Editorials

Earning their blue ribbon

Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students of A.T. Allison Elementary School! Located in Chester, Allison is one of 349 schools across the country announced as a National Blue Ribbon School for this year. It was one of only three West Virginia schools to earn the honor, recognized as ...

Getting into the Christmas spirit

The calendar might show that Christmas is still two months away, but the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the spirit of the holiday when the annual Christmas in the Park celebration returns this weekend. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Journalism still matters

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, "Journalism matters — now more than ever." Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did not. ...

Stop e-cig sale to juveniles

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. Working with local law enforcement ...

Donnelly’s story an inspiration

We hope the world takes as much inspiration as possible from the book by ESPN’s Tom Friend, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight” as those who know Steubenville native and former Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly draw from the story. Donnelly has told the story as an inspirational ...

Continuing the spirit of exploration

It's become fashionable in this age of global warming and the rise of ever-tougher diseases to blame Christopher Columbus with destroying the New World. To those who succumb to such talk, we issue a reminder: There would be no New World if Columbus, motivated by either the desire to explore ...

FEMA should show some understanding

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

New mural reflects local history

It's appropriate that the latest mural in the series that covers walls in downtown Steubenville and Hollywood City Center will be dedicated Sunday. That's because the subject of that painting — Moses Fleetwood Walker — was born on Oct. 7, 1857, in Mount Pleasant. What makes him worthy ...

Unmask, punish corrupt officials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state Senate ...

Wellsburg Applefest carries on 40-year tradition

A tradition that has brought residents of the Tri-State Area together for many decades will be renewed for the 40th time this weekend. It’s the annual Wellsburg Applefest, which will run Friday though Sunday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town Square. The festival celebrates the ...

Coalition could be valuable

West Virginia’s profile in the natural gas world may be rising even more after last week. Del. Mark Zatezalo announced the state had been accepted as a member of the Energy Council, which he explained is an international coalition focusing on energy-related issues. The group includes 13 ...

Utility investment should be considered

Weirton officials recently began discussing a proposal which would see the expansion of treatment facilities for the city’s water and sanitary services. While it obviously would mean some increase in costs to residents, we feel it is something that needs to be looked into for the future of ...

Make it clear that justice is being done

Even as many eyes are trained on Washington these days, we in West Virginia are going through our own supreme court battle. The one in Washington, over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has degenerated into a vicious confrontation that often seems more a political duel than a search ...

EGCC has shown vision for 50 years

Longtime Jefferson Community College board member Nick Mougianis had a saying: "You win with people." In the three-day celebration of what is now Eastern Gateway Community College, the phrase was obvious. From high school students visiting campus to EGCC students, staff and faculty ...

Conservation fund important

What do Grand Canyon National Park and the Benwood and Barnesville municipal swimming pools have in common? The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both the national landmark and the local pools have benefited from LWCF funding. Unless Congress acts soon, however, the LWCF may cease to ...

Chamber event benefits community

The annual Wine and Dine at Williams is set to take place this Saturday, and, as always, it is certain to be a great evening. Presented by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, the event will begin at 6 p.m. at Williams Golf and ...

An obligation for the truth

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

Helping the youthful victims

For years, West Virginians have been making slow but steady progress in making life better for our children. Infant mortality is down. The percentage of children living in poverty has been reduced. More are completing high school. Then, along came the drug abuse epidemic. Child abuse and ...

Helping veterans with surplus items

Surely the Pentagon can spare a few old blankets and coats to help those who served our country in uniform. It doesn’t seem too much to ask. Another in a series of “Veteran Stand Down Resource Fairs” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10, at West Virginia Northern Community ...

Be aware of the risk factors

Prostate cancer are ugly words to American men. That's because the disease is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it's the leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer. Long labled the "silent killer," prostate cancer often develops in men without any obvious ...