Local Columns

Our we building the church according to the Bible?

By PASTOR GARY LILLY I recently heard a minister make a powerful and thought-provoking statement. Upon hearing his declaration, I marveled at how insightful it was — and I further observed that he had managed to say in a few words what I had been trying to articulate for some time. ...

No perfect brackets

Consider these numbers: ¯ 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. ¯ 1 in 2.4 trillion. ¯ 1 in 128 billion. What, you are likely wondering, could possibly be the meaning behind these figures? If you are among the millions of Americans who have filled out a bracket for this year’s NCAA ...

Enjoying unexpected bonding moments

A bonding moment can happen anytime, anywhere. I was at a local woman’s club meeting the other day when this occurred to me. I was talking to a club member at that in-between point of the gathering — post-lunch but pre-program and business session. As we were chatting, I was admiring ...

Guest column/Lessons learned from an untimely death

What can you say about a friend who dies? What do you say when you know your childhood friend should still be around, but isn’t? I asked myself those questions recently when I lost my best friend of almost five decades, Sharon Daugherty of Wintersville. The answers still elude me, but I ...

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, ...