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Lawyer Wants To Help Friend Pass the Bar

DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, “Samantha,” whom I met in law school four years ago. We both graduated in 2014. I have passed the bar exam, and so have all our friends from school, but Samantha has not. She was in a bad relationship back in school and planned to marry the guy. That ...

With This Ring, She Thee Spite

Dear Annie: I was engaged for about two years and ended the engagement and relationship after realizing that despite our fondness for each other, we would just not be able to live together. There was an argument at least once a week. After the breakup, I asked for the ring back, and she ...

Local Schoolchildren Sound Off on ‘The Test’

It’s that time of the year when in the education world the “T” word is used quite often. That’s right, it is time for “THE TEST.” There are many controversies concerning assessing our students: Do we test too much, is it necessary and what do they really prove? Those are just to ...

They Don’t Want To Be Grandparents

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for almost five years, and my husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. I am really excited about the possibility of being a mom. My problem is, my parents and his parents don’t want to be grandparents. I will be 30 this year, and they keep ...

Addressing The Pain Of Neuropathy

DEAR DR. ROACH: My feet hurt me so much that I no longer want to live. I am a 63-year-old white female. I have Type 2 diabetes, since 2014. My podiatrist says that I have plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis and foot neuropathy. I have all the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and then some. My ...

Tanning Beds Are A Carcinogen

Nearly 5 (4.9) million — that’s right, million — people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States. Collectively, nonmelanoma skin cancer, which includes basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, are the most common cancers diagnosed in this country. ...

Specter Of Past Alcohol Abuse Lingers

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 30 years. The first 22 years of our marriage, I was drunk every weekend and some weeknights. I’m not proud of the things I did and said. I’m not happy about all the quality time I missed out on with our children, who are now grown and out of ...

Medication Changes Her Personality

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for four years, married for one. She’s always been a little absent-minded. At first, it was cute, but then it started to become more of an issue. After we got married and moved in together, I noticed it more. For example, I came home a few times to ...

Manners Kids Need To Know

Children may be born with a number of innate abilities, but behaving politely is not one of them. And so, it is up to you to teach your child how to behave in polite society. Polite behavior will help your child’s social development. Kids who aren’t taught social graces from an early age ...

Classic Meal Warms The Generations

DEAR ABBY: My stepmother had a recipe for meatloaf that she found in your column years ago. She made it for us often when we visited and we all loved it. However, we have been unable to locate that recipe anywhere and don’t remember how to make it. Could you reprint the recipe for me? ...

Son, 5, Stuck In Video Game World

Dear Annie: I gave my 5-year-old son a PlayStation 4 for Christmas. He has since logged countless hours on his new favorite game, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” I would have no problem with this, except he has played the game so much that he has mastered the made-up language and, whenever ...

He Wants To Talk, She Wants to Sleep

DEAR ABBY: As the only income earner in our household of five, I work long hours. Sometimes I would enjoy talking about my day with my wife of 18 years. While she has no problem staying awake to watch TV or going out with her friends on the weekend, she usually falls asleep right in the middle ...

Torn Between Staying, Leaving

Dear Annie: I have been living with my partner for 36 years. By all outside appearances, he is a very good man. And in many ways, he is. But in the important ways, he is not. Birthdays and special holidays are never acknowledged; he makes snide comments about my weight; he’s never been there ...

‘Friend’ Casts Her Out of Social Circle

DEAR ABBY: My friend has decided she can no longer tolerate my husband. She feels he doesn’t “respect” her. This is far from the truth, in my mind. We have supported her emotionally and financially from time to time for many years. My husband does have a habit of making clunky jokes ...

Pseudomonas Sinus Infection Hard to Beat

DEAR DR. ROACH: After years and years of excessive nasal congestion and postnasal drip that frequently affected my speech, I was diagnosed with a pseudomonas infection in my sinuses. I’ve had a balloon sinuplasty and two rounds of Cipro. My symptoms briefly improved after each treatment, ...

College Corner

Colton West of St. Clairsville attended the 2017 National DECA ICDC Collegiate competition in Anaheim, Calif., placing as a top 10 finalist nationally in the area of corporate finance. He graduated from St. Clairsville High School and is finishing his first year at the University of Akron, ...

Monuments’ Restoration Envisioned

As Memorial Day approaches, monuments and statues are on the minds of many people in Wheeling. A committee organized through Wheeling Heritage to return the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to the downtown area has raised $78,000 for the project, exceeding the group’s initial goal. The cost of ...

Special Activities

History Alive! JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood will portray adventurer and groundbreaking reporter Nellie Bly at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, 700 Fifth St., at 6 p.m. Monday. The performance is made possible through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! ...

Doting Grandfather Wants to Protect His Girls’ Hearts

Dear Annie: I am the father of two married girls, who both have made bad decisions on spouses — one in her first marriage and the other in her second marriage. In light of this, it concerns me that I did not ever vet my daughters’ choices of men. Now that I have five granddaughters, two ...

With Parents Gone, Truth Comes Out

DEAR ABBY: I have known for a long time that once both of my parents were gone, I would cease contact with my brothers. My problem is how to explain it to other family members and friends. I don’t want to go into the details about my reasons. I feel it would hurt my parents if the truth were ...