Local Columns

Good news and bad news

We’ve received good news and not-so-good news during the past few weeks about the annual fundraising campaigns conducted by United Ways that serve our region. First, the good news: The Weirton United Way announced a few weeks ago that it had reached the goal that had been set for the most ...

Leave the snowman decorations alone

“How long are you going to leave that snowman on the porch?” The question posed by Better Half the other day, when we were in the midst of enjoying unseasonably warm and wonderful weather for February, kind of threw me. Snowman? What snowman, I’m thinking. Then I realized, oh, ...

Guest column/Ohio’s local governments put transparency first

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C. I’m a believer in making government small and ...

A mixed bag of thoughts this week

Robyn E. McClintock, district OH3 governor, paid a visit to the Brilliant Lions Club at its Feb. 16 dinner meeting in the club meeting room above the Brilliant branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. She was accompanied by her husband, Mike, on the trip from ...

Guest column/Music has been a big part of African-American history

One of the most intriguing subjects of black history is the music of which we sing. Whether it be hymns, spirituals, gospel, rythym and blues or rock ’n’ roll, African-Americans can display these types of songs above anyone. Blues were created by African-Americans, and the style gets its ...

Is once saved, always saved, true or false?

Basically, the Doctrine of Once Saved, Always Saved began with the teachings of John Calvin, (1509-64) who was a pastor, church reformer, author and teacher. For the first 1,500 years of church history, Once Saved, Always Saved was pretty much foreign within church beliefs and teachings. No ...

Bus questions have come up

Ever see an account of someone hitting a school bus? And you think, “it’s a bus, it’s huge, it’s bright yellow and it has flashing lights — how do you hit it?” I don’t have sympathy for people who manage to hit, sideswipe or otherwise endanger a conveyance full of ...

Politics can be interesting

It seems that we just barely reach the conclusion of one election before the cycle starts all over again. Ohio’s primary is set for May 2, and while there are open seats in Steubenville, there are no contested races in either party, which means most of the local attention already has ...

Guest column/A legal immigrant’s perspective on immigration

Given the recent drama about immigration, I wished to present a number of facts that I hope will better inform people of the reality of immigration from a number of aspects. I am a legal immigrant who moved with my family from Malta to the United States in 2002. Our intention was to return to ...

Reasons to be a Farm Bureau member

Jefferson County Farm Bureau members were reacquainted with reasons to become a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau at the dinner meeting held at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville. John Grafton, membership committee member, was in charge in the absence of Duayne Wetherell being late due to his ...