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Just Tell Your Teen, ‘Open Wide’

October 4, 2015 It would be nice to see long lines of parents queuing up to get the free drug test kits being offered in Ohio County. Want to bet whether it’ll happen? Last week, U.S. more »»

Examining the Two Different Sides of Pope Francis

October 4, 2015 When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, we Roman Catholics welcomed him and looked forward to get to know a man who was a relative unknown to most of us. more »»

Celebrating 60 Years of Service at Bishop Donahue High School

October 4, 2015 Bishop Donahue High School will be celebrating its 60th year during the weekend of Oct. 16-17. The activities will begin the evening of Oct. 16 with a tailgate party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. more »»

No End in Sight for Drug Problem; and Cheeseburgers

October 4, 2015 Editor’s note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don’t make it into the daily newspape. more »»

Blankenship’s Influence Still Reigns in W.Va.

October 4, 2015 Whatever happens at his trial, the hard truth is we are living in Don Blankenship’s West Virginia. more »»

Staving Off Education Showdown

October 3, 2015 Quite a few West Virginia legislators are looking forward to a showdown on Common Core public school standards in January or February. more »»

A Festival Of New Life

October 3, 2015 The rain had stopped by the time we began our journey. A chill was in the air and the furnace had kicked on at home, promising a warm welcome when we would return days later. more »»

Get Kids Away From Addicts

September 27, 2015 Dominic Dickinson, of Columbus, died of a drug overdose on May 13. He was 11 months old. Baby Dominic somehow ingested heroin and fentanyl, a much-abused painkiller, his parents had obtained. more »»

Good Advice for Young Teachers: Take Up Acting

September 27, 2015 After receiving my doctorate in 1989, my teaching days were far from over. In fact, I was beginning the second half of my 40-year teaching career. At the start of that first year as Dr. more »»

‘Dungeon of Horrors’ Readied, With Christmas Parade Coming

September 27, 2015 The annual Dungeon of Horrors haunted house kicked off at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville this past Friday and Saturday with 13 other opportunities to participate coming up,... more »»

A Ton of Bricks; Places to Live; and A Famous Guitar

September 27, 2015 Editor’s note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don’t make it into the daily newspaper. more »»

Who Are You Calling ‘Extremist’?

September 26, 2015 “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue,” the late Barry Goldwater said. more »»

Something Good Has Happened

September 26, 2015 I have walked past it for two weeks now. Once I even kicked it to the side of the parking lot. more »»

Straw Man Defense Again in Play

September 20, 2015 Reaction to our most recent round of editorial insistence that West Virginians need to do better in improving public schools has been predictable. more »»

Have You Done Your Homework, Moms and Dads?

September 20, 2015 Our youngest son started his senior year of high school this past month. more »»

Christmas Trees Already Being Decorated in Marshall County

September 20, 2015 Although it is only September, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s Tree Gala committee has been busy preparing for two upcoming events, one in November and the other in December. more »»

Cracker Plan Signal of Greater Things to Come

September 20, 2015 When Soichiro Honda and Jim Rhodes shook hands 38 years ago, it represented a historic international partnership yielding thousands of jobs and millions in investment. more »»

Kasich Moving Up in the Pack

September 19, 2015 Presidential politics this far out from November 2016 is a lot like a NASCAR race. Lots can happen in 500 miles or 14 months. At this point, Ohio Gov. John Kasich just needs to stay in the race. more »»

Sticking With Post-its

September 19, 2015 As I write this, my computer screen is surrounded by a framework of yellow and pink Post-It notes. These self-sticking squares of paper have become my lifeline to a somewhat organized existence. more »»

Politicians Can Do Right Thing

September 13, 2015 Some members of the U.S. Senate had made up their minds about the so-called “Iran deal” before negotiations were even concluded. Some Democrats liked it solely because it was their president’s bab. more »»

Embrace Your ‘Inner Hillbilly,’ West Virginians

September 13, 2015 My home state of West Virginia has long been stuck with a negative image likely dating back to its birth as a lopped-off appendage of Virginia. more »»

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September 29, 2015 I can't understand all the fuss over a lack of turkeys for Thanksgiving. There are plenty of turkeys roaming near where I live as you can see by the photos here. more »

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