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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 ...

Dreaming of a Little Boy in Martins Ferry at Christmas

This is my Christmas dream, which was born when I was a six-year-old boy growing up on Indiana Street in Martins Ferry. My Christmas dream returns every Christmas. The year was 1957. It was the last day of school before Christmas break. I sat in Miss Wood’s first grade class at Elm School ...

All They Want for Christmas …

Some people in West Virginia may hope Santa Claus hands out lots of lumps of coal this Christmas. At least that would get some of the mines working. But jolly old St. Nick has a habit of bringing nice things to good little boys and girls, sometimes even to politicians. With that in mind, ...

Recalling Christmas In the Past

For weeks, I had been looking for it. Day in and day out, I passed by the houses decorated for Christmas. I listened to the preaching in church and sang “Come, Come, Emanuel.” I braved the shopping trips to fulfill the wish lists of others. I contributed to the Angel Tree and other ...

Church Should Investigate Allegations About Bransfield Fully

As if to tidy up before the holidays, late last month Bishop Mark Brennan announced his “amends plan” for his predecessor. But the plan does not include any way to hold former bishop Bransfield accountable, and Bransfield continues to deny all allegations of sexual or financial wrongdoing, ...

Early Polling In

When I write this column every week, I usually plan to cover a multitude of topics, but only to end up going on for paragraphs about one thing. This time it’s going to be a bit of a grab bag. ∫ ∫ ∫ First, a correction: In last week’s column I said that no version of what is now ...

Volunteers Still Needed for Salvation Army Red Kettles

For the past three weeks or so, people who have been out-and-about have seen red kettles in front of some area businesses. Of course, these are the Salvation Army kettles, which have been around for many years. In fact, the tradition of bell ringing started in San Francisco in 1891. At one ...

Looking Forward to Becoming Part of Wheeling

To the residents of Wheeling: As interested buyers of the 1400 block buildings, and prospective Wheeling residents, we want to share a little bit about our story with you. Typically, a move across country for a family would either be to be closer to family or for a new job with some big ...

Charging Inmates To Read

Reading improves the mind. We know that. The interesting thing is that reading just about anything is good for us, though, clearly, certain types of material are better than others. A number of benefits accrue to those who read. We learn how to use the English language better. We pick up ...

Flexibility To Be Uneducated

Well, heck, World War II was a long time ago. Why do we even need to know about those “Nazi” people? Ask the 30 or so West Virginia prison guard trainees who are in trouble after touching a raw nerve regarding the Nazis. Some of them probably wish they’d learned more about the horror ...

Stores Left Their Imprints

I miss G.C. Murphy’s. Now before all you mayors out there start groaning, bear me out. I am not lamenting the loss of major retail in your downtowns. I am not dissing the way you and your elected cohorts run your cities and towns today. I realize that times and cities change with the ebb and ...

Fault Is Ours, Not Trainees’

Reaction to a prank by some W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees says much about our state — more of it good than bad. The question we need to face up to is about the trainees, however. What does it say about their generation? You may have heard about a prank, ...

Let Public Comment Before Votes Are Taken

Apathy? I noted in the last election, which happened to be for the Ohio County School Bond renewal levy, that fewer than 10% of the registered voters in Ohio County participated in the election. This fact was pointed out by the news media, and was mentioned to me on more than one occasion by ...

Convention and Visitors Bureau Gets State Distinction

Officials of the Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau were presented with a certification of accreditation at a recent meeting of the Marshall County Commission, with Craig White accepting on behalf of the GMCVB, of which he is executive director. He is also the executive ...

Getting Over Geographic Feuds

It is unlikely the public will ever know all the reasons why a proposed partnership between The Health Plan, of Wheeling, and WVU Medicine has been put on hold — but some may have a strong suspicion about what happened. Whether and in what form the idea might be resurrected is ...

Set Another Place at the Table

You would think 12 would be enough — children, that is. It was crowded sitting around that long picnic table that served as our dining space in the kitchen. And it became more challenging as my 11 siblings and I grew. Of course, there was always a child in the high chair which left a little ...

Their Smiles Are Different

One of the best parts of Christmas for most of us (I hope) is the ear-to-ear grins and whoops of delight from our children and grandchildren when they open those packages from Santa Claus. Is there anything better? Yes, there is, as hard to believe as you may find it. There’s a different ...

We Must Do More for At-Risk Children in W.Va.

During November legislative interims, a disturbing trend was once again confirmed by data: We can and must do more for the children in foster and kinship care in our state. We have known about the problems for years. On its face, the continued failure to support our kids is bad enough, however, ...

National Guard Armory Has Housed Several Units

Although there has been a Army National Guard unit in Moundsville for some 70 years, permanent housing of it has been in the city for 60 years. When Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 150th Armored Cavalry Regiment, moved from the Exposition Building on Wheeling Island to ...