Local Columns

Love-hate purse relationship rages on

This just isn’t working out, I told Better Half, about a month into trying to fully adjust to a new purse I got for Christmas from our son. My love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks” rages on, my quest for the perfect one a fruitless pursuit. Purses are too little, too big, never ...

Shutdown numbers

Last week at this time, the biggest story in the news was the government shutdown, and many area residents began to wonder just have it would affect them. Fair enough. There was more than enough rhetoric and blame to go around, to be sure, but, in general, the impact the shutdown had ...

Guest column/There might be reason for optimism about future

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to take annual stock of the past, present and future. By almost any standard, 2017 was a tough 12 months for most Americans. We’re stressed. The American Psychological Association’s 2017 annual Stress in America survey reports that “compared ...

Best wishes, Dave Gossett

As you look through the pages of the newspaper during the next few weeks, it’s likely you will notice that a familiar byline is missing. That’s because Dave Gossett, a longtime area newsman who has spent the last decade or so with us, retired as of Saturday. Dave’s an old-school ...

Multitasking while shoveling some snow

So Better Half and I were shoveling snow out of the driveway last Saturday, two human plows, each of us with our own way of approaching the job. It was our “couples-out” highlight of the weekend, truth be told, two lovebirds flinging the white stuff into what became montrous mounds of ...

Guest column/It really does takes a community to feed an Army

During the fall of 2015, at the request of park administrators, officials from the Army 336th Engineer Company of Weirton made a visit to Brooke Hills Park. The purpose was to meet with officials to discuss potential work they could perform to assist in the parks expansion and improvement ...

Ordering new library books

I was excited last week to do what excites librarians — ordering new books. In the old days a generation ago, the process began with a list of potential new books for the library, usually on 3-by-5-inch cards so we could shuffle things back and forth and rearrange the titles of books to form ...

Guest column/Efforts of St. Clair were key to settlement of area

Until the year 1788, the western boarder of the United States ended where Pennsylvania and Virginia met the Ohio River. Although settlement west of the Ohio was prohibited before 1788, Martin’s Ferry had already been settled as a western expansion of Wheeling, Va., by 1779. When Congress ...

Examine your words so as to do no harm

It wasn’t all that long ago that I recognized the years behind me are more than the years ahead of me. During my remaining time on the planet, I want my life to count. I want my words to count. I want to speak and write in such a way that is honoring to Jesus Christ, thoughtful in nature, ...

On my way to putting best feet forward

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...