Local Columns

Taking a whiff of political potpouri

Are you tired of hearing about the governor’s race? Me too, but I’ll have some tidbits in this column if you keep reading. Instead, I thought I’d try to handicap the races from Board of Public Works. The Board of Public Works includes the governor, the secretary of state, the attorney ...

Doing what you can, to infinity and beyond

You do what you can do. If my week had a theme to it, that was probably it. I was commissioned to make Rice Krispies treats/a.k.a marshmallow treats as the dessert for one night of our church’s Vacation Bible School program this past week. The theme was “Farm Fresh Faith” so our ...

Focus on local work, not national battles

As part of a recent hearing before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin questioned why more information wasn’t forthcoming about West Virginia’s November 2017 memorandum of understanding with China Energy. The agreement was valued at $83.7 billion, ...

Never stop finding ways to share the gospel

Let nothing stand in our way, share the gospel faithfully. 27) Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28) Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the ...

Is Manchin’s revenge on Justice coming?

I’ve written a lot about the drama of the state and county Republican Executive Committees, but I’ve been asked about the status of the state Democratic Party. In my life — despite what some other political writers seem to think — I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats. My ...

Making some good use of waiting spells

Waiting forces you to do a lot of things. To exercise your patience muscle, which can be painful, especially if it’s atrophied or out of shape. To be constructive and productive with your time. To re-evaluate your life. To expand your horizons. I was thinking about all this when I ...

A reminder of some of our local traditions

This last week, we were reminded of just a few of the many ties that bind our communities together. Whether it be Weirton, New Cumberland, Follansbee, Steubenville, Burgettstown, Wheeling or some of the towns in between, there are certain things in which we take pride. These include some of ...

Figuring out the art of ‘asking’

Jesus asked more questions than He answered. In fact, “Jesus asked 307 questions. He was asked 183 of which He only answered three. Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answered directly, he asked, literally, one hundred.” When we ...

West Virginia GOP could learn from these United States

The creation of what would become the United States of America was not an easy thing to agree upon. There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence by Aug. 2, 1776, (the motion for independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but the actual declaration ...

Artistic efforts continue to grow in our area

The completion of a long-time public art display was celebrated Friday, and I hope all of our residents take time to visit it, enjoy it and possibly even learn from it. The mosaic now located along one of the inside walls of Cove Commons was officially unveiled with a picnic-style reception ...

Appreciating the freedom of a July morning

It’s July!!! And the seventh already at that, as far as today’s date of publication. Great Earth! I swear I blinked a time or two in between periods of rain and more rain and cool temperatures and then steamy ones and boom, June was history. Didn’t I just hang up my patriotic flag ...

Spending our time more wisely, serving God

It seems I become misplaced in my daily tasks. Confusion would perhaps be too strong of a word. After my morning coffee/breakfast I get started in my day. I think I need to gas up the car, go to the post office, head to the grocery store and pick up the items on my list. Often, I return home ...

Making the grade in state government

House Bill 206 was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, bringing an end to the education reform saga that started officially on Jan. 24 — a nearly six-month struggle. The governor was supposed to hold a couple of bill signing ceremonies today — one in Kanawha County and one in ...

The act of illuminating can be a dark topic

It was a validating visit. And it unfolded when a friend stopped by for an impromptu back porch chit-chat session that included a casual, innocent comment. She mentioned how pretty she thought the house looked whenever she’d drive by at night and see all the lights on through all the ...

Industry still needs to be encouraged

The economy moves in cycles. The types of jobs which might be prevalent at one point in our history will disappear, to be replaced with something else. Sometimes those older jobs, or something similar to them, make a comeback. It’s something we are starting to see here in the Ohio ...

Those ‘other’ three little words

Believers on every continent of the earth continually give heartfelt thanks for the three little words in John 3:16, that remind us why grace is so amazing! “…God so loved…”. Then immediately following are three more astounding and glorious words, “…that He gave…”. And who is ...

A party divided continues to stand

For those wondering if the state Republican Party is cracking, the answer is no. There is a long history of fractionalization in the state party. The drama between Wood County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Rob Cornelius and West Virginia Republican Party Executive Committee ...

Priceless expressions from children’s faces

His expression was priceless. On Sundays at church, there’s a children’s chat given with a message that typically runs parallel to the sermon theme itself. It’s a little people’s sermon, brief and to the point. The preacher invites the kids to come forward and gather around, and ...

Local voters need to be more active

It wasn’t a good year for our local elections. It should have been a hint back in April when we saw Weirton’s primary results. Some residents claimed they weren’t aware there was an election, despite the various bits of news coverage and campaign signs sprouting up throughout ...

A potpourri coming out of Charleston

Today the House of Delegates resumes the education special session, breaking into four select committees to consider legislation from its members, the Senate’s Student Success Act and accompanying education savings account bill, and some additional bills. That’s right, Gov. Jim Justice is ...