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Never Lonely With Siblings

“My house is so quiet compared to yours,” a neighbor girl said to me on a visit to my childhood home when we were in grade school. She didn’t quite know what to make of it all – the noisy brothers, the dog howling as the baby cried in the playpen or the constant slamming of the screen ...

Helping Those With Diabetes

Editor, News-Register: Accolades to our West Virginia legislators Democrat House Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Republican House Delegate Dr. Matthew Rohrbach who will be sponsoring an upcoming bill in the hopes of lowering healthcare costs for those living with diabetes in the ...

Marshall Memo: Remembering Sonny Allen; and Ham, Bacon & Eggs Sale

A remembrance of Moundsville native Sonny Allen who played basketball at Marshall University and coached at Old Dominion University was scheduled to take place a week ago in Norfolk, Va., but because of COVID-19 it didn’t happen as planned. However, there was a smaller version attended by ...

Remembering Chester Kloss’ Life of Service

A man died recently in Wheeling, a man who contributed greatly to the operations of the office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Ohio County, West Virginia. His name was Chester W. Kloss. In 1968, Mr. Kloss succeeded Raymond J. Falland as County Clerk, after Falland died in office ...

Hoping for a Return to More Normal Times

My Super Bowl has finally arrived, and no, I’m not talking about football. The 2021 legislative session starts Wednesday and I’m simply excited to have 60 days of writing about things other than COVID-19. Little did I know that, by the end of last year’s legislative session in March, ...

Mail Call

Some trips to the mailbox of late have been more than interesting and frustrating. I’m not referring to just the ridiculous number of sweepstakes offers or Medicare recruitment letters. It’s the letters, notepads, address labels, pens and coins from dozens and dozens of charities seeking ...

Marshall County Commission to Oversee COVID Testing

Now that the Marshall County Health Department is engaged heavily in vaccination clinics, it has turned over to the Marshall County Commission the testing phase of COVID-19. One of the reasons for the change-over is that the vaccination clinics requires some 25-30 individuals to ...

Injection Versus Infection: A Bigger Game Than the Super Bowl

Be serious, is there any event bigger than the Super Bowl? Well, this annual championship game of the National Football League is one of the biggest single day sporting events in the world, drawing high television ratings each year. This huge exposure attracts advertisers, who in 2020 paid an ...

Sometimes Betting Big Doesn’t Pay

Last week I wrote about a $25 million loan program managed by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority that lost more than $24 million over the last 19 years. The Legislative Auditor’s report on the whole affair is quite damning, but not surprising. I’ve had a couple readers ...

Two-Legged Alley Cats

There was a time in Wheeling’s developing years that many neighborhoods were identified by their ethnicity. Our dad grew up in the mostly German enclave of homes in Center Wheeling. In particular, his home sat where the former Ohio Valley Medical Center stands today. He often spoke of ...

Grand Vue Park Enters Partnership on Aerial Adventures

The Marshall County Park and Recreation Board along with the leadership team at Grand Vue Park announced this past week that the park has entered into a partnership with Applied Adventure Consulting, which will allow the company to operate and manage all of the aerial adventures at the park. ...

It’s Up to All of Us to End COVID-19 Pandemic

You know, and are probably getting very tired of, the necessary measures used to limit the spread of COVID-19: mask wearing; hand washing; physical distancing measures, which include routinely keeping a distance of at least 6 feet; quarantining if you’ve been exposed and isolating when sick. ...

The Unelected Vs. the Elected

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

John Marshall High School Preparing Athletic Hall of Fame

A John Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been established that will recognize and honor those Monarch athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who have excelled in their respective sports. Also being honored will be coaches and individuals who have been involved in support ...

West Virginia Needs a Smart Back-to-School Plan

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” When Thomas Paine penned these words, America was in the throes of the Revolutionary War. Nearly 250 years later, we are fighting another enemy, an invisible one that threatens our most vulnerable citizens, our children. Currently, we are ...

Confidence in Government Begins With Elections Process

President Lincoln said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” Faith in our American democracy depends on confidence in the election process and results. When confidence is shaken, so too is the confidence in our government and our leaders. Even during the pandemic, ...

Working to Make West Virginia a Better Place in 2021

The last year has been one of the roughest in recent memory. Mainly due to the pandemic, we as Americans have experienced loss, hardship and new challenges that haven’t been seen in several decades. As many of us try to leave 2020 behind, we can look towards the hope the new year will ...

It’s Time for West Virginia to Get Control of COVID-19

We are at a tipping point. COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to climb. Our cumulative positive rate is now above 5%. 1,518 West Virginians have died. The entire state is a sea of “red” on the DHHR map, showing high infection rates and daily percent positives. Public ...

Marshall County Chamber Outlines 2021 Events Calendar

Marshall County Chamber of Commerce executive director Scott Reager this past week announced special events for 2021. Via Chamber Chatter, the weekly newsletter of the Chamber of Commerce, the dates of seven events which the Chamber will hopefully be able to sponsor were announced. Along with ...

‘Green’ Extremists May Have Moved Too Quickly

For years, the ultra-green crowd has been forcing Californians to abandon reliable energy sources in favor of so-called alternatives such as solar and wind power. That has resulted in some of the highest prices for electricity in the nation, as well as reduced reliability seen during brownouts ...