Local Columns

‘Pittsburgh Dad’ To Be Speaker for Chamber Dinner

Curt Wootton will be the speaker for the annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce dinner, to be held on Oct. 4 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Wootton is better known as “Pittsburgh Dad.” “Pittsburgh Dad” is an online series of ...

Tackling Education Challenges Outside Our Schools

The opening of the upcoming school year is upon us. Very soon, all of America’s 100,000 public elementary, middle and high schools will have re-opened their doors to 51 million students. During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will once again hear all the unresolved debates that have ...

Something To Cheer About

Well, I did it. A week ago, I attended a get-together with about 20 or so of my classmates from Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Class of 1973. It was our 45th class reunion and there was an opportunity for classmates to tip a few cold ones and share a few laughs in a back room at ...

Swift Justice in The Supreme Court?

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 articles of impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Something To Smile About

No doubt the most overlooked education and economic development initiative in West Virginia was showcased in a picture we printed a few days ago. It showed dentists and dental students. You may remember it. Local dentists Dr. Craig Wilcox and Dr. Trey Wilcox, along with West Virginia ...

Penny Pinching Still Wise Course

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Show of Strength Is Not Necessary

Members of teachers’ and service personnel unions who shut down West Virginia public schools for nine days earlier this year said they wanted two things: a pay raise and a “fix” for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. They got more money in their paychecks. Gov. Jim Justice ...

Be Careful: School Buses Back on Roads

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

West Virginia a National Leader in Election Security

While there is considerable banter about election security throughout the United States, West Virginia voters can be proud of steps taken by election officials in the Mountain State to lead the nation in security and the integrity of our election system. West Virginia now has the best-trained ...

Crow Named Strand Theatre’s First Executive Director

Since the Strand Theatre in Moundsville reopened in on Aug. 6, 2011 the daily operations of the facility have been carried out by board members of the Strand Theatre Preservation Society and volunteers, but as of July 1 these duties belong to Sadie Crow the theatre’s first executive ...

I-68 Proposal Gains Hearing in White House

What a difference a year makes. That’s the general feeling when our team with Shale Crescent USA, returned from Houston and World Petrochemical Conference in March. When this journey started over two years ago, we didn’t know where it would take us. So far, we have had memorable and ...

Justices Play by Their Own Rules

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Many West Virginia taxpayers probably could come up with only three after seeing pictures taken inside the state Supreme Court’s offices: That cost $32,000? Did anyone on the court care that they spent more on one piece of furniture ...

Taking Care Of Our Roots

Years ago, garden guru Bill Beckett spoke of the importance of good roots. If you wanted anything to grow, you had to feed and nurture the roots. If you were patient and attentive, your reward just might be a patch of sunflowers or a garden full of delicious tomatoes. The same can be said of ...

To Strike Or Not to Strike?

After watching the video for last week’s Public Employees Insurance Agency Taskforce subcommittee for public outreach, I reasonably believe rumors of a fall teachers’ strike are true. The fall teachers’ strike is probably one of the worst kept secrets in Charleston. I can’t tell you ...

When Free May Not Be A Good Idea

One of the stranger truths of marketing is that sometimes, the way to sell more of something is to increase the price, especially if there are competing products. Assume you have plenty of money in the bank when you go to the store. You see a display of oranges. You really like sweet citrus ...

Good Weather Helped Make the County Fair Successful

While the Marshall County Fair observed its 70th anniversary, the Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction Club reached its 55th year during the last full week in July. Overall this year the fair, held July 22-28, was very successful, thanks in part to the weather. Of course, such an ...

Take It From a Local Guy — Kavanaugh Well-Suited

I clerked for Judge Brett Kavanaugh almost a decade ago. A reflection on my experiences before and after my clerkship makes me confident that this country would be fortunate to have him on the Supreme Court. I grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, where I learned the value of community and the ...

W.Va. Needs Charters

Editor, News-Register: A recent editorial on full-time virtual public charter schools (Avoiding Charter School Mistakes, July 27) was a misleading snapshot of the charter school sector as a whole. More than 3 million students across the country attend nearly 7,000 charter schools in 43 ...

They Must Be Nice Picture Frames

How is it possible for five people to spend $114,788 on picture frames during a seven-year period? Ask justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court. They did it. Criminal behavior by two justices has been alleged by federal prosecutors. One, Allen Loughry, is charged with 23 crimes and may ...

Do Heroes Still Exist?

They’re gone, most of them anyway. The heroes of my youth have died off or, in some cases, fell from grace. As a young Catholic girl, I knew that President John F. Kennedy was someone special in our hearts for breaking the religious bias of previous generations. His liberal views scared ...