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Local Columns

The countdown to Christmas has begun

Well, it’s November, the temperatures are getting cooler and, for many, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Some larger retail establishments have been getting ready for the last few weeks, with decorations and even candy lining the shelves. Or, if you happen to watch the ...

The road to recovery begins at home

Since becoming Wellsburg’s mayor in 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and learn about cities in the Northern Panhandle and throughout the entire state of West Virginia as well. In that time, I’ve come to realize that what serves as one of the most significant challenges faced by ...

History in the Hills: Chilling stories of the past

Halloween is a very special time for us in the Ohio Valley. In October, we seek out spooky, chilling or scary things which we don’t typically go for at other times of the year. Some people like to be scared by movies or walk through haunted houses. As for me, I get a chill from stories of ...

Lessons from West Virginia’s impeachment

After covering four months of last year’s impeachment of a majority of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, I feel like it prepared me for what’s going on at the national level with President Donald Trump and Congress’ impeachment process. While there are obvious differences, I do ...

Returning things can involve a long process

I must have looked at the big blue empty vase on my desk at work a hundred times or more since it had been delivered. And with every glance came great guilt. What’s wrong with me that I can’t return things in a timely fashion, I’ve asked myself every time my good intentions to do so ...

Focus on your health, beat the surveys

There’s been a good bit of news lately concerning the health and well-being of West Virginians. Several studies have commented on the weight of our state’s residents, saying a large percentage of us, young and old, tend to be unhealthy and have higher weights than we should. In fact, they ...

Read your Bible, pray everyday ….

Many of us have learned thru the use of a rhyme or a song. Some of us learned the books of the Bible thru singing them or the use of a rhyme to learn the 12 Apostles or other notable facts of the scriptures. This style of learning is not limited to just the Bible but to just about anything ...

What is in a name when it comes to education?

What’s in a name? It’s been more than 400 years since Juliet first asked this question of Romeo, but even in 2019 it seems as though we still don’t have a clear answer. This summer, after a series of changes at the academic and administrative levels, Wheeling Jesuit University was ...

A screening where everything came out fine

By their nature, colonoscopies can’t help but inspire and invite punny jokes. I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of this, so to speak, but more recently the latter. One well-meaning, ever encouraging friend of mine hugged me two days before I was to have the procedure. Realizing ...

Fortunate to have our history preservers

Most of you who know me, or have read very many of my column, know I’m appreciative of those who work to preserve our local history and culture. I’ve often talked about how wonderful it is that we have museums, art galleries, public displays and more to showcase what has made our area ...

The willingness to fight for and defend our freedom

(Scriptures for today but first prayer.) (Galations 5: 1) For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 1) According to the the Founding Fathers, tyranny shall not prevail and it is our duty to “root it out” wherever it rears ...

History in the Hills: The skulls of Steubenville

The Ohio River was vitally important to our ancestors here in the valley. For thousands of years, people have lived right here on this land, and the river and hills serve as an ever-present backdrop that is just as familiar to us in 2019 as it was to our ancient ancestors. On this ancient ...

Can’t we all just get along?

I’m going to take a break from the political races and talk about an issue that concerns me greatly: the division in our country. Nationally, an example of this divide can be found in the response to daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a ...

Now if you were me, where would you leave that?

Now if I were Janice, where would I have put a book of stamps with frogs on them? The book of stamps I just saw, honestly. They were right here, and now they’re gone. Poof. Another successful unsupervised disappearing act in the Kiaski household. I try to talk logic to myself whenever I ...

Dog park will add to our quality of life

The care of area animals is important to many of our residents. Many of us, at one time or another in our lives, has had a pet of some sort. Whether it has been a dog or a cat, or perhaps something more exotic, care of animals is important to those willing to open their hearts. Some ...

What do we do with the offer of forgiveness?

In Numbers 11, we hear about the Israelites grumbling and complaining. Frequently, when I run into church people who constantly complain, they say; that’s just the way I am. Many people also say this about other behaviors. It does not just apply to complaining. People who have frequent ...

Democratic governor’s race shaping up?

It looks like monied front-runner Stephen Smith might be getting some serious challengers for the Democratic primary for governor. That’s good, because that primary needed some excitement. It also needed more traditional West Virginia Democrats, which it looks like it is getting. I broke ...

Prepared for the fourth quarter of 2019

Between the time I’m writing this and the time that you’re reading this, the weather supposedly will have changed from summer in October to actual fall in October. I love Ohio and the fact that we can have all four seasons in one week or two and then do it all over again. Nothing like ...

Decisions ahead for recreational future

I’ve written previously about some of the discussions currently being held by members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation in planning for the future of the city’s parks and playgrounds. Earlier this year, the board decided to either shut down or no longer maintain five smaller ...

Finding your way to being nearer to God

Many times we don’t realize how close God really is. We think He’s way, way out there in another galaxy, millions of miles away. The truth is, we don’t have to go to a place in search of God. God is as close to you today as the person sitting next to you. When the apostle Paul visited ...