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Local Columns

Nation on Downward Spiral That Must Be Altered

How did things ever get so far?Following a bloody and destructive internecine war in which he was gravely wounded and one of his sons was killed, Vito Corleone called together the heads of the five warring families to redress their problems. Always the leader, Corleone opened the meeting by ...

Paisley Honors His Roots and a Presidential Reminder

Editor's note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don't make it into the daily newspaper.This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters' ...

High Hopes for Fostoria Site Are Becoming a Reality

When the Fostoria Steering Committee was involved more than a decade ago in efforts to clean up the Fostoria Glass site in Moundsville, the main concern was to have the remaining buildings removed in an effort to attract light industry or commercial businesses.Another aspect of making the ...

Here’s Where the Money Goes

Where'd all the money go? If you're spending part of the Labor Day weekend paying bills, that question may enter your mind. I may be able to help with a partial answer:Washington. That's where a substantial chunk of your hard-earned cash went.Except at income tax filing time, you probably don't ...

Magic Of Cannon

I miss the cannon. Every summer holiday, our Dad would bring out the cannon and shoot it off ceremoniously with great build up until the moment the fuse was lit.I never did hear how the cannon came to be, but it was a solidly built contraption that actually fit in a shoebox. Perhaps he picked ...

Putting an End to Bullying in Schools This Year

Bullying used to be viewed as something of a normal part of school, from the earliest elementary years to college fraternity hazing. Research, though, reveals bullying causes damage and sometimes death. Virtually every school shooting in America can be traced to bullying. Hundreds of thwarted ...

Pipeliners Giving Back; A Retirement; and Travel

Editor's note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don't make it into the daily newspaper.This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters' ...

RED Partnership, Mound Power Work Well Together

Moundsville Power first arrived on the local scene some 18 months ago when company officials contacted the Regional Economic Development Partnership, which is a private, non-profit economic development organization serving Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties.RED works to create business ...

Shame on You If You Vote Against School Funding

Before I admonish all of you who vote down school bond issues, I must admit I am a former teacher who retired in 2009. In fact, I am a third-generation educator. My mother was an outstanding elementary school teacher who loved and cared about all her students; it was part of her professional ...

Changing Wheeling Radically

If a proposed new comprehensive plan for Wheeling is approved, the key - as those who wrote the document stress - will be implementation. In other words, the plan can't be just placed on a shelf and left to gather dust with other proposals that, during their times, were viewed as ...

Tapping the Youth Vote in W.Va.

If you're a West Virginian 20-24 years old, you are nearly three times as likely to be unemployed as your neighbor in the 45-54 age group. But hey, no worries, it'll get better, right?Not much. If you're 25-34, you are still nearly twice as apt to be without a job as those in the 45-54 ...

Counting Your Blessings

It was an amazing sight. Something we had never seen before. An immense white cloud formed in the eastern sky Wednesday as dusk settled over our home. We pulled our lawn chairs onto the driveway to drink in this beautiful phenomenon of nature.It wasn't the cloud itself, but what was going on ...

Keep True Monsters Behind Bars

Many years ago a county jail inmate telephoned me to insist I write a story about his civil rights being violated. It seems he'd been beaten severely - by police officers, he claimed - while incarcerated.Now, you can list me firmly as being against police brutality - when it really occurs. But ...

No Time to Get Bored

WHEELING - Washington, Pa., teenagers Kier Dungee and Julian Kasavich bring their boards to the Wheeling Skate park whenever possible to enjoy the dips, turns and jumps the challenging course provides.Opened in 2007 in the Elm Grove section of the city, the skate park was the first in the Ohio ...

WJU Graduate’s Research Puts New Spin on Spider Evolution

WHEELING - For Moundsville native and West Liberty University graduate Nicole Garrison, there can be a lot of fascinating discoveries from some of the world's smallest things.Garrison is currently doing research on the evolution of spiders by studying their genes at Auburn University, Ala., ...

Paramount Offering Convenient Medical Care

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - To accommodate people's busy lives, Paramount Medical Care Inc. offers extended hours of operation at its St. Clairsville office.The new medical clinic, which has three nurse practitioners and one doctor, opened June 30 at 51520 National Road East next to the Just Meds ...

Fighting Back Against President’s War on Coal

Since coming to Congress in 2011, I've been a leading voice against the harmful impacts of President Obama's War on Coal. We all know that the president, Nancy Pelosi, and many Democrats in Washington want to totally eliminate the coal industry. I've been fighting against the administration's ...

Helping Heroes In Moundsville

Jeremy Harrison, the founder of Helping Heroes in Moundsville, is a person who works on behalf of his fellow military veterans.Harrison had the opportunity on Tuesday to tell members of the Moundsville Lions Club about some of the needs of veterans, and also that the previous day he had ...

Teachers, Doctors, the Military Are Noble Professions

I know I am stepping on shaky ground, but I have reached a point in my life where I feel free in voicing my opinion. As I look back on my lifetime of study and experiences, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on what I am about to share with my readers.My first premise involves the ideal citizen ...

Teachers, Doctors, the Military Are Noble Professions

I know I am stepping on shaky ground, but I have reached a point in my life where I feel free in voicing my opinion. As I look back on my lifetime of study and experiences, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on what I am about to share with my readers.My first premise involves the ideal citizen ...