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Blog Posts in February, 2017

Howard's Commentary - Imagine a West Virginia Where the Roads are Actually Good...

Perhaps the only thing West Virginians dislike more than higher taxes is the miserable condition of our road system. And that could benefit Governor Jim Justice in his forward-thinking plan to ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Time to Pray for W.Va. Lawmakers"

I was asked this week by one of our local lawmakers if I were planning to travel to Charleston for a couple of days to speak directly to the elected and to those attempting to sway the legislators. My ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Some Contacts Are Memorials"

I just leave them in there. All of us have had someone in our lives pass away, and yes, the entire process is a gut-wrenching one that never fails to provoke a deep sorrow inside. But for me the ...
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Salt Fork Lodge Giveaway

The Watchdog is giving away a trip for 2 to Salt Fork Lodge. The trip includes a 2 night overnight stay in a double lodge room. Dinner and breakfast vouchers will be provided. The winner will be drawn ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "Litterbugs An Issue in Wheeling"

A few inches of snow covered the ground here in the Wheeling area for a couple of days, but now that the flakes have melted, the streams, creeks, and the Ohio River are swollen, and the litter is ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "Yes, Even the Rogers Hotel"

You may think I'm a little nuts when you read this, but … I believe the Rogers Hotel in downtown Wheeling could become an asset instead of a liability in the Friendly City. The current ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "An Anonymous Sanctuary?"

One local media outlet has reported on this group of folks that has put a wish out on Facebook. They want Wheeling to become a "sanctuary city." In fact, the Facebook event page states that ...
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Howard's Commentary - Invest. Don't Throw in the Towel.

Governor Justice is thinking big and looking at more than "balancing the budget". His greater goal is to see the state survive, thrive, and grow. And he knows that can't be done by ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "I Miss Atkinson on Facebook"

Have. Fun. Damnit. Three words, four syllables, but a message regularly delivered by former Wheeling councilman Don Atkinson on Facebook. And it resonated. It became his slogan. It also evolved into a ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Cameras Unnecessary at Council"

I didn't like the idea the first time I heard it, and that's because of the train wrecks I witnessed earlier in my life. WACO Cable used to broadcast the regular meetings held by Wheeling ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Fans May Break Up with Buccos"

Now why in the world would I commit to them if they haven't committed to me? It's a trust thing, especially when it comes down to money, and with the economy the way it is these days, return ...
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Howard's Commentary - How Do You Keep Them Down on the Farm...

Keeping and attracting young people to WV is a major priority in the Mountain State. Having an educated, trained, professional workforce is critical to bringing the kind of 21st Century investment ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "An Unspoiled Cuba"

It was on her bucket list, so she went to Cuba. Wheeling resident Jeanne Finstein joined her friend Hydie Friend for the trip to the country that rests about 90 miles away from the shores of Key West ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "How Deep is that Wall?"

It's a very valid question, especially since President Donald Trump has only briefly mentioned proposed height and nothing about depth. It's always an interesting inquiry because of what ...
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