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Editorials

Celebration

Good morning! Today marks the most joyous morning on the Christian calendar, as on Easter Sunday believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the beginning of their faith. Today Christians rejoice in the belief that God "according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a ...

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UP: To Parkersburg taking another step toward becoming the low-budget horror film capital of the universe. On April 26, an open casting call will be held for the movie, "The Axeman of Henderson County," which will star former West Virginia University quarterback Major Harris. The casting call ...

Helping Neighbors

Thank you, Mid-Ohio Valley. The caring and generosity on which local organizations have always known they could count shined through even in this year that has been financially tough on so many of you. In fact, not only did donors come through in order to help the United Way Alliance of the ...

Blights

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell's proposal this week for City Council to borrow funds to raze 85 structures is a good idea, with a great deal of merit, but a few wrinkles need to be ironed out first.Assuming all law enforcement options have been exhausted in the effort to make property owners bear ...

Shining Stars

Most athletes, like most people, are kind and honest and often use their status to help others. Most athletes conduct these acts of kindness every day away from the glare of publicity. But sometimes these acts make their way to the public arena. When this happens they can emotionally move ...

Feed to Achieve

Wood County schools have the lowest participation rate in West Virginia when it comes to school breakfasts. Fewer than 20 percent of students are able to take advantage of the breakfast program, and nearly every school in the county has made no effort to change the breakfast programs ahead of ...

Apathy

Early indications are pointing to even weaker-than-usual voter interest in Wood County. With the May 13 primary fast-approaching, requests for absentee ballots are down by a disturbing margin. County Clerk Mark Rhodes said his office has handled only about 10 percent of the requests it would ...

A Hard Winter

The Parkersburg Utility Board has made an excellent decision in allowing staff members more discretion to reduce water bills made exponentially higher by leaks caused by a terrible winter. Pipes that would not have frozen in an ordinary year could not stand up to the extended low temperatures ...

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UP: To four West Virginia elected officials-Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Auditor Glen Gainer, and Treasurer John Perdue - for taking part in a discussion about how residents can avoid becoming victims of a scam. The event, sponsored by the local AARP ...

Transparency

Citizens have a right to know how their governments are spending the money we hand over to them. Transparency is essential if we are to have any confidence state officials have our best interest at heart. But, according to a group called U.S. Public Interest Research Group, local residents have ...

Overwhelmed Border

Unlike the heroin epidemic of the 1960s and 1970s, which was mainly confined to high-population, urban areas, the current surge of that deadly drug is being felt in communities of all sizes. Parkersburg, Marietta, and other Mid-Ohio Valley communities certainly have not been immune to this ...

Shining Through

Snow has melted, the peepers are peeping, spring is making a mighty effort to spring, but Mother Nature will need a helping hand in clearing away the debris of the past few months in order to truly shine. Fortunately, she finds plenty of help here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.Wirt County Make It ...

Tax Freedom Day

Thursday will mark West Virginia's Tax Freedom Day, according to independent tax policy research organization The Tax Foundation. Only eight states in the country reached the mark faster. Tax Freedom Day is the date on which our state's residents have collectively earned enough income to pay ...

Scrutiny

If they have not already, two suicides by inmates at the North Central Regional Jail just 10 days apart should raise serious concerns with West Virginia Department of Corrections officials.On Feb. 24, Harrison County resident, James William Kent, 21, arrested after he allegedly stabbed his ...

Giving Life

April is National Donate Life Month. The Center for Organ Recovery and Education and Donate Life West Virginia are working with Wendy's restaurants in West Virginia to spread the word, encouraging residents to register as donors of organs, tissue or corneas.Local folks witnessed first hand last ...

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UP: To today's presentations of "Pinocchio," at the Smoot Theatre. The shows, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., are presented by the Missoula Children's Theatre, and feature an all-local cast of children from kindergarten through 12th grade. The 60 students, many of whom had no experience in theater ...

Costly Standards

Ohio state senators should take full advantage of an opportunity presented with a bill that would put on hold the scheduled increases to the state's energy-efficiency standards. Since 2008, Ohio has required utilities to get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources, and forced ...

Border Control

Largely because of the Obamacare disaster, liberals are beginning to panic over the coming 2014 midterm elections. They now hope to make immigration an issue with voters. If a report by the Center for Immigration Studies is any indication, that might not be a winner, either.The CIS, an ...

Home Rule

At 5 p.m. today, members of Parkersburg City Council's finance committee will meet with Mayor Bob Newell to discuss the city's application to be part of West Virginia's expanded home rule program. The discussion will involve two main points - cuts to the business and occupation tax and a ...

Aging Crisis

West Virginia University has released a report that includes the sobering prediction that by the year 2030, our state's population will have declined by 20,000 residents. The drop in population will really pick up steam by 2016. Even now, West Virginia is surpassed only by Florida in the ...