Local Columns

Diagnosis: Company-is-coming anxiety

Him or her? Will he or won’t he? Should she or shouldn’t she? We’re playing the waiting game in the Kiaski casa. Better Half bought me a present the other day — an 8-foot ladder. Tough to gift wrap but very thoughtful. It’s the gift that keeps on giving — especially ...

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 ...

Good things happening

Thursday afternoon’s announcement by Trinity Health System about its expansion project in Steubenville’s West End is good for the area on many different levels. When completed about three years from now, the renovated facility will ensure that residents of the Tri-State Area have access ...

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 ...