Data Only Tells Part of the Story


West Virginians got some good news late last month, when WorkForce West Virginia released data showing the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3% in October. That is lower than the national average of 4.6%; and the lowest West Virginia has seen since April-June 2008, ...

Body Camera System Good for Patrol, Public


Ohio State Highway Patrol officials decided it was time to do something to support troopers and civilians when they began to investigate the possibility of body camera systems for every state trooper. Beginning last month, OSHP rolled out cameras that will be connected to in-car systems. It ...

Learning Lessons From Pearl Harbor


Nearly all of those who were first-hand witnesses to the events of Dec. 7, 1941 are now gone. Certainly those who were old enough to fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor are leaving us quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 240,000 of the 16 million ...

Shopping Local Important


The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can sometimes wear thin, but shopping from local merchants does matter, as local chamber of commerce leaders note. Local stores offer shoppers the chance to see the merchandise. That eliminates the surprise and disappointment that can ...

Helping Residents Rebuild Their Lives


It is important to remember the holidays are not an easy time for everyone. This holds especially true for those working toward a fresh start as they break the bonds of addiction. West Virginia’s Jobs and Hope program has been working toward alleviating some of those challenges, ...

School Employees Are Going Above and Beyond


Communities know just how much we have come to depend on our schools in recent years for taking on responsibilities that might ordinarily be assigned to parents. But school staff are also taking on a greater workload with contact tracing. COVID-19 has made familiar a term to which many of us ...