Local Columns

House Gavels In, Court Gavels Out

Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced arguments scheduled before the court in September would be moved to October. Jennifer Bundy, the court’s spokeswoman, wouldn’t provide any additional information as to why, but it’s pretty obvious. Pretrial hearings for the ...

Knowing Our Social Media Limit

Strange, isn’t it, how people behave when they’re Facebooking, tweeting, text messaging, emailing or communicating in a dozen other ways over the internet. Outrageous things you couldn’t imagine them saying to someone’s face or even on the telephone appear on smart phone or computer ...

Seeing How Washingtons Lived at Home at Mount Vernon

While you can learn about things through the use of electronic devices, probably the best way to check something out is in person. Such was the case recently when I was visiting my daughter’s family. During the week, I had the opportunity to tour the home of George and Martha ...

New Plan Levels Playing Field for W.Va. Coal

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it followed through on President Donald Trump’s executive order to review and repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). From its inception, the CPP was a total overreach of the federal bureaucracy. That’s why West Virginia led 24 ...

A Ray of Hope in a Heartbreaking Story of Abuse

Having worked in or with child advocacy centers (CACs) for 12 years, I see how CACs provide hope, healing, and justice for child victims of abuse — at what is often the toughest time in a child’s life. It is especially painful to victims, and all of us who serve them, when the abuse happens ...

Are You ‘Otherwise Harmful’?

Suppose you decided to call me to complain about something I’d written. But after you punched in my number, you got a recording informing you that, “We’re sorry, but the person you are trying to reach has violated our standards and you are not permitted to call him.” Or maybe I was ...

Trust Needs Real Repair

I had vacation days this week and spent some time in the Pittsburgh area, visiting loved ones and enjoying the various offerings of the area. But it was clear from the start there was one thing on the minds of a lot of people … and it wasn’t the opening game of the Steelers. I wish it had ...

High Court Saga Far From Over

It’s another Monday, and another day where I’ll be covering a legislative body dealing with the impeachment of the entire West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This time, it’s the state Senate’s turn. They’ll be considering the rules of procedure who how the impeachment trials for ...

Good Folks Firmly In Majority

Uh, oh, I thought Friday evening, on my way home from work. It was about 6 p.m. and a storm had knocked out power to part of the Woodsdale neighborhood of Wheeling. At the intersection of National Road and Bethany Pike, the traffic light wasn’t working. There was lots of traffic coming in ...

Nerves Can Suffer From Stress in Variety of Ways

Nerves of one kind or another control literally every part of your body. Every function of your entire body is under control of the nervous system. Every organ, tissue, cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to every part of the body. Nerves make possible all ...

‘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 ...