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Mr. Adams Goes To Washington

Last week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital shadowing Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and it was an eye-opening and enlightening experience. I was asked by my friend Ric DeRubeis, afternoon host of “Real Big Talk with Big Ric” WKKX-WVLY, why I ...

Marshall Memo: Health Clinics Resume; School Flower Sales; Spring Clean-Up

The Marshall County Health Department will resume clinics and programs this month, including three that will start on Monday. These clinics have not been available since March 20, 2020, the result of COVID-19. Administrator Tom Cook said that some employees had provided services by ...

Natural Gas Critical to Our Clean Energy Future

Editor’s note: This guest commentary from Sen. Shelley Capito initially appeared in The Washington Times. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the Appalachian region were an independent country, it would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world. Job creation and ...

Some Mountaineer Spirit Could Be Helpful

With the end of the 2021 legislative session, I’ve seen the usual outcries from people, particularly my age or younger, wishing to leave West Virginia over this bill or that bill. Inevitably, there are a handful of bills that raise the ire of young people that make it across the finish line ...

Give Me The ’70s

It only takes one line or a few musical notes and wham, I’m hurled back in time. At least that’s what happens to me when I hear a song from yesteryear. Maybe it’s a song I heard while watching the Perry Como show or Dean Martin program with my parents and siblings. Sometimes it may be ...

Marshall Memo: Super Kids Soap Box Derby Coming to Moundsville on May 22

There will be two Soap Box Derby events in Marshall County this summer, both officially sanctioned. A first-year attraction will be the Ohio Valley Super Kids Derby which will take place on May 22 in Moundsville. It is open to special needs youngsters aged 7-16 from Belmont, Marshall, Ohio ...

W.Va. and Jennings Randolph’s Role in 26th Amendment

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 26th Amendment reduced the voting age for eligible American citizens from 21 to 18. What many people don’t know is that in November 1941 then-President Franklin Roosevelt ...

Catching Up On COVID-19

After covering the 60-day legislative session, I almost always need the week after to recover, decompress, and catch up on things. For example, I feel like I missed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in the state. I didn’t. I did write about it even while covering the session, but ...

A Lesson From Lizzie

It was a silly, even prankish game we played in grade school. Actually, we were about middle school age at the time. As is the case in Catholic school, we lined up in silence and walked single file into school in the morning and after recess. The teacher, usually one of the habited nuns, ...

SBA Can Help W.Va. Small Businesses With PPP Loans

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its impact known on small businesses, employees, and Mountain State residents as a whole. There are many financial relief options available to help businesses remain open and employees to continue to receive their paychecks. The Paycheck Protection ...

Sen. Shelley Capito: Vanita Gupta Nomination Deserves Additional Scrutiny

President Joe Biden has nominated an individual who has advocated and advanced views to the left of most of the country to be the third most senior person at the U.S. Department of Justice. Whether it’s decriminalizing drugs, eliminating qualified immunity, rolling back the Second Amendment ...

Reflecting on a Rollercoaster 2021 Session

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with me. ...

Spring Enters an Open Window

I awoke to what sounded like the repetitive ringing of a telephone from half a century ago. When fully awake, I realized the sound I heard was that of an ambitious woodpecker at work on a tree in the nearby woods. This sound was complimented by the voices of numerous spring gobblers making ...

Marshall Memo: Commissioners Say Marshall County in Strong Financial Position

“We believe Marshall County is in a sound financial position,” county commission president John D. Gruzinskas, stated while presenting the county’s 2021-22 budget message. “We also want to thank all those who worked in the development of the budget, county clerk Jan Pest and her staff ...

Pie-in-The-Sky Policy Won’t Stop Climate Change

During the Vietnam War, an American general was paraphrased saying he had “to destroy the village to save it.” This phrase may be the motivation behind President Biden and the liberal left who want to eliminate fossil fuel use in America. Now President Biden’s stated goal is to ...

Time for Bold Action in W.Va.

Earlier this week, West Virginians witnessed something almost unheard of across this country: Leaders from both parties coming together for a constructive conversation about the future of this great state at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher. Rather than infighting, insults, and ...

Clock Ticking on Session — and Tax Deal

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Marshall Memo: Relay for Life, Adventures at Grand Vue Park, and Sonny Allen

Members of the Moundsville Lions Club were challenged to be one of the teams participating in this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marshall County. The challenge was made during the program at the Lions Club meeting this past week, at which Trish Weinschenker was the ...

Empty Tomb a Monument to Victory Over Death

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...