Local Columns

Guest column/Jefferson County DD looking to the future

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During this month, and the rest of the year, it is important to highlight the success of people with developmental disabilities. It was not long ago that people with developmental disabilities did not participate in community life. Parents ...

An important week

Last week was an important one for all Americans, especially if you really care what kind of society we live in and want to ensure that you have access to what you need to be an informed citizen. It was Sunshine Week, seven days which are set aside every year to make sure everyone understands ...

Needing some time to get ‘stuff’ done

Everybody needs a day to do stuff — no argument from me. Sometimes there’s just no other way to take care of business that needs taken care of, so a “personal day” is in order. I took one of those earlier this week, Tuesday to be specific, because sometimes I reach the point where I ...

Guest column/A little background on medical marijuana

Signed on June 8, 2016, by former Gov. John Kasich, as of January. Ohio’s legalized medical marijuana law is now operational. What does this mean for Ohio’s employers, job applicants and employees? First, there is no Ohio law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Rather, Ohio has ...

A few more numbers

Even though we are more than a week into March, reports that cover 2018 continue to be issued by government agencies and other organizations. One of those that was issued a little more than a week ago was the annual concealed-carry report from Ohio Attorney General David Yost. It showed that ...

Applause for all those fundraiser meals

One of the really great things about being the community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times is getting regular information about a variety of fundraiser dinners that we have going on in our area. I get all kinds of notices in all kinds of ways — from faxes to Facebook, ...

Tradition can be a disease if one does not press forward

By Tony Foglio “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain “The good old days,” Solomon had something to say of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning ...

Bee stands test of time

Think of the many annual events you read about or attend during the course of a year. Some are relatively new, having just been started in the recent past. Fewer still are those that have been around for a decade or so. And an even smaller number have been going strong for more than 30 ...

The happy kitchen window brings joy

I’ve never considered myself a green thumb, but a window in my kitchen might belie that confession. I call it my happy window, and I admire it out loud all the time. Oh, look how pretty that is. Is that another bloom over there? Doesn’t that just make you want to smile? We’ll be ...

Continue to grow spiritually, eat meat not just milk

Many who call themselves Christians continue drinking milk through the course of their lives instead of eating the meat of the word as should be done. As an adult, if I regularly went to lunch with you and continued drinking milk instead of eating a meal would you be concerned about my ...