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Local Columns

Magical experiences in Walt Disney World

With West Virginia glowing red with COVID-19 delta cases, it made sense to continue with a pre-scheduled trip to Walt Disney World and a state that’s now on the downward glidepath in COVID cases: Florida. The Disney trip has been in the works for a while. I travel fairly frequently with my ...

Remembering the important times for our nation

The night of September 10, 2001, I was covering a meeting of Weirton Council. I had joined this newspaper only a few weeks prior, so it was my first regular council meeting and I was still getting acquainted with everyone. I remember very little about that night. I couldn’t tell you a single ...

There are some things exclusively your job

There are some things people count on you to do, and that’s all there is to it. There’s no deviating, no possibility of retiring, no passing the ceremonial baton on to someone else. It’s your job, understood or not. Period. End of story. When I was growing up, for example, my mother ...

Your voice counts with the Public Service Commission

Everyone wants his/her voice to be heard – especially in matters that have a direct impact on his/her daily lives and their budgets. When the Public Service Commission is considering the various aspects of a case that will affect the general public, we want to hear what you have to ...

A good news week for Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice has had a few bad weeks with the many issues facing his businesses and even being denied an opportunity to coach the Greenbrier East High School boys’ basketball team. The last 18 months of the pandemic have been no picnic for him, with the worst likely to come. Yet, last ...

It’s OK to take care of our own needs

There’s a quote I’ve seen at various points around the internet. I’m not certain who is supposed to have said it, and, quite frankly, with the internet, you never know whether the individual cited is truly the correct person anyway. It goes: “I’m lost. I’ve gone to look for ...