Local Columns

Guest column/Funding to fight addiction

Fighting the opioid epidemic is part of our daily work at the Statehouse and back home in our districts. This crisis knows no boundaries — it targets suburbs, cities, rural areas, all income levels, children and adults. No single solution will take our neighborhoods back, and my colleagues ...

It’s confession time on some food issues

Today’s column is all about confession, much of it food related. I couldn’t even concentrate to write this column Thursday evening at home until after I’d spotted the first three things I could cram down my throat — a can of Progresso Hearty Chicken & Rotini soup (the contents, ...

Things that are done right

All anniversaries are important, but there are some that really do stand out because they help us mark important milestones. We’ll see that this week when Eastern Gateway Community College marks its 50th year of providing quality educational opportunities to residents from the Tri-State ...

Input is always valued

We produce several special sections every year. The topics vary widely, from a publication in which we recognize our area high school graduates, to regular sections during the school year that include the names of our region’s honor roll students, to our readers’ choice editions, to our ...

Grill fired a new acronym on the menu?

Grill fired. After some hesitation and an unwillingness on my part to admit that I really didn’t know, I offered those two words to Better Half when we were scanning the menu at Hog Heaven, a restaurant in New Philadelphia. And I said them with authority. That always helps when you ...

All hail the invention of Taco in a Bag

You would have thought I had just discovered the cure for the common cold or had invented the airplane or electricity or the automobile or the Internet. Instead, I had not only prepared but divulged the recipe for — a roll of the drum here, folks, and a clank of a couple of skillets while ...

Our stars ready to shine

When any event has lasted for more than two decades, there’s always the very real possibility that it will become stale. A notable exception is the Community Stars program presented annually by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. We launched the effort to find 10 unsung heroes ...

Guest column/Larger paychecks might be just around the corner

As we speak, Congress is working on “Tax Cuts 2.0,” which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But, the recent tax cuts are never without their enemies, many of whom populate the hallways of liberal ...

Some things that have made me smile

Today’s column is all about things that have made me smile or laugh in recent days, including when I hung some wind chimes on the back porch. They were a gift given to us this past winter, which I had stashed away with intentions to put them out when warmer weather arrived. Unfortunately, ...

Statue a fitting tribute

If you’re a sports fan living in this region, you are aware of the accomplishments of the late Calvin Jones. His exploits on the field at Harding Stadium are legendary, and his achievements at the University of Iowa are even more impressive. He left a mark on the game of football at every ...