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Local Columns

W.Va. Coalfields Shift Politically

The Democratic Party’s Solid South lasted much longer in West Virginia than in the nation as a whole. For generations, Democrats could count on winning in the southern coalfield counties. Voter registration numbers made their dominance obvious. A political operative remarked to me ...

Where Did Decade Go?

Just a week ago, winter began. No one noticed as it has been unseasonably warm. My husband noted the start of winter with his usual bright attitude. He remarked that the days will now begin to get longer, even if only by a minute or two each day. Those minutes, however, add up and truly make a ...

You Are the Christmas Miracle

It aggravates newspaper people terribly when we cannot get our questions answered. But today, one of my greatest joys is not having been able to get an answer to one question I’ve been asking for years: How many children are happy today because of people like you? I started some years ago ...

Joy To The World In Lights

With all due respect to Oglebay Park and its million or so LEDs in dozens of beautiful displays, the reason for the season is on glorious, if private, display elsewhere. Take a drive this evening, virtually anywhere in the valley. At some point, you’ll be nearly blinded by a private home ...

A Story of Relationships, Along With Redemption

A few weeks ago, I was at a Rotary meeting where John Moses, the CEO of Youth Service Systems, was the speaker. I was so impressed with it, I asked for permission to share it with you. It is a story about the power of relationships. This story as a drama, so let me tell you the cast of ...

Health Department, Church Surprise Youths With Gifts

The three sons of Mike and Traci Miller of Moundsville got an early glimpse of their Christmas presents on Thursday when they arrived at the Marshall County Health Department, where some 36 gifts awaited them. The staff of the health department was recently made aware that the three boys ...