Local Columns

The Start Of A New Day

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a weekday but it might as well be high noon in Dodge City. The doors at the Sheetz at Bethany Pike and National Road in Wheeling are swinging open and closed as often as the gate at Miss Kitty’s Long Branch Saloon. The lights are on and business is brisk. The beer ...

Middle School Student’s Peace Poster Advances Internationally

For the second time in three years, a Moundsville Middle School student has had a Lions Club Peace Poster contest advance to international competion. Lauren Brannan, a resident of McMechen, learned this past week that her poster had been judged first in the West Virginia Multi (29-L) District ...

Deal With The Real Challenge

Perhaps it’s time for West Virginians concerned about public education to stop worrying so much about the achievement gap between black and white students. That got your attention, didn’t it? We don’t want any subgroup of students not doing as well as others. That’s why we worry ...

Meaningful Tax Reform for All Americans

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Delbrugge Remembered Fondly; Bright Spot in WVU Loss

Former Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge Was One of a Kind Former Wheeling Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge, who passed away Christmas Day at the age of 75, is widely remembered as a strong voice for her neighborhood. Delbrugge was always a pleasure to work with, from this journalist’s ...

Chamber Events; Benwood and Cameron Set Filing Dates

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be offering several new services in 2018 to its members and the general public, one of which will be a networking venue of educational programs outlining new ways to promote businesses, along with extra features on the chamber’s website including ...

A ‘Charity’ That Doubled Its Money

Because many Americans open their hearts and wallets to worthy causes during the holidays, it seems like a good time to take a look at one proclaimed loudly for several years to have been very worthy: the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., the ...

Tomato Soup For Dinner

It was a deeply dark and frigid winter’s night, when sitting at my desk in the office I realized I had not eaten dinner. That’s not an unusual occurrence in the newsroom when things get busy and lunches and dinners are forgotten between police scanner happenings and the obit calls. But ...

Faith Renewed Every Year

Santa Claus always comes, bearing wonderful gifts. Strangely, I’ve never seen him in a red suit. Once, in another town, he appeared as a little girl about 11 years old. She was from a needy, single-parent family. I saw her while some Jaycees were hosting a group of kids on a shopping ...

A Time to Remember the Greatest Gift Ever Given

It’s hard to believe that it is Christmastime again. This Christmas will be special in light of our new family. Two separate families’ traditions will have to be negotiated into one. It’s exciting and a little bit scary at the same time. The truth is Christmas is an event that has ...

Marshall County Santa Claus Hands Over the Reins

Hopefully, the ‘‘new’’ Marshall County Santa tonight will not miss dropping off gifts to all the area youngsters! For the past 43 years, Glen Dale resident Joe Blair has been a Santa Claus, but early this year he decided to hang up his Santa suit, thus turning over his Christmas ...

Sharing Comfort And Joy

There is no joy in Christmas for some of our friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors. None at all. For some, the day is a reminder of loved ones lost. There is too much pain in remembering years of placing cherished ornaments on Christmas trees in company with departed spouses. ...

Christmas Miracle Occurred as Result of Crash

Christmas reminds us of life’s miracles. This is a story about a Christmas miracle that occurred in Mom’s family during the heart of the Great Depression. Many of the story’s details were provided to Mom by her oldest brother Lawrence, who was called Hank by family and friends. Mom shared ...

Why Victims of Sexual Assault Wait to Tell

There has been a lot of media attention recently involving high-profile men accused of sexual harassment, rape, and sexual abuse. From cases involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, Al Franken and others, the inappropriate behavior is being reported years, sometimes decades, after ...

Dancing Back to Familiar Territory for This Family

Light on Her Feet Carrie Wickline, daughter of former Wheeling News-Register reporter John Wickline and his wife, Michelle, had the opportunity to perform with The Moscow Ballet during the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling earlier this month. The performance ...

‘Newseum’ Good Place to Visit When in Washington, D.C.

Spent a few days this past week in the Washington, D.C., area, and would you believe, it had nothing to do with sports. That is, unless you count 8-year-old granddaughter Lily’s basketball practice. Of course, having not been in the area means that I wasn’t able to attend any local ...

What The Establishment Really Thinks

Tens of millions of conservative Americans have had it with being patronized in public and viewed as inferiors in private by many liberals in our state capitals, Washington and Hollywood. We have been reminded of the hazard of opposing the liberal establishment by a series of email messages ...

Voters Have Limits on Villainy

All sorts of bad things may happen in the U.S. Senate as a result of Alabama voters’ decision to send Doug Jones there. But on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of conservatives in that state decided they had to do what they believed to be right for now. They’ll deal with the future when ...

The Art Of Gift Giving

At first glance I was slightly annoyed. It’s hard enough to get through all the so-called charity solicitations we get in the mail. Now the catalogues with, well, “age-appropriate” products are clogging up the mailbox. It seems that once we reach a certain age, dozens of well-meaning ...

Butterfly Effect At Christmas

You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, I suppose. It was on display in all its glory — and I mean that — last week. About a hundred years ago, a little girl in Wheeling, Daisy Scott, died. She must have been a wonderful, kind child, to judge by what her family did. They gave a ...