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UP: To Parkersburg firefighter Private Jason Fleak, who is also a paramedic with St. Joseph Ambulance Service, for receiving the Captain James Neal Chapter of the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2017 Firefighter of the Year Award. Fleak was nominated by the Wood ...

Poker tournament to benefit Wood County man

Local columns

Mike McIntyre of Wood County appreciates the prayers and support as he battles pancreatic cancer. Friends, co-workers, former co-workers and even people McIntyre did not know have raised money for the McIntyre family through events such as the pancake brunch benefit Feb. 18 at First Baptist ...

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The caption on the reverse of the photo reads, “Parkersburg” at Thistle Downs Park, Cleveland, Ohio, August 2, 1932.  Owners, Charles D. Jones and Tom Keating; up (#6) is J. Dyer.

Look Back: Horse racing heats up Wood County

Local columns

More races Some interesting trials of speed have been arranged to take place at the fairgrounds [City Park] on Saturday of next week between local horses. There will be three races as follows: A running race between Camden’s “Touchstone” and Shattuck’s “Caddy” for $100. A ...

Life Through the Lens: Fitting farewell to Hollywood’s finest

Local columns

“I want you flat on your back. Helpless, tender, open with only me to help.” *** Maybe the most uncomfortable feeling you can feel: vulnerability. It is theoretically important but realistically awkward. To need someone else. To recognize that you can’t survive without another person. ...

Bureaucracy: Eliminate bloat to fix pay, PEIA mess

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia lawmakers spent a lot of time — on the campaign trail and before the start of the legislative session — pounding their fists in outrage at our great state being ranked 50th on so many national lists. “I’m just sick and tired of being dead last,” the ...

Transparency: What are lawmakers hiding with new bill?

Editorials

Only a few short years ago, Republicans leading the charge toward a historic power shift in Charleston were promising a sharp turn away from the bad old days — the way things had always been done. My how times have changed. A hint of it came before this year’s legislative session began, ...

Threats: Zero-tolerance policies must be adopted

Editorials

Two Fayette County, W.Va., juveniles are in custody after they posted social media threats aimed at that county’s Valley High School. It and another school were closed Monday because of the situation. Why did they do it? It does not matter. The two juveniles must be punished ...

Change: Children setting a good example with donations

Editorials

Once in a while we are reminded that while we adults fuss and fight with each other and paint the world in dark hues, the children in our midst have the right idea. Students at Mineral Wells and Criss elementary schools found out about a problem and looked for ways within their reach to solve ...

Rape Kits: Authorizing outside labs is a good step

Editorials

State Senators in the Mountain State have taken an important step toward doing right by the crime victims waiting for the results of tests that would normally be conducted by the State Police Crime Lab. They have approved a bill that would authorize use of outside contractors for criminal ...

Cut out Courtesy Patrol

Local columns

Once again, West Virginia legislators find themselves digging around the state budget, trying to find money for new initiatives. You know me. I try to pitch in and do my part, especially when government needs my help. Clearly, it does this year. So, I’d like to resolve a significant amount ...

Consequences: Committee made right call to prevent logging

Editorials

State Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt put his finger on the reason West Virginia legislators should be leery of a proposal to permit logging in a state park. “Once the trees are cut, it is simply too late to repair any unseen consequences,” Leonhardt warned during a legislative ...

Trying to find solutions

Local columns

Since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, Americans have watched a horrifying trend spread across the country: Colorado, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Minnesota again, Tennessee, Colorado again, an Amish schoolhouse — again in Pennsylvania, Tennessee again, Alabama, ...

A review of ethics

Letters to the editor

The following are a few points from the WV Employee Code of Conduct Policy 5902: * Exhibit professional behavior by showing positive examples of preparedness, communication, fairness, punctuality, attendance, language and appearance. * Contribute, cooperate and participate in creating an ...

Build the wall well

Letters to the editor

Many believe a wall on our southern border will not stop illegal immigration, but President Trump has U.S. Special Forces teams testing several prototype designs for the future wall, outside San Diego. The final wall may incorporate features of several prototypes into one final design. The ...

The language of ideologues

Letters to the editor

I couldn’t help but notice the typical bias in the press release on Feb. 9 concerning Dr. Alveda King. She was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Republican Party’s “Freedom Dinner” in Charleston. Following the journalistic “rules” of political correctness, the writer ...

Protect investigation

Letters to the editor

It’s become crystal clear that President Donald Trump will do anything he can to derail the Russia investigation. Instead of standing up to Trump, some members of Congress are actively accelerating our country toward a constitutional crisis. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes ...

Another look at a letter

Letters to the editor

In a letter to the editor to the News and Sentinel, a writer called into question my assertions from an earlier editorial questioning Rep. David McKinley’s honesty regarding Trump’s first year in office. Allow me to retort. (1) “Between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010, GDP growth ...

Scourge of urban renewal

Letters to the editor

Thank you to Mr. Bob Enoch for his measured, well-reasoned and generally sympathetic reply to my rant about the impending destruction of the Mather building. I, however, am sadly incapable of such polite civility; once again I am livid. It is fitting that Parkersburg chose Ash Wednesday to ...

Cherry desserts in honor of Washington

Local columns

Has February suddenly become the school kids favorite month? They like it now, but probably won’t when they have to make up all those “no school” days. What did you dislike the most about February so far; ice — snow — mud — or all of the above, equally? Be very thankful if you ...

Cooking with love in February

Local columns

The entire month of February is a “Love Month” so cooking with love is appropriate for the title of this week’s article. Hope you had a very good and exciting Valentine’s Day, but don’t worry if you were busy and didn’t have time to cook a love meal for your Valentine — It is ...