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Editorials

Heed Mandate In St. Clairsville

St. Clairsville Mayor-elect Kathryn Thalman will not take office until Jan. 1. The mandate issued by voters in Tuesday’s election takes effect now, however. Thalman won the three-way contest for mayor handily, netting 618 votes, according to unofficial returns. Second place was Bill Brooks, ...

Support Ohio County Schools

Perhaps the most important decision of the year for the future of Ohio County children will be made today. A special election on whether to renew a special property tax levy for public schools is being held. For as long as most people can remember, voters have renewed the levy every five ...

Keeping ‘Buy Local’ in Mind

Kozicki, Hughes and Tinderhoof, PLLC, has handled annual audits for Wheeling city government for 18 years. To date, we have heard no complaint about the firm from city officials. Yet on Tuesday, by a narrow 4-3 vote, City Council decided to switch to a Charleston accountant, Suttle and ...

Your Vote Matters

On Tuesday, voters in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School district approved renewal of an important tax levy to support the facility and its programs. But the vote was close — 78 in favor and 72 against. A shift of just four votes would have meant the levy went down to defeat. ...

Enjoying The Lights Festival

As the sun sets on the Ohio Valley this evening, the hills of Oglebay Park will light up in a delightful fashion for the annual Winter Festival of Lights. More than 300 acres will become a wonderland of beautiful displays, including new ones along with old favorites. Since 1985, the festival ...

Testing High-Tech Cars in Real World

Ever watch a commercial for a vehicle with lots of semi-autonomous features (cameras and lasers to detect lane lines, automatic braking ... that kind of thing), and think to yourself, “Well, that’s great in a city, but how would those cars work out here?” It seems as though any system ...

Getting a Feel For Electorate

It is just as well that Monday night’s highly anticipated St. Clairsville City Council meeting proved to be something of an anticlimax. Council members had been slated to vote on a proposal to sell the municipal water and sewer systems to a private company, Aqua Ohio. But when the issue ...

Trumpeting Elk As an Attraction

State officials hope reintroduction of elk to West Virginia will help the tourism industry. Initial indications are they are on the right track. A small herd of elk obtained from Kentucky and Arizona has been established in the wild in Logan County. This fall, state wildlife officials ...

Special Event Rules Needed

Few methods of attracting people to a city’s downtown business district beat special events such as festivals and street fairs or entertainment. Steubenville City Council members understand that, but they also recognize simply throwing downtown streets open to all comers is not ...

Get Out, Vote In East Ohio

Today’s election will include critical decisions to be made by many East Ohio voters. Several communities will be voting for mayors and council members. A substantial number of township trustee races are on the ballot, as are decisions on board of education members. In addition, a number ...

Diocese Right To Act Swiftly

Ronald S. Burkhead, of Rayland, was arrested last week and charged with various offenses involving alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. Burkhead, 41, had been employed by the Buckeye Local school system as a traveling teacher who worked at various schools. After the arrest, Jefferson ...

Reauthorize Levy For Jefferson JVS

One issue on the ballot Tuesday in East Ohio should be an easy call for voters. It is proposed renewal of a 1-mill tax levy for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. It is becoming increasingly clear that vocational education is a critical aspect of public schools. Residents of ...

Transparency Still Lacking

Very, very few people receive $79,000 pay raises in a year. But Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, did, as our story on page one of today’s newspaper explains. Financial records obtained by the News-Register and The Intelligencer ...

Alleviate Isolation Of Wheeling Island

For the obvious reason that it is surrounded by water, Wheeling Island is unique among the city’s neighborhoods. Closure of the historic Suspension Bridge at the same time a major bridge rehabilitation project is occurring on Interstate 70 presents a serious challenge to the island’s ...

Pats on the Back

- To Youth Services System Inc. of Wheeling, for deciding to open its Winter Freeze Shelter on Nov. 15, a month earlier than normal, for women only. The decision was made because the Salvation Army shelter stopped accepting women. The YSS shelter will be open for both men and women on Dec. ...

Teach Children More, Not Less

Spending less time teaching students at a time when multiple indicators suggest we in the Mountain State are not educating many of them adequately does not make sense. Yet on Wednesday, state Board of Education President David Perry suggested that legislators should consider reducing the number ...

Handling Need For Foster Care

Nearly 2% of the children under 18 years of age in West Virginia are in foster care. That is roughly three times the national rate, and it explains a lot about failings within our state’s foster care system. A lawsuit has been filed against the state Department of Health and Human ...

Approve Wells Township Levies

Officials — and voters — in Jefferson County’s Wells Township must find some way to deal with a very simple challenge. It is that last year, township trustees had about $2.4 million in tax revenue to cover services such as police protection and road repairs, but this year, they have just ...

Eliminate Loophole On Spousal Rape

Rape is a heinous crime, period. But in some circumstances, it is legal in Ohio. You read that correctly. Though state law makes raping a spouse a crime, there is a loophole: According to The Columbus Dispatch, the law “prevents rape charges from being filed when a spouse was drugged, ...

Time Running Out for Retirees

Give Murray Energy Corp. credit for hanging in there longer than many other coal companies. While many other firms, both large and small, succumbed to financial pressures and filed for bankruptcy protection during the past several years, St. Clairsville-based Murray attempted to tough it ...