Local Columns

Call It a Day on West Virginia’s High Court

Two of the five people who served as justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court just four months ago have left. A third is on his way out. It may be time to call it a day. Nothing useful can be accomplished by trying to make it four out of five. If you’ve been following the high court ...

Lost, And Found Again

I am not a perfect person. Let’s get that out of the way right here and now. One of my biggest faults is that I lose things, sometimes the same things over and over. My husband will attest to that. I am used to him rolling his eyes when I ask “Have you seen my keys?” He got tired of me ...

Texts That Hurt

Just this past Sunday, many of our congregations heard an uncomfortable verse read as part of the “2nd Lesson” for the day. The verse read as follows: “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from ...

Lawmaker Responds to Filing by Gov. Justice in Residency Petition

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice have filed a response to a petition filed by Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asking the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to require the governor to abide by the state Constitution by residing in Charleston. When Sponaugle read the ...

Bringing Down The Gavel in W.Va.

Around 2009 when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...

Working Together Is Possible, Even in Washington

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Book Signing of New ‘Patriots and Heroes’ Scheduled

The book signing for the ninth edition of “Patriots and Heroes” will take place Nov. 8 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. The newest book will consist of biographies of 135 individuals who served in the military from the Civil War through the present time. Volume No. 9 ...

Continuing to Make Progress in West Virginia

I took over as president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company in January 2009, during very uncertain times in Washington, the U.S. economy, West Virginia and in my company. Many manufacturers and all of industry struggled in the wake of the Great Recession with the economy limping along with ...

Spending Only What You Can

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Online Sales Tax Overdue in W.Va.

Seldom can it be considered correcting an injustice when government starts collecting a new tax. It can this time around. Every dollar in growth of sales by online retailers locataed outside West Virginia has been a reminder to in-state small business owners of the basic unfairness, not to ...

DeWine Is Right On Critical Issues

Richard Cordray, who is running for governor in Ohio, has made it clear he is out of step with the thinking of many Ohioans. Too many, in fact. As his opponent, state Attorney General Mike DeWine, has pointed out, Cordray’s thinking on school safety and the drug abuse crisis is more than ...

Politics Done Right, Here in Wheeling

With all the turmoil and acrimony in politics at the state and national levels, it is encouraging to note that sometimes, the process can be handled the right way. As we have reported for several weeks, officials at Woodsdale School in the city developed what they thought was a better way ...

Court: We’re Above the Law

What if a West Virginia Supreme Court justice decided she or he needed a couch with a price tag of, say, $100,000? Or what if circuit judges convinced the high court their $126,000 annual salaries were not adequate, despite the fact they’re specified in state law? Buy the couch. Give ...

Grow Old With Me

When I began this job nearly 40 years ago, I started my career writing the obituaries. However, in those earlier years, the funeral directors would call in and dictate the obituaries to me or bring them in on a typewritten piece of paper. The obit page is among the most read pages in the ...

Action Stabilizes the PEIA

Last week, West Virginia’s Republican leadership announced a $100 million funding commitment that significantly stabilizes and strengthens Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), as well as a proposed five percent pay raise for teachers and state employees. When passed, this will be the ...

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 ...