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Local Columns

History in the Hills: Weirton’s lost treasure

Most small children are excited by buried treasure, and my 6-year-old son Paulie is no exception. There is something exciting about hearing a story, finding a treasure map and following it to “X marks the spot.” It is the adventure of the hunt, and the hope of discovery of something lost ...

Guest column/America’s energy reality will have a new look

A decade after the shale revolution opened a new era in energy production, the United States has emerged as the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world. Technological innovations made this remarkable achievement possible. But is it sustainable? Will the pivot from gasoline cars ...

Guest column/Lessons from Earth Day

On April 22, environmentalists all over the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day through virtual activities. The first Earth Day took place in 1970, and it was a wake-up call to the human race. If we continued to treat our planet carelessly using raw materials as if they were ...

You can stay involved

In years past, much of what was written on our pages would have taken on a different look. We would, for example, have stories about the casts of high school musicals and spring performances and editorials detailing the importance of supporting those activities. There would have been ...

The cry of my head: Free the hairstylists

Not long ago I wrote a column about how much I enjoy going to get my hair done, how much I appreciate those periodic appointments with my hair girl because it’s not just a time to get a new do, it’s a lot of laughs, a lot of fun. Little did I know then at my last visit — which now seems ...

Guest column/What you should know about unemployment

Both the state and federal government have announced changes to unemployment benefits in response to COVID-19. These include eliminating the usual waiting period for benefits, reducing job search requirements for applicants and clarifying the availability of benefits for workers who have been ...

Lessons from the past

If you didn’t have the opportunity or maybe even just missed the chance to read a couple of stories that appeared on our pages during the past week, you need to go back and take a look. Written by Alan Hall, who retired as director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County ...

Of food shopping and pandemic pounds

The coronavirus pandemic has really ruined my grocery shopping experience. Gone is the casual, random, take-your-time, aisle-to-aisle approach to filling my buggy to buy what I need and what I don’t even realize I need. If you’re a hugger or a handshaker or a shoulder slapper or one ...

Guest column/Support local businesses in challenging times

Our local businesses have spent the past few weeks facing odds unlike any other time in recent history. They have had to adapt, be patient, be innovative and stay positive, looking for ways to stay afloat while keeping customers safe and happy. To someone who has never owned a small business, ...

History in the Hills: ‘The Navigator’ is helpful

Someone asked me recently if there was any way I could run out of topics for these articles, and the answer is a resounding no. This area is so rich in stories, history, folklore and legends that it would be impossible to run out. Despite our best efforts, we can’t know all there is to know ...