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Opinion

Explain Bellaire Police Findings

Editorials

Exactly what was done or not done to bring the wrath of the state Auditor’s Office down on Bellaire’s police department? No one involved at the local level seems clear on that. State auditors have released a finding that Bellaire Police Chief Richard Flanagan and former patrolman ...

Bringing a Little Christmas to Area

Editorials

Brooke County’s once-high rate of positive tests for COVID-19 is declining steadily, to the point it is smack in the middle of the state’s color coded risk map, with a gold rating. Let us hope the situation continues to improve. Two members of the volunteer group Downtown Wellsburg, ...

Nursing Home Danger Peaking

Editorials

Just a few days ago, we wrote that COVID-19 seemed to have surged once again into nursing homes. At the time, public health officials reported active outbreaks of the disease at 65 long-term care facilities in West Virginia. An update just a few days later put the number at 78. Just 45 ...

Learning Extent Of the Corruption

Editorials

Give FBI officials credit for holding their cards close to the vest regarding utility-related corruption in Ohio. What is troubling is that the number of cards seems to be increasing. Earlier this year, federal agents arrested former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder ...

Ask Californians About Going ‘Green’ on Energy

Local Columns

Here we go again. President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to name former secretary of state John Kerry as his climate change czar may be a signal that a brownout new deal is coming to America. While campaigning, Biden insisted he wouldn’t go along with the “green new deal” plan. The ...

Virtual Attendance Rule Not Practical

Editorials

Give educators credit for anguishing over how to teach children in a world turned nearly upside down. COVID-19 has jerked the very foundation of teaching — every-day in-person contact with students — out from under everyone involved. Last Monday night, as we reported, Ohio County Board ...

Supporting Small Businesses More Vital Than Ever

Local Columns

usiness owners, employees, and customers alike, making “doing business as usual” a challenge. In response, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office seeks to assist in any way possible, and we remain committed to serving businesses throughout our state. We are proud to report that ...

Salvation Army Will Receive Toys Collected During Drive

Local Columns

Each year the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce makes a monetary contribution from its Tree Gala fund raiser to aid an agency which assists the needy at Christmas time. However, since there was no Tree Gala this year because of COVID-19, the Chamber board of directors chose another way ...

Giving Wheeling Businesses a Hand

Editorials

Wheeling’s municipal budget is in remarkably good shape, considering the economic slowdown that resulted from restrictions on commercial activity earlier this year. It may be appropriate for city officials to consider a little help for businesses that have not been as fortunate. As we ...

What Pro-Lifers Do

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The pro- life movement involves serving families and the community in a variety of ways. First and foremost, the pro-life movement is active in protecting all life, no matter the size, the age, or the degree of dependency. This letter will deal specifically with the ...

Return on Investment?

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: The kids are going to be out of school for weeks, if not months. Over half the students at the high school level are disengaged from remote learning and not participating in synchronous instruction. Ohio County Schools has instituted no accountability for synchronous ...

Will It Be ‘Trump Flu?’

Letters to the Editor

Editor, News-Register: With the pending appointment of John Kerry for “climate czar,” a thought came to me. How long will it take the liberals to refer to the China, COVID-19, or whatever name one prefers to start calling the present virus “THE TRUMP FLU?” For those of you who ...

Added Help On Data Vital

Editorials

We have been critical at times of online efforts in both West Virginia and Ohio to keep the public informed about the situation regarding COVID-19. Sometimes, statistics posted on the state websites lag significantly behind what actually has happened, we pointed out. About a week ago, Ohio ...

Nutcrackers, Lights Fest Offer Safe Fun

Editorials

It is especially true this year: We all need a little Christmas. What is different for the 2020 holiday season is that we need some safe festivities. Oglebay Park’s Winter Festival of Lights is especially attractive in that regard. And this weekend, another perennial favorite — ...

In Midst of Trouble, We Remain Blessed

Editorials

As so often is the case for Americans, a time of trial reminds us of how very blessed we are ­— and how grateful we should be for that. Today, many of us will sit down to Thanksgiving feasts far different than those in which we have reveled in years past. For too many, there will be ...

We Are Thankful, Lord, For Our Many Blessings

Local Columns

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Avoid Another Big Shutdown

Editorials

COVID-19 has outrun Ohio officials’ ability to keep track of it, much less control it. On Monday and Tuesday, viewers of the state’s online epidemic “dashboard” — coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards — saw the following message in bright red ...

Hoyer’s Service Merits a Salute

Editorials

West Virginians owe Maj. Gen. James Hoyer a crisp, heartfelt salute for his leadership of the state National Guard. On Monday, it was announced Hoyer is retiring as state adjutant general. He will step into a senior associate vice president’s role at West Virginia University. Hoyer has ...

Giving Thanks for Our Blessings

Local Columns

This Thanksgiving is unlike any Americans living today have ever observed. We are in a war against an invisible enemy. Yet we have so much for which to be thankful. We see blessings all around us, as the vast majority of people in our communities have donned face coverings while in ...

More Contact Tracers Needed

Editorials

County health departments on both sides of the Ohio River are under enormous strain because of the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. They need help, especially in the critical work of contact tracing. That is an attempt to identify people who, because of contact with others who test ...