Opinion

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 ...

Madonna values family and community

Local Columns

Weirton Madonna has always valued family and community above everything else. Madonna was created in 1955 to establish a good Catholic community for the youth of the Northern Panhandle. Madonna's mission from day one has been "to prepare its students for a successful future spiritually, ...

Recognizing our local gardeners

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In an effort to celebrate the wonderful gardeners in the tri-state area, WVU Extension Service in Hancock and Brooke counties held its first Home Gardening Contest. Gardeners from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio sent in photos of their gardens. The categories were ...

Tax money comes from the people

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The yearly city audit consists of a cumbersome document that only a CPA would understand. So, for the average citizens who wish to keep informed, the city publishes on their website a condensed seven-page financial statement of general revenue and departmental expense totals. ...

New mural reflects local history

Editorials

It's appropriate that the latest mural in the series that covers walls in downtown Steubenville and Hollywood City Center will be dedicated Sunday. That's because the subject of that painting — Moses Fleetwood Walker — was born on Oct. 7, 1857, in Mount Pleasant. What makes him worthy ...

Unmask, punish corrupt officials

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state Senate ...

Wellsburg Applefest carries on 40-year tradition

Editorials

A tradition that has brought residents of the Tri-State Area together for many decades will be renewed for the 40th time this weekend. It’s the annual Wellsburg Applefest, which will run Friday though Sunday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town Square. The festival celebrates the ...

Coalition could be valuable

Editorials

West Virginia’s profile in the natural gas world may be rising even more after last week. Del. Mark Zatezalo announced the state had been accepted as a member of the Energy Council, which he explained is an international coalition focusing on energy-related issues. The group includes 13 ...

Utility investment should be considered

Editorials

Weirton officials recently began discussing a proposal which would see the expansion of treatment facilities for the city’s water and sanitary services. While it obviously would mean some increase in costs to residents, we feel it is something that needs to be looked into for the future of ...

Where is the judicial restraint?

Local Columns

As we start the first impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate this morning, I find it interesting the efforts some justices — one current and one former — of the state Supreme Court of Appeals are going to extract the court from the co-equal third branch of government it is supposed ...

Make it clear that justice is being done

Editorials

Even as many eyes are trained on Washington these days, we in West Virginia are going through our own supreme court battle. The one in Washington, over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has degenerated into a vicious confrontation that often seems more a political duel than a search ...

Some odds and ends and observations

Local Columns

Some odds and ends and observations I bring to today’s column space, including a follow-up on wind chimes, those things that make mad music when a gust of air comes along. I had written in an August column about scurrying to find a set of wind chimes that had been sent to us as a gift this ...

The election clock is counting down

Local Columns

The November 6 general election is fast approaching. During the next few weeks, there are certain to be a series of events locally with candidates appearing, sending out information, campaigning through your neighborhoods and advertising. Some of those are beginning this week. The Hancock ...

EGCC has shown vision for 50 years

Editorials

Longtime Jefferson Community College board member Nick Mougianis had a saying: "You win with people." In the three-day celebration of what is now Eastern Gateway Community College, the phrase was obvious. From high school students visiting campus to EGCC students, staff and faculty ...

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.)

Christ is put first in everything at Madonna

Local Columns

Weirton Madonna is a faith-based community, weaved together by a united love of Christ. We try to put this faith in Christ in all things we do as a school and community. This includes service projects, extracurricular activities, and sporting events. This week Christ was in our ...

Kavanaugh should withdraw

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Brett Kavanaugh. For those that say there are women out there that do stuff to get ahead. True! But there are also women out there who are forced to do stuff and that's unexceptable. Just suppose Brett Kavanaugh isn't guilty doesn't it cheapen the Supreme Court to have a ...