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Opinion

Finding the balance between water and jobs

Editorials

Under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules, even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority. That expansive power clearly was unneeded to safeguard the environment. As so often ...

25-Year Club picnic carries on tradition

Editorials

A tradition of generations of Weirton area steelworkers will continue this Saturday with the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic. The 71st-annual picnic, to be held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., once again will draw current and past steelworkers — men and women — ...

Jamboree returns to the hills

Editorials

One of the region’s most anticipated summer traditions will be renewed this week in the Belmont County community of Morristown. The event — Jamboree in the Hills — is important to our region on many levels. First, it gives area residents who appreciate country music a chance to sit ...

Marijuana panel expansion needed

Editorials

Not a single member of the advisory panel helping prepare rules for medical use of marijuana in West Virginia is from the Northern Panhandle. In fact, only two of the 13 are from the northern half of the state (Morgantown and Great Cacapon). Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board were ...

Be careful while out on the water

Editorials

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries ...

A week of reminders and revelations

Local Columns

It was a week of reminders and revelations, including that fishing can bring out the best and worst in us. It can be a workout for our patience muscles; an ewww-yuck experience baiting a hook, feeling pity for the unsuspecting worm suddenly on a bluegill’s dinner menu; an ongoing series of ...

Stay away from my voter information

Local Columns

By now, you’ve probably at least heard about a request made by the federal government through its recently created Election Integrity Commission. The panel was formed by the Trump administration following numerous claims by the president that millions of illegal voters participated in the ...

Limit government spending in WV

Editorials

Statutory limits on government growth, as West Virginia House of Delegates member Pat McGeehan envisions, are not a bad idea. Convincing his fellow legislators to adopt them is another story, however. McGeehan, R-Hancock, plans to try that when lawmakers convene their next regular session ...

Memories of local boxing

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, When I read that turnstile boxing might return to the area this Thanksgiving season, it sent shivers up my spine. I was transported back to the frigid winter nights of the Weirton Silver Gloves-Belts in the 1970s, with a dusting of snow on the pathway and walking eagerly into ...

You have to have faith … in God

Local Columns

We exercise our faith in many areas of our life that we may not actually recognize. When we turn on the light switch in a dark room we expect the light to turn on. When we turn on the ignition of our vehicles we expect the engine to start. In these simple instances we are actually placing on ...

Some thoughts on Independence Day

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I posted this to Facebook Tuesday morning. Every word is heartfelt and sincere. As we celebrated the flag-waving, red-white-and-blue, Yankee Doodle day of festivities and fireworks in honor of our independence from Great Britain and of our blessed, God-given rights and ...

Taste of the Town big success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We at Franciscan University of Steubenville recently welcomed more than 750 new students, parents, and families for our Baron Days. Baron Days are a time for the incoming students to visit campus and prepare for their fall semester. Needless to say, we want it to be a great ...

Protect yourself from skin cancer

Editorials

The sunny, hot days of summer are upon us and it should make everyone think of the dangers of skin cancer. It's the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, fortunately, skin cancer also is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About one in five Americans will develop ...

A celebration of community

Editorials

The Follansbee Community Days celebration is one of Northern Panhandle’s — and Tri-State Area’s — most anticipated events. It’s a three-day festival that opens today, with the parking lot of the Follansbee Community House being the center of the activities. There will be plenty to ...

Weirton celebrating Greek heritage

Editorials

Members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church have shared their faith, heritage and traditions with the rest of the Weirton community, as well as residents throughout the Tri-State Area, through their annual festival. Now in its 30th year, the festival runs until 10 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. ...

Get coal back into energy mix

Editorials

Americans can enjoy hundreds of years of reasonably priced, reliable electricity if coal is added back into the nation’s energy mix. During his election campaign and earlier this year, President Donald Trump pledged to do just that. He is working energetically to win half the battle on ...

Spirit of 1776 is alive and well

Editorials

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than the men who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate today. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for ...

Monitor state’s revenue closely

Editorials

Within a few days, final reports on how much state government collected for the General Revenue Fund during the just-ended fiscal year will be available. Let us hope the last month was a good one. West Virginia’s budget for fiscal 2018 is based largely on optimism that the state’s economy ...

It’s a Dean Martin T-shirt tradition

Local Columns

Call it T-shirt tradition. When local Dean Martin festivities unfold, it has been my habit to get Better Half a Dean Martin T-shirt. This year’s installment, I thought, was especially unique, given it was a tribute to the Steubenville native who would have been celebrating his 100th ...

There’s more of our history to uncover

Local Columns

A few days ago, we published a special section in observance of the 70th anniversary of the City of Weirton. On July 1, 1947, the four unincorporated communities of Hollidays Cove, Weirton, Weirton Heights and Marland Heights combined to form the City of Weirton. Thomas Millsop would become ...