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I’ve always had a soft spot for the bad guy

September 27, 2014 I've always felt an affinity for villains. As a little girl, I couldn't help but hope that once — just once — Wiley E. more »»

Why can’t we get these numbers?

September 21, 2014 The recent vote concerning the potential independence of Scotland was historic for many reasons, both for the meaning behind the possible outcome and the turnout of voters. more »»

We must honor our families

September 21, 2014 Football season is back and millions of people are glad. Maybe you are one of them. Then again, maybe you're not. more »»

Drop in revenue will affect senior services

September 21, 2014 The new racetrack/casino in Austintown, Ohio went online this past week. Neighboring states expanding their gaming venues is something which has taken place for years now. more »»

Of Community Stars, Taste of the County

September 21, 2014 This is one crazy time of year for me as community editor of the Herald-Star. more »»

Some family rules and food facts

September 21, 2014 On the wall in the kitchen of the home of our son, Darin, and his wife, Missy, is a plaque called Family Rules. more »»

A few tales about the Little Professor

September 20, 2014 The Long Suffering Husband likes to tell this story about the Little Professor's second day of school. The very first day of school, we did the typical first day of kindergarten thing. more »»

The plan is that there is no real plan

September 14, 2014 It was Attempt No. 47 (at least) for swearing off sugar when I calculated the day’s calorie count and tucked away what I call my Rambo salad in the newsroom refrigerator one morning last wee. more »»

Young leaders need encouragement

September 14, 2014 Each year, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce puts together its Youth Leadership Weirton program, in an effort to encourage some of our local high school sophomores to expand their horizons and... more »»

Fall festival successful

September 14, 2014 The Smithfield Fire Department carried off a successful fall festival last week that was reminiscent of the early days of the Apple Festivals held in the past. more »»

Knowing Christ

September 14, 2014 2 Timothy 1:12 - 12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until... more »»

A time to honor and remember

September 14, 2014 This week, Joanne and I joined Americans across our state, our nation and the world as we remembered and paid tribute to lives lost on September 11, 2001. more »»

Another school clothes shopping trip

September 13, 2014 As I look back on it, I realize that it was a bad decision. Hind-sight really is 20/20. My first mistake was taking my mother out in public. My second mistake was taking the kids along for the rid. more »»

Drug issues should be getting focus

September 8, 2014 It’s not a secret our area has a drug problem. Drugs are an issue everywhere, and to think otherwise is simply to bury your head in the sand and live in a different realit. more »»

Lions and tigers and horse flies, oh my

September 7, 2014 This has been a week for a lot of animal and insect interaction, including confrontations with horse flie. more »»

A ‘Catch-up Photo Week’ for today

September 7, 2014 There are times when I take too many pictures or lose the photo identifications, and they are put aside for a time. more »»

I really do not enjoy amusement parks

September 6, 2014 Our family accompanied our Sassy Saint to Kennywood recently so we could see her marching with the band in the Fall Fantasy parade. I hate theme parks. more »»

Many special jobs for the road trip taker

August 31, 2014 Some of us have special jobs when it comes to road trips. I know I did on an extended weekend getaway to the Chicago area with Better Half and my sister and brother-in-law to visit with a relative. more »»

Expect many visits in the coming weeks

August 31, 2014 Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was in Wellsburg Friday, making a brief stop at a local business to discuss wage issues. U.S. Rep. more »»

Stepping back in Great Trails history

August 31, 2014 More than 33 years ago an idea was born after Gary Jewell bought a 120-acre farm and added to it when Archie Hubner, who owned acreage near the Malvern highway, traded some land at the back of the... more »»

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