Local Columns

Helping Ohio Manufacturers Adapt and Compete

The manufacturing industry is one of the most important drivers of economic growth in Ohio. Advancements seem to be occurring at the speed of light and we must do all that we can to help our local manufacturers adapt and compete in the global economy. According to the Ohio Manufacturers ...

Utilizing Important Resource in W.Va.: Girls

From coal and natural gas production to the automotive, aerospace, biotech industries and beyond, when you think of West Virginia, you can’t help but think about the resources that power our country. However, one thing that might not necessarily be top of mind is one of our greatest, ...

New Monument Honoring Veterans Is Being Planned

A request made some 10 years ago by Joe Parriott hopefully will become a reality on Memorial Day 2019. Parriott approached the Marshall County Commission a decade ago about the possibility of erecting a granite monument on the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn, adjacent to the ...

Helping Low-Income Customers

Look in the book of phrases, under “between a rock and a hard place,” and you’ll see a picture of Steubenville City Council. They’re about to do something not one of them desires, but they have no choice. Perhaps there’s a way to make it a bit less painful. Decades of neglect have ...

Wheels of Justice Keep on Spinning

I’ll be spending the month of October going from trial to trial, it seems. Almost every day there is a new motion, response or lawsuit. This week, I went from covering the impeachment trial of Justice Beth Walker of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to covering the federal trial of ...

Workman May Stay, Too

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker did not exactly hit a home run during her impeachment trial before the state Senate. Call it a walk; senators voted not to remove her, but to censure her and leave her in office. Next up to bat, Justice Margaret Workman. Her impeachment ...

Fall Festivals Finally Here!

Skip and Roseann’s tree is nearly at its most glorious fall splendor. It happened overnight. This perfectly shaped large oak tree sits at the bottom of my neighbors’ driveway. It is my barometer to when we experience full-blown autumn. When those leaves turn such amazing colors of red ...

Remember This in November

The Democrats have been committed to opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris announced their opposition before the nominee’s name was released. Almost immediately after his ...

Where Is Judicial Restraint in W.Va.?

As we start the first impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate this morning, I find it interesting the efforts some justices — on current and one former — of the state Supreme Court of Appeals are going to extract the court from the co-equal third branch of government it is supposed to ...

Lock Some Up, Throw Away Key?

Brylee West, who allegedly shot a 2-year-old girl and her mother last week in Steubenville, is no stranger to pulling a trigger on another human being. When West was 15 years old, he put a bullet in another teenager who was unarmed and walking down a sidewalk in Steubenville. The boy, whose ...

Reforms Working to Make West Virginia Better

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This oft-mentioned proverb is used to convey the idea that beauty, or value, is subjective. That which one person finds beautiful, useful or lovely, another may find plain, frivolous or even repulsive. That said, one could be forgiven for looking ...

Christian Church Celebrates 150 Years in Moundsville

Sixty years ago the congregation of the Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) moved into a new church as the membership had outgrown its location then at 700 Jefferson Avenue. It, too, had served the congregation for 60 years. Today the church membership will conclude a ...

Conspiracy Claim Ridiculous

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s all a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Where have we heard that before? In 1998 and again in 2016, from Hillary Clinton. Give Davis credit for coming up with a new and improved version. Davis has filed a federal lawsuit ...

Watching Out For Others

Admit it. You’ve done it. You’ve driven past your children’s school yard or day care center at lunch time, hoping to catch a glimpse of your kids at play. Maybe you’ve done something similar with your elderly parents. You pop in at their home during the middle of the day just to make ...

Help Is Wanted In State Government

Last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of John Myers, the secretary of the state Department of Administration, as the new director of the West Virginia Lottery. This is not a new role for Myers, who served as an interim lottery director earlier this decade and was ...

Pursuing a Second Tax Cut to Do Even More Good

Larger paychecks may be around the corner — yet again. Congress is working on “Tax Cuts 2.0,” which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But the recent tax cuts are never without their enemies, ...

Lions Hear Progress Report on Monarch Stadium Project

Moundsville Lions Club members were provided with an update on work being done at Monarch Stadium, along with other information dealing with the 20 sports programs and four club activities, by Athletic Director Rob Chavanak at this past Tuesday’s Lions meeting. Two undertakings expected to ...

Ford a Problem for Manchin

With friends like Joe Manchin’s Democrats in the U.S. Senate, who needs enemies? Sen. Manchin, D-W.Va., is involved in a reelection battle against Republican Patrick Morrisey, who is West Virginia’s attorney general. Morrisey’s strategy, a very wise one in this state, is to campaign as ...

What Are You Selling?

Branding. It’s a catch word heard more and more in all types of industry, especially in the retail field. As retailers work to find new and better ways to attract customers, they rely on branding. It’s a particular focus these days as businesses compete with online shopping. While that ...

Unpredictability In Charleston

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11, I was given a ...