Local Columns

Table For One, Please

We’ve had an odd visitor to the homestead as of late. She comes and goes by herself, sometimes lazily walking about and other times running through the yard when we approach. A lone turkey hen appears to have been left out of the group of turkeys that regularly pecks about the yard. ...

Question Is, What Will Don Do?

Former coal baron Don Blankenship spent a lot of his own money in a futile attempt to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The question now is whether he will continue spending and, if so, how. If he makes the wrong choice, he could become the best thing his arch-enemy, incumbent Sen. Joe ...

Sharing W.Va. Stories With Senator

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Mothers Always No. 1

Many men are competitive in much of what we do. But most of us have become resigned to finishing second-place in the greatest endeavor of life, parenting. Think about it. One stereotype of tough guys is that many of them have tatoos reading, “Mother.” Ever seen one that paid tribute to ...

‘No’ Votes Ought To Be Concern

Years ago, when approval of tax levies for public schools required 60 percent of voters to say yes, the $42.2 million bond issue for Ohio County schools would have squeaked through — barely. Under the new rules, requiring only a simple majority of votes, the bond issue won handily, ...

Mom Was A Rocker

Mom was right. It’s not always easy to admit that Mom did know better on certain subjects. But she was absolutely correct when she said every home needs a good, solid rocking chair. I can’t remember a time in my youth that there was not someone in the living room, rocking away. And there ...

Politics Can Be Funny

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of ...

Say No to Higher Electricity Prices

Since former President Barack Obama began his war on coal and affordable electricity, power prices for West Virginians have soared. Now, apparently taking up where Obama left off, a major utility serving our area apparently wants to sock it to us some more. Between 2008, when Obama was ...

Keep Tight Rein On W.Va. Spending

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice can be pardoned for being in a boastful mood on Friday, when he revealed figures from the April report on revenue collected by state government. He and Revenue Secretary Mike Hall took the opportunity to chastise some journalists for what they consider to be ...

Bond Issue Will Make Ohio County Schools Better

Ohio County Schools students will soon benefit from the most important improvements in the school system’s history. In just two days, on May 8, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in favor of safety, science, fine arts, and facilities. The upgrades voters will decide ...

Legionnaires Are Aiming for 500 ‘Honor a Veteran’ Flags

A year ago Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 decided to “Honor a Veteran” (past or present) on Memorial Day Weekend by displaying small American flags and name plates in the Veterans Plaza, which is located adjacent to the old freight station. Family members and friends of veterans were ...

Are Democrats More Energized?

The new conventional wisdom in politics, thanks to President Donald Trump, is that Republicans are more energized than Democrats. Maybe not. Of West Virginia’s 1,227,600 registered voters, 42.76 percent declared themselves to be Democrats, while 31.99 percent registered as Republicans. ...

I Made A New Friend

It was an up and down kind of day, with highs and lows despite the warm sunshine. Then I met Leslie. She greeted me immediately with a broad smile and a cheerful “hi.” Reaching out, she took my hand in hers. It was cold and yet warm at the same time. She was excited to make a new friend ...

Let’s Find A Solution To Bigotry

I’ve told the story many times, but it seems appropriate to repeat: Several years ago, I was standing in line at a bank walk-up window. I noticed a sign advising patrons the bank would be closed the following Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The man in front of me ...

W.Va. Democrats Should Not Help Blankenship

“You can’t shake hands with the devil, and say you’re only kidding.” That’s the line that came to mind when I read about an effort by West Virginia Democrats to help Don Blankenship become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate by running ads attacking his competition. The scheme has ...

New Book Shows History of Marshall County in Postcards

Moundsville native Jack Allen Grubber has an extensive collection of antique postcards which he will soon be sharing in book form. In the early 1900s, postcards were the main way to send information, whether in writing or as photographs. The book, titled “Postcard History Series — Marshall ...

Upgraded Science Labs, Media Center Are Goals

The science labs at Wheeling Park High School look much like they did when the school opened in 1976. Each day, students work at outdated lab islands surrounded by wooden cupboards that have stored telescopes and classroom materials for more than four decades. Patriot science and Advanced ...

In Praise Of ‘B—- From Hell’

“I’m the carding b---- from hell,” the store clerk advised me. “Thank you,” I replied. I’d stopped in at a local convenience store and, while checking out, was reading a little notice placed on the counter near the cash register. It advised adults not to try to buy cigarettes ...

Road Repairs Are Imperative

It is unlikely that many of the West Virginians who last fall voted to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to repair and improve highways and bridges had any idea of how quickly the money would be needed urgently. The winter that would ravage our roads was still several weeks away. Many of those ...

Helping Teachers Spot Danger Signs

Several good suggestions were made by candidates for the Ohio County Board of Education, during a discussion Thursday of how to keep schools safer. It occurred during a candidate forum sponsored by the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer. All four candidates — Molly Aderholt, ...