Local Columns

Using Right to Work to Sell W.Va. to Job Creators

Finally. Nearly 15 months after the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, we can finally say that West Virginia is a “Right to Work” state. Frivolous and drawn-out legal challenges have proven fruitless, as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ...

Moundsville Middle School Recycling Program Recognized

Moundsville Middle School is one of this year’s four recipients of the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia Inc.’s Recycling Champions program and at Tuesday’s meeting of Marshall County Board of Education, school personnel will be in attendance to be honored with a certificate of ...

Road Bond Issue Approval Important to Area

West Virginia voters will soon have the chance to vote on the Roads to Prosperity Amendment of 2017. As someone who runs a successful manufacturing business here in the Northern Panhandle, I am emphatically urging everyone I know to vote YES on October 7. The Northern Panhandle of West ...

Health Care Plan Is Bad For W.Va.

The health care system in our country is clearly broken. Health insurance premiums are too high. Co-pays and deductibles for those with insurance are unaffordable. Drug costs have risen out of control. There are long waits to see specialists. And many of our rural communities have limited ...

Take Back Toll Road Authority

You have to feel a little sorry for Gov. Jim Justice, who has been painted into a corner by the West Virginia Legislature. Whether he likes it or not, he’s been handed authority that has become a hot potato regarding the Oct. 7 referendum on whether the state should sell $1.6 billion in ...

Don’t Think Of FEMA As Bureaucrats

Where to start? I’ve been told many times that’s the first thing that goes through the mind of someone who has suffered a drastic loss, perhaps everything, in a disaster such as a flash flood. Obviously, salvaging what you can and at least beginning to clean up and assess the situation ...

Regaining the Unity We Felt on Sept. 11, 2001

Last week, I was blessed to be at a September 11th Memorial Service at Temple Shalom in Wheeling. The featured speaker was the Honorable Mayor Glenn Elliott Jr. of Wheeling. He shared some of his experiences being in Washington, D.C., on that fatal day. I asked him for permission to share ...

Dedication of Emergency Services Building Set for Monday

The dedication and ribbon cutting of the new Marshall County Emergency Medical Services building will take place from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the facility, located at 14 Wilson Drive in Cameron. Services from the building began on July 30 following the renovation of the structure. Still to be ...

Playing Anti-Establishment Card

Long before Donald Trump turned politics inside-out by trash-talking the establishment, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was using the strategy to win a seat in Congress from our state. Trouble is, the political establishment then was the Democrat Party. Now, it’s the ...

Texting And Driving Again!

I hope this is the last time I have to write anything on this topic. It infuriates me that we even have to talk about it. You would think there have been enough warnings and tickets issued to deter it. But driving south on W.Va. 88 near West Liberty the other afternoon prompted me to write ...

Placing More Trust in Local Boards of Education

The beginning of a new school year always brings renewed optimism as students and teachers anticipate the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead. As president of the West Virginia Board of Education, I share in that optimism and truly believe West Virginia’s best days are yet to come. ...

Golden Wedding Anniversary; Fond Memories of the Fair

Congrats, Joe and Gayle On Friday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., made a brief stop at a “retirement roast” for former Project BEST Co-Chairman Tom Cerra at the Wild West Sports bar in Wheeling. Manchin presented Cerra with a copy of a statement entered in the Congressional Record in his ...

Elizabethtown Festival, Merchants Event Slated Saturday

The 19th annual Elizabethtown Festival will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, while the same day the Uptown Merchants Activity Committee (UMAC) will be holding its second annual “Fall Festival on the Avenue”on Jefferson Avenue ...

Never Enough Ice Cream

I lean back against the wall, welcoming contact with the cold concrete. I find the heat stifling in the hallway but then, I am not one of the frail residents confined to a bed or wheelchair. They are swaddled in blankets to ward off a chill that may take to their aged limbs. As I briefly ...

You Just Can’t Please Everyone

Sometimes we want too much from government. We want it to be compassionate, as long as it does so in someone else’s backyard, with someone else’s money. When it doesn’t do the impossible, we decide rascality must be to blame. Pity the poor Wheeling city officials who have to decide ...

Sunday School Christian II

“[F]or I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for your sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared … to more than five hundred brothers at ...

Allegiance Belongs to Nation, Not to Government

Often, in criticizing my own country as I currently perceive it, I have been accused of being unpatriotic to the point of treason. I have been called any number of unkind names and been told, “If ya don’t like it, leave it.” Treason is not a charge to be taken lightly, and I am pressed ...

Grants Make Feasibility Study on Traffic Feasible

Traffic Study To many longtime Wheeling residents and visitors, the idea of opening Main and Market streets in the city’s downtown area to two-way traffic may seem downright absurd. Spending $1,000 per day on a study to determine if this is a feasible idea could seem even more ...

Remembering Moundsville’s Businesses of the Past

The Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission has been discussing ways to recognize businesses/industries which no longer exist, and that hopefully the MHLC will be able to place some type of a remembrance in the vicinity of their former locations. Most of these remembrances would be along ...

Dodging The Real Problem

Lewis Wetzel was a bloodthirsty murderer of native Americans, it has been said. If Wetzel saw an Indian, he tried to kill him, in cold blood, if possible, according to some of his critics. So, should we hop in our cars and drive to Morgantown, there to tear down or at least shroud the ...