Local Columns

Take Crime By Internet Seriously

Lots of short stories, books, television shows and movies have been written on the “perfect crime” theme. The good guys always win because there is no such thing. Or there wasn’t, until the internet came on the scene. Think about what has happened locally during the past few weeks. ...

Projects Will Honor Veterans, Improve Animal Shelter

The Marshall County Commissioners on Tuesday placed their signatures on documents which will allow the low bidders to begin work on two projects that are being funded by the commission. One of the undertakings will be a Marshall County Veterans Memorial Plaza on the courthouse lawn in ...

How Will Church Attone for Pedophile Priests?

In a slow bleed, the Catholic Church is prying open secret files and releasing the names of “credibly accused” pedophile priests. The sheer numbers are staggering. Last summer, the report out of Pennsylvania listed 300 predator priests, with a number of names redacted. That eye-popping list ...

Accepting That We Need More Women in Congress

As we look back on 2018, the mid-term elections will certainly be regarded as one of the year’s major events. A particularly noteworthy aspect was the record number of women voted into the 116 Congress. To put this into context, here is a thumbnail sketch of past, present and future data ...

Road Fund Lagging Badly

Wondering why the West Virginia Division of Highways doesn’t seem to have enough money to fill in more potholes? Perhaps you can blame technology. Buried in Gov. Jim Justice’s report on state revenue collections for November (they continue to exceed expectations) was a disturbing report ...

The Simple Pleasures

There is a small, black and white photograph stuck in the mirror of my dressing table. I found it not too long ago as I was going through boxes of “stuff.” At first glance, I didn’t pay much attention to it and left it in the mirror to look at more closely some other time. Every morning ...

State Government Fills In the Blanks

It looks like with several appointments last week that Gov. Jim Justice has mostly a full deck to play with now. Anyone who has been reading my work knows the topic of having a secretary for the state Department of Commerce has been a focus of mine. In a state with an abysmal, but improving ...

Helping Kids From Drug Homes

Educators sometimes place children in categories. The more you know about an individual student, the more effectively you can educate him or her. It may be time to start using a new category — drug home children. West Virginia state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, seems to agree. One of the ...

Restore Common Sense in Schools

Eight Wheeling Park High School seniors have learned a valuable, if somewhat painful, lesson about local control of public schools. It is that even when state officials say they will permit it, they can always find a bureaucratic reason to deny it. Ohio County Board of Education members ...

Alter Out-of-State Insurance Limits

Public employees who rely on the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency for health care coverage should not be penalized for obtaining medical treatment outside the state. Often, there are excellent reasons for them to do so, especially if they live in counties bordering other ...

Provide an Update On China Energy

It has been several months since the West Virginia Department of Commerce had a permanent leader. Former Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher was fired in June, amid the scandal over how a flood relief program was handled. But, come January, that will change. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice ...

Ensuring Those Addicted to Drugs Get Treatment

No state should we be more aware of substance use disorder than West Virginia. The Mountain State continues to lead the nation in the overdose death rate and the statistics are overwhelming. At last count, 1,014 West Virginia residents lost their lives due to overdoses in 2017. A tragic ...

Candlelight Tours, Caroling Set at Cockayne Farmhouse

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will welcome the Christmas season with caroling and candlelight Christmas tours on Dec. 17 at the historic site in Glen Dale. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., when all are invited to gather at the Visitor Center adjacent to the Farmstead, before ...

Exposing Corruption in W.Va.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is running out of time to pave the way for re-election or — assuming this is important to him — for another Republican to succeed him. After a short break in the wake of Nov. 6 balloting, the 2020 election season will be upon us before we know it. Sorry. I ...

Finding a Very Faithful Friend

Her name was Louise. Her family called her “Lou” for short. She had a long, sweet face. Only in her recent senior years did a touch of gray begin to show. Her shiny red fur coat would sway a little when she trotted over to greet you. When you sat down, she would come over and request a ...

Taxpayers Have A Right to Know

Something is badly wrong when a taxpayer asking a county board of education what a school employee does and how money is being spent is told, in effect, “Can’t talk about that.” It happened last week during a Brooke County Board of Education meeting — though, in fairness, it has to ...

Keep Problems From Recurring

Sometimes, it does make sense to cry over spilled milk, so to speak. Knowing what caused the spill to occur in the first place can keep it from happening again. State officials, especially legislators, find themselves in that position regarding the scandal over RISE West Virginia. How ...

Pats on the Back

- To members of the Moundsville Police Department, who mounted a fund drive in October to help Central Elementary School’s Weekend Backpack program. It sends food home with children from about 28 families, but had to be discontinued because of a lack of funds. It is back in operation ...

Take Precautions to Keep the Holidays Merry

The holidays are a time for shopping and charitable giving, and while this is a time for sharing with family and friends, be careful not to inadvertently share your personal information with strangers who may be identity thieves. Just as consumer activity ramps up around this time of year, so ...

Commissioners Told of Plan for Water Line Project

Representives from the Moundsville Water Board and Marshall County Public Service District No. 4 appeared Tuesday at the Marshall County Commission meeting to present a proposal which would upgrade water service to PSD customers. Brad Varlas, vice chairman of the Moundsville Water Board, and ...