Local Columns

Spicing things up in the kitchen brings results

They say variety is the spice of life. Well too much variety of spices can pepper life with problems. Such issues can be managed, even resolved, however, a lesson Better Half and I learned last weekend when we decided our “spice station” in the kitchen needed a new game plan. It was ...

A continued focus on growth in our area

Our area was visited Thursday by an individual who could be considered as among the upper echelon of political power in the state of West Virginia. Ed Gaunch has been the state’s secretary of commerce since January, taking the reins of a section of our state government which oversees West ...

Madonna is preparing for the new school year

By MADONNA FACULTY The Madonna High School administration, faculty, staff, and coaches shared its 2019-2020 theme throughout activities as they gathered to prepare for the upcoming school year: FORWARD TOGETHER “God will guide our steps.” Proverbs 3:6. On Sunday, August 11, 2019 ...

To repeatedly sin is to be used by Satan

The following is a scriptural reference and point by point analysis of scripture. John 13: 21-30 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know ...

Afflicting the conflicted in government

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands this week to think about several things (I’ll explain why in a moment). One of those things is the subject of conflicts of interest and our West Virginia Legislature. I know, I’m a nerd. This is an issue that pops up from time to time, usually pushed ...

Making an exception to the no-racing edict

When you have a particular hobby or interest, you can quickly discover you’re not alone. Participating in races is proof of that. Ditto for going to estate auctions all the time or car shows or yard sales, for example, where you’ll find a lot of the same people all the time. The ...

Finding a new generation of leaders

Our communities are always on the lookout for new leaders, and we are definitely in need as we continue our march into a new future for the region. We have been turning the page in our area in recent years, and it doesn’t always help to keep going back to the same ideas which have been used ...

Who, or what, do you identify as your god?

Who is your God, or maybe I should ask, what is your god? Martin Luther said that whatever we pay the most attention to is our god. If a person spends all of their time on sports, then that is their god. If a person spends all their time on drugs or sex, then that is their god. Arnold Toynbee ...

The quiet countdown toward the election

January 2020 might be when the actual candidate filings start, but I feel we’re all waiting on Sept. 2. That’s when my sources say U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is expected to announce whether he plans to run again for governor. Manchin could still decide not to, but I do feel like this is all ...

A week of making some varied discoveries

There’s a scene from the movie “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet that came to mind for me this past week. It’s near the end of the movie when Rose, Winslet’s character, has been rescued, and she’s on board the Carpathia. It’s raining a bit, and she looks up ...

Remember to show respect for wildlife

I went on a quick trip to Morgantown last weekend in order to attend the awards dinner for the West Virginia Press Association Conference. While in the area, I decided to take a quick detour over to Coopers Rock State Forest. The almost 13,000-acre park has always been among my favorite sites ...

Find ways to share your hope with the world

Suicide is a topic that people don’t like to talk about. As Christians we may not understand why people would do such a thing, (even believers), taking their own lives. What are some warning signs? What can we do to help? Some warning signs could be seeing that a person is withdrawing ...

Another handful of odds and ends

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 207, giving FirstEnergy Solutions a $12.5 million break on their business and occupation taxes to stave off a 2022 closing of the Pleasants Power Station in my home county. Justice, sitting on the platform at the foot of the very cooling tower ...

Confessions of a not-so-hot shopper, cleaner

I think of myself how others may not see me at all — as a reasonably savvy grocery shopper and as a decent housekeeper who likes order. But I proved myself wrong on both counts this past week, including at the grocery store where I was buying some watermelons for a group feast. It is ...

Parks closures not an easy issue for anyone

A couple of weeks ago, members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation were provided with a recommended list of closures for some of the city’s recreational sites. Of the more than a dozen locations in Weirton, five have been targeted by the board, with officials citing a lack of use ...

What we learn from the parable of the donut

Hebrews 1:1-3 AMP bible 1 God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, 2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is ...

Power plant article creates a spark

It’s been a while since I got to take you behind-the-scenes of how a news story comes together, so sit back as I explain my two-part series on a lawsuit against a company owned by Gov. Jim Justice brought by a company that just got a tax break from the state. First of all, let me do a ...

Always having just one more thing to do

I always seem to have a thing or more to do. That is, before I can call it quits or wrap up any given day, there’s generally another something or other that needs attention. Better Half is used to this when he calls me at work mid-afternoon and makes the anticipated inquiry. “What ...

Those school days are fast approaching

It is almost the end of July, which means we are only a few more weeks from the beginning of the school year. I’m sure the rare youth reading this column has probably groaned upon seeing those words, and I can understand your pain, but it is a fact of life that summer vacations will be ...

Community can ‘Grow with Google’

The Mary H. Weir Public Library is excited to announce that Google will be bringing its program Grow with Google and free workshops to our library on Wednesday. These workshops will primarily focus on helping local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their ...