Local Columns

Closing one door and opening another

Standing on that hillside, looking down into the valley Saturday morning, we all knew it would be a moment in Weirton’s history. The sounds of the air horns helped to count down the minutes as we awaited the sight of what was undoubtedly one of Weirton’s largest-ever buildings come ...

Let’s stick to the commandments of God

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, The harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain “The good old days,” Solomon had something to say of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.” ...

Excelling in academics and leadership

On March 5, 2019, numerous Madonnians were admitted into the National Honor Society. NHS is a national program to recognize students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Today, there are over 1 million members in NHS. They can be found in local ...

It will be difficult to erase this mark

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets that were ...

Madonna offers inspiration through education

“Inspiration through education:” one of many mottos that Weirton Madonna High School continues to follow and strengthen everyday. This is a journey of not only education, but also of faith. Faith is as much a cornerstone of the Madonna curriculum as is academics. Students who attend ...

The happy kitchen window brings joy

I’ve never considered myself a green thumb, but a window in my kitchen might belie that confession. I call it my happy window, and I admire it out loud all the time. Oh, look how pretty that is. Is that another bloom over there? Doesn’t that just make you want to smile? We’ll be ...

Art helps us to find and show our soul

In recent years, we’ve received the occasional letter to the editor from students in other parts of the country requesting our residents send them information from the area, whether it be photos, postcards, newspapers, etc. The idea is to collect materials showcasing various parts of the ...

Consuming milk or meat?

Many who call themselves Christians continue drinking milk through the course of their lives instead of eating the meat of the word as should be done. As an adult, if I regularly went to lunch with you and continued drinking milk instead of eating a meal would you be concerned about my health? ...

Heading into the legislative home stretch

We are under two weeks out from the end of the 60-day 2019 legislative session, which means things speed up significantly now. In fact, toward the end of last week both the House of Delegates and Senate started having morning and evening floor sessions to keep the calendar of bills moving, ...

There’s no joy in making some purchases

There’s just no joy in some purchases. For someone who is very consumer oriented and keeps the local economy pumping with purchases I don’t always necessarily need to be making, I find that there are some things I’m not at all thrilled about buying. Windshield wipers might top that ...

Work to find the vision for our valley

Our Ohio Valley continues working toward its rebirth. The history of our area, and its economy, has gone through many phases, from sparsely populated frontier, to the growth of forts and settlements, to the agrarian communities to the early and modern industries. Its population has risen ...

We’re two-thirds of the way through

As of Sunday, there are 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...

The refrigerator not just for storing food

I was talking on the phone to someone the other day, making a request for a phone number. The person on the other end didn’t hesitate to offer assistance. “Wait a minute,” she said. “It’s on my refrigerator.” And that got me thinking, once I realized the number I was about to ...

Living united and working for others

Those who give their time to the Weirton United Way received some good news Friday afternoon during what had been set as the organization’s final report meeting of the 2018 fundraising campaign. Receiving a standing ovation, officials announced $246,226.98 had been raised, just passing the ...

Elevating ourselves with the mind of Christ

In terms of elevation, what is the highest place you have visited? Perhaps you have been to Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, the highest peak in eastern North America. Have you visited Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska? It’s the highest peak above sea level in the United ...

Making it past the half-way point

Last Thursday marked the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session, and this week is when things start to speed up. For example, Tuesday is the last day to introduce bills in the House of Delegates. Less than a week later, Feb. 18, is the last day for Senate bills to be introduced. The ...

A big solution to a little squinting situation

We’ve been watching TV lately as if we’re in the midst of a severe sandstorm. Eyes squinting to see programs and movies clearer, Better Half and I have asked each other a couple of questions with some frequency. Is it just me, or is this TV screen shrinking? Is it just me, or are you ...

Could we soon see another shutdown?

A bipartisan Congressional panel is continuing its efforts to find an agreement which would prevent a second partial government shutdown this year. According to an article from the Associated Press, those involved are optimistic about their efforts, but government has a tendency to get bogged ...

The Church is the Body of Christ

In 1 Corinthians 12, we are told that the Church is the body of Christ. When I think of a body, I think of my own, since I am most familiar with it. When the weather is somewhat cold, and it gets below zero, the air dies out, and my arthritis does not bother me. However, my skin also dries out, ...

You can’t always get what you want

Here we are at the beginning of February and we’re staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike eminent. But is it really all the similar? There are ...