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Local Columns

Terrible Night in 1970 Remains a Vivid Memory

It was just another Saturday morning, November 14th, 1970. Ohio Valley residents were having their usual breakfasts at home, or at one of the local restaurants and talking about last night’s high school football contests. Others were getting ready to take in a college football game in ...

Nursing Homes Hit Hard Again

We just can’t seem to keep COVID-19 out of our nursing homes, where men and women most vulnerable to the disease live. As of Tuesday, 19 nursing homes in West Virginia and 258 in Ohio were reporting COVID cases among residents. Most of the outbreaks were relatively minor. A few, such as ...

Catching the Wave

I’ve now had a week to digest all the elections results and what they mean, and man, I’m still flabbergasted. It’s not that I didn’t think Republican candidates would do well. I don’t do predictions, at least not in print. I do sometimes privately talk to people about who I think ...

Women W.Va. Voters Trust Can Get Elected

Female voters have been a major force in politics for many years. By some estimates, 53% of the votes for Joe Biden came from women. But what about real power? A century after women’s suffrage was adopted, what about running the show instead of merely picking the men who do so? In ...

Veterans Day Observances Set in Moundsville, Cameron

Members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will be quite busy on Wednesday, participating in three events. The first of them will take place at 11 a.m., at the Veterans Plaza on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse, where a brief Veterans Day Service will take place. There ...

‘Public Option’ Could Make Health Care Woes Worse

Health care access and affordability are already major concerns for West Virginians. I have come to understand this as a physical therapist, a small-business owner, and a former member of the West Virginia Senate. I agree that more should be done to lower costs and expand access to care. ...

She’s The Civil Rights Leader

There are unwritten rules about living in the Ohio Valley. Among the most important is this: Never run afoul of Delores Wiggins. There are two reasons for that. First, Wiggins is a formidable adversary. Ask anyone who’s ever crossed swords with her. Second, if Wiggins is upset with ...

Councilwoman Catches Calif. Student’s Attention

By Zoe Woodrick Editor’s Note: Wheeling Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum has attracted national attention by becoming the first openly transgender person elected to public office in West Virginia. The story caught the eye of an eighth-grade student in Los Angeles, California, Zoe Woodrick — ...

Charges a Sign of Times In Political Campaigns

You have to wonder how long it took state Sen. Mike Maroney’s enemies to find Chapter 61, Article 10, Section 21 of the West Virginia Code. It’s not the kind of thing one just stumbles upon. It certainly isn’t common knowledge. Cpl. R.S. Marant of the Pleasants County Sheriff’s ...

Rural, Small-City Voters Key

A friend who is a keen observer of politics told me the other day that he is certain President Donald Trump will carry southwestern Pennsylvania in the Nov. 3 election. He knows this based on roadside signs he had observed during a drive through the region. Based solely on the number of ...

We’re Not Doing Enough to Help the Homeless

Youth Services System Inc. is seeking input from the local homeless population with the goal of bringing some of them to the table alongside representatives from local nonprofits, government agencies and offices, law enforcement, churches and the public for a restorative justice event in 2021. ...

Cameron Dragons Ready to Play First Home Game of Year

Cameron High School’s football team is looking forward to this coming Friday. The Dragons are hoping they can play their first home game of the season, an event which will include Homecoming. The opponent on Friday will be Bridgeport, Ohio. CHS, like others in the Ohio Valley, has had to ...

Are We Following in British Empire’s Footsteps?

More than 1.1-million American have moved to China to keep their jobs with American firms. They are, like millions of Mexicans in America, victims of globalization. Just as the China Trade Relations Act sent millions of American jobs overseas, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ...

Holding Students Accountable

If COVID-19 persists, even intensifies, it may be early spring by the time many Americans feel safe sending their children to school. For millions, that would mean a full year of classes missed. So when do public schools resume holding students and parents accountable? As schools reopened, ...

Following the Rules And Pursuing Justice

We’ve read and heard a lot lately about how U.S. Supreme Court justices are supposed to abide by the Constitution, the law and precedents in their rulings, regardless of how they may feel personally about an issue. The same is true of the West Virginia Supreme Court. But that doesn’t ...

If You See Bullying, Say Something to Stop It

A few months ago, I was honored to be asked to be apart of a youth organization that helps build good character in boys and girls. They later informed me that I would not be allowed to serve unless I took some classes on how to work with youth, how to treat youth, how to handle youth. At ...

‘Orange’ Designation Prompts Special COVID-19 Testing

For the past three days traffic on Court Avenue from Seventh Street to Sixth Street in Moundsville has been bumper-to-bumper at times. The reason for the influx of vehicles is at the end of the one- way street was that Marshall County Health Department staff members have been doing the COVID ...

Working With Law Enforcement for Reforms

For over 80 years, the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police has worked to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession, and thus “more firmly establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.” Today, the WVFOP ...

Neighbors You Can Count On

Strange, isn’t it, that when many out-of-staters think of West Virginia, the Hatfield-McCoy feud, with all its senseless brutality, pops into their minds? That isn’t who we are. Ask the people in 252 households in some of our southeastern counties. They know who their fellow West ...

Awarding of Cannabis Cultivation Permits Is Progress

Recently, the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis awarded 10 successful companies with permits to cultivate cannabis as a legal medicine in the state. It was a long-awaited step for the state program created by the 2017 Medical Cannabis Act, which restored the right to use cannabis and its ...