia, Ohio and many other states. But the damage goes much deeper, as was pointed out last week during a meeting of the Brooke County Faith Team, which is attempting to ...

Be safe this graduation season

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Today we honor them

We hope everyone will take a few moments to think about the meaning of what Americans are asked to remember today. It’s Memorial Day, and it’s a time to remember that the freedoms we take for granted have come at a very steep price. It’s a day set aside to recognize the more than 1 ...

Take in our local community concerts

The outdoor concert season has arrived in the Tri-State Area, and whether you are looking for a particular style of music and performance or just want to kick back and relax on a late spring or summer afternoon or evening, you will have plenty of events to choose from during the next several ...

Helping students earn their degrees

Education is the key to a secure, successful career, but too many West Virginians cannot afford to earn post-high school degrees and certificates. Kudos to officials at West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College for thinking outside the box to make that easier. On ...

There’s a fair for everyone

Whether you’re looking for the chance to spend some quality time with friends and family, meet some new friends or just trying to find something special to do during the next several months, you need only look at the many fairs and festivals that are held throughout the Tri-State ...

Multiple-bill approach is best for education reform

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...