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Local Columns

A chance to get caught up

There are many great things about the Herald-Star Speaker Series. The biggest, of course, is that we have been able to bring some very interesting people to town. You might or might not have agreed with their message, but each has offered a pretty unique perspective on a topic that has been ...

2020 is shaping up to be one weird year

It’s only when your routine is disrupted that you realize the beauty of it. Normally the blocks fill up fast on my desk calendar for March, April and May as so many women’s clubs, service organizations and nonprofits have their events planned, the vast majority of them serving as ...

History in the Hills: Valley pulling together

We are experiencing unprecedented events here in the Ohio Valley with the global coronavirus pandemic. Looking back through history it is hard to find a comparison to look to except perhaps the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. As an historian, I am constantly reminded of the phrase “Learn by ...

Guest column/Our community shows compassion, resiliency and strength

On behalf of the entire Weirton Medical Center family of more than 1,400 employees, physicians, medical professionals and volunteers, we would like to thank the community for the continual offers and support and assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our WMC team has prepared for ...

Guest column/Identifying markers of the church

By PASTOR GARY C. LILLY Restoration Church What is the church supposed to look like? How can we tell the difference between the world and the church? The answers to these questions are in some ways complex — but in other ways very simple. I would like to focus on two (of the many), ...

It’s therapy, it’s girl time, it’s laughter

It’s not just a hair cut. It’s a mood-enhancing activity on my calendar, and I look forward to it. I don’t know about you, but for me, a hair appointment is a lot more than just “getting my ears lowered” or “taking a little off the top” as they used to say. It’s therapy. ...

Finding a ray of sunshine

A story we published in Wednesday’s edition led to a little discussion. The piece was “Powerful statement” and it was written by staff writer Linda Harris. It detailed the sentencing of Everett Mitchell, the former pastor at the Tower of Power Church on Maryland Avenue in ...

It’s spelling bee time

Let’s say someone came up to you and asked you to spell the word Keplarian. Or maybe segue, nativistic or Malihini. Perhaps the word would be colcannon or yeomanry. How well do you think you would do, especially if there was an all-expenses-paid trip on the line, and you had to spell it on ...

We’re all apt to collect something or other

Everybody and everything collects something or other. A reporter collects information. A detective collects evidence. A bank collects interest. A lab collects samples. A landlord collects rent. A fan collects memorabilia. My furniture collects dust. And Better Half collects ...

History in the Hills: Connections to discover

Recently, I had the great opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and while I was there, I heard their new catch phrase to encourage repeat visitors. “Colonial Williamsburg, Where History Never Gets Old.” I love this way of describing what they do at CW, although it is a ...