Local Columns

Butterfly Effect At Christmas

You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, I suppose. It was on display in all its glory — and I mean that — last week. About a hundred years ago, a little girl in Wheeling, Daisy Scott, died. She must have been a wonderful, kind child, to judge by what her family did. They gave a ...

Tax Bill Bad for People With Disabilities, Families

If you think a tax bill has nothing to do with people with autism, think again. This bill has serious implications for all with disabilities, including families with special needs kids. The tax bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. This mandate requires all of us — ...

William Burkett Honored for Service to Legion, Baseball

William “Bill” Burkett has been the Earl Francis American Legion Post No. 3 baseball coach for the past 35 years, along with serving as the state Legion baseball chairman for the past 27 years. Thus, it was appropriate that former players, Post No. 3 members, and a number of past and ...

Doing Things Better Together

Talk about bad timing: Eight people who work for the city of St. Clairsville will lose their jobs on the day before Christmas. No doubt they’ve known for some time that the blow was coming, but that won’t make it any more palatable for them. Here’s hoping the eight can land new ...

Importance Of A Good Book

I should have known better, but the temptation was too great. I was cleaning off the bookshelf at the old homestead when I came across a former library book. My mother was good at buying books to fill the bookshelf for her children to always have something to read. We were encouraged from a ...

When Story Is Too Good To Be True

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said no to someone who alerted me to a “really great story,” my Christmas shopping would be finished. Time was when I turned them down once a month, on average. Nowadays, it happens nearly every day. What brings us this up is what happened at ...

Stop Stigmatizing Those With Mental Illness

For generations words and remarks used to defame, belittle or embarrass another person often involved crude reference to abnormal conditions of the human mind. Use of such words and remarks is generally used to express anger, disapproval or make fun of perceived inappropriate actions, behavior, ...

Uniform Donation Recalls Baseball League During 1950s

The Marshall County Historical Society will be adding a sports section to its museum, thanks to long-time resident Phil Wallace, who this past week donated one baseball uniform and two fast-pitch softball uniforms, all of which date back the late 1950s, along with a dress military ...

End Delays in Approving Natural Gas Pipelines

The Senate recently confirmed two new appointees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, ending a seven-month dormancy due to lack of a quorum. With three members, two Republicans and one Democrat, one pick from each party remains for a full five-member commission. This delay, ...

Fourth Branch of Government

Most people probably viewed this week’s duel over leadership of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as merely one more fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress. It wasn’t. It was the fourth branch of government flexing its muscles. In establishing the ...

All Aboard The Train

There was never a time growing up that our dad didn’t erect his platform of trains in the basement for the Christmas season. He spent an inordinate amount of time fabricating the layout, drilling holes, painting scenery and setting multiple tracks in place. He enjoyed adding something new ...

Giving Yourself A Gift

She waited until she thought no one would notice, then the woman stepped up to the Angel Tree and took one of the tags on it. Angel Trees have become fairly common in our area. Appearing at about this time every year, they are festooned with small tags. Each bears the last name of a child, ...

They’re Friends, Neighbors — and They’re Mentally Ill

It’s not every day your neighbor talks openly about seeing demons or receiving electroshock therapy or having her stomach pumped. These are not topics that typically come up at the church coffee hour, school bus stop or employee break room. But on Nov. 14, 16 Ohio Valley women and men ...

Tax Reform Especially Crucial for Small Businesses

We have one of the highest federal tax rates for corporations in the developed world at 35 percent. Mexico’s corporate tax rate is 30 percent. The United Kingdom’s is 19 percent. Canada’s is 15 percent. That’s bad enough, but here’s the kicker: Most U.S. small businesses are ...

Sale of Decorated Christmas Trees, Silent Auction Planned

The sale of 22 decorated Christmas Trees, 14 silent auction items and the raffle of a decorated Christmas Tree will take place Thursday evening at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The Christmas events will be in conjunction with the November ...

It’s Still City Vs. Rural Voters

If gubernatorial election results in Virginia earlier this month are any indication, the 2020 presidential election may be something of a replay of the 2016 version, with rural voters pitted against those from big cities. But returns from the Old Dominion paint a pretty picture for ...

A Less Frenzied Pace

I miss Bakers Shoe store. It was one of the many shoe stores that lined Market and Main streets in downtown Wheeling when I was in high school. It had large display windows with shoes propped up on see-through plastic shelf-like things. And the prices, if I recall, were clearly marked under the ...

Thanking Our Lord For the Enormous Blessings We Have

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Making a Difference in Other People’s Lives

Did you see the story? A man in his 80s stopped for gas on his way back home from Bible class in Detroit, Mich., and got mugged. It was not in the dark, but in a lighted area. He was not at a lonely stop, but there were a number of people who were pumping their gas watching it happen. They ...

Talking Turkey and Flying High With the Ohio Falconers

So You Want To Be a Falconer? The Martins Ferry Public Library will welcome Mick Brown, president of the Ohio Falconers Association and a Martins Ferry resident, at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. He will be bringing along his falcon and discussing how to become a falconer and talking more about these ...