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Budget Woes: Lawmakers must find new ways to cut budget

Lawmakers and Gov.-elect Jim Justice should heed the warning of West Virginia Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss, who says the expected $165 million deficit for the fiscal year will require the Legislature to look for new and improved streams of revenue. His warning that there is a “structural ...

Shoeboxes: Operation Christmas Child spreads joy

Last month, local residents of all ages filled more than 9,400 shoeboxes with gifts meant to share the message and spirit of Christmas with children in need, around the world. It is only slightly fewer boxes than were filled at this time last year. Paula Keplinger, church relations ...

Pearl Harbor: Remember lessons learned from history

For the Greatest Generation there was more than one defining moment. Survival of the Great Depression and D-Day are often cited, but between those two is the date that propelled them from one to the other: Dec. 7, 1941. When the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in what was then ...

Leadership: Lawmakers face tremendous burden

West Virginia lawmakers chose their leaders for the upcoming sessions of the state Senate and House of Delegates Sunday, and the burden on those two men is enormous. Del. Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and state Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, were chosen by their peers to lead their respective ...

Signs: Observant parents prevented tragedy

Parents of a young man in Utah have a lot to deal with in the coming days, as their son is facing charges related to bringing two guns to school and firing one into the ceiling. One thing they do not have to worry about, however, is whether they did all they could do to prevent a ...

Front Lines: Justice must seek advice all over state

Gov.-elect Jim Justice says his administration will ask for input from West Virginia’s two largest universities, on his transition policy committees. West Virginia University and Marshall University will lend experts and faculty from various research departments, with the schools’ provosts ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To those who bid and voted with donations during the Easter Seals annual Festival of Trees, held at the Blennerhassett Hotel. According to Melissa Marco, Community Relations Director at Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, the event raised approximately $27,000 for the organization. UP: To ...

Do not burn: W.Va. ability to fight wildfires too thin

National Park Service investigators believe some of the fires that raged through Tennessee this week — forcing the evacuation of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Great Smoky Mountains National Park — were human-caused. Cherished landmarks and fondly remembered vacation destinations are gone. ...

Hope: DreamLife another tool in drug fight

There is nothing quite like hearing it from someone who has been there, and the message from Mid-Ohio Valley DreamLife is an important one: “I want people to know that there is light and there is a way to get out even when it’s the hardest thing to overcome,” said 22-year-old ...

Shameless: Anti-gun zealots wrong, poisonous with rhetoric

An evil person bent on doing harm — or committing murder — will do so, whether he must use a vehicle, a knife or any of the myriad other weapons available besides a firearm. In fact, Somalia native Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a legal permanent U.S. resident, needed only his car and a butcher ...

Generosity: West Virginians good at giving to others

It is better to give than to receive, so the saying goes; and West Virginians know that better than residents of most other states, according to a new WalletHub report. The Mountain State was deemed the 11th “most charitable” state, according to an analysis of 13 metrics such as volunteer ...

Caution: Trump makes no guarantees on coal

West Virginians are hopeful a conversation between president-elect Donald Trump and governor-elect Jim Justice is the start of a much improved relationship between the Mountain State and the White House. After Justice spoke for a few minutes with Trump recently, he sounded optimistic: “It’s ...

W.Va. Pride: Parade gave state time to shine

There is a reason West Virginia University’s marching band is called “The Pride of West Virginia.” Time and again they move us — and, often, the rest of the nation — with their talent, hard work and poise. They remain among the few college marching bands for which fans stay in the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the arrest of an Ohio man charged with distributing the heroin, carfentanil and fentanyl believed responsible for dozens of overdoses in Huntington in August. While Bruce Lamar Griggs, 22, of Akron, is alleged to have been an important part of the chain — and having him off the streets ...

Explore: Small Business Saturday is an opportunity

If your post-Thanksgiving schedule includes an increase in retail activity, consider spending some time Saturday in one of the many Mid-Ohio Valley small businesses that provide service and gift ideas the big chain stores simply cannot match. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate ...

Give Thanks: Enjoy the day and be grateful

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We have so much for which to be thankful, not only on this day gathered with family and friends, but every day. We can be thankful we live in a country where the freedom to disagree with one another — sometimes vehemently — makes us stronger. We can be ...

Mentors: Big Brothers, Big Sisters need your help

Big Brothers Big Sisters is, at heart, a mentoring program — an effort to bring role models to kids working to realize their full potential. “There are a lot of children who are living in situations where not all of their needs can be met by their parents, grandparents or guardians,” ...

Drug Battle: Everyone has part to play to stop epidemic

Mid-Ohio Valley residents can use all the help they can get in fighting the drug plague that has gripped our region. Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation efforts may offer another tool. The Buckeye State’s 130 freeway message signs and additional portable highway ...

Energy: Solar power not producing results

Anyone who had the impression the severe crippling of the coal industry was an indication of soaring success for more federally acceptable electricity sources got a rude awakening last week, as First Solar announced it was cutting 450 jobs at its Perrysburg, Ohio, manufacturing facility. In ...

Obesity: Appalachia can’t reach Let’s Move goals

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced her plan to end the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. The goal was to reduce childhood obesity to 5 percent by 2030, using a multi-faceted approach: increase the healthy foods available to kids in public settings, like schools; reduce ...