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Some Thoughts Following the West Virginia Primary

All I can say about last Tuesday's primaries is "wow." I would have never thought that Rep. David McKinley would have lost by such a margin as he did to Rep. Alex Mooney in the 2nd Congressional District Republican race.I typically keep my predictions out of this column and off public social ...

Stay Safe From Skin Cancer During Summer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a perfect time to get to know some important facts about skin cancer before summer vacations, hitting the beaches and outdoor fun. Melanoma is the deadliest of skin cancers and will account for approximately 7,600 deaths in 2022. But more ...

An Economic Development Program We Must Consider

One day last fall a father in Belmont County said to me, “I wish my kids wouldn’t leave the valley, but I hope they do.” ... and it crushed me. Because some 40 years ago that’s how my mom felt when I left and I remember how sad it made her despite her efforts to hide it. But she ...

Opioid Epidemic Contributed to Our Foster Care Crisis

May is Foster Care Family Month, a time to focus on what we can do to support foster care families. These special families step up to help children during traumatic times in their young lives, being taken from their parent(s) and removed from their homes. While it is nice to take a month ...

Marshall Memo: Preparing for Soap Box Derby; Marx Toys; and Class Reunions

Soap Box Derby events will be taking place next Saturday in Moundsville at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Ohio Valley Association. Activities will get underway on eastern 8th Street (1500 Block) with at least 28 participants — 10 more than those participating last year. During the past year, ...

Decision Time Is Tuesday in West Virginia

It is the eve of the 2022 party primaries, and I can only imagine you are getting tired of me writing about the 2nd Congressional District Republican race between Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney.Don't worry, the whole thing is almost over. But it is the biggest race on the ballot this ...