Local Columns

Guest column/Let’s lift up students and help businesses

During the past decade, Eastern Ohio has been transformed by the energy industry in ways few of us could have predicted. Land too remote for development or unusable for agriculture now produces regular income for its owners. Shuttered industrial sites have been reborn as facilities for energy ...

Trees here one day are trees gone the next

Here one day, gone the next. A tree, that is. Make that two trees. Having a couple of really, really tall trees cut down at long last not only changes the landscape, it stirs some tree memories as well, go figure. This much I know now that the family homestead where I live has a barren ...

Seeking the middle

It’s been a little more than a week since we first had a chance to look at the report Robert Mueller prepared at the end of his investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election. It’s an extensive document and worth the read, the numerous redactions aside. You ...

Every day is resurrection day in belivers’ hearts

By PASTOR GARY C. LILLY On this Sunday the excitement, wonder and special religious activities of Easter are a week-old memory. But as all true believers know, every day is resurrection day. The glory, majesty and eternal significance of the resurrection emanates from the hearts of those who ...

Concert season nears

Thoughts on an Easter morning: The warmer temperatures and sunny days we’ve been experiencing in the Tri-State Area serve as reminders that we’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors during the coming weeks and months. Another hint came in a story we ran in our April 6 edition ...

On running late into a beautiful sunrise

I had slept in. You know how that goes, especially when the day’s agenda before you is ambitious and arduous, not the kind of day that needs a tardy start. I hate to have to send an “I’m-running-late” text. “Be in ASAP.” Oh, to be human, and double oh to be an adult, not ...

Guest column/Affordable broadband key to development

During the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...

Guest column/Details about Ohio’s license reinstatement explained

Often, a major barrier to employment is the lack of a driver’s license. And for individuals with a limited income and money owed on reinstatement fees to the BMV, it can be nearly impossible to have a valid driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, individuals are forced to ...

Time to do a countdown on Kiaski clocks

The absence of a clock in one room led to a discussion about and a count of how many timekeepers are in other rooms in the house we call home sweet home museum. This topic came up yet again when Better Half and I were watching television in the living room, long referred to as “the piano ...

Apathy in local politics

While there’s an awful lot to be positive about in our region, there are a few things that raise a few concerns. One of the biggest appears to be a growing sense of apathy in local politics. If you need some examples, all you have to do is look at Weirton’s most recent election results. ...