Editorials

Federal dollars help our region

The statistics are easy to understand. Just during the last eight years in Hancock and Brooke counties, $15.24 million has been used to leverage more than 10 times its worth, bringing $125.54 million in investments in business and industry. That $15.24 million wasn’t pork-barrel spending. ...

Court teaching accountability

Accountability. It is a word preached by parents, teachers and coaches. Steubenville Municipal Court Judge John Mascio used the word when he was running for the seat on the bench in 2015. Mascio said he wanted to hold defendants accountable for their actions, even when financial sanctions ...

Attack a reminder we must be alert

It was a year ago to the day that the attacks by terrorists in Belgium were followed upon by an attack on tourists and the Parliament in London. The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an ...

Nutcrackers bright spot for community

What started as an idea to increase tourism in Steubenville has blossomed into a success story. Organizers of the 2016 Nutcracker Village and Advent Market reported approximately 15,000 people visited the gift shop in the visitors center at Historic Fort Steuben, and an estimated 20,000 ...

Farm Bureau trip important

Most people head to the grocery store and are blissfully unaware that the meat and poultry and corn and vegetables came from somewhere beyond the store. That’s where farmers of all kinds of food come into play, raising what comes in the back door of the store so that consumers can buy it ...

Mingo’s future looking brighter

Mingo Junction Village Council last week approved a $1,383,303 general fund budget for 2017. That might not seem newsworthy to some, but it is considering the general fund budget four years ago was just $842,000. Council at the time was considering doing away with the police department and ...

Social workers make life better

Social workers work in the community every day helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is “Social Workers Stand Up.” There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their ...

Bidell decision good for region

The Ohio Valley received yet more good economic news recently when it was announced that Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Total Energy Services Inc., would locate its U.S. headquarters in Weirton, with plans to eventually create close to 130 new jobs. Bidell manufactures ...

Cooperation helps in fight on drugs

There are a lot of fish swimming in the sea of drug trafficking. There are the small fish, the users, and varying sizes of drug-dealing fish. Law enforcement, like a fisherman, tries to catch the big fish, but it is the most elusive. Drug dealers work hard not to get caught. They learn from ...

Festival of Nations chance to celebrate

Our region has a rich cultural heritage. From its original American Indian population, to the first European settlers, to the influx of immigrant steelworkers in the early 1900s, the Ohio Valley has a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that should be recognized and celebrated. That’s what ...