Local Columns

Making It Mecca For Recreation

What Ohio County officials have in mind for The Highlands is impressive solely by its size. They plan to erect a 180,000 square-foot indoor sports and recreation building at the retail center. That’s big enough to swallow up three football fields, with room to spare. But big and promising ...

Use Some Bond Funds on Repairs

Some area residents have grown so frustrated with badly damaged, sometimes dangerous, roads that they are taking matters into their own hands, as we reported last week. One resident of Timber Haven Road in Ohio County has used bricks in an attempt to make one deep pothole less jarring for ...

Address Flooding Woes in Woodsdale

Twice in less than a week, some homes and businesses in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling have been flooded. It happened first last weekend, then again on Wednesday night. One cannot blame those for whom heavy rain has become synonymous with flooding for being frustrated. Part of the ...

Small Towns Should Cooperate on Cops

Dramatic population loss in many small towns has made it impossible for municipal officials to continue offering services taken for granted for years. Officials in Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland have been talking about cooperating on police protection, for that reason. Combined, the ...

Anthony Bourdain Helped Inspire Us to Eat ‘Vividly’

Like so many others, I was stunned by the abrupt suicide of Anthony Bourdain, who was one of my heroes, first and foremost as a writer with a wicked and incisive prose style. He likely would never have become famous had he not written “Kitchen Confidential,” the bestseller that launched his ...

Flagger Was Directing Children to Rehearsals, Not Traffic

With construction in progress along W.Va. 2 from Fifth Street to the Jefferson Avenue, in Moundsville, and the replacement of curbs at intersections along Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, we have come to watch for individuals flagging motorists through these areas. However, I was surprised this ...

Don’t Overlook Weeds, Governor

You can’t criticize Gov. Jim Justice for not smelling the roses here in West Virginia. During a press conference regarding the Public Employees Insurance Agency the other day, Justice lashed out at the press. We focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive, he ...

For Better Or Worse

Wedding anniversary announcements have been coming into the newspaper office at a steady pace in recent weeks. Some announcements are mailed or emailed. But many more are delivered to the newsroom because, as some older-weds will tell us, “we don’t do email on a computer.” It’s a ...

NYC Mayor’s Arrogance Toward Miners Is Hypocritical

By Daniel Turner “So, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs.’ We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the U.S. Army, but we don’t want to go start a war just to give them something to do and ...

Being A Real Man, Or Not

We Americans spent about $23 billion on Mother’s Day gifts this year. For Father’s Day, the total was expected to be $15.3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Why is that? Why do we think moms are worth $7.7 billion more? Could it be that women deserve more, ...

Fathers — All Kinds — Are Important to Children

This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over that last 10 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. First, it was unique because my father and my grandfather died, making me the oldest male in my family. Then it was unique ...

Mound Complex Schedules Events for West Virginia Day

Visitors to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville on Wednesday will be able to participate in several events in conjunction with West Virginia Day. West Virginia was formed on June 20, 1863, thus this year’s marks the state’s 155th birthday. Visitors to the Mound ...

Is Kim Playing the Long Game?

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed ...

Wetting A Line With Dad

There was nothing fancy about going to that pond in Wellsburg. It was all about fishing. There weren’t many activities that we did as a large family, but going fishing offered some memorable times. We were invited to wet a line in the water on Joe Funk’s property where he and his wife ...

Can We Place Trust In Anyone?

Not long after Allen Loughry’s book came out, he was in my office discussing it. The title is “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.” It’s fascinating reading, all the more so because of ...

We Need to Talk About Public Education in W.Va.

In February this year, teachers and school service personnel in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties left the job for 13 days over issues of teacher pay and the rising costs of health insurance available through W.Va. Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). Before the 2018 Legislative ...

Libraries in County Schedule Summer Reading Programs

The Marshall County Summer Reading Program, involving the Moundsville-Marshall County, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron libraries, begins this week. The programs are free and open to the public. In addition there will be special events at the libraries in conjunction with the reading programs, ...

Picking Winners and Losers

I agree 100 percent with some of my friends, liberal and conservative alike, who have been objecting during the past few days that the government should not be picking winners and losers in the private sector. But where have you been for the past few decades, especially the past nine ...

Sing Me A Song

I have a grandchild story. I’ll be brief but to the point. My 3¢-year-old granddaughter Hannah June “read” me a story book the other evening. With her 2-year-old brother dozing off to sleep next to her, she opened the book. It was titled “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” Just about ...

New Law Will Help Banks Serve Communities

For those who feared that partisanship and politics always trumps policy in Washington, I have good news! Thanks to the power of grassroots advocacy and the support of pro-community bank elected officials, including every member of our West Virginia Congressional delegation (Sens. Capito ...