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Opinion

Christ is the path toward coming alive again

Local Columns

Have you ever been to a place that was dark and dangerous and you couldn’t wait to get out of there? As believers in Christ, sometimes we find ourselves in a place spiritually where there seems to be darkness all around, with no light to be seen. We are either dead spiritually, or we are ...

History in the Hills: Community is our strength

Local Columns

At the Visitor Center, we are often asked what is special about the Upper Ohio Valley, and the answer is undoubtedly the community. We have been through a lot in this community over the years, but we stick together. That is one of the biggest reasons my wife and I came back, after all. An ...

Be safe, smart while holiday shopping

Editorials

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. It is a shorter shopping season this year for many who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their gift buying The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness ...

Be patient during Black Friday shopping

Editorials

Pundits and analysts have been pronouncing Black Friday a dying tradition, but pundits and analysts are not in the immediate circles of family and friends who set out today in bargain hunts for the perfect, and affordable, Christmas gift. For many, today represents a memorable, annual, fun ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Editorials

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s many things to many people. It’s a day that has come to stand for food, family and football. And while those traditions are important, we hope that everyone will take just a few minutes to remember all of the good things in our lives, and make this ...

Counting the blessings in our communities

Editorials

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

Time for spending cuts has arrived

Editorials

Often in the past, legalized gambling has been a relatively bright spot for West Virginia officials worried about state revenue. It seems that even when times are tough, people enjoy wagering. That may be changing. State Lottery Commission members were told last week that thus far during the ...

Watching the Great Legislative Exodus

Local Columns

The 2020 races for the state Senate and House of Delegates have gotten more interesting due to the announcements by several senior lawmakers that they won’t seek re-election. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, announced ...

Lighting the valley for the holidays

Editorials

The special glow that comes with the Christmas season once again will be seen as communities across the Tri-State Area hold their light-up events. Those evenings help to create a sense of joy and anticipation as they bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy a festive atmosphere where ...

Always thankful to enjoy a daily laugh

Local Columns

Given that our daughter has to work on Thanksgiving day, we’re having a little early holiday dinner today so we can have some feasting and gratitude time together. And that just goes to show you that you can stuff yourself and be thankful any old day of the year, whether it’s the official ...

It’s the season of giving and thanks

Local Columns

As this column is being written, I’m listening to the rain pounding on the roof of our building with the knowledge it is supposed to turn to snow at some point overnight. Snow is another reminder that we are quickly approaching the holiday season. Weirton’s Light the Night was postponed ...

Do more against abuse and neglect

Editorials

When the authorities in West Virginia receive reports that children are in imminent danger because of physical abuse, state law requires that Child Protective Services personnel meet face-to-face with the youngsters within 72 hours. When less immediate threats are involved, the deadline is 14 ...

Thank you for Scouting for Food

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 334 and Cub Pack 334 of Weirton for collecting 1,311 food items for our food pantry this weekend. These items will be used to prepare Thanksgiving food baskets and food baskets throughout the year for needy families in our community. The ...

Remember to support your local businesses

Local Columns

Some of the traditional markers that have offered a clear sign that the holiday shopping season has started are quickly fading. It wasn’t that long ago that Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — was the primary beacon that showed us it was time to get serious about our holiday ...

Don’t allow scammers to steal your Christmas

Local Columns

Many of us know the story of the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas from an unsuspecting village. However, there are real-life scammers who want to take advantage of increased consumer activity around the holidays, steal identities and ruin what ought to be an enjoyable time of year. While ...

Keep the spirit shining bright

Editorials

The weekend’s rain has not been able to dampen the holiday spirit in Weirton. For the fourth year, Weirton will be lighting up the night Sunday, and we hope to see the community turn out for the festivities. The city, working with Renaissance Weirton and a number of local businesses, will ...

Grant Brooke County school funds

Editorials

Brooke County school officials were in Charleston this week, seeking state School Building Authority funding for an important project. Many of the projects for which SBA money is sought are aimed at improving the education environment in schools. Brooke County’s request is much more ...

Keeping our faith

Editorials

When the annual Faith in the Future Prayer Breakfast is held Friday, participants will be continuing a tradition that dates back to 2005. The event, traditionally held the Friday before Thanksgiving, has been based on a very simple message — the movement seeks to create a climate of economic ...

Commit to quit smoking

Editorials

This Thursday is a good day to clear the air, so to speak. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers, hopefully, will make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit ...

Address still carries meaning

Editorials

The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863, when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that year in which Union forces had ...