Local Columns

Guest column/Where are the parents and guardians?

Apparently, a statement I made to Mark Law regarding a shooting and murder at Club 106 (“Club 106 shooting leaves one dead,” May 24) has offended Bishop Jermaine Moore (“Response reaches beyond shooting probe,” May 25.) I’m sorry you were offended, but what I said I stand on, and I ...

Guest column/Inspiring W.Va.’s young to embrace S.T.E.M.

I was thrilled to be at West Virginia University recently to announce an exciting collaboration between Mylan and and the university. Not only is West Virginia my home state, but it’s where Mylan was founded nearly 60 years ago. The city of Morgantown also is home to more Mylan employees ...

A week of surprises and the expected

I came home from work the other day, gave Better Half a little “hello” peck and headed straight to the kitchen where I dropped my purse and book bag like a way-too-heavy barbell. I felt like a kid home from a long school day, ready for some din-din. “Close your eyes,” I heard Better ...

Library is a fortress

Well, I am sorry to report that no treasures have been found in the renovation and construction of the main library project. People keep asking if any historical items or strange objects have been found around the 117-year-old building as the project progresses, and aside from some old bricks ...

Guest column/Memorial Day words to the few, the fallen and the free

On this Memorial Day, I write to you as a member of your team, squad, platoon or part of your command. Together we chewed the same dirt, swam in the same waters, wore the same uniform and shed the same tears for our fallen brothers and sisters who have been laid to rest under the same ...

Mail was a military mom’s best friend

Mailboxes and Memorial Day might seem like two things that don’t have any connection, especially since there’s no mail delivery on the Monday holiday. But when I started reading some letters my grandmother had written to my dad while he was serving in the Army during World War II, I ...

Off to the spelling bee

Winning the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling bee is a difficult challenge, but claiming the title twice is an even bigger accomplishment. Since the Herald-Star joined with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center in 1985 to become a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee ...

Guest column/The future of our area appears to be very bright

Several readers recently have inquired about the positive nature of my recent submissions and the confidence I have in the future of the region we live in. Let me start with a little background. From 2013 to 2014, in a series of small, private ceremonies, I was chosen to be peace chief of the ...

Guest column/Imagine power of little acts

Like millions of other people around the world, I watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was a beautiful service showing the intersection of traditions and cultures from both sides of the Atlantic, and both of their families and histories. I also listened to the ...

Guest column/Remembering fallen heroes

Monday is Memorial Day. It’s our opportunity to remember the brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. Since the first battle of the American Revolution in 1775, nearly 1.2 million service members, including members of the National Guard, have given ...