Local Columns

Unpredictability In Charleston

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11, I was given a ...

Refusing To Protect Children

Perhaps the Roman Catholic Church finally is living up to its own teachings by protecting children from predator priests. Events last week may be evidence of that. Pope Francis met with a group of U.S. bishops to discuss the situation. And the church revealed it is investigating just-retired ...

Curb Upswing In HIV Locally

Six new cases of human immunodeficiency virus - HIV - in Ohio County this year is cause for alarm. Both public health and law enforcement officials should make dealing with it a priority. First, the good news: For now, at least, very few people have cause for worry. The new cases involve ...

Get Children Out Of Unsafe Homes

When people hear of outrages such as that involving two children removed from deplorable living conditions in Belmont County earlier this month, the reaction often is demanding that government do something to prevent similar problems in the future. Belmont County’s Board of Health is ...

Pats on the Back

- To the nearly 350 volunteers who turned out Wednesday for the Day of Caring, held by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. And to the more than 40 companies that allowed them to participate. Day of Caring, which kicks off the United Way’s annual fundraising drive, sends volunteers to ...

Persistence Often Is the Key to Getting to ‘Yes’

When I was in high school I rarely got turned down for a date. My secret was simple. I didn’t ask. I was afraid of rejection. The result was I didn’t have much of a social life. When I went to West Virginia University, I knew that if I wanted a social life I would have to get ...

Special Events Set for This Week at John Marshall H.S.

Three John Marshall High School Homecoming events will be taking place this week. First will be the Homecoming Parade, which will take place on Wednesday. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., from in front of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex on Jefferson Avenue (south of Eighth ...

Throwing Them All Off Court

Compared to what three of their former peers on the West Virginia Supreme Court did, misbehavior by Justices Elizabeth Walker and Margaret Workman wasn’t especially egregious. At one time, I thought state legislators might take that into account and be lenient toward them. Now, I’m not ...

Looking Beyond Downtown

There is a TV show that has two teams scouring flea markets for specific items to be transformed into something for modern use. The teams are made up of two people each, often best friends or even spouses, who challenge each other to develop the best remake for their specific pieces. The ...

Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote

Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far little attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

Just Glad To Have Paying Job

Maybe there’s hope for the younger generation, after all. Some of them seem to have the right attitude. As the annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta was winding up Sunday afternoon, one of the event’s officials told me he and a few others would be back at the Heritage Port site early ...

Knowing About Prostate Cancer Could Save Your Life

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to revisit what you know and don’t know about this disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer. Approximately 164,690 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and about ...

Battle W.Va. Drug Crisis With Strong Leadership

West Virginia is ground zero for the nation’s opioid crisis. Communities throughout the state are firmly in the grips of addiction, and they’re desperate to find solutions. By putting the right policies into place and by taking advantage of every resource available, we can emerge stronger, ...

Moundsville First Christian Church Celebrates 150 Years

The Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be observing its 150th anniversary celebration Sept. 27-30. Current pastor Wesley Howsare said,”This is a special time in the life of our church, as we will be coming together to remember the legacy that has been passed on to ...

Refusing to Play by the Rules

Most of us have been in line at the grocery store, wishing people ahead of us would get moving, I suspect. Can’t they tell we’re in a real hurry? But we don’t push ahead of them. The rules are that we wait our turns. We follow them and other rules of daily life, because, if too many ...

Hey, I’m Talking To You

We have all heard it at one time or another. You’re browsing the aisles of the supermarket or enjoying a leisurely lunch at a favorite restaurant. Then you hear the loud, uncontrollable crying of a child. You search around, not too conspicuously, because you’re wondering if there is a child ...

West Virginia Economy Improving, But More Action Needed

As leaders from across the state gather this week for the West Virginia Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit, there will be numerous conversations about the progress underway in the Mountain State. Speakers and panelists will highlight impressive improvements: job growth, increased ...

Keep Electric Grid Reliable

News last week that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Jefferson County will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The ...

Get Accurate Broadband Data

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many West Virginians and Ohioans lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied on by the Federal ...

Dominoes Ready To Fall in House

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you’re building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ∫∫∫ As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out ...