Local Columns

Holding Mom, Dad Accountable

“Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Ms. Jones, your son’s fourth-grade teacher, here. This is your morning wake-up call to ensure that you get Johnny dressed and to the bus stop in time.” Ridiculous? Absolutely. It’s not the teacher’s job to get your child to school every day. It’s ...

Using Our God-Given Minds for Good Decisions

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and one of the former Republican presidential candidates, as well as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said, “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their ...

Marshall County School Personnel Receive Honors From State

Jennifer Schwertfeger, West Virginia Teacher of the Year for 2020, was honored Friday morning at Cameron High School school by fellow teachers, school administrators, staff members, county school staff members, two family members and House of Delegate member Lisa Zukoff. The morning started ...

Tax Relief Will Be Difficult

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have big plans for the lawmaking session that begins in January. They hope to eliminate the property tax on business inventory. Then the report on August revenue came in. For the second month in a ...

Excuse Me For Staring

I could not help but stare, although I was taught from an early age that it was not polite. But sometimes I come across someone or, in this case something, that requires a longer look than the customary glance. The young woman was standing in front of me in line at Walmart. She looked ...

Immigrants on Our Border Treated Well

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...

Hospital Employees Are Angels

There are angels, too, hidden in plain sight. There are a lot more of them than the devils I wrote about last week. Sometimes, we fail to notice great evils in our midst, I wrote a week ago. Then, I was reminded they are greatly outnumbered. Hundreds of people have been displaced from jobs ...

Be Cautious in Hiring Contractor for Projects

Thinking about a remodeling project, maybe a much-needed addition to your home? Then consider the following before moving forward. Most home owners have little or no expertise when it comes to construction projects, even small projects such as a bathroom remodel, and certainly not a larger ...

Tracing the History of High School Football in Moundsville

After a tour of the new Monarch Stadium on Wednesday, I decided to try to found out more about high school football in Moundsville, including when it began and the initial site. I started out by reviewing the Moundsville High School Centennial Book 1877-1977 and followed by looking at deeds ...

Justice in the Driver’s Seat

Tuesday was a good day for Gov. Jim Justice. He learned (if he hadn’t been tipped off in advance) that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will not be running for governor. Barring some political disaster, Manchin is the only Democrat with a realistic chance of beating Justice in next year’s ...

Try Saving What Matters Most

After five years, the rose bushes we planted along the sidewalk leading to our front porch have rewarded our hard work with hundreds of pink and red flowers. I am no horticulturist by any means. I just like to have flowers around to remind me of the greater power that makes these beautiful ...

The Drug Abuse Devil Does Exist

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Gold Star Families To Be Honored by Monument in Moundsville

Four-and-a-half months ago Moundsville resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” Williams to spearhead a group of Marshall County residents to place a Gold Star Monument honoring the families of those who have perished in the service of this country. During recent ...

Remembering Playing Football Against Havlicek

My big game occurred on the Bridgeport High School football field in Brookside in the fall of 1956. I was a junior at Shadyside and began the season as a starting defensive end. A few games into the season, I also started on offense. We had handily defeated Bridgeport in the two prior ...

Leading Wheeling University Into Bright Future

The 2019-2020 academic year marks a new chapter for Wheeling University, which will be the first under our school’s new name and mission. Formerly known as Wheeling Jesuit University, our institution has served students in the Ohio Valley since 1954. While our school’s recent past has been ...

Have No Regrets, Make Calll

Do it today. Right now, think about that one person in your life that you have been meaning to call. I know you’re busy with work, the kids, grandma and grandpa, etc., but stop and do yourself and that one person a favor. It’s just a phone call — not a text message, not an email — but ...

Bringing The Kids Back Home

If we West Virginians can just find a way to solve the riddle U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey put into words, we’ll be all right. Anyone want to take a shot at it? The “Sunday Sit-Down” interview to the right of this column is with Bailey, who’s a very sharp guy. He was ...

Fight Against Racism Must Continue in America

Americans buy at least $20 billion worth of counterfeit goods annually. Unless you’re an unusually suspicious shopper, chances are that you, too, have at one time or another purchased an item that was really a shoddy — maybe unsafe — copy of what you meant to buy. Fast-buck rip-off ...

Improvements at High Schools Envisioned by Board of Education

The Marshall County Board of Education at its recent meeting took action to create a second story on what will be known as an all-purpose facility at Cameron High School, and a natatorium at John Marshall High School. The board meeting was held at CHS and some 25 parents, school personnel ...

Justice’s Part-Time Approach Just Not Adequate

It’s great to see Gov. Jim Justice try to become involved in trying to save Ohio Valley Medical Center. The problem with that premise is that the issues leading to the hospital closure, even some problems with the former Wheeling Jesuit University, have been apparent to those of us in the ...