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Local Columns

History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables

One of my pastimes, if you could call it that, is visiting old cemeteries. I think it stems from the fact that these places are untouched by time. Stones that are placed there to honor the dead are in most cases unchanged, depending on the materials they are made from. For me, this a very ...

Wishing mothers and nurturers a happy day

I was washing dishes the other evening when I thought about her. Mrs. Marie Della Penna was my home economics teacher when I was an eighth-grader at Jefferson Union High School. I seem to remember her offering advice in a class once about the best way to wash a dish with dried scrambled egg ...

International companies aren’t the enemy

A little over a week ago, officials with the City of Weirton organized a press briefing and site tour with representatives of the Frontier Group of Companies and others to announce a planned development project in the city. The proposed creation of a solar farm on Brown’s Island has been ...

Keeping the silent majority in mind

I have to keep telling myself that our country is not as divided as a country as we appear to be, but with the loud voices on the fringe left and fringe right regarding the coronavirus, it’s easy to be a little disheartened. I have no idea where the middle exactly falls on the scale, but I ...

Relating to characters stranded on islands

We’re all in the same boat, so the consensus seems to be. But some of us are getting a bit more seasick than others. Honestly, there are times during these abnormal living circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions that I feel like a character in a movie or TV ...

We still vote during a viral pandemic

In a normal year, this next week would have been a time for us at the newspaper to remind everyone about the importance of going to your polling location in a little over a week. West Virginia’s primary election was supposed to be held May 12. The biggest item on the ballot, of course, will ...

Do not treat God as a divine vending machine

I remember a priest once saying that we do not go boldly into foolishness in order to see if God will follow. In Matthew 4, Jesus is tempted by Satan, and in one of the temptations, Satan takes Jesus up to the highest pinnacle on the temple, and tells him to jump off. Jesus says that we are not ...

History in the Hills: Weirton’s lost treasure

Most small children are excited by buried treasure, and my 6-year-old son Paulie is no exception. There is something exciting about hearing a story, finding a treasure map and following it to “X marks the spot.” It is the adventure of the hunt, and the hope of discovery of something lost ...

Right to Work opportunity for unions to adapt

Sometimes you can’t fight the inevitable, and that’s what happened last week when the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — after nearly five years with the case in limbo — ruled the state’s Right to Work law was constitutional and valid. It was really the only decision that ...

More appreciation for our community

One of the things I most enjoy about my job is seeing and visiting our community events. There always has been something special about the various festivals, fundraisers, parades and other activities offered in the Upper Ohio Valley. They have a unique flavor and a history we all can ...

The cry of my head: Free the hairstylists

Not long ago I wrote a column about how much I enjoy going to get my hair done, how much I appreciate those periodic appointments with my hair girl because it’s not just a time to get a new do, it’s a lot of laughs, a lot of fun. Little did I know then at my last visit — which now seems ...

What we can learn from the 35 interruptions

We know that life has been turned upside down for all Americans and people throughout the world. Our everyday lives and routines that we were used to seem to be stripped away from us. There are lots and lots of new interruptions to our way of life. I want you to look at Jesus’ life and ...

Protecting today to prepare for a new day

In these unprecedented times, people need certainty in the information that they receive so they can make the best decisions possible. To that end, we want to share some things our office has learned as we strive to maintain the rule of law, your constitutional freedoms and confidence in the ...

Rolling the dice at the West Virginia Lottery

Last week, I told you I was seeking more answers to how the West Virginia Lottery went about approving elections betting for the sports betting app used by the Greenbrier Resort. I won’t dive into the whole thing, as I had a full story last week with a timeline of events. In short, ...

Of food shopping and pandemic pounds

The coronavirus pandemic has really ruined my grocery shopping experience. Gone is the casual, random, take-your-time, aisle-to-aisle approach to filling my buggy to buy what I need and what I don’t even realize I need. If you’re a hugger or a handshaker or a shoulder slapper or one ...

Take care of ourselves during this crisis

I’m sure, by now, a lot of us have probably started to experience some difficulties in handling our current lifestyles as a result of the various levels of social distancing requirements and stay-at-home orders established by the states. I’ll admit, event though I’m working, it can be ...

Finding a fresh take on an important message

In recent weeks I have added something to my morning personal devotions; and I am loving it more and more! After reading the Word and a season of prayer; I select a favorite song and play it either on my CD player or an available digital device. As I sing along for a few moments of “solo” ...

History in the Hills: ‘The Navigator’ is helpful

Someone asked me recently if there was any way I could run out of topics for these articles, and the answer is a resounding no. This area is so rich in stories, history, folklore and legends that it would be impossible to run out. Despite our best efforts, we can’t know all there is to know ...

Remember the real heroes in the battle against COVID

The real heroes are the health care personnel and first responders. They are the front line defending us from this scourge. They are working day and night. They are heroes. Yes, those working in health care and as first responders today are working to save lives. Putting in extra hours and ...

We’ve got to know when to fold them

I think we could all use a break from coronavirus news, so let’s marvel at the ludicrousness that is West Virginia government and politics. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new happens to make your jaw drop. For example, for at least two hours you could vote on the ...