Local columns

Time to pay the piper on Medicaid

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Transitioning from coal

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a remarkably interesting discussion with a group of German journalists who were on a 10-day trip through Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., New York City ... and Wheeling, W.Va. I am still not sure how Wheeling ended up on their ...

It’s time to finally grow up

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

Worrisome epidemic of fake news

As an aspiring journalist who constantly discerns conversations between local passersby and fellow social media users about the chaotic fake news pandemic we’re currently faced with, I have continually attempted to relieve myself of major concern that I won’t be able to experience authentic ...

Enjoy summer seasonal recipes

As you read this, “the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise,” we will be traveling through Pennsylvania on our way home from vacation. It is always good to get away to a favorite place and meet up with friends that we get to see only occasionally since they live in from other ...

Relaxing time of vacation

Regardless if you are young or old, or rich or poor, working or retired, etc., there comes a time where it is good and you want to get away and break your everyday routine and relax — something we all need. Now is the time we have been looking forward to all year, so we can go on vacation. ...

Books for kids’ reading

From factual to adventure, there is plenty for kids to read as summer continues! First for those with a thirst for knowledge is “National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018” ($14.95.) This newest edition has more than 350 pages with 500 photographs, updated maps, games, jokes and activities, as ...

Bad decision on tourism budget by West Virginia

At the Convention and Visitors Bureau, travel and tourism is our business and we love to promote attractions and seasonal events to our local audience as well as potential visitors. In future columns I will highlight upcoming events and talk about some of the attractions that bring visitors to ...

Downtown PKB recognized

Downtown PKB has been designated as an affiliate Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of nationally recognized Main Street America Affiliate programs in recognition of ...

Conservation funding explained

Sometimes a headline can leave a false impression. Last week, for example, I received a press release announcing that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, will dole out $1.1 billion to state wildlife agencies in fiscal year 2017. I saw it as great ...

BRAVA golf outing sign-up

Attention golfers! The third annual BrAva Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly, OH. Check in time is 7 a.m. and the scramble begins at 8 a.m. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top team and two random teams from the top ten. Additional skill ...

1100 Club helps WVU football to fly

A Wood County group has raised $1 million to help West Virginia University’s football program recruit student-athletes since 2001. The local group of the 1100 Club met with WVU football coaches Wednesday evening at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna for an annual reception. Taylor Sams provided ...

Photo from the WCHPS archives
The picture post card above, showing a tent camp at Camp Kootaga, was postmarked July 26,1930.  The typed message on the back was addressed to Evert Myers of Liberty Street.  The house where Mr. Myers lived as a youth, directly behind the Easy-Rider Bus terminal, was recently demolished.

Look Back: Scouting sends local youth to Athens, Camp Kootaga

Boy Scout news Troop 5 News. Well, here we are again. But do not think that because we have not been heard from in word we have not been heard from in deeds and actions. About half our troop went to Athens to the scout tourney to see us win. We did not win first place but had to be satisfied ...

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Breckin Wells, 22, of Vienna and a girl, 2, paint each other’s faces in a park in Queens, New York.

Vienna woman describes mission trip to New York City

NEW YORK — A young New York City man, looking to be in his late 20s or early 30s, with piercing blue eyes, long brown hair that looked as if it hadn’t seen a brush in weeks, high cheekbones covered in dirt, and full lips mumbling words struggled to make his way to a park bench. It was ...

Government, private sector linked

It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that someone in [the Upper Ohio Valley] has been eyeing empty space in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Wheeling, thinking that would be a great place to open a small store specializing in groceries. With the number of ...

Photo by Tom Moore
A jukebox featuring Patsy Cline can be viewed at the new Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

Truth Seeker: Does she go out walkin’?

When it comes to the paranormal and the unknown one may never know what or where to expect it until it has happened. I know in my own adventures I have gone to places that sound too good to be true and walk away with not even a story to tell. But there are also times where I end up walking ...

Father’s Day deserves fanfare

Why is it so much easier to come up with a gift idea for Mother’s Day than Father’s Day? Why does it seem like mothers get a lot more fanfare on their special Sunday? Maybe it’s because a lot of fathers aren’t as vocal about their emotions as mothers can be. Not all fathers are ...

Appalachian Storage Hub an opportunity for W.Va.

Throughout the history of the United States, West Virginia has done the heavy lifting that helped build our country and power our economy. West Virginians are proud, patriotic and hard-working. But, sadly, in recent years, West Virginia has suffered a downturn in both energy production and ...

ARC important funding source for region

Recently you have advocated for the elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), writing that it is a waste of taxpayer dollars. We respectfully disagree. The ARC is a vital source of funding for projects in low income distressed communities. You recently ran a feature article ...

Father’s Day recipes to make for dad

Happy Father’s Day! How many ties and/or shirts did you get this year? Maybe you had a family who thought you might need another tool. Whatever you received, thank the givers and know they thought of you as they tried to think of something different to give you this year. Enjoy your day of ...