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Local Columns

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 ...

Write it down in hopes of a future column

Write it down. This is a command I tell myself and hear from Better Half from time to time when something seems to be a potential tidbit, a theme or an idea for a future column. Truth be told, if I don’t write myself a note, the thought could well be history, lost in a haze of Janice this ...

We should be doing better to promote our state

West Virginia Day is Thursday. June 20, 1863 is the day West Virginia officially broke away from Virginia and became a state, joining the Union in the midst of the American Civil War. That is 156 years of history for the Mountain State. To celebrate, the state’s Tourism Division has once ...

Are we doing something to obscure God’s love?

This is Trinity Sunday. We often use this Sunday to explain the “what” of the Trinity. We may use resources like the Athanasian Creed in our worship service. There is a different approach to talking about the Trinity. This focuses more on the “why” of the Trinity. We teach that God is ...

Jim Justice, Mitch Carmichael, and bad blood

There was a time when it was believed that Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, were close. After last week, I’d say those days are very much over. How that plays out for the Republican Party’s control of most of state government in 2020 remains to be ...

You are often what your T-shirt says or not

“Do you still barrel race?” The question directed at me came from a stranger, a woman who operates one of the shops in the flea market in Sugarcreek. Better Half and I were roaming around in there during what constituted a part of our semi-annual trip to Amish country, a place where I ...

Find ways to preserve all of our history

The other day, our publisher walked into the newsroom carrying a box of items discovered in our Weirton building. When our news operations were moved almost 10 years ago, there was a lot left on Lee Avenue, and every once in a while some remnant of history will be uncovered in some corner. ...

A fellowship with God? The choice is up to you

Mankind was created for fellowship/intimacy with God. Before sin, everything Adam did was an act of worship. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3, man has attempted to come back to a place of worship with God. I want to give you an overall view, a big picture, of worship from Adam in the ...