Local Columns

What Makes A House A Home?

Sitting in traffic on a well-traveled road in Wheeling, my eyes wandered to the hillside, a place I have passed by thousands of times. Only this time, my eyes fell upon a ramshackle house situated on that steep slope. Its roof was pitched on either side but sunk in the middle like a well-worn ...

We Remember

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is ...

Memorial Day Services Scheduled in Marshall County

All military veterans and all Moundsville area residents are invited to attend this year’s Memorial Day Service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the gymnasium of Central Elementary School. Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78 and Boy Scout Troop No. 78 will assist with the program by ...

Opinion: Move Wheeling Park High to the WJU Campus

The possible closing of Wheeling Jesuit University is both a tragedy and an opportunity, and it hinges on the question: What will the Wheeling-Charlston Diocese do with the property if the institution shuts down? It is a beautiful campus and a prime central location, but how do you repurpose a ...

One Long War We’re Losing

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Angels Wearing Uniforms

When American soldiers crashed through the main gate of the Nazi death camp in which she and tens of thousands of others were imprisoned, she looked at them and saw angels, an elderly Jewish woman recalled earlier this year, upon meeting one of the very men who had rescued her. This Memorial ...

Sacrifices — Big and Small

I pulled into the driveway, opened the car door and that’s when I heard the commotion. A number of small birds that regularly visited the bird feeder were in a bit of a caterwalling frenzy. I turned toward the feeder and realized the object of the distressing bird sounds. A large, ...

Special Session: Things To Watch

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session today. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of ...

Get Help From Best Educators

What do the Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate Team, the Cameron and Sherrard Middle School history bowl teams and the U.S. Army have in common? Not much, except for one very important attribute: They all produce winners. Think about this: Retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gadson, ...

Being Prepared for Energy Industry Opportunities

A few weeks ago, my daughter, Dannielle and I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful course running through the battlefield and farm country. The course was hilly. We expected that and trained accordingly. I had a good finishing time for me. Dannielle ...

Plan Is to Revitalize Moundsville’s East End Playground

“‘Bring Back the East End Playground!” No, the East End Playground hasn’t gone anywhere. Instead there are concerns pertaining to this facility — the number of attractions offered there and the number of people utilizing the Park. City Manager Rick Healy and parks and recreation ...

Making Life Easier for Small Businesses in W.Va.

Considering the importance of small businesses, we wanted to remind everyone that it’s never been easier to start or grow a business in West Virginia, thanks to the state Legislature’s initiative creating the WV One Stop Business Center.   The first center of its kind in the nation and ...

Get Moving on Better Schools

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested last week that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In March, ...

Wheels Of My Youth

Standing in the parking lot at the Burger Chef on National Road, a group of teenagers gather to do nothing. Well, sort of nothing. In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, the “Chef” was one of the places young people gathered on sultry summer evenings, much to the chagrin of a certain ...

Giving Mom A Great Gift

Sometimes, it’s not a bad thing to put off getting a Mother’s Day gift until the last minute. It gives you time to come up with the perfect present. It came to me Thursday night, while I was watching a softball game between two teams of little girls. My, were they having fun! A glance at ...

Looking at Honesty Among Magistrates

Late last month, former Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe pleaded guilty in federal court to a single charge involving a tax conspiracy. His attorney said the case was about failure to report some income on his tax return. Other charges against Radcliffe, including one of soliciting ...

Honoring Those Who Serve and Protect Us

Many of those who serve and protect us as police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state police troopers and in other law enforcement capacities will gather for a somber ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Heritage Port in Wheeling. It will be the seventh annual memorial ceremony honoring ...

Mother of Our Country Had Excellent Outlook

How old am I? One of the big stories of last week was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presented their two-day-old son to the world. His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This maybe the first time in recent history that an interracial child has been born into the royal ...

Civil War Soldier Uriah Alley Recognized With Sign

Members of the city of Cameron Historical Society were unaware that a road sign named for Civil War veteran Uriah “Duck” Alley was in the sign shop of the state Division of Highways in Charleston until a local resident called that agency about another matter. When Calvin Moninger was ...

Students Deserve Option of Public Charter Schools

Across the country, millions of students, families and educators are celebrating National Charter Schools Week and how they transform communities by bringing educational opportunities to students. Unfortunately, our students are left out of these celebrations because West Virginia is one of the ...