Local Columns

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 ...

Madonna preparing for college exams

The faculty and staff at Madonna High School always have very important goals in mind for her students, not the least of which being the educational advancement of every Madonna student. This includes preparing Madonna students for college. There are many factors most colleges look at when ...

Palm Sunday and looking toward Good Friday

Isn’t this exciting? Seeing Jesus ride into town on a donkey? This fulfills the prophecy given in Zechariah. Now we will have a real king. Now we will get rid of the Romans. We won’t be pushed around any more. The people were excited. Nothing this good had happened for a long while. Of ...

Breaking the 11th Commandment

While the late President Ronald Reagan didn’t originate it, he is often credited with what’s called the 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Apparently for some state Republican activists, this does not apply to Gov. Jim Justice. I’ve been a little ...

Growing up without ‘helicopter parents’

I did not grow up with “helicopter parents” or “snowplow parents,” either. The thought of my mom and dad falling in either category is as amusing as it is absurd. Such parenting styles were topics of discussion I recently had in the wake of the college admissions scandal that’s ...

Where were the voters of Weirton?

Weirton held its primary election this past Tuesday, although, judging by the voter turnout, not many people knew that...or cared. According to the unofficial tallies — which included early and absentee ballots — only 1,542 people took time to let their voices be heard. That’s a sad ...

Madonna students recognized for their work

Madonna High School congratulates Rachel Boniti, Alec Cook, and Lonni Riggs for being the school’s recipients of the St. Sebastian Medal and Aquinas Award from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The three seniors will be recognized at the Catholic Schools Dinner today in Morgantown. ...

Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit

I came across a great article written by George O. Wood, former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. He was talking about the fruit of the Spirit in the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, ...

Legislation signed, sealed and delivered

With Gov. Jim Justice’s signatures and vetoes, we can now truly tie a bow on the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. During the 60 days between Jan. 9 and March 9, 1,823 bills were introduced and 294 bills passed both the Senate and House of Delegates. That’s more than ...

Offering an end-of-first-quarter assessment

Today marks the end of the first quarter of 2019. Three months gone. History. I can’t help but think back to New Year’s Eve, remembering in a wincing kind of way how I vowed to do this and do that. Start off the first part of the New Year with a swirl of productivity. But wow, where ...

Not getting hopes up on road projects

There has been much discussion across the state in the last few weeks about the possibility of getting more repair and maintenance projects on West Virginia’s secondary roads. Roads are an important part of modern life, and making sure they are drivable is a priority for many, including ...

Marvel at the church in all her glory

I recently heard a minister make a powerful and thought-provoking statement. Upon hearing his declaration, I marveled at how insightful it was — and I further observed that he had managed to say in a few words what I had been trying to articulate for some time. Commenting on the church In ...

Weirton Madonna is working for future generations

Weirton Madonna High School is a small member of the universal and worldwide community that is the Catholic Church. Madonna continuously looks for ways to expand its numbers by getting involved with the younger generations that eventually are going to lead others in becoming a faithful follower ...

More problems with roads and letters

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Enjoying unexpected bonding moments

A bonding moment can happen anytime, anywhere. I was at a local woman’s club meeting the other day when this occurred to me. I was talking to a club member at that in-between point of the gathering — post-lunch but pre-program and business session. As we were chatting, I was admiring ...

It’s time for NCAA excitement

It’s time for March Madness! Some of the best teams in college basketball are the focus of the country right now as they battle it out to become the national champion. Like many places in the last few days, televisions in our newsroom have been tuned in to the tournament, and some of us ...

The response of God’s servant is what sets him apart

Numbers 12:1-3 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the LORD heard this. (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than ...