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Local Columns

Separating Church And State?

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, filed in Wood County, is an interesting attempt to hold the diocese accountable for years of failure to crack down on predator priests. He filed it under the Consumer Credit ...

Marx Toys, Fostoria Glass Now on Display at Museum

A 50-year-old Big Wheel has a new home, along with several other Marx Toys and 230 Fostoria glass items, the latter being a variety of pieces which had been donated to the Fostoria Museum. The new homes are at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville where from 5-7 p.m. ...

Hemp Industry a Step Toward Diversification

When leaders of our state get together, the same question inevitably dominates the conversation: How do we diversify our economy while transitioning away from extraction industries? My typical response is we should focus on making West Virginia a “cornucopia of specialty crops.” This ...

Vaping Flavors Vital to Help Adults Quit Smoking

West Virginians value freedom; our state motto “Montani Semper Liberi,” or “Mountaineers are Always Free,” sums up our Appalachian individualism quite well. In Washington and in states across our union, a debate is raging that could quickly result in a fundamental freedom, and a ...

Paying Now or More Later

We’ve seen some amazing coincidences during the past few years, haven’t we? Take the Interstate 70 bridges in Ohio County. Isn’t it incredible that after decades of service, nearly all of them went bad at the same time? Equally fascinating is the fact that decades passed during ...

Red, White And True

Several years ago when we moved to a place with a little acreage, I knew what I wanted to make our homestead complete. And when my husband concurred, it was done. Standing tall and proud in the front area of our home is a flagpole. The American flag has been flying there now for five years. ...

More Real Investment in Our Communities Is Vital

Since becoming Wellsburg’s mayor in 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and learn about cities in the Northern Panhandle and throughout the entire state of West Virginia as well. In that time, I’ve come to realize that what serves as one of the most significant challenges faced by ...

Veterans Day Observances Set in Cameron, Moundsville

Members of Cameron American Legion Post No. 18, along with Unit No. 18 Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion (SAL), and their families and invited guests will observe Veterans Day this Saturday with the annual banquet. Members of the Auxiliary will serve the banquet, which will begin at 5:30 ...

Taking Care Of The Kids

The most important comment made last week during a public meeting on education held at John Marshal High School in Glen Dale came from a resident of that community. He is Dr. James Wilson, and it is fortunate that he happens to be a member of the West Virginia Board of Education. Much of ...

Understanding Bob Murray

I like Bob Murray. I respect him, too, even though in today’s politically correct climate, he has three strikes against him. He’s an old white male who runs a coal company and has supported Donald Trump. This week, his Murray Energy Corp. sought and received Chapter 11 bankruptcy ...

Roadside Warrior

I first saw him against the light of a still moonlit morning sky. He was standing at the side of the road, statue-like. I slowed to get a good look at him. Then he lifted his head as if to say ‘look at me.’ For that fleeting moment I was in awe of what nature had given this majestic wild ...

Red Tape A Disaster In Itself

Factory workers understand that whatever tasks are assigned to them must be completed within a certain amount of time. If they aren’t, an entire assembly line can be slowed down or even stopped. Management’s task is to prevent obstacles from getting in the way of line workers. It often ...

Plaza Honors Those Who Gave Lives While in Military

“What is a Veteran?” was the topic of talk given by C. William Harris, the long-time post commander of Cameron American Legion No. 18, at the dedication ceremony of the new Veterans Plaza on the lawn of Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville this past Wednesday. Some 300 individuals ...

Mission Remains the Same at Wheeling University

What’s in a name? It’s been more than 400 years since Juliet first asked this question of Romeo, but even in 2019 it seems as though we still don’t have a clear answer. This summer, after a series of changes at the academic and administrative levels, Wheeling Jesuit University was ...

Enact Drug-Sentencing Reform Bill in Ohio

Ohio has become ground zero in our national opioid epidemic. Just last month, in just one county, a staggering 10 people died in the span of 26 hours from drug overdoses. Until recently, Ohio’s response to the crisis consisted mostly of handing out lengthy prison sentences to both dealers ...

Severance Tax Crash Bad News

You aren’t encountering as many of those gas industry trucks on the back roads as you did for a long time, are you? That may make for a less stressful drive to work, but it’s a bad sign for West Virginia’s economy and the state budget. Once again this month, Workforce West ...

Beware the Black Cat

It shouldn’t have bothered me. After all, I don’t believe in superstitions. You know the one about the black cat crossing your path. But this time, it kind of had me worried. Why on this beautiful, barely dawn of a day would a black cat decide to make his or her appearance in front of my ...

Bailouts Cannot Continue

One obstacle in redeveloping downtown Wheeling is that the owners of some of the old buildings here have vastly inflated opinions of what their properties are worth. City government isn’t helping disabuse them of that notion. Consider three situations involving old buildings and the ...

Get a Team and Never Stop Chasing Your Dream

Some say she really did not do it. Others say no one can do it. Some say she must have cheated because it has never been done before in the way she did it. They are questioning her, investigating her, and condemning her all at the same time. I have no personal knowledge of whether she ...

Memorials to Veterans Set To Be Unveiled Wednesday

The unveiling of the new Veterans Plaza will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville. The plaza was established to honor Marshall County residents who lost their lives while serving our country. The Marshall County Commission was ...