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Local Columns

Setting Session Up for Success

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Be Good To Mom

This is a tough one. Today would have been our mother’s 93rd birthday. And with Mother’s Day weekend upon us, we are doubly reminded of the nearly two-year absence of our matriarch. Mother’s Day always focused around all the moms in our families and she was the center of the attention. ...

Odds and Ends

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Three Keys to the Life of a Scholar-Athlete

Every student must first live a humble life. They should always take their studying, athletic and later vocational endeavors seriously. However, they should avoid taking themselves too seriously, for that is the beginning of arrogance. Arrogance offends other people and has no redeeming ...

Planning Commission’s History, Duties Are Explained

Marshall County Planning Commission recording secretary Marilyn Thalman was honored last weekend at the MCPC’s annual dinner meeting at the Prima Marina in Moundsville. Thalman has been the planning commission’s recording secretary for 48 1/2 years. She was appointed to the position on ...

Recognizing, Protecting Yourself Against Skin Cancer

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You may know about melanoma — the deadly skin cancer that more than 96,000 (650 in West ...