Local columns

More government not the answer

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats thrive ...

Truth Seeker: Halloween opportunity

Yes, it is that time of year again, when children and adults dress up as anything from angels to demons; and from cartoon characters to super heroes. Basically anything one’s mind can imagine they will dress up as it. People across the country will spend lots of money for costumes, ...

We must harness tourism

Last weekend, I got to escape on a weekend trip with a couple of friends to Asheville, N.C. It was gorgeous. The leaves were perfect; our activities ranged from hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway to standing wide-eyed in the library of The Biltmore; the food and shopping were fantastic. ...

Substance abuse treatment efforts gaining attention

For far too many West Virginians, opioid use is the most dangerous threat to the safety of themselves and their family. And just like we fight threats to our country from abroad, we must prioritize tackling the ever-increasing threat of opioid abuse that occurs right here at home. First Lady ...

Apple butter made outside a flashback to past

This past week showed the nasty side of October. Mississippi got a taste of with what her neighbors have dealt the past weekend. Contrary to some stories about the excitement of “Hurricane Parties,” hurricanes are nothing to be ignored when one is told to evacuate as a storm is on the way. ...

The meaning of herbs

Do you realize that the various spices that you are and have been using have special meanings? I have just discovered this — such as Mint for strength, Marjoram for happiness, Basil for love, Thyme for health, Sage for wisdom and Rosemary for protection. For instance, if you work hard and ...

Introducing ArtOberfest to downtown

Mark your calendars for ArtOberfest and Monster Mash on Market! ArtOberfest is a German styled arts fair sponsored by the Parkersburg Art Center, Downtown PKB, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Artsbridge, Mango Latin Bistro and Parkersburg YMCA. The event takes place on Saturday, October 21, at the ...

Bringing jobs back: Taking action in Chicago

Chicago is a beautiful city. This is my first trip here. My hotel room overlooks several large lush green parks in downtown Chicago. Flowers are everywhere including building roof tops. Who would have guessed? The Shale Crescent Team is here this week for the Global Plastics Summit (GPS) with ...

Memoir, mystery delve into dark places

Readers can get into the mind of an FBI agent as he goes head-to-head with terrorists in “American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent’ by Tamer Elnoury. In this autobiography, Elnoury (not his real name, but a former identity that has now been burned) writes of his ...

It’s time to watch the feeders again

I’m often asked, “Is feeding birds is really necessary?” The simple answer is no. We feed birds because we enjoy seeing them in our backyards. But while we’re at it, why not make our efforts a bit more worthwhile by participating in Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen ...

Students of month named

These Beverly-Center students were named Student of the Month for the month of September. They earned the award for going above and beyond in demonstrating safe behavior expectations in the classroom, hallways, bathrooms, and the playground. Congratulations for showing your Cadet ...

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The headquarters of the Kanawha Valley Fishing Club is shown above.  The fishing club was situated on the south bank of the Little Kanawha River, above Leachtown.  It is likely that stories similar to the one below originated from the camp.

Look Back: Fish tales in Wood County

Fine fish The two young sons of Lysander Dudley yesterday caught 196 pounds of buffalo meat out of the waters of the Ohio, just above Neale’s Island. Some of the fish weighed as high as 40 pounds, and were bought by Betsall and Rockenstein. The Hotel Buckingham will serve a couple of these ...

Life Through the Lens: Finally — a sequel worth celebrating!

“We’re all just looking out for something real.” *** It is a weird feeling, knowing you aren’t destined for greatness. All children have grandeur on the brain as they wistfully schedule their future. Astronaut, President, Michael Jordan (not like Michael Jordan — my son actually ...

What if plan is a sure thing?

Republican legislators, along with a few Democrats, were leery of handing Gov. Jim Justice $105 million on what amounted to speculation. Justice billed his request as the Save Our State fund, but he had few details as to how the money would accomplish that. After being turned down flat on ...

A few disconnected points

I want to take a moment to make a few points, perhaps slightly disconnected, but each of which I could probably have written into volumes, based on the way they have been bouncing through my head the past couple of weeks. Bear with me. * Folks, please, PLEASE, stop referring to news (from ...

Comfort foods to enjoy in autumn season

What happened in Las Vegas this past week is beyond understanding. Of course, terrorism is a concept that is always hard to understand, and especially when it happens in our own country by our own people. What happens to people who want to destroy others even when it is destroying them, too? ...

Eating at four Greek Islands

This week I will tell you about our visit to four Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea — Paros, Antiparos, Naxos and Aegina —which are not on the top of the tourist list of the islands to visit, like Mykonos and Santorini. However, I must say that those islands are incredible and gorgeous and ...

Get cozy with mysteries

There are several new books out on the cozy mystery scene that will get you in the mood for the spooky holiday of Halloween! First is a story of a cat groomer who turns sleuth in “The Persian Always Meows Twice” by Eileen Watkins, the start of the Cat Groomer Mystery series. When Cassie ...

Bringing jobs back — do you believe?

Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or think you can’t you are right?” Mr. Ford understood that success starts with the belief that you can. As a high school soccer coach for over 20 years most of what I have to do is to convince my players that they can. They usually have the skill. ...

Chamber launching fun activity

I know everyone doesn’t like the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but in the Chamber world, it holds pretty true. My Chamber peers from across the state love sharing ideas and events that are working in their respective areas in hopes that another Chamber might find ...