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Local Columns

The Message of Spring, Passover and the Easter Season

This past week is the anniversary of a grueling time for the church I pastor and me. A young lady that has been a part of our ministry for the last 20 years went on to her reward during this time. Two Sundays prior, we had got a call at 7 a.m. that she had been found on the floor of her house, ...

Gov. Jim Justice, Don’t Take Away the Farm

Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a plan to cut 60 percent of West Virginia’s personal income tax, which is roughly $1 billion in revenue, and he hopes eventually to get rid of the rest of the income tax. We at the West Virginia Farm Bureau appreciate his effort, but for farmers, the current plan ...

Defending West Virginia Against Biden ‘Overreach’

Our nation should generally hope for the success of its leaders — not for the individual’s sake, but for the good of the country — and to that end, I agree that we should give new officeholders a chance. But what should a state leader do when the new president, one whose policies ...

Opposing Campus Carry Bills

Editor’s note: West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee sent this letter to the West Virginia Senate last week on proposed concealed carry bills on campus working through the Legislature. Dear Members of the West Virginia Senate, There have been no less than four bills introduced ...

Can Tax Plan Make It Through Legislature?

Last Thursday was the 30-day mark of the 60-day legislative session for 2021, so it’s all downhill from here. Of the 1,767 bills that have been introduced this session, 65 bills have passed the House of Delegates, 93 bills have passed the state Senate, 21 bills have completed legislation, ...

Marshall Memo: Virtual Tours of Former State Penitentiary in Moundsville Set

If you haven’t been through a maximum security penitentiary you will have such an opportunity beginning April 1. The Moundsville Economic Development Council has made available such a tour without leaving your home or business. The new tour is the result of the MEDC purchasing equipment ...

Relief Package Will Help West Virginia Beat COVID-19

Almost one year ago, the first West Virginian was diagnosed with COVD-19. In the time since then we have seen our schools close and reopen, small businesses shut their doors and watched in awe as our hospital workers, grocery store clerks, first responders and front line workers became ...

An Open Letter to President on Shale Energy

Dear Mr. President, We are reaching out to you as a group of trade organizations that collectively represent the largest natural gas producing region in the country. Our operational footprint is comprised of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Our member-companies ...

Take These Steps to Ensure Women’s Sports Protected

Playing a sport is rewarding, and can be a grind. The time spent at countless meets, matches and games pales in comparison to the days, months and years of preparation put in by athletes when no one is watching. This is true for men’s and women’s athletics alike. A mile an hour or two ...

Keeping a PROMISE in W.Va.

In West Virginia, we still value a handshake and looking someone in the eye. West Virginians keep their promises; their government, not so much. I was fortunate enough to be part of the first class to receive the PROMISE Scholarship. At that time, Democratic Gov. Bob Wise visited high schools ...

Learning Something New Every Session

The halfway point of the 60-day 2021 legislative session is Thursday and things continue to clip along at a brisk pace here. I’ve been involved with the Legislature, either covering it as a reporter or working it as a staff member, for 11 years now, yet I always learn new things. For ...

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 ...