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Local Columns

Guest column/Rural America needs broadband to survive

During the last six months, the United States has seen various forms of lockdown as we have worked to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These uncertain times have led many of us to make changes in the way we work, learn and communicate. Many of these changes have been facilitated by the ...

Guest column/Alert: There’s some stupid stuff that can really hurt you

Everyone knows that social media can do some pretty stupid stuff. Please, take the extra time to keep up with what your children are seeing and doing at and because of social media online, and even with their friends and peers. We know, parenting is not an easy job. Here is the latest couple ...

Little bit of good news

If you think you have been having a hard time finding positive news during the last six or seven months, you are right. That’s why it was nice to learn during the past week that even though we still must take precautions against COVID-19, there are some good things happening around us. One ...

Aunt Betty celebrated on turning 100 years old

Al Roker may not have mentioned my Aunt Betty’s name on the “Today” show for having turned 100, but even though her picture didn’t make the front of a Smucker’s jam jar, there was no less fanfare when it came to celebrating Betty Hout becoming a centenarian on Sept. 12. An open house ...

History in the Hills: A look at Weirton Heights

There are clues to the past everywhere. Old buildings, roads, neighborhoods and areas or locations that have unique names, but we can’t remember why, are fascinating to me. Weirton is a relatively young city compared to our neighbors in Steubenville and Wellsburg, who have 18th century ...

Guest column/Facts have been blurred beyond recognition

It’s a saying popularized by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the mid-1980s – “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” The expression comes to mind when reading the letter from a Georgia man, Frank Krajovic, published in the Sept. 13 Herald-Star ...

9/11 victims more than just numbers

This month we took time to remember the 19th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 19 years ago and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of Sept. 11. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war on terror later. ...

From the Pulpit: God with us in time of spiritual warfare

When we first become a Christian, we are known as “baby” Christians because we are a new creation, a new believer in Christ. Then we grow in our faith, and we start to mature a little more day by day, month by month, year by year. The marks of maturity start to show up in our Christian ...

Guest column/100 years of suffrage: What difference has it made?

“Resolved, that it is the duty of women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton insisted that the Seneca Falls women’s rights convention approve this resolution. But woman suffrage was such an outlandish idea ...

Remembering a moment

Each of the speakers who has come to town as part of the Herald-Star Speakers Series has brought with them a unique perspective. We had a close-up look at life into the administration of the late President John F. Kennedy as seen through the eyes of retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill and ...