Development continues to happen in our area

Local Columns

I’ve always encouraged patience when it comes to redevelopment efforts in our region. We have long been an industrial area, with a base of heavy manufacturing driving our economy. While much of those companies are no longer here, their impacts linger. It takes time to properly clear ...

Shining some light on a dark situation

Local Columns

I was close to finishing the latest book I was reading — “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes. It’s set in Depression-era Kentucky where a band of women travel Appalachia on horseback to deliver books, and it’s based on the Pack Horse Library initiative, which was implemented by the ...

Getting school supplies, tax free


West Virginia will welcome back-to-school shoppers from Friday at midnight through 11:59 p.m. Monday with a tax holiday on most-used school supplies. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $125 per item or less; school supplies priced at $50 per item or less; and ...

Stopping an arms race

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without ...

Festival should not suffer

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My wife and I, as we do every year, recently attended the Follansbee Community Days festival. The live music was very enjoyable, and the closing fireworks display remains one of the best in the Valley, as far as we’re concerned. Their fireworks are always a highlight of our ...

Port development could bring new opportunity


With prior experiences in mind, it is understandable there may be some skepticism from area residents when they hear about the possibility of a port development in the Northern Panhandle. The Port of West Virginia, as it now is recognized by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, ...