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What’s Fair Regarding Vaccine?

By the end of this month, enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be available to protect 20 million Americans against COVID-19, predicts Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. To whom does the vaccine go first? Health care personnel and older folks, we’re told — ...

Ask Californians About Going ‘Green’ on Energy

Here we go again. President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to name former secretary of state John Kerry as his climate change czar may be a signal that a brownout new deal is coming to America. While campaigning, Biden insisted he wouldn’t go along with the “green new deal” plan. The ...

Supporting Small Businesses More Vital Than Ever

usiness owners, employees, and customers alike, making “doing business as usual” a challenge. In response, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office seeks to assist in any way possible, and we remain committed to serving businesses throughout our state. We are proud to report that ...

Salvation Army Will Receive Toys Collected During Drive

Each year the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce makes a monetary contribution from its Tree Gala fund raiser to aid an agency which assists the needy at Christmas time. However, since there was no Tree Gala this year because of COVID-19, the Chamber board of directors chose another way ...

We Are Thankful, Lord, For Our Many Blessings

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Giving Thanks for Our Blessings

This Thanksgiving is unlike any Americans living today have ever observed. We are in a war against an invisible enemy. Yet we have so much for which to be thankful. We see blessings all around us, as the vast majority of people in our communities have donned face coverings while in ...

Put a Smile on Your Face This Christmas Morning

This will be a very different Christmas. For some in our area, the best gift they can give loved ones is to tell them to stay away. Big holiday gatherings may be invitations for a visit from COVID-19. In other ways, the virus’ timing is especially hurtful. One is that children won’t ...

Enjoying, Being Grateful for Our True Blessings

As we come to Thanksgiving 2020, I would like to share some stories that have meant much to me in the past and that others told me they have enjoyed. This Thanksgiving will be different than any other. Some have said, “If you have a big family Thanksgiving gathering, you can also have a ...

Elizabethtown Christmas Tree Village, Sale Will Begin Friday

This marks the 22nd year for the Elizabethtown Festival, which in past years has been held inside the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. This year the event, in addition to having been moved outdoors, had its name changed. The new name is Elizabethtown Christmas ...

Be the Bad Guy on Thanksgiving

No one wants to spoil the party. For that reason, Thanksgiving Day and the ensuing weekend will include big, traditional family get-togethers, just as they have for many years. For some people, Thanksgiving rivals Christmas as their favorite time of the year. It’s easy to understand. ...

Rethinking How W.Va. Emerges From COVID

Gov. Jim Justice already has earned a starring role in the history books for the way in which he has led West Virginians through what for many is the toughest time of their lives. Though, as Justice points out, every one of the more than 560 Mountain State lives lost to COVID-19 is precious, ...

Zervos Urges Involvement in Youth Leadership Programs

Zara Zervos, a senior at John Marshall High School, was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club, with her emphasis on conferences which she has attended. She pointed out that she is the president of a club named, Youth Leadership Association (YLA). She said, “A big ...

Terrible Night in 1970 Remains a Vivid Memory

It was just another Saturday morning, November 14th, 1970. Ohio Valley residents were having their usual breakfasts at home, or at one of the local restaurants and talking about last night’s high school football contests. Others were getting ready to take in a college football game in ...

Nursing Homes Hit Hard Again

We just can’t seem to keep COVID-19 out of our nursing homes, where men and women most vulnerable to the disease live. As of Tuesday, 19 nursing homes in West Virginia and 258 in Ohio were reporting COVID cases among residents. Most of the outbreaks were relatively minor. A few, such as ...

Catching the Wave

I’ve now had a week to digest all the elections results and what they mean, and man, I’m still flabbergasted. It’s not that I didn’t think Republican candidates would do well. I don’t do predictions, at least not in print. I do sometimes privately talk to people about who I think ...

Women W.Va. Voters Trust Can Get Elected

Female voters have been a major force in politics for many years. By some estimates, 53% of the votes for Joe Biden came from women. But what about real power? A century after women’s suffrage was adopted, what about running the show instead of merely picking the men who do so? In ...

Veterans Day Observances Set in Moundsville, Cameron

Members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will be quite busy on Wednesday, participating in three events. The first of them will take place at 11 a.m., at the Veterans Plaza on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse, where a brief Veterans Day Service will take place. There ...

‘Public Option’ Could Make Health Care Woes Worse

Health care access and affordability are already major concerns for West Virginians. I have come to understand this as a physical therapist, a small-business owner, and a former member of the West Virginia Senate. I agree that more should be done to lower costs and expand access to care. ...

She’s The Civil Rights Leader

There are unwritten rules about living in the Ohio Valley. Among the most important is this: Never run afoul of Delores Wiggins. There are two reasons for that. First, Wiggins is a formidable adversary. Ask anyone who’s ever crossed swords with her. Second, if Wiggins is upset with ...

Councilwoman Catches Calif. Student’s Attention

By Zoe Woodrick Editor’s Note: Wheeling Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum has attracted national attention by becoming the first openly transgender person elected to public office in West Virginia. The story caught the eye of an eighth-grade student in Los Angeles, California, Zoe Woodrick — ...