Local Columns

A Dilly of A Situation

They still make fun of me, sometimes. However I have to admit my husband and older sisters have learned to accept the fact that I can’t stand pickles. They actually come to my aid if a pickle ends up on my plate when we go out to dinner. They’re quick to remind the wait staff that ‘she ...

Week 1 at Capitol Is in the Books

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness ...

Why Not Legalize Only THC?

Despite serious concerns expressed by many in the health care and law enforcement communities, some members of the West Virginia Legislature seem determined to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Why not just permit sale of tetrahydrocannabinol — THC, as it’s referred to commonly — ...

Investing in the Future — Our Children in W.Va.

On Wednesday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice gave his State of the State Address. Hours earlier, children across West Virginia were returning home from their classrooms, in schools that are severely under-funded and under-staffed to meet their mental health needs. Many of our children ...

Invest in Agriculture, Healthier Future in W.Va.

When you get to be my age, smart investments made decades ago start to pay off. Much like our personal finances, the state must make wise investments to ensure future generations can avoid tough budgetary decisions. We must avoid intertwining the budget with the success of certain ...

MarkWest’s Nick White Named ‘Employee of the Month’

Nick White, facility engineer at the MarkWest Energy’s Majorsville Complex in Marshall County, has been named the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce “Employee of the Month.” He was nominated by plant manager Bob Shough. White runs many construction projects at one of the largest ...

Calm Before The Legislative Storm

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Veteran American Legion Leader Reflects on Service

William “Bill” Harris has been a member of the American Legion for 72 years and during that period he has been commander of Cameron Post. No. 18 for 20 years. The first time he was post commander was in 1969 and it so happened it was the 50th anniversary of the posts in West ...

Rucker Has Important Ideas for School Reform

State Senator Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) is set to become the Chairwoman of the West Virginia State Senate Education Committee in January of 2019. Under Senator Rucker’s leadership, I expect our state’s education system to make giant strides in a new and positive direction. I applaud ...

Politicians Get Late Presents

Two days after Christmas, many of us probably were still examining some of the gifts we received. Perhaps we were exchanging some at stores. Members of the Ohio General Assembly were in Columbus on Dec. 27, giving themselves a late Christmas present. Late last year, Buckeye State ...

Bringing Them Back To W.Va.

So many West Virginians have given up on our state that we are one of the few actually losing population. Numbers from the 2020 census are expected to be so bad that we lose one member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That would take us down to two, making us even weaker politically in ...

Don’t Toss The Cufflinks

I don’t make new year’ resolutions although I have had a few successes already in 2019. They are minor achievements toward ridding my life of clutter. My hubby already tackled the junk drawer in the kitchen. He proudly showed off his handiwork to me when I got home from work one day ...

It’s a ‘There But for the Grace of God’ Book

C. J. Plogger is a native of Colorado who answered a call from the Church of God in Moundsville, W.Va., and later “moonlighted” as a tour guide at the old West Virginia Penitentiary there. Davis Grubb is one of the state’s more famous writers, having written, e.g. “Night of the ...

John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Is Back

A project to honor persons who had significantly contributed to the John Marshall High School community was initiated in 2005 following approval by the Marshall County Board of Education. It became known as the “John Marshall Wall of Fame.” For the first 15 years the plaques were housed ...

Keeping Old Skills From Dying

One does not expect to find a FlipperDinger, much less a Whimmydiddle, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Yet there my wife and I found the toys during a visit many years ago. They were in the institution’s main gift shop, and we were gratified to notice the packaging: ...

Resolving to Stop Corruption

What’s the difference between many of those serving long sentences in West Virginia prisons and some government officials in our state? If you said, “they got caught,” you’re wrong. We know the culprits behind at least some of the wrongdoing in government, but too often, we ...

The Beauty Of Life Here

There is this sliver of time most days when the sun is pushing its way up onto the eastern horizon while the moon still smiles high in the western sky. It’s that space in the day, between night and day, that holds a type of artwork that only a Higher Power could allow. I’ve often stopped ...

Fourth Wise Man’s Journey Rewarded

As a child, my favorite Christmas story was a little volume, a gift from my mother, Henry Van Dyke’s “The Story of the Other Wise Man.” As Van Dyke related the story there were four Magi, not three, who set out to find the newborn King of the Jews — Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar and ...

Magic of Christmas Never Fails to Make Appearance

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, ...

There Are Lots of Santas

We adults cope with Santa Claus proliferation by telling the children that there’s only one real St. Nicholas. All the white-bearded, red-suited, black-booted folks we see at the stores, in the parades and during the holiday parties are Santa’s helpers, we claim. But we’re wrong. I ...