Local Columns

Senior Citizens Center May Have Major Upgrade in Store

Some 40 years ago members of the Mound City Senior Satellite wanted to build a structure of their own and began holding events such as bake sales, dinners, and a variety of other fundraisers. As it turned out, finding a new location which would meet all the needs without putting the ...

What’s Wrong With Us?

What’s wrong in America? Try this: There’s a new video game called “Active Shooter.” It allows participants to pretend they are armed assailants who have invaded schools. I’m not certain how score is kept. Perhaps by the number of children “shot.” When word about the game ...

Retiring Firefighter, Police Officer Sign Off for Last Time

Last call for firefighter City Editor Matt Saxton was putting the Saturday paper to bed Friday when Ohio County 911 was doing its 10 p.m. radio test. Radio tests or roll calls happen every night, so he and the staff usually tune them out. But it became obvious quickly that Friday’s test was ...

Why Was ‘Pause’ So Lengthy?

Your home has been destroyed in a flash flood. Your family needs help, desperately. Because enough people were affected by the disaster, federal aid is available. You apply for some money. You wait, wait some more, make a few phone calls and are told to be patient. Then you find out that ...

Kicking Off My Shoes

I just read a startling piece of information. Some might call it trivia and it may be a question on “Jeopardy!” some day. It seems that 55 percent of U.S. workers fail to use all of their allotted vacation time each year. My question is why? If you are fortunate enough to have a job that ...

Beyond Astronauts and Engineers

I was thrilled to be at West Virginia University (Tuesday) to announce an exciting collaboration between Mylan and the university. Not only is West Virginia my home state, but it’s where Mylan was founded nearly 60 years ago. The city of Morgantown also is home to more Mylan ...

Honored Dead Marching Onward In Our Memories

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of the forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as ...

It Really Must Have Been Hell

It was cold. Colder than you can imagine. That’s all an old friend has ever been willing to tell me about serving in combat during the Korean War. Saying more was, in a very real way, too painful for him. What we know about the cold is that it was so bad some Americans froze to death on ...

Get Recovery Funds Flowing

Gov. Jim Justice is absolutely right to insist that nearly $150 million in federal flood relief money be spent appropriately and effectively in West Virginia. But every day of delay in doling the funds out to victims of flash floods nearly two years ago is a serious problem. That is ...

Require Club 106 To Follow the Rules

How private enterprises are run usually is none of the government’s business. When they threaten the public’s health and/or safety, however, that is another story. In late April 2017, the Club 106 in Steubenville was closed for a year, by court order. The establishment was a public ...

Memorial Day Activities Scheduled Throughout County

Two outstanding organizations — the Moundsville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 3 and the Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Auxiliary No. 437 — will receive this year’s Marshall County Veteran’s Community Service Award at the annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday in the ...

Take Steps to Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Are you doing enough to protect yourself from skin cancer? May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s time to take steps to reduce your risk. Skin cancer is dangerous, but in most cases, you can prevent it. Skin cancer is the most common cancer ...

Paving the Way for Joe Manchin?

Don Blankenship and some of the West Virginians likely to support him in his Don Quixote-style bid for the U.S. Senate may well be thinking that because President Donald Trump proved much of the conventional wisdom about politics wrong, there is a chance the retired coal baron can win in ...

Sawing Off Americans’ Chair Legs

What happens when someone calls you an idiot? You become angry. You react suspiciously to anything he might say. You lump others with the same opinions or even presenting the same facts with your original enemy — because that’s what he’s become. He’s no longer just someone with whom ...

Table For One, Please

We’ve had an odd visitor to the homestead as of late. She comes and goes by herself, sometimes lazily walking about and other times running through the yard when we approach. A lone turkey hen appears to have been left out of the group of turkeys that regularly pecks about the yard. ...

Question Is, What Will Don Do?

Former coal baron Don Blankenship spent a lot of his own money in a futile attempt to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The question now is whether he will continue spending and, if so, how. If he makes the wrong choice, he could become the best thing his arch-enemy, incumbent Sen. Joe ...

Sharing W.Va. Stories With Senator

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Mothers Always No. 1

Many men are competitive in much of what we do. But most of us have become resigned to finishing second-place in the greatest endeavor of life, parenting. Think about it. One stereotype of tough guys is that many of them have tatoos reading, “Mother.” Ever seen one that paid tribute to ...

‘No’ Votes Ought To Be Concern

Years ago, when approval of tax levies for public schools required 60 percent of voters to say yes, the $42.2 million bond issue for Ohio County schools would have squeaked through — barely. Under the new rules, requiring only a simple majority of votes, the bond issue won handily, ...

Mom Was A Rocker

Mom was right. It’s not always easy to admit that Mom did know better on certain subjects. But she was absolutely correct when she said every home needs a good, solid rocking chair. I can’t remember a time in my youth that there was not someone in the living room, rocking away. And there ...