Local Columns

New Area Partnership Is Formed to Benefit Tourism

A new area partnership has been signed, this one aimed at benefiting tourism. The signees are the state of West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which represents several businesses, agencies and government on the local ...

Local Runner Represents Ohio Down Under; See Rig Run

Local Runner Representing Ohio Down Under Zachary Orzolek, an upcoming junior at St. Clairsville High School, headed to Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, from where the flew “cross country” to LAX to meet for the first time his coach and his fellow teammates before heading ...

Spreading The Word On W.Va.

I’m tempted to nominate West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsa Ruby for governor. She seems to get it regarding the biggest challenges facing our state. What are they? - Keeping young people from leaving. - Bringing more tourists to the Mountain State. - Perhaps most ...

What’s Up With Electric Bills?

Conventional wisdom, at least here in coal country, is that coal-fired power plants translate to much lower electricity prices. Apparently not. For many years, West Virginians paid very low electric bills, because it was cheaper to generate power with coal than with most other fuels. Ten ...

Recalling the Best of Times

In my childhood home there is a framed photograph of my youngest brother Jamie when he was just a little guy. In the photo he is eating a large slice of watermelon while sitting on the porch steps. He’s dressed in summer attire that looks like he might have just finished working on a broken ...

Moving Too Quickly In Government

During a one-week period earlier this month, I had to kill four editorials and one column on politics. I am getting very tired of calls from the office after I’ve left for the evening, informing me that events have made what I’d written for the next day irrelevant. You should worry just ...

Greatest Generation Forced to Grow Up Quickly

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

‘Boys of Summer’ Event Set for July 9 at Grand Vue Park

Received a postcard from Jim Health, the organizer of the annual “Boys of Summer” event which takes place on July 9. He stated “We Are Now in ‘Extra Innings,’” meaning that this is the 10th year for the get-together. The site of this year’s event will be a Shelter No. 2 at ...

Tax Reform Doomed From Start

What went wrong? After spending something like two years formulating a tax reform strategy for West Virginia, state legislators have nothing — except, perhaps for bitter experience — to show for it. Blame the enormity of the elephant in the room. The centerpiece of lawmakers’ plan was ...

Red, White And You

There is a house I drive past frequently in my travels. It’s a quaint house on an Ohio County road, busier when classes are in session at West Liberty University than this time of year. You have to pay close attention when driving this road for its many twists and turns along an unguarded ...

Time Spent Being a Father Is an Investment

This year is a unique year for me because this year I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that someone in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become ...

Safe Gas Pipelines Critical to Our Quality of Life

Many might not realize the sheer number of items they use on a daily basis that contain refined oil and natural gas. Just this morning, you probably used several products made with these ingredients: your toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, mascara, contact lenses, and ibuprofen. Even the ...

City Considers Allowing More Mobile Food Carts in Town

Food Carts Recently, members of Wheeling City Council and other municipal leaders held a discussion about allowing more mobile food vendors in the downtown area. City leaders said the main reason they do not generally allow food carts is because the owners of established brick-and-mortar ...

Salvation Army’s Lt. Gene Hunt Transferred to Bluefield

Lt. Gene Hunt arrived in the Ohio Valley a year ago to become the commanding officer of the Salvation Army headquartered in Moundsville. It would be his first assignment, as a few days prior he had graduated from the Salvation Army school in Atlanta, Ga. When a Salvation Army officer assumes ...

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Yet Another Boy? Really?

My dad did not like doctors or hospitals. He avoided both at all costs when he could. So it was not surprising that when my mother would go into labor with one of the 12 children she would bear, my father often dropped her at the hospital door and went on back home. Of course those were the ...

Sunday School Christian

“Therefore let us leave behind the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity … .” (Hebrews 6:1. E.S.V. here and throughout.) As Christians, there are some very basic facts that we agree on. In the first instance, we begin with Christ. We understand that “Christ” is a ...

Are Picnics Becoming History?

Whatever happened to picnics? Have they gone out of style? Are they too much trouble? Is a fine summer afternoon parked in front of the television or with smartphone in hand more appealing? Or is there some angle of political incorrectness that my friends haven’t had the heart to tell me ...

Does anybody sin nowadays?

Does anybody sin any more? Whatever happened to sin? You know, it’s when you do something wrong. Well, that’s probably it. Nobody does anything wrong any more or at least wants to admit it. We know the culture these days approves of all kinds of immoral behavior. Lying is all right ...

Government, Private Sector Linked

It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that someone in our area has been eyeing empty space in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Wheeling, thinking that would be a great place to open a small store specializing in groceries. With the number of people in the ...