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Blog Posts in 2016

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Howard's Commentary - Live. Local. Experienced.

Sometimes it's OK to blow your own horn 🎺. Today is one of those days. Live. Local. Experienced. These are key words to describe The Watchdog Radio Network, of which I'm so proud to be a team ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "2017 - Cracking a New Economy?"

The death of the steel industry in the Upper Ohio Valley was a slow but sure one thanks to free trade agreements, cheaper products flooding the global markets, environmental regulations, and strained ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "2016 - Surprises and Farewells"

The past 12 months provoke enthusiasm and excitement in many ways, from the unveiling of the renovations and expansion to Wesbanco Arena to the discovery of a storage vault beneath the city's ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "2016 - Positives and Negatives"

The past year has brought with it both exciting and disappointing news to the people of the Upper Ohio Valley, but the overall "feel" seems to be that future changes in the region will bring ...
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Howard's Commentary - Close to Home, In More way's Than One

I'm a sucker for good political novels, and a double sucker when it's set in an area I know. David Pepper is the chair of Ohio's Democratic Party and has a new novel called "The ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Lights! Cameras! Action!"

We've all seen television news crews in action here in the Upper Ohio Valley, and there are many who have found themselves in front of the camera, too. But during the past few weeks I had the ...
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Howard's Commentary - Governing From Electoral Weakness

Donald Trump becomes the official President-Elect today when the electoral college votes are cast (actually it's not "official" until Congress records them on January 6th but the vote is ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "A Tradition Continues"

It begins again this evening … 5 p.m. … "Letters to Santa" … A Watchdog Network tradition for many years, the messages sent to jolly ol' Saint Nick are read on the ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Be a Parent"

It is true; one is innocent until proven guilty in court, and that is exactly the fact concerning this report recently from the West Virginia State Police that concerns a 31-year-old Wheeling man who ...
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Howard's Commentary - Dealing with WV Drug Crisis

Federal prosecutor for WV's Northern District has been aggressively dealing with the growing drug crisis in WV. Now Wheeling attorney Bill Ihlenfeld will be working with Governor-elect Jim ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Ideas Welcomed for Centre Market"

It has been A great pleasure to watch Centre Market grow into what is represents today because it's been a joint effort between the city of Wheeling and the property owners near the two historic ...
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Howard's Commentary - Monday Musings

AFTER MANCHIN, WHO'S NEXT? WV's US Senator Joe Manchin mentioned as possible Trump cabinet head. If it happens, who's next for Manchin's seat? The GOP has several strong contenders. ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Obit Can Teach All"

Cindy Moore's daughter Kimberly, a 29-year-old wife and the mother of two, had a headache and told her mother she was going to lie down on a bed on the second floor of the family home. But a few ...
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Howard's Commentary - Well done, Wheeling

Pretty proud of my hometown in the wake of last week's public forum on Wheeling's Human Rights Ordinance. The national political scene has been full of tweets, rants, reposts and protests. ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Now Is the New Later"

It is a "vision statement" that was included in the city of Wheeling's state-mandated Comprehensive Plan completed and released in October 2014. Right there on the first page of the ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "It's the Payback Bowl"

The Russell Athletic Bowl? That's the bowl No. 16 WVU accepted? The former Blockbuster Bowl? On a Wednesday? At 5:30 p.m.? Against Miami? THAT Miami? Is it just me, or did most Mountaineer fans ...
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Howard's Commentary - As God is My Witness, I Will Never Attend Again!

Jamboree In The Hills has come to an end. After 40 years, it's gone. And many country music fans are going ballistic. Of course, if you've been paying any attention, you know what's ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "It's About Need Not Want"

I will admit it. I got caught up in "the wave." Nope, not during a football or baseball game but instead under our Christmas tree. "The wave" is how I referred to the bevy of ...
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Howard's Commentary - Gift Ideas - 2 Books and a Goat (AUDIO)

I always like recommending some different ideas for holiday gifts. This past week, I've featured a couple of good ideas on The Watchdog Morning Show. First up--a children's book written and ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Locals Make It Super"

The year was 1992, and Magnolia High had climbed the Class AA bracket once again to earn a chance at winning the school's first state football championship since 1964, when the Blue Eagles ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Possibility is Fun"

We hear about the future now in Wheeling because of the development that's taking place in the downtown district for the first time in more than three decades, and it's enjoyable to think ...
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Howard's Commentary - Give the Locals a Look this Holiday

28 million small businesses exist in America and account for 54% of all US sales. Over the last 2 decades, small businesses have accounted for 65% of net new jobs. And the dollars spent in your local ...
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Howard's Commentary - Happy Thanksgiving

It's gobble gobble day! I hope it's a wonderful for you and you take time to reflect on what you're truly thankful for. This clip is a holiday treat to myself. I'm staying away from ...
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Howard's Commentary - Anger and (Pending) Disappointment in the Age of Trump

Candidate Trump campaigned as a rude, offensive, combative, name-calling, belligerent, bully. And now in the Age of President Trump, those traits are becoming the norm for his supporters. We've ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Take A Good Look"

An Open Letter to our natives visiting their hometown: It is my hope, while you are spending time with family and friends you have likely not seen since the last time you returned to the Upper Ohio ...
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