Walking out not the best option


During this month’s regular Weirton Council meeting, during an announcement by the former city manager that he was both leaving the post and having an investigation conducted on certain decisions by the city’s elected officials, six of the seven members of council opted to walk out. Of ...

Businesses have stood the test of time


There’s a lot to be said for longevity in business. The Ohio Valley long has prided itself for housing family owned and operated businesses that have stood the test of time, evolving over more than a century to continue serving area residents. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner ...

New tools needed to recruit officers


Communities across the nation are facing challenges in recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers. West Virginia is no different. It is a difficult, dangerous job that includes a great deal of public scrutiny over both long-term patterns and split-second decisions. And for many agencies, ...

Getting a case of the COVID-19 blues

Local Columns

Here we are almost through the month of July and I was hoping that as we continued through the rest of summer and into the fall I wouldn’t be writing as much about COVID-19, but here we are. By July 9, West Virginia’s active COVID-19 case number dropped below 1,000 for the first time ...

Building on our state’s celestial strengths


Most West Virginians do not think much about our state’s role in helping us reach for the stars. We are the home state of one of NASA’s “hidden figures,” the late Katherine Johnson — whose mind was so sharp, some of the early astronauts would trust computer calculations only after ...

Cheering Team USA on to the gold

Local Columns

As I’m writing this, Friday morning, the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are being aired on the major network currently holding the rights to broadcast the world athletic competition. Growing up, I remember the Olympics bringing a great deal of excitement, planning ...