Local Columns

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 ...

Keeping Up the Fight Against Substance Addiction in W.Va.

The opioid epidemic is the challenge of our time. Far too many West Virginians have succumbed to addiction’s grasp. It has cost people their jobs, their families and ended with prison or death for thousands. Ending this cycle of devastation requires a holistic solution. We must fight ...

Thoughts on Canterbury’s Tales

It was anticipated that Thursday’s testimony by Steve Canterbury, former administrator for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing would be a day for popcorn munching. While Canterbury, fired by then-Chief Justice Allen ...

Meddling With Our Minds, Too

Virtually all the attention on Russian manipulation of Americans has focused on Moscow’s attempts to hack into politicians’ and election system computers. Very little has been said about the much worse damage being done by Vladimir Putin’s minions. Perhaps a few dozen people in this ...

Proceed With The I-70 Project

Some sections of Interstate 70 in Ohio County, including bridges, have been in need of repair or complete rehabilitation for years. The work simply has to be done for the safety of the traveling public. Plans to undertake the project have run into a deep pothole, however. It was included ...

Oglebay a Unique Asset to Wheeling

Even without Oglebay Park, Wheeling would be the envy of residents of many much larger cities because of our network of municipal recreation areas and facilities. Add Oglebay to the mix, however, and you have something truly special. A variety of special events and activities have been ...

Enhancing One-Way Streets Downtown

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has backed away from his proposal to convert downtown sections of Main and Market streets to two-way traffic. Instead, he said last week, he will suggest an “enhanced one-way” plan as part of the business district “streetscaping” project. Good. Too many ...

Kavanaugh’s Dedication to Constitution Qualifies Him

On July 9, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and in the coming months, the Senate will vote on this important nomination. As a senator, I take my responsibility to evaluate presidential nominees very seriously. That is ...

Baseball Tour Included Some Football This Time Around

Three major league baseball games, four museums, the induction of three hall of famers, a visit to a restaurant/sports bar owned by a former Ohio Valley resident and a talk by a baseball official scorer about his duties, were among the highlights of the recent Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel ...

Life Lessons Include Thinking Before You Speak

This is the first column in a two-part series on life’s “learning lessons” through the medium of quotes and their in-depth meanings. Today, we will discuss mankind’s role in nature, forgiving, hard work, play and humility, advice, humor, and holding our tongues. Quotes are words of ...

Blankenship Helping Schumer

Chuck Schumer may have a new BFUN — best friend until November. He’s Don Blankenship. On the other hand, Blankenship has proven himself to be no friend to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Blankenship, the West Virginia coal baron still running for ...