Local Columns

Higher Education Numbers in W.Va. Just Don’t Add Up

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Why Did Power Costs Skyrocket?

West Virginia, with mountains of coal and huge reserves of natural gas, is the eighth most energy-expensive state in the nation, according to a WalletHub study. How on earth did that happen? WalletHub puts out scores of comparison studies each year, on everything from “neediest ...

Debating What Gender Reference to Use for the Deity

On July 7, the House of Delegates of the Episcopal church at its 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, adopted a resolution that would set the stage of the revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The House of Delegates is comprised of lay and clergy delegates from churches within the ...

A Country Without Borders Is Not a Country

When you leave your house or go to bed at night, do you lock your doors? When you leave your car on the parking lot at the grocery store or mall, do you lock your doors? When you close your business at the end of the day do you lock and shutter the doors? If you do lock your doors in these ...

Youths 8-18 Can Tee Off at July 30 Golf Tournament

A free junior golf tournament will take place on July 30 at the Moundsville Country Club, sponsored by Honeywell International Inc. Ohio Valley youths 8-18 are encouraged to sign up for the event by picking up an entry form at the Pro Shop at the Moundsville Country Club or by calling the ...

Manchin’s Numbers Are Inflated

Has Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., been informed he can’t get a pass on this one? Democrat and Republican disciplinarians in Congress have ways of forcing lawmakers to adhere to the party line. Choice committee assignments can be denied. An offender’s pet bills can be stalled or shelved. ...

What to Do, What to Do?

As a I write these words, someone is cooking up a batch of sweet onions and green peppers on a grill alongside some large Italian sausages. Meatballs are crowded into a simmering pot of aromatic tomato sauce also known as “red gravy.” Funnel cake batter is being swirled into hot grease then ...

From the Statehouse: W.Va. Commerce Secretary Position Becoming a Hot Potato

With Woody Thrasher gone and Clayton Burch sitting as interim boss, all eyes are on the West Virginia Department of Commerce and who might permanently take the helm The question, however, is who really wants that hassle right now? Maj. Gen. James Hoyer is cleaning up the mess at RISE West ...

Honoring Someone Truly Great

If you’re a West Virginian looking around the U.S. Capitol, among the sights you may want to see are statues of two native sons. Each state has two, of people in whom great pride is taken. Francis H. Pierpont, in some ways thought of as the father of West Virginia, is one of the Mountain ...

A Bus, Five Days, 1,720 Miles, Good Friends and Baseball

Another Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel baseball trip is in the books! The five-day trip included visits to Allentown, Pennsylvania, Cooperstown, New York, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore for three Major League games, one minor league contest and a visit to Baseball’s Hall of ...

Cake Case Was a Major Victory

Social conservatives’ celebration of the long-awaited “cake case” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was a bit restrained. Many felt the court stopped short of a full defense of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. Perhaps there is more reason to cheer than some think. In 2012, two gay men ...

Left Powerless Against Nature

The yellow glow of a tiny lamp in the kitchen is the only light to be found with the exception of an occasional bolt of lightning. It’s 1:30 in the morning, and the power has been out for six hours. I am trying to catch a few winks on the couch between helping the hubby fuel the generator. ...

W.Va. Statehouse Reporter’s Notebook: Is the Governor In?

For my first column, I need to at least briefly introduce myself. My name is Steven Allen Adams and after more than five years away, I returned to journalism last week, covering West Virginia government for Ogden Newspapers, which includes The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. I’m ...

Court’s Ruling a Victory for Fair, Clean Elections

The United States Supreme Court handed a victory to West Virginia’s efforts to run fair and clean elections. This victory goes to our 55 county clerks and our dedicated elections staff who work day in and day out to ensure the integrity of our voter registration system. The issue was ...

Last Major Football Stadium Project Undertaken in 1955

With the new Monarch Stadium bleachers going skyward, this seems to be a good time to turn back the pages of time, especially those in the mid-1950s era. It was in 1955 that the last major football stadium was built. The structure, which was torn down to make way for the new Moundsville High ...

Manchin Will Support Court Nominee

Whomever President Donald Trump nominates to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, he can count on at least one Democrat vote: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Manchin has no choice but to vote for the Trump nominee, if he wants to remain in the Senate. His vote last year in ...

Don’t Forget Vietnam Vets

It’s been many years since he served in the miserable jungles of Vietnam. He’s tried to forget the terrors of that war, but they still come back — in dreams, nightmares. He doesn’t talk about it. Yet after all those years, when he was attending a memorial service for another veteran, ...

Making It Mecca For Recreation

What Ohio County officials have in mind for The Highlands is impressive solely by its size. They plan to erect a 180,000 square-foot indoor sports and recreation building at the retail center. That’s big enough to swallow up three football fields, with room to spare. But big and promising ...

Use Some Bond Funds on Repairs

Some area residents have grown so frustrated with badly damaged, sometimes dangerous, roads that they are taking matters into their own hands, as we reported last week. One resident of Timber Haven Road in Ohio County has used bricks in an attempt to make one deep pothole less jarring for ...

Address Flooding Woes in Woodsdale

Twice in less than a week, some homes and businesses in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling have been flooded. It happened first last weekend, then again on Wednesday night. One cannot blame those for whom heavy rain has become synonymous with flooding for being frustrated. Part of the ...