Local Columns

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer

It was a busy day in Weirton Saturday. The temperatures have warmed up, for the most part, and there are more outdoor activities scheduled. That also means community festivals, concerts and other events are just around the corner. MedExpress held its annual Kidz Day event at Marland Heights ...

Christianity is not as dead as some may think

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

Odds and ends out of Charleston

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Enlightenment on the bakeless bake sale

There are times when you must know something, when you need the answer, when you must get to the bottom of things, when you must learn the truth. This was my situation the other day when I became intent upon learning what exactly is a bakeless bake sale. Maybe in the grand scheme of things ...

A definitive guidepost for our future

A couple of weeks ago, area business leaders gathered for a presentation which could assist in better planning for the future of the Upper Ohio Valley. Approximately 50 individuals were in attendance to hear from a group representing West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of ...

Prayer is your best weapon in life

Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into ...

Help Madonna continue its traditions of excellence

The faculty and staff of Madonna High School work daily to prepare students of Madonna for successful futures spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Through Madonna High School’s mission of providing an environment of a caring community in service of the Gospel of Jesus ...

Lawmakers may be re-taking the test

The return of lawmakers for Gov. Jim Justice’s special session for “education betterment” is right around the corner. Or is it? Of course, we’ve technically been in special session since midnight March 9 as soon as the regular session ended. Lawmakers adjourned until a day and time as ...

Trees here one day are trees gone the next

Here one day, gone the next. A tree, that is. Make that two trees. Having a couple of really, really tall trees cut down at long last not only changes the landscape, it stirs some tree memories as well, go figure. This much I know now that the family homestead where I live has a barren ...

Our state parks need more than online reservations

West Virginia officials made what they termed an “exciting” announcement for the future of our state park system on Friday. It wasn’t a new marketing campaign, brought forth by the state’s tourism department, focusing solely on the various parks in the Mountain State. It wasn’t news ...

Christ in you is the hope of glory

On this Sunday the excitement, wonder, and special religious activities of Easter are a week-old memory. But as all true believers know; every day is resurrection day. The glory, majesty, and eternal significance of the resurrection emanates from the hearts of those who have risen with Christ ...

Do the best with what we have

To the Editor, When people first get jobs, most are happy because they have a steady income, most likely benefits, and a new found purpose and sense of well being. In other words, they are grateful. But as time lapses and human nature gravitates toward our lesser Angel’s, they become ...

Educate, nurture our faith

On April 16, 2019, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston celebrated Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. Chrism Mass manifests the unity between the bishop and priest of a diocese. During Chrism Mass, the three oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, Holy ...

Keep a better eye on our youth

To the Editor, Last August my godson was shot and killed in Toronto. Since his murder I have sat back and watched as our youth have been taking sides. Those that support the three accused of Dylan’s death have been vocal about Dylan’s body and his murder, with every post leading into a ...

My millionaire can beat up your billionaire

Over the next 12 months, expect to see a pretty epic race between Gov. Jim Justice and former Department of Commerce secretary Woody Thrasher. I predicted in December that Thrasher was thinking about getting in, though I had no way of knowing which party he’d pick. I knew he was a Democrat ...

On running late into a beautiful sunrise

I had slept in. You know how that goes, especially when the day’s agenda before you is ambitious and arduous, not the kind of day that needs a tardy start. I hate to have to send an “I’m-running-late” text. “Be in ASAP.” Oh, to be human, and double oh to be an adult, not ...

Today’s schools are not what they used to be

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was walking through the halls of a high school as a student. But, time passes faster than we realize and it’s now more than two decades later. The school, of couse, is still there, although it has experienced some physical additions, the removal of ...

Gov. Justice and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

The pressure is mounting for Gov. Jim Justice, who was dealt several blows over the last week or so. I wrote about most of these issues over the weekend, so I won’t re-hash them all in great detail. You already knew about the vote of no confidence by the Kanawha County Republican Executive ...

Time to do a countdown on Kiaski clocks

The absence of a clock in one room led to a discussion about and a count of how many timekeepers are in other rooms in the house we call home sweet home museum. This topic came up yet again when Better Half and I were watching television in the living room, long referred to as “the piano ...

Do your research on charter proposals

As I mentioned last week, it’s quite possible most voters didn’t feel a need to go to their polling location April 2 because of the lack of competitive races. That can’t happen this time around, so I encourage everyone to take the next few weeks to learn about the candidates and issues ...