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New Emergency Medical Service Will Serve 1,900 Residents

The Marshall County Commission 16 months ago created a five- member committee to review the emergency management services provided in the county and to recommend any changes. During this time frame, much has been accomplished and as a result at 8 a.m. today, a new service went into effect to ...

Portman, Capito on Right Track

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. Last week’s column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless ...

Too High For Me

I never was one for riding roller coasters or sky-high rides at the county fair or amusement park. My heart aches for the family of the young man who died and others who were injured severely this week when an amusement ride failed at the Ohio State Fair. That event only reinforced my outward ...

Fear Real For Swamp Creatures

It develops the swamp President Donald Trump pledged to drain is quite deep, not to mention full of denizens unwilling to go without a fight. Even before he started talking about draining the swamp during last year’s election campaign, the establishment — a synonym for “swamp” — ...

Repeal, Replace? Then Let’s Deal

Want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced? Then roll up your sleeves and prepare for some good, old-fashioned horse trading, because that’s the only way it’ll get done. West Virginia provided evidence of that this week. Both our senators, one Republican and one Democrat, had concerns ...

Nickles Are Adding Up

There they were. In total, 55 in nickels and pennies were in today's mail. The unsolicited coins came from various sources - all charities seeking more than nickels in return for the coinage. Save the somethings, feed and clothe someone buy a tree or a goat, the list is endless. Many are ...

Recycling Just Not A Priority

In deciding whether to accept job offers during my career, I’ve always taken into consideration the community in which I’d have to live. Is it a nice place? Are the schools good? Will my family be safe? How high are the taxes? Will I, as a reasonably progressive person, fit in? My ...

‘Boys of Summer’ Event May Is in Jeopardy for Next Year

For the past 10 years the Boys of Summer of Marshall County have been getting together annually. However, that may not happen in 2018. At last Sunday’s annual event, treasurer Don Yost announced that organizer Jim Heath and his wife, Lee, have other plans for next summer and thus there ...

GOP Race Will Benefit Manchin

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s announcement he is running for a U.S. Senate seat should have come as no surprise, though U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins. R-W.Va., no doubt had high hopes Morrisey would stay out of the race. What Morrisey’s entry means, in a nutshell, is that ...

The Hobo Summer

One hot summer day somewhere around 1964, some of my siblings and I wandered down to a nearby stream with all the intentions of catching some minnows or crayfish. It was one of those steamy Saturday afternoons when wading in a cool stream under the Homestead Avenue bridge would bring some ...

Rules Without Representation

What about regulation without representation? Is that not just as injurious and insufferable as the taxation without representation many Americans view as one of the straws that broke the colonists’ backs in 1776, leading to the Declaration of Independence? Gathered in Philadelphia during ...

Changing Up Daily Routine

There is something about a daily or even weekly routine that provides a sense of security in our lives. Whether it’s laundry day, going to work or walking the dog, we embrace the norm. And so it is we get up each day, make the same pot of coffee or cup of tea, pull on a familiar outfit and ...

Living the Same Failures Over and Over Again

West Virginia’s new governor stood on the steps of the Capitol and said taxes would be kept to the “irreducible minimum.” Government needed to be less corrupt, and more efficient, spending only what it needed to spend, instead of spending “every dollar it had.” He promised to improve ...

New Area Partnership Is Formed to Benefit Tourism

A new area partnership has been signed, this one aimed at benefiting tourism. The signees are the state of West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which represents several businesses, agencies and government on the local ...

Local Runner Represents Ohio Down Under; See Rig Run

Local Runner Representing Ohio Down Under Zachary Orzolek, an upcoming junior at St. Clairsville High School, headed to Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, from where the flew “cross country” to LAX to meet for the first time his coach and his fellow teammates before heading ...

Spreading The Word On W.Va.

I’m tempted to nominate West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsa Ruby for governor. She seems to get it regarding the biggest challenges facing our state. What are they? - Keeping young people from leaving. - Bringing more tourists to the Mountain State. - Perhaps most ...

What’s Up With Electric Bills?

Conventional wisdom, at least here in coal country, is that coal-fired power plants translate to much lower electricity prices. Apparently not. For many years, West Virginians paid very low electric bills, because it was cheaper to generate power with coal than with most other fuels. Ten ...

Recalling the Best of Times

In my childhood home there is a framed photograph of my youngest brother Jamie when he was just a little guy. In the photo he is eating a large slice of watermelon while sitting on the porch steps. He’s dressed in summer attire that looks like he might have just finished working on a broken ...

Moving Too Quickly In Government

During a one-week period earlier this month, I had to kill four editorials and one column on politics. I am getting very tired of calls from the office after I’ve left for the evening, informing me that events have made what I’d written for the next day irrelevant. You should worry just ...

Greatest Generation Forced to Grow Up Quickly

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...