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Local Columns

Reporter’s notebook/You’re not able to please everyone

Until recently, there hasn’t been any polling released in the race for Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. So far, all we have is an internal poll paid for by the Justice campaign and conducted by Mark Blankenship, a long-time Republican ...

A reminder that good people do exist

This last week brought two major reminders of just how amazing our area can be, as well as how many of our own neighbors might need a helping hand. The Weirton United Way kicked off its campaign officially on Monday. This year, as with everything else, the campaign will be different. There is ...

Guest column/West Virginia is attacking fraud on all fronts

No matter what form fraud takes, we at the West Virginia Attorney General’s office are dedicated to protecting taxpayers and their money. Our work to root out consumer, disability and Medicaid fraud will soon surpass $410 million since 2013. That number exceeds $1 billion when you factor in ...

Aunt Betty celebrated on turning 100 years old

Al Roker may not have mentioned my Aunt Betty’s name on the “Today” show for having turned 100, but even though her picture didn’t make the front of a Smucker’s jam jar, there was no less fanfare when it came to celebrating Betty Hout becoming a centenarian on Sept. 12. An open house ...

History in the Hills: A look at Weirton Heights

There are clues to the past everywhere. Old buildings, roads, neighborhoods and areas or locations that have unique names, but we can’t remember why, are fascinating to me. Weirton is a relatively young city compared to our neighbors in Steubenville and Wellsburg, who have 18th century ...

9/11 victims more than just numbers

This month we took time to remember the 19th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 19 years ago and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of Sept. 11. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war on terror later. ...

From the Pulpit: God with us in time of spiritual warfare

When we first become a Christian, we are known as “baby” Christians because we are a new creation, a new believer in Christ. Then we grow in our faith, and we start to mature a little more day by day, month by month, year by year. The marks of maturity start to show up in our Christian ...

Reporter’s notebook/It’s time to let the games begin

Start the countdown, folks. We’re just 50 days away from the Nov. 3, general elections. Labor Day traditionally marks the official start of campaign season, so expect to see your TVs and radio bombarded with ads, your mailboxes full of mailers, and your streets lined with signs. According ...

Don’t panic about Halloween just yet

Halloween is among my favorite holidays. There’s just something about the history, tradition and, of course, the mischief associated with the celebration. It’s mid-September, so thoughts are, obviously turning to that evening of merriment where the kids dress up in costume to collect ...

Getting ready for ‘inspection’ can be exhausting

I spent the better part of Labor Day laboring, getting ready for “inspection.” You know that saying about how your company isn’t coming to give your house a good going over or the white glove test to see how much deeper the dust is since the last visit, that they’re coming to see you ...

Guest column/Honoring all of our nation’s fallen heroes

The Mountain State is home to some of the most patriotic Americans and as a result many West Virginians are called to serve our country resulting in one of the highest rates of military service in the nation. For the past six years I’ve participated in the Ride for Fallen Service Heroes to ...

Reporter’s notebook/Joe Manchin’s proxy race for governor

It’s been just over one year since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would remain in the Senate and not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, but it sure seems to me like he’s still running. No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County ...

Laboring in a chronic state of something or other

Imagine yourself being in a chronic state of constipation. You always feel a little uneasy, uncomfortable, not quite right, bloated, full of angst, looking for relief. Shall I go on? Nothing really cures this condition completely — nothing over the counter, nothing under the counter, ...

Not holding my breath on broadband

Gov. Jim Justice, and other state officials, took some time Thursday to announce a broadband expansion project for the state. Using a series of executive orders and proposed legislation, the governor hopes West Virginia will be able to receive federal funds to subsidize the construction of ...

Here’s to a revival of pure worship in the church

Psalm 111:1 — “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly.” Psalm 96:9 — “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.” Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due ...

History in the Hills: An appetizing food past

The people of the Ohio Valley have contributed greatly to history both nationally and locally. From the mills that supplied the steel to win world wars, to professional athletes competing in a variety of sports, the people of the Ohio Valley excelled. This also is true in food history. The ...

Reporter’s notebook/Two months away from the election

As of this writing, we are 64 days from the Nov. 3, general election, with the traditional start of campaign season coming next week on Labor Day. Of course, candidates have been trying to get out and around the state now for weeks since they mostly couldn’t do it during the lead up to the ...

A ‘National Day’ for just about everything…

There is a “National Day” of observance and celebration for just about anything and everything under the sun. Earlier this week, for example, it was National Dog Day, and I’m all for dogs having their day. Cats, too, naturally, and horses, of course. Giddyup. Dogs are adorable and so ...

Government has limits in job creation

With the election approaching, we are sure to hear candidates talking about jobs plans and ways they want to grow the economy. There’s no argument jobs are needed in our country. While conditions seemed to have been improving over the last decade, there were still millions of Americans out ...