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Local Columns

Going Pro At WVU?

Picture, if you will, an ad featuring a big picture of Austin Kendall and the large-type caption, “Before every big game, I rely on Acme Cleat Cleaners.” West Virginia University football team quarterback Austin Kendall getting paid to endorse a product? Not as ridiculous as you may ...

Ensuring Students Show Up to Benefit From Schools

Governor Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice were recently recognized by the National Communities In Schools organization for their role in expanding the program from three to 11 counties — the largest licensed expansion in the country. Their leadership means more children will have access ...

Extension Service Slates ‘Dining With Diabetes’ Program

The Extension Service committee for the West Virginia University/Marshall County Extension Service will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the WVU/MCES Office at 126 Barn Drive on Middle Grave Creek, Moundsville. The agenda will include at-large appointments, program presentations ...

End Vendetta and Find Solutions for Americans

Over the last year a million illegal migrants were taken into custody at our southern border — the highest level since 2007. A renegotiated trade deal with two of our largest trading partners — Canada and Mexico — is stalled. Skyrocketing prescription drug prices continue to increase ...

Will Voters Forgive Neely?

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Making The Trip To Town

Admit it: We are creatures of habit. And that is not always a good thing, especially moving forward in and around Wheeling. For years, my parents routinely drove to and from our home in the suburbs of Wheeling to downtown via the National Road. Piling us kids in one of a long line of station ...

Think Far Outside The Box

Imagine the following conversation between an up-and-coming junior executive and his boss at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley: “Boss, you know that new plant you’ve been talking about? I’ve found a great place for it.” “Where?” “West Virginia.” “Have you been ...

Doing More for Homeless Children in West Virginia

Education is an essential part of our children’s lives. All of our students are expected to meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards, but a student’s environment outside of school has a profound impact on their ability to learn and achieve in the classroom. Every ...

Knowing How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We know so much more about breast cancer now than we did when Breast Cancer ...

Prison Was Site for Sports, Entertainment for Many Years

For those who grew up in Moundsville there was something that others places didn’t have — a maximum security state penitentiary. The prison over the years provided much to the economy of the city through jobs, items purchased from local businesses which were necessary to operate the ...

Is It North vs. South Again?

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...

What Did You Say?

It’s OK. You can call me a fuddy-duddy. I’m not offended. What I am offended by is what I have to put up with — and you do, too — on a nearly daily basis. I was in dollar store the other day when I noticed the young man in front of me, dressed in a tie-dyed shirt. And when he turned ...

They’re Not Games Anymore

Sports may build character among athletes. Apparently it is less successful in that among spectators. Like so many other things, the situation seems to become worse with the age of competitors. This summer, it was my delight to watch a number of softball games in which little girls ...

Gun Control Plans Are Because Politicians Are Afraid

National Public Radio has been covering spree shootings in America, and the desire by Democratic presidential candidates to completely ban military-style firearms in the United States. Such legislation will effectively end the brutal bloodbath in our streets by immediately removing the very ...

Board of Education Hears Reports on Assessments, Attendance

Several presentations were made during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education. Mrs. Karen Klamut, the county’s director of state assessment, spoke on state assessment results in Marshall County schools. She stated that seven schools in the county met growth ...

Are Roads Unsolvable Puzzle?

In Washington, everyone knows the national debt is a disaster, at $22.6 trillion and growing by leaps and bounds. No one seems capable of building a bipartisan consensus to do anything about it, however. We have an equivalent here in West Virginia: the State Road Fund. Both it and the ...

Greetings to Start the Day

It never bothered me — in fact, it was pretty nice. Every morning when sports editor Bill Van Horne walked through the newsroom, he would smile and greet the female reporters with “Good morning, gals.” Always with a smile, he strode through the office to his den of desks piled high with ...

Paying a Lot of Money To Be Indoctrinated in College

I attended college from 1965 until 1989, acquiring three degrees as well as taking other postgraduate education courses. The total tuition for my undergraduate and graduate classes was approximately $10,000 during the “golden age” of a college education. Today, many parents have to ...

Pass W.Va. Resolution to Bring Our Troops Home

Some 1,600 years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shock waves throughout the Western world, triggering Saint Jerome to ...

Penitentiary Being Readied for Annual Dungeon of Horrors

More than 10,000 people are expected to come to Moundsville during the next six weekends in conjunction with the annual Dungeon of Horrors, along with the North (Hall) Walk, both held at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The events will actually get underway on Tuesday, when a dress ...