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Remove The Stains For Good

It’s not a big deal, but someone has to do it. Each week, I and a few other women in our Catholic parish volunteer to wash and iron the altar cloths and towels used at each Mass and other liturgical ceremonies. These cotton or linen cloths have a cross embroidered on each. They must be ...

Plan to ‘Jump-Start’ W.Va.’s Economy

My first job was as a welder. After I completed trade school and became certified, I worked at a mining operation and was responsible for maintaining all on-site equipment. It was hard work, but it was rewarding, and it led me to want to open my own mobile welding business. I planned to ...

Capitalizing on Our Strengths

Why is it that when we West Virginians dream big, we talk internet companies and the firms that make software and equipment for them and related industries? And when we do that, why do we look outside the state for inspiration? Two pieces of news from the past week come to mind: First, ...

Counting, Sharing Our Blessings This Thanksgiving

As we gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, it is important for us to reflect on the great blessings we share as West Virginians and Americans. It is easy to forget how blessed we are to live in a country with the greatest liberties and freedoms in the world, but Thanksgiving is the ...

Put ‘Real’ Back Into Christmas

First, as all wise dogs do, he sniffed. Yep. Definitely a pine tree. So he lifted a rear leg, aimed at the tree, and let fly. Why not? Easier than having to whine for someone to open the door. Dog owners learn many things. One of them is how difficult it is to clean up canine urine. But we ...

Address West Virginia’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Over the past year, we have seen an emphasis on the repair of our roads in West Virginia. This includes interstate highways, primary roads, secondary roads, as well as local roads. A lot of the funding for these projects has come from recent passage of the “Roads to Prosperity” act and ...

Commissioners Cite 911 Staffers as First Responders

The Marshall County Commissioners have approved a resolution that recognizes 911 service telecommunicators as first responders. The resolution states that 911 public safety telecommunicators “serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the same as firefighters, law enforcement officers and ...

The Cat Who Ate The Turkey

The story of the frozen turkey, the cat and the Rose Cafe seems to rear its funny head every Thanksgiving. Pardon me if you’ve heard it before, but it’s worth a revisit for a laugh. Thanksgiving in a house of 12 children meant our mom would get a large turkey or even two, to feed the ...

Saving the Children — or Not

Many of us are puzzling over the perfect Christmas gifts. Here’s an idea for some children: Get them away from mommy and daddy. In my business, the “big story” always takes precedence. But for some children, it isn’t whether President Trump will be impeached. And what worries ...

Can We Handle The Truth?

Have we reached the point that Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1992 movie, “A Few Good Men,” is right? Can we not handle the truth? Ask the staff of the student newspaper at Northwestern University, which has a highly respected school of journalism. A few days ago, nine staff members ...

Replacing Bitterness With Feeling of Thanksgiving

Do you remember how we used maps and compasses to find our way? Today, just about everybody has a GPS, (global positioning system). I remember when I first got a GPS. It was for my 50th birthday, because my family was tired of seeing me get lost. Now, a navigation system comes with a lot of ...

Veterans Honor Guard Supported at Tree Gala Event

Six members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard were in attendance Thursday night at the annual Christmas Business After Hours/ Tree Gala auction sponsored by WesBanco and Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, held at the Moundsville Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Prior ...

Producing Energy, Protecting Fresh Water Resources

Our planet’s most precious resource, vital to sustaining healthy ecosystems and communities, is water. The first civilizations took root beside water, harnessing it for crops. Later, the first industries were born along waterways that provided power for machinery and a means of transport. ...

Losing Our Clout by Not Voting

So-called “excess levies” for public schools can serve as small red ribbons tied around the fingers of education officials. That is, they can remind them that voters are watching, and if they do not like what they see, the electorate can come down hard on the education establishment by ...

Recipe For Happiness

I should have remembered the recipe by heart. I’ve made this banana nut bread a thousand times. Yet I still pulled out the batter-splattered cookbook which holds the old recipe. I propped it up on the metal cookbook holder on my counter. My sister Denny gave me this very useful item one year ...

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 ...