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Stick To Skipping Rope

I’m not proud of it, but I skipped school a couple of times when I was in high school. And I got caught each time. It wasn’t a pretty outcome when the principal, Doc Viglietti, reminded me that he loved me, and all his students, but yes, I would suffer the consequences of my misdeeds. I ...

Marshall Memo: Gray Continues Tradition of Buying Grand Champion Ham

The Marshall County Health Department has received word that it will be receiving 738 first dose COVID-19 vaccinations to be given from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Chevron Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds. Although this figure is less than this past week, health department ...

Expanding Help for Nonprofits

Most people who don’t work in the nonprofit community in West Virginia are unfamiliar with the Neighborhood Investment Program. The NIP is a program of the West Virginia Development Office and provides a limited number of tax credits to nonprofit organizations to use for ...

Energy Innovation Critical to W.Va.’s Future

Resilience. Tenacity. Realism. These are things that we here in West Virginia know a thing or three about. We make our homes in a place that can be both stunningly beautiful and obstinately difficult to live in, and we’re rightfully proud of our ability to make it work for our families. We ...

Reliable Information About Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry

I recently saw an article in The Intelligencer entitled “Report: Ohio fracking counties saw declines in jobs, population and income.” This runs counter to dozens of other reports that all say the oil and gas industry is investing billions of dollars in Eastern Ohio, creating tens of ...

Waiting To See Justice Tax Plan

As of today, we’re one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session. We still have the whole month of March and about a week and a half of April left to go. The one thing I keep hearing as we trudge on through the slaughterhouse where the legislative sausage is made is people ...

Marshall Memo: More Than a Thousand To Be Vaccinated in Marshall County

The Marshall County Health Department has received notification from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources that 1,218 vaccinations will be received for distribution on Wednesday. The vaccinations will take place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Chevron building at the ...

Fast-Paced, Testy Second Week In W.Va. Legislature

As the headline states, it is week two here under the gold dome, but it feels like it’s the final two weeks based on how long floor sessions are going, as well as the tone. Already this week the House of Delegates passed two education reform bills, legislation dealing with states of ...

Story Time With Grandma

Over this past year of social distancing, I have tried to maintain a special bond with our two young grandchildren by sending them video stories that I record on my phone. Sometimes these stories are tales of my own childhood, relating how we spent snowy days building snow forts or sled riding ...

Remembering the History-Makers Lost in 2020

When I was going to ClaraTag Elementary School in Miles Heights, a neighborhood in the Cleveland, Ohio area, we had a show and tell in school. I was excited because I finally had something to show and tell. My mother and I went to pick up my father from the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. For ...

Marshall Memo: Moundsville Parks and Recreation Looks Ahead to Busy Year

Although COVID-19 played havoc with a number of new sports attractions which the Moundsville Parks and Recreation had hoped to initiate last summer, it hasn’t dulled plans for this year. The major undertaking will be a Splash Pad at the city’s East End Playground. Recreation director John ...

Session’s First Week in Books

As I said last week, all eyes are on Gov. Jim Justice’s plans to phase out the personal income tax. I knew he would mention it in his State of the State address last week, though I was surprised by the amount of detail he went into. But even with the details he did go into, there are still ...

Never Lonely With Siblings

“My house is so quiet compared to yours,” a neighbor girl said to me on a visit to my childhood home when we were in grade school. She didn’t quite know what to make of it all – the noisy brothers, the dog howling as the baby cried in the playpen or the constant slamming of the screen ...

Helping Those With Diabetes

Editor, News-Register: Accolades to our West Virginia legislators Democrat House Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Republican House Delegate Dr. Matthew Rohrbach who will be sponsoring an upcoming bill in the hopes of lowering healthcare costs for those living with diabetes in the ...

Marshall Memo: Remembering Sonny Allen; and Ham, Bacon & Eggs Sale

A remembrance of Moundsville native Sonny Allen who played basketball at Marshall University and coached at Old Dominion University was scheduled to take place a week ago in Norfolk, Va., but because of COVID-19 it didn’t happen as planned. However, there was a smaller version attended by ...

Remembering Chester Kloss’ Life of Service

A man died recently in Wheeling, a man who contributed greatly to the operations of the office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Ohio County, West Virginia. His name was Chester W. Kloss. In 1968, Mr. Kloss succeeded Raymond J. Falland as County Clerk, after Falland died in office ...

Hoping for a Return to More Normal Times

My Super Bowl has finally arrived, and no, I’m not talking about football. The 2021 legislative session starts Wednesday and I’m simply excited to have 60 days of writing about things other than COVID-19. Little did I know that, by the end of last year’s legislative session in March, ...

Mail Call

Some trips to the mailbox of late have been more than interesting and frustrating. I’m not referring to just the ridiculous number of sweepstakes offers or Medicare recruitment letters. It’s the letters, notepads, address labels, pens and coins from dozens and dozens of charities seeking ...

Marshall County Commission to Oversee COVID Testing

Now that the Marshall County Health Department is engaged heavily in vaccination clinics, it has turned over to the Marshall County Commission the testing phase of COVID-19. One of the reasons for the change-over is that the vaccination clinics requires some 25-30 individuals to ...

Injection Versus Infection: A Bigger Game Than the Super Bowl

Be serious, is there any event bigger than the Super Bowl? Well, this annual championship game of the National Football League is one of the biggest single day sporting events in the world, drawing high television ratings each year. This huge exposure attracts advertisers, who in 2020 paid an ...