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Local Columns

Week away brings productivity, pleasantries

If you missed my face and message in this space in last weekend’s edition, I will add you to the vast list of three people who made that known to me — Pauline in New Manchester, (thank you for the phone call on Monday, the day of my return when I probably would have preferred not to); ...

The real competition is about to begin

Well, the West Virginia primary election is over for the most part (some absentee and provisional ballots still need to be counted) and now attention is being turned to November. I’m not going to say much about the voter turnout for the primary. We published an article in recent days ...

History in the Hills: Venturing in to the city

It’s hard to imagine our area today without industry. The mills and factories that dot our landscape are as familiar to us as our own homes. I know right before I returned to Weirton after being gone for so long it was strange to drive on Main Street and no longer see the green aging B.O.P. ...

When miffed over someones attitude, how is your own?

By PASTOR GARY C. LILLY Restoration Church Ever had a difficult time dealing with someone because of their attitude? Ever been the one, that people have difficulty with because of yours? There almost seems to be a “spirit” that comes along with an attitude. It can fill up a room with ...

Reporter’s notebook/Thoughts on Minneapolis and the nation

With the primary tomorrow, I figured I’d be writing one last column about the election, but the events in Minneapolis and the resulting peaceful protests and violent riots have been heavily weighing on my mind. This column can’t do any justice to what happened to George Floyd. I simply ...

An important time to use our voices

We are at a turning point in the history of not only our nation, but the world. After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis less than two weeks ago, rallies, demonstrations, protests and riots have taken place in all 50 states, and close to 20 other nations. This is a movement unlike ...

Reporter’s notebook/A potpourri of thoughts on the election

Here we are, eight days out from the June 9 primary election and it’s crunch time for statewide candidates still trying to influence voters who are marking absentee ballots, taking part in early voting or waiting to vote a week from Tuesday. I traditionally vote on the first day of early ...

Finding different ways to honor our graduates

By now, most, if not all, of our local high schools would have held commencement services for their graduating senior classes. That hasn’t happened this year, at least not in the traditional sense, for obvious reasons. There still is some discussion at certain schools of holding in-person ...

There’s no comfort during writing process

There’s no comforting a columnist who lacks inspiration on column-writing day. Just ask my husband. Better Half tried to be supportive when I sat on the living room couch Thursday evening, but I just whined and offered pained expressions, like a procrastinating student who’s waited until ...

History in the Hills: They shall not grow old

A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched a fascinating documentary entitled “They Shall Not Grow Old.” This documentary, directed by Peter Jackson, used more than 600 hours of World War I veteran interviews and more than 1,000 hours of film from the Imperial War Museum in London to tell ...

Reporter’s notebook/We continue to remember the sacrifices

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: I published this column last Memorial Day. This coming Memorial Day will be quite different, with most events and parades canceled. Even Alumni Weekend in St. Marys is canceled, where I would have celebrated the 20th anniversary as a member of the Class of 2000. The ...

The sky will still be a special shade of blue

The sky is always a unique shade of blue when it’s Memorial Day weekend. It’s crisp, inspiring, full of promise. There’s just something extra special about it. That’s always been my theory anyway. And I don’t think I’m the only one who sees it that way or feels out of sorts ...

Get out, support your local businesses

Last week, I wrote about some of the differences in the “reopenings” of our local states. West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are following different schedules and using different techniques in their efforts to bring the states back to some sort of normalcy. One of the big components is ...

This is the day the Lord has made

Hello everyone. This day the Lord has made is the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week. Since many of us are not back to worshipping collectively, I want to give us some encouragement to help us personally during these new days. I really miss not getting to see my church family in person, ...

Nancy Pelosi’s partisan power grab

It’s been a tough couple of months as our nation-and the entire world-deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of us know someone who has been infected by the virus and some of us have lost loved ones as a result. We’ve become accustomed to the new norm of social distancing, ...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline offers long-term benefit

We cannot delay progress — particularly with vital infrastructure — in West Virginia. Earlier this year, I stood shoulder to shoulder with dozens of pipeliners, laborers and business leaders to underscore the importance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to West Virginia. The gathering, ...

Reporter’s notebook: The coronavirus culture wars continue on

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the newest front in the culture war between the left and the right: the coronavirus. As things begin slowly to reopen and as we learn to live with COVID-19 floating around out there, this battle shows no signs in slowing down. Both sides are foolish. On one ...

Getting a little cranky and edgy these days

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. The hair appointment that’s in my very near future elevates me to the ecstatic-happy level, but as a rule I’m a basically content, happy person for no particular reason at all. But then along came this hunker-down response to the coronavirus ...

Keep an eye on the direction we take

The state’s are beginning to ease off of the restrictions put in place in their efforts to “flatten the curve” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has, no doubt, been a difficult couple of months for many of us. Businesses have been closed, people have not been working and much ...

Lessons from the Road to Emmaus

Christians around the world, and all-around social media, have spent a lot of time in the past months talking about the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection. During the week leading up to Easter we talked about the familiar stories; about Jesus arriving in Jerusalem for the ...