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Local Columns

Teamwork still needs to be our area’s focus

During my third year at West Liberty (Go Hilltoppers!), I was enrolled in a class called Writing for Radio and Television. The name of the class pretty much tells you its focus. We learned various methods for writing news scripts for television and radio broadcasts. The major project was to ...

Women need to prioritize their own health

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and child care along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families ...

We’re gaining a new appreciation for the farmer

Our farmers have always been one of the most respected professions in America, but the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance agriculture plays in our daily lives. Evident in a recent Gallup poll, which ranked agriculture and farming, for the first time in twenty years, as one of the ...

Reporter’s Notebook/Is anyone really gaming the system?

Alright folks, allow me to continue my weekly countdown to the 2020 general election. As of today, we are less than 30 days away from Tuesday, Nov. 3. By the time you read this, I will have written campaign profiles of every Board of Public Works race except for the governor’s race (I’m ...

Have been on both sides of consumer fence

Buyer’s remorse and should have bought that. I have been on both sides of that consumer fence, experiences that ultimately put me in mental scolding mode. What was I thinking? What was I not thinking? Why did I buy that? Why didn’t I get that? And I’m not necessarily talking ...

Do we benefit from the presidential debates?

I didn’t watch the first debate between President Donald Trump and challenge Joe Biden Tuesday night. I read and watched several of the reviews and reactions the next morning, and, based on that, it seems to pretty much be official that the idea of civil discourse in our modern political ...

History in the Hills: Local American heroes

I owe a lot to my parents. The love of the past and history they instilled in me has been far reaching, not only in my interests, but in my career. In pursuing that career, I met my lovely wife, Abigail, in the public history program at Duquesne University and now we have been blessed with ...

Reporter’s notebook/Odds and ends of the general election

I feel like a walking countdown clock, but we are now 36 days away from the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election. October starts on Thursday. Absentee ballots are already being sent out by county clerks across the state. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, county clerks ...

Announcement a minus 5 on scale of 1 to 10

“I can’t go on like this!” The comedic confession came at a fitting place — the kitchen table, a likely location for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the kitchen table traditionally has been the place where discussions of great and small magnitude have unfolded and occurred ...

Letters to the editor serve a purpose

The weeks leading up to an election often see an increase in the number of letters submitted to our newspaper for publication in our opinion section. There are, no doubt, numerous thoughts about the various candidates, levies and other items set to appear on our ballots Nov. 3, and residents ...

Guest column/The pandemic has shown where to invest

Six months into this pandemic, many of us are trying to regain normalcy while adjusting to the realities now facing us. As we grab hold of these new challenges, state leaders need to start planning for the societal adjustments that will move the country forward. Like any good after-action plan, ...

From the Pulpit

The Old Testament reading for this Sunday is from Exodus, as was the reading for last Sunday. In both cases, some Israelites are complaining about what they don’t have. In one case it is about food, and in the other it is about water. These are essentials. They are necessary to continue ...

Reporter’s notebook/You’re not able to please everyone

Until recently, there hasn’t been any polling released in the race for Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. So far, all we have is an internal poll paid for by the Justice campaign and conducted by Mark Blankenship, a long-time Republican ...

A reminder that good people do exist

This last week brought two major reminders of just how amazing our area can be, as well as how many of our own neighbors might need a helping hand. The Weirton United Way kicked off its campaign officially on Monday. This year, as with everything else, the campaign will be different. There is ...

Guest column/West Virginia is attacking fraud on all fronts

No matter what form fraud takes, we at the West Virginia Attorney General’s office are dedicated to protecting taxpayers and their money. Our work to root out consumer, disability and Medicaid fraud will soon surpass $410 million since 2013. That number exceeds $1 billion when you factor in ...

Aunt Betty celebrated on turning 100 years old

Al Roker may not have mentioned my Aunt Betty’s name on the “Today” show for having turned 100, but even though her picture didn’t make the front of a Smucker’s jam jar, there was no less fanfare when it came to celebrating Betty Hout becoming a centenarian on Sept. 12. An open house ...

History in the Hills: A look at Weirton Heights

There are clues to the past everywhere. Old buildings, roads, neighborhoods and areas or locations that have unique names, but we can’t remember why, are fascinating to me. Weirton is a relatively young city compared to our neighbors in Steubenville and Wellsburg, who have 18th century ...

9/11 victims more than just numbers

This month we took time to remember the 19th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 19 years ago and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of Sept. 11. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war on terror later. ...

From the Pulpit: God with us in time of spiritual warfare

When we first become a Christian, we are known as “baby” Christians because we are a new creation, a new believer in Christ. Then we grow in our faith, and we start to mature a little more day by day, month by month, year by year. The marks of maturity start to show up in our Christian ...

Reporter’s notebook/It’s time to let the games begin

Start the countdown, folks. We’re just 50 days away from the Nov. 3, general elections. Labor Day traditionally marks the official start of campaign season, so expect to see your TVs and radio bombarded with ads, your mailboxes full of mailers, and your streets lined with signs. According ...