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Local Columns

Election Day gets closer

The Jefferson County Fair has for many years represented the start of the fall campaign season in our region. With this year’s event — which was reduced to a junior fair — and the national conventions for the Republicans and Democrats finally out of the way, it’s time for the serious ...

From the Pulpit

Who can remember times like this? With the rioting, anarchy, lawlessness and political climate filled with vitriol, it makes the turbulent 1960s and 1970s seem like a Sunday School picnic. And all of the above are taking place in the midst of a major pandemic. And I am sure that many are ...

Guest column/Restore Our Parks act will preserve treasures

Earlier this month marked a momentous breakthrough in our efforts to safeguard our public lands when President Trump signed into law my Restore Our Parks Act — bipartisan legislation that will protect and conserve our national parks for generations to come. I have worked for years to get this ...

Guest column/Follow the science in W.Va. election

“Follow the science” refers to following facts, not hyperbole and hysteria. It is taking West Virginia elections from good to great. Health and safety, absentee ballot applications, and timely results reporting became major focus areas during the primary. As for health and safety, ...

Maintaining traditions

One of the great traditions that we build our annual clocks around is the return of high school football. Residents of our region have used that annual rite as way to let us know that summer is quickly winding down, and the hot and humid weather we have been experiencing will soon be gone, ...

Wearing face masks has its many challenges

Sometimes I forget that we’re living in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic and that life is weird and very different. This is, however, until I realize I now leave the house for work with an expanded checklist of everything I must take with me for a successful day. Yes, it still includes ...

History in the Hills: All Saints in the North End

I always have been fascinated by stories of the North End of Weirton. I knew that the city started there, after all, in its earliest years by Weirton Steel as a settlement to provide the necessary manpower the mill would require. This was our version of the company town, like those one reads ...

Guest column/Community colleges ready for challenges

Though the economic downturn that’s come on us so suddenly has its roots in something none of us have ever experienced — a global pandemic — it’s certainly not the first time Ohio has had to come together to overcome challenges, or pull itself out of an economic ditch. The years ...

Consider cost of living

One of the great things about living in our region, we have been told many times, is that our cost of living is very affordable. That talk has been backed up by a recent survey that shows that Jefferson County ranks fifth among Ohio’s 88 counties when you look at where living dollars are ...

Vacation — an apples, oranges comparison

When you share vacation stories, it’s an apples-and-oranges kind of comparison. This occurred to me yet again during a recent conversation with one of my sisters with whom anticipated over-the-phone what’s-new updates are met with a standing response from Better Half. When he knows ...