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Local Columns

Experiencing deja vu all over again

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. One body of the West Virginia Legislature unveils a massive 100-plus page bill out of nowhere and passes it in about a week. I could be talking about the birth of Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, which made its debut Jan. 24 during the ...

Vintage gossip table something to talk about

I bought a vintage gossip table the other day. It was kind of a belated Mother’s Day gift to myself, which means I saw it on Mother’s Day but delayed the purchase of it until I celebrated “Janice Day.” First off, a gossip table is a piece of furniture that has two key features. It ...

Pay attention to everything on the ballot

In just over one week, area voters in several of our communities will be heading to the ballot to select their municipal representatives. We’ve worked to provide some information on the various races involved on June 11, either in recent weeks or prior to the primary elections in May. There ...

Don’t go silently into the night

Has America been hijacked by those who despise Christianity and Judaism and any religion that believes there are God given standards to live by? Pastor Tony Foglio shared recently a bible verse from 1 Corinthians 16:13 that says, “Stand firm in the faith… be strong.” It is not time ...

We remember the reason for today

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a ...

Dad’s dog tags are a unique piece of jewelry

I wear my dad’s dog tags with frequency. And that’s for a lot of reasons. I wear them simply because they were my dad’s dog tags from his time of service in the Army during World War II. He had served in a railroad battalion, running a locomotive in North Africa and Italy in what ...

Communities are showing more pride

For years, when area residents heard about community cleanups, it was usually a time where some of the local cities were offering to take some extra refuse or unwanted items off of people’s hands. Weirton holds two such events each year, for example, at which time residents can clean out ...

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’” 1 Kings 20:11 Ben Hadad has invaded Israel, sieged Samaria and had 32 kings with him. These were most likely the kings of the northern city states. They would have sided ...

Back to work after a nice spring break

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of course, ...

Saying farewell to some great entertainers

My mother had a “Doris Day’s Greatest Hits” album that got a fair amount of play time in the Hout House living room when I was growing up. This is when classical music wasn’t playing, mind you, or soundtracks from “Camelot” or “West Side Story” or “Oklahoma” weren’t ...

A little bit of advice for the next step in life

Graduation “season” is well under way here in the Ohio Valley. Our local colleges and universities have been holding commencement services over the last couple of weekends, and our high schools are beginning to take their turns, ushering their seniors into the next phases of their ...

Should our relationship with God be personal or private?

Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is personal, but it is not meant to be private. There are aspects of our relationship with our Lord and Savior that are to be closed, however, we shouldn’t use those moments as excuses to deny our relationship. In many ways our covenant ...

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Buffet Day

There’s a buffet with my name on it today, and I plan to dive into it, given it’s Mother’s Day, a holiday where I’m entitled to abandon the stove, liberating myself from such an unforgiving kitchen appliance. I have no grand delusions of myself when it comes to being a mother, but the ...

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer

It was a busy day in Weirton Saturday. The temperatures have warmed up, for the most part, and there are more outdoor activities scheduled. That also means community festivals, concerts and other events are just around the corner. MedExpress held its annual Kidz Day event at Marland Heights ...

Christianity is not as dead as some may think

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

Odds and ends out of Charleston

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Enlightenment on the bakeless bake sale

There are times when you must know something, when you need the answer, when you must get to the bottom of things, when you must learn the truth. This was my situation the other day when I became intent upon learning what exactly is a bakeless bake sale. Maybe in the grand scheme of things ...

A definitive guidepost for our future

A couple of weeks ago, area business leaders gathered for a presentation which could assist in better planning for the future of the Upper Ohio Valley. Approximately 50 individuals were in attendance to hear from a group representing West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of ...

Prayer is your best weapon in life

Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into ...

Help Madonna continue its traditions of excellence

The faculty and staff of Madonna High School work daily to prepare students of Madonna for successful futures spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Through Madonna High School’s mission of providing an environment of a caring community in service of the Gospel of Jesus ...