Local Columns

Setting Session Up for Success

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Be Good To Mom

This is a tough one. Today would have been our mother’s 93rd birthday. And with Mother’s Day weekend upon us, we are doubly reminded of the nearly two-year absence of our matriarch. Mother’s Day always focused around all the moms in our families and she was the center of the attention. ...

Odds and Ends

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Three Keys to the Life of a Scholar-Athlete

Every student must first live a humble life. They should always take their studying, athletic and later vocational endeavors seriously. However, they should avoid taking themselves too seriously, for that is the beginning of arrogance. Arrogance offends other people and has no redeeming ...

Planning Commission’s History, Duties Are Explained

Marshall County Planning Commission recording secretary Marilyn Thalman was honored last weekend at the MCPC’s annual dinner meeting at the Prima Marina in Moundsville. Thalman has been the planning commission’s recording secretary for 48 1/2 years. She was appointed to the position on ...

Recognizing, Protecting Yourself Against Skin Cancer

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You may know about melanoma — the deadly skin cancer that more than 96,000 (650 in West ...

Elks Support Of Youths Laudable

When it comes to promoting youth, the Ohio Valley stands out. From the George C. Stifel Awards in Ohio County to the People’s Bank Academic Awards handed out each year in our region, there’s no shortage of organizations and businesses that recognize youngsters for their achievements. One ...

Making A Film About Hillbillies

I’m thinking seriously of going into a new line of work, for which I think I’d be suited. I plan to offer the folks in Hollywood my services as a casting director. Reportedly, well-known movie director Ron Howard is at work on a film based on the book “Hillbilly Elegy,” by J.D. Vance. ...

We Have Own Intern Scandal

No doubt Danny Hamrick is in a lot more trouble at home than he is in Charleston. His dilemma at the state capital could get worse, however. Think about it this way: What happened the last time Republicans learned a powerful politician was involved in a relationship with an intern? If the ...

Look Around The Table

There is something about a round table that invokes a sense of hospitality that needs no words. Fashionable? Not so much today judging from the advertisements I’ve seen. The dining experience of modern times involves islands or kitchen counters with tall stools, square high-top tavern models ...

Keeping the Public In Loop on Schools

West Virginia legislators are taking a much better approach to public school improvements than they did last winter. This time around, they are setting the initiative up for success. After the “omnibus education bill” was killed in the Legislature, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special ...

Pats on the Back

n To Karen Laska and Jordan Miller, who are among five West Virginia University students chosen this year for the prestigious national Fulbright Scholarships. Miller and Laska are graduates of Wheeling Park High School. n To Wheeling restauranteur Charlie Schlegel, named as the 2019 winner ...

Progress Made, More Needed in Criminal Justice Reform

As the nation questions the purpose of the American justice system — to punish or to rehabilitate — West Virginia emerged from the shadows to join the conversation during the 2019 legislative session. The extreme challenges people face after leaving prison can significantly limit their ...

Let’s Call Observance Resurrection Sunday

During this past Holy Week at one of the services I attended, the minister made the point that we should not call the final day EASTER SUNDAY but rather RESURRECTION SUNDAY. This point was not only well-taken but also theologically correct. Eostre was a pagan goddess whose festival was ...

Getting a Two-Year Degree Without Paying Tuition

The creation of an affordable pathway to career and technical education for citizens of West Virginia is a landmark moment for our state. Senate Bill 1 provides an innovative, cost-effective method of assisting traditional and non-traditional students with “last dollar in” financial ...

Marshall School Positions Filled, Personnel Honored

Two administrative positions and the superintendent of transportation were approved by the Marshall County Board of Education last week. New Assistant Superintendent of Schools Woody Yoder will assume that position on Monday. Yoder has a been the curriculum director for the past six years, ...

How To Spoil A KKK Rally

One important thing to remember about the Ku Klux Klan is that its members aren’t very bright. Bigotry isn’t a very intelligent outlook on life, but that isn’t what I mean. KKK members demonstrate their lack of brainpower in a variety of ways. Quite a few people in the Dayton, Ohio, ...

Working With Other Party

Party labels mean more to politicians, and often to voters, than they have in some time. Often, whether one is a Democrat or a Republican makes as much or more difference than positions on issues or personality. West Virginia is evidence of that, in a weird sort of way outsiders may have ...

W.Va. Cares About Kids

For those too young to have experienced the pains of childhood illnesses previously thought to be eradicated, let me fill you in. Most of my siblings experienced the following illnesses growing up in the 1950s-1960s. With chickenpox, we hurt all over and the dime-size sores that popped out ...

Killing To Get Noticed

Did Sol Pais just want a lot of people to know about her, to hear her name over and over again in connection with big news? For that matter, what about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who may have been Pais’ inspiration? Harris and Klebold were the boys who carried out the massacre at ...