Opinion

Bringing down the gavel on West Virginia’s courts

Local Columns

Around 2009, when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...

Looking to make a job change?

Editorials

Are you thinking about making a job change? Could it be time to pick up some new skills that will make you more valuable in the work force? Or, maybe it’s time to get out and find that first job. Whatever category you fall under, Tuesday’s regional job fair at Undo’s in the Holiday Inn ...

Get out and meet your candidates

Local Columns

On Thursday, the Weirton Board of Realtors hosted a candidate forum at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. Several candidates were in attendance, including Kendra Fershee, Democratic candidate for U.S. House; Ryan Ferns, Republican, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Democrat, candidates for state Senate; Pat ...

Earning their blue ribbon

Editorials

Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students of A.T. Allison Elementary School! Located in Chester, Allison is one of 349 schools across the country announced as a National Blue Ribbon School for this year. It was one of only three West Virginia schools to earn the honor, recognized as ...

Editor’s Note:

Letters to the Editor

The General Election will take place Nov. 6. Letters to the Editor concerning candidates or issues on the ballot will not be published beyond the Oct. 28 edition. To be published, letters must be received no later than noon, Oct. 25.

What do you put on with the changing seasons?

Local Columns

Summer has officially ended, at least according to the calendar, even though we have been experiencing above normal temperatures lately. As the seasons change, the things we wear also change. Soon we will be wearing things like hats, coats, gloves, scarves, and boots. There are things in the ...

A few snippets from today’s news

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The news, and more, in snippets: • President Trump's decision to cut taxes during nature's war on the planet is putting the final touches on our dilapidated infrastructure. • The basic instincts of animals, tribalism and nationalism. Animals spray around their area and ...

Faith through academics and community service

Local Columns

The Madonna circle builds and prides itself off faith in academics and faith in community involvement. The Madonna community always seeks out new ways to grow our family in union with Christ. This week, Madonna staff and seniors volunteered at the Table of Hope, Weirton Christian Center, and ...

What has happened to us?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What have we become? Ever since I can remember, Democrats have thought that the word Republican was "a dirty word." I could never be like them! Republicans, in turn, expressed Democrats as "liberal bullies;" their way or no way. Why do we act this way? These last two weeks in ...

Ensuring reliable and affordable power

Local Columns

In today's polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Getting into the Christmas spirit

Editorials

The calendar might show that Christmas is still two months away, but the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the spirit of the holiday when the annual Christmas in the Park celebration returns this weekend. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Journalism still matters

Editorials

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, "Journalism matters — now more than ever." Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did not. ...

Pro-growth policies pave way for PEIA aid

Local Columns

Last week, West Virginia’s Republican Leadership announced a $100 million funding commitment that significantly stabilizes and strengthens Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), as well as a proposed 5 percent pay raise for teachers and state employees. When passed, this will be the second ...

Stop e-cig sale to juveniles

Editorials

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. Working with local law enforcement ...

The wheels of justice go round and round

Local Columns

I’ll be spending the month of October going from trial to trial it seems. Almost every day there is a new motion, response, or lawsuit. Last week I went from covering the impeachment trial of Justice Beth Walker of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, to covering the federal trial of ...

Donnelly’s story an inspiration

Editorials

We hope the world takes as much inspiration as possible from the book by ESPN’s Tom Friend, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight” as those who know Steubenville native and former Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly draw from the story. Donnelly has told the story as an inspirational ...

Continuing the spirit of exploration

Editorials

It's become fashionable in this age of global warming and the rise of ever-tougher diseases to blame Christopher Columbus with destroying the New World. To those who succumb to such talk, we issue a reminder: There would be no New World if Columbus, motivated by either the desire to explore ...

Family bids fond farewell to ‘Scary Larry’

Local Columns

Some women wear necklaces and earrings as outfit accessories. One look at my sister-in-law “Lala,” a.k.a. Antoinette “Toni” Kiaski Dempster, however, and I realized that’s not the case with all females, especially not her. Instead, Lala’s outfit accessory is typically a kitchen ...

The sights, sounds and tastes of fall

Local Columns

The leaves have finally started to change colors in the Upper Ohio Valley, and we’ve even had a few “jacket” days in the last week. The pumpkins are coming out and the autumnal decorations are being put up in front of houses and businesses. There are various celebrations in our area ...

FEMA should show some understanding

Editorials

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...