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Local Columns

Don’t allow scammers to steal your Christmas

Many of us know the story of the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas from an unsuspecting village. However, there are real-life scammers who want to take advantage of increased consumer activity around the holidays, steal identities and ruin what ought to be an enjoyable time of year. While ...

Nothing quite like a good Chinese auction

I love a good Chinese auction, and I have occasion to be in the midst of many of them in my newspaper-related outings and adventures. Nearly any group or organization having a fundraiser these days has a Chinese auction. And that, of course, would be in addition to having the ...

Thankful for those who make a difference

In my career, I’ve had the fortune of meeting many in our community who take on the task of making a difference. Big or small, there are those whose actions leave a lasting imprint on our lives. Whether they are teachers, coaches, charitable volunteers, emergency responders, clergy or a ...

In Christ we are a leader with responsibilities

(Deuteronomy 17:18-20 18) When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19) It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and ...

History in the Hills: Veterans and mill workers

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have served in our military. Those who have said yes to service and have given of their time and energy to protect our country deserve our heartfelt thanks! Truly it is due to their sacrifices that we have the nation we live in today. ...

Our lessons from Kentucky’s election

Can we extrapolate any lessons for West Virginia from the recent elections in Kentucky? Yes and no. According to unofficial election results, incumbent Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost re-election to state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a close race. Beshear had 49.2 percent of the ...

It’s a very important evening question

It’s an important post-7 p.m. question in our household. What are we gonna’ snack on? We’re in settle-down mode, parked on the couch or in the recliners, mastering the art of watching television with our eyes closed, but we awaken long enough to talk serious stuff, to engage in ...

Grabbing the reins of local leadership

The newest class of Leadership Ohio Valley kicked off its program year this weekend, as you’ll probably have noted by reading today’s newspaper. Leadership Ohio Valley is offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of its Education Committee. As always, for ...

Remembering the sacrifice of our servicemembers

West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in this great nation. During my time in the U.S. Senate, it has been my greatest honor to serve those who have served, and celebrate Veterans and all they have given for our freedom. Whenever I travel across our state and speak at schools and ...

Switching from math to economics

Teachers were able to play off news a few weeks ago showing a major problem with teacher absenteeism as “teacher bashing” before leading up to the 2020 election. I’m unsure how they explain away the most recent national reading and math scores. According to test scores from the 2019 ...

Some things you just have to live with

Some things you just have to live with. This reality of life occurred to me when weird weather prompted a change in Halloween trick-or-treating in many communities, including Richmond. Instead of Halloween candy collecting being on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it’s been ...

The countdown to Christmas has begun

Well, it’s November, the temperatures are getting cooler and, for many, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Some larger retail establishments have been getting ready for the last few weeks, with decorations and even candy lining the shelves. Or, if you happen to watch the ...

The road to recovery begins at home

Since becoming Wellsburg’s mayor in 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and learn about cities in the Northern Panhandle and throughout the entire state of West Virginia as well. In that time, I’ve come to realize that what serves as one of the most significant challenges faced by ...

History in the Hills: Chilling stories of the past

Halloween is a very special time for us in the Ohio Valley. In October, we seek out spooky, chilling or scary things which we don’t typically go for at other times of the year. Some people like to be scared by movies or walk through haunted houses. As for me, I get a chill from stories of ...

Lessons from West Virginia’s impeachment

After covering four months of last year’s impeachment of a majority of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, I feel like it prepared me for what’s going on at the national level with President Donald Trump and Congress’ impeachment process. While there are obvious differences, I do ...

Returning things can involve a long process

I must have looked at the big blue empty vase on my desk at work a hundred times or more since it had been delivered. And with every glance came great guilt. What’s wrong with me that I can’t return things in a timely fashion, I’ve asked myself every time my good intentions to do so ...

Focus on your health, beat the surveys

There’s been a good bit of news lately concerning the health and well-being of West Virginians. Several studies have commented on the weight of our state’s residents, saying a large percentage of us, young and old, tend to be unhealthy and have higher weights than we should. In fact, they ...

Read your Bible, pray everyday ….

Many of us have learned thru the use of a rhyme or a song. Some of us learned the books of the Bible thru singing them or the use of a rhyme to learn the 12 Apostles or other notable facts of the scriptures. This style of learning is not limited to just the Bible but to just about anything ...

What is in a name when it comes to education?

What’s in a name? It’s been more than 400 years since Juliet first asked this question of Romeo, but even in 2019 it seems as though we still don’t have a clear answer. This summer, after a series of changes at the academic and administrative levels, Wheeling Jesuit University was ...

A screening where everything came out fine

By their nature, colonoscopies can’t help but inspire and invite punny jokes. I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of this, so to speak, but more recently the latter. One well-meaning, ever encouraging friend of mine hugged me two days before I was to have the procedure. Realizing ...