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Local Columns

Enforcement needed to reduce fentanyl overdoses

Last year, drug overdose deaths increased to almost 100,000 Americans, and West Virginia was not spared. One reason for the alarming surge is the growth of deadly fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Deaths from fentanyl overdose increased 87 percent ...

A political house divided over COVID

I feel bad for Senate President Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw. I can only guess at how Hanshaw is feeling right now, but I can attest that Blair is tired right now as he tries to keep the Senate Republican Caucus together over the issue of COVID-19. I saw Blair a few hours after ...

The ‘free’ stuff is hardly ever really cheap

“Free” things are seldom really free. And they’re usually not even all that cheap either, I am reminded on occasion. Now not that I’ve been offered one or have added to my equine lawn ornaments Tucker and Thunder, but let’s just suppose for the sake of argument that you’re asked ...

Some unsolicited advice for city officials

Monday night, Mayor Harold Miller and members of Weirton Council opted to choose from amongst their own ranks for the next city manager with the selection of Mike Adams, the current Ward 2 representative on council. The vote was 6-0, with Adams recusing himself from the room during the ...

Help us to honor our local Community Stars

Oct. 27, 1998, was a typical Tuesday. Residents from around the Tri-State Area went about their normal routines. Steubenville City Council held its regular weekly meeting. But while all of that was going on, a special group was gathering in the banquet room at the old Lenora’s in Hollywood ...

History in the Hills: Anniversary highlights

Historians love anniversaries. Marking a past event is always a great way to renew interest in a particular topic. It’s also a good time to re-examine our interpretation of a particular aspect of history and see if our understanding of it could use a fresh perspective. For example, there is ...