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Editorials

Nursing Homes Remain a Crisis

Officials, staff and, no doubt, residents and their families at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling had hoped they had COVID-19 beaten. Last, week, another employee tested positive for the disease, however. Fortunately, Good Shepherd residents remain free of COVID-19. The infected ...

Delay Is Prudent

Rest assured there will be claims of “voter suppression” throughout the country in the wake of the Nov. 3 election. For that reason, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was smart to announce last week that about 120,000 inactive voter registrations will be purged — after the ...

Time to Speak Up

Editor, News-Register: I am going to lay my cards on the table up front. I am a strong conservative Republican; I am not sure what right-wing means, but I suspect that you could also call me that. This letter is addressed to all my Democrat friends, who I love dearly. To start, I am a ...

Friday Is Deadline for Moundsville Council Candidates

Friday is the deadline for residents Moundsville to submit their applications for city council. Applications must be brought to the city clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. Friday. There are four seats to be filled — first and third wards, and two at-large. As of Thursday afternoon five ...

Getting Kids Back to Class

Roman Catholic schools in West Virginia and some public school systems in East Ohio are planning to have students in classrooms five days a week when the new academic year begins. Yet most Mountain State public schools are planning “blended” schedules, often with just two days a week of ...

Listen to Public On Bridge Plans

Local and state officials are making plans to replace the Washington Avenue Bridge in Wheeling. A crucial decision has to be made — and public opinion should be the guiding factor. As we reported last week, two options are available. One, with a price tag of slightly more than $7.3 ...

Emphasizing A Commitment

Announcement of a new system by which abuse and harassment linked to the Roman Catholic Church can be reported was one more step in the church’s effort to rebuild trust. But a reminder included with that news may have been even more important. This week, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston ...

Shedding Light On ‘Dark Money’

Americans’ right to donate money in support of political candidates and/or causes must never, ever be curbed. That is not to say the public affected by those candidates or causes should be kept in the dark about their supporters. A scandal involving former Ohio House of Representatives ...

Allowing Some Fans at Games

High school football is one of the highlights of autumn in our area. By the thousands on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, fans troop to stadiums to cheer on their favorite teams, often young men they know or to whom they are related. But this year, we do not know yet whether there ...

Outdoors Act Is Victory for Nation

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense. One occurred this week, when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. As we have explained ...

Arrest Those Making Threats

It will be surprising if the Ohio Ethics Commission can tell St. Clairsville officials more than they know already about controversial social media posts by a city councilman and a contractor for the municipality. But how to handle the issues has become a secondary consideration. Paramount ...

New Fireworks Limits Necessary

Last month, Wheeling City Council members were asked to consider new restrictions on use of fireworks. On Monday, Follansbee City Council heard a similar request. It all started when city resident Dan Kelly told council that as he was sitting on his porch, a fireworks fragment, about an ...

Localizing Area COVID Reports

Since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in our region, we have suggested that public health officials should provide localized information about the disease. Knowledge about precisely where it is prevalent would give local residents more power to avoid becoming infected. In both ...

Deputies, Officer Deserve Praise

It is not inappropriate that when law enforcement personnel do something wrong, the problem is publicized. They deserve the same notice when their efforts produce happy endings, however. On Sunday, a man living just outside Bellaire barricaded himself inside his home — with his ...

This Epidemic Not Going Away

A precious little baby girl died needlessly last week. Police blame it on the epidemic raging through our area. Not COVID-19. No, this epidemic has been with us far longer and is much deadlier. It is drug abuse. As we reported, Chester resident Kace Lee Schmigal, 31, was charged last ...

Redirecting Those Home Downspouts

St. Clairsville is not the only area community where some residents find raw sewage backing up into their homes during heavy rainstorms. Unfortunately, no one seems to have a good solution to the problem. But two members of St. Clairsville City Council, Terra Butler and Perry Basile, have ...

Ensure We Have Enough Teachers

Officials at several school districts in our region take pride in having many veteran teachers on their payrolls. All other things being equal, that means better education for our children. It may be a challenge this year, however. School administrators and teachers in the Northern ...

Improving 311 System in Wheeling

What was supposed to be a convenience for Wheeling residents seeking help from municipal government is viewed by many as “a waste of time,” Councilman Ben Seidler reported last week. That needs to change. In explaining the problem to fellow council members, Seidler, who has served for ...

A Revolution We Need to Win

A revolution is taking place in many West Virginia public schools. Though education leaders have been laying the groundwork for it for several years, COVID-19 gets credit for accelerating the process. Just last week, Ohio County Schools officials revealed that when they start the new ...

Thinking Before You Go to Beach

COVID-19 is not taking a summer vacation. Yet some West Virginians are taking trips — and they are helping the virus kill people. On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed two residents of a Mercer County nursing home had succumbed to COVID-19, Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill ...