Local Columns

Needing some time to get ‘stuff’ done

Everybody needs a day to do stuff — no argument from me. Sometimes there’s just no other way to take care of business that needs taken care of, so a “personal day” is in order. I took one of those earlier this week, Tuesday to be specific, because sometimes I reach the point where I ...

Guest column/A little background on medical marijuana

Signed on June 8, 2016, by former Gov. John Kasich, as of January. Ohio’s legalized medical marijuana law is now operational. What does this mean for Ohio’s employers, job applicants and employees? First, there is no Ohio law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Rather, Ohio has ...

A few more numbers

Even though we are more than a week into March, reports that cover 2018 continue to be issued by government agencies and other organizations. One of those that was issued a little more than a week ago was the annual concealed-carry report from Ohio Attorney General David Yost. It showed that ...

Applause for all those fundraiser meals

One of the really great things about being the community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times is getting regular information about a variety of fundraiser dinners that we have going on in our area. I get all kinds of notices in all kinds of ways — from faxes to Facebook, ...

Tradition can be a disease if one does not press forward

By Tony Foglio “The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain “The good old days,” Solomon had something to say of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning ...

Bee stands test of time

Think of the many annual events you read about or attend during the course of a year. Some are relatively new, having just been started in the recent past. Fewer still are those that have been around for a decade or so. And an even smaller number have been going strong for more than 30 ...

The happy kitchen window brings joy

I’ve never considered myself a green thumb, but a window in my kitchen might belie that confession. I call it my happy window, and I admire it out loud all the time. Oh, look how pretty that is. Is that another bloom over there? Doesn’t that just make you want to smile? We’ll be ...

Continue to grow spiritually, eat meat not just milk

Many who call themselves Christians continue drinking milk through the course of their lives instead of eating the meat of the word as should be done. As an adult, if I regularly went to lunch with you and continued drinking milk instead of eating a meal would you be concerned about my ...

Documenting progress

If you haven’t been reading the weekly segments that make up this year’s Progress Edition, you’ve been missing an opportunity to learn about the many important things that are happening around our region. The final installment will be included in our Wednesday editions and will offer a ...

There’s no joy in making some purchases

There’s just no joy in some purchases. For someone who is very consumer oriented and keeps the local economy pumping with purchases I don’t always necessarily need to be making, I find that there are some things I’m not at all thrilled about buying. Windshield wipers might top that ...