Local columns

Local wages depend on you

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act last week, they did so knowing the U.S. Senate was unlikely to take up the matter. Still, it was called a victory for the movement to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. (Actually, gradually raise it from $7.25 to $15 by ...

Op-ed: Fair treatment for all West Virginians

We come from different political parties, represent two different parts of the state and sometimes vote differently as a result. As two of the youngest members of the West Virginia State Senate, however, we hold much in common. Both of us have seen too many of the people we grew up with ...

Op-ed: Choices show the worse in us

I am disappointed. I am disgusted. I am ashamed. I’ve never felt further removed from Lee Greenwood’s famous ballad. Unfortunately, there are layers of freedom and some people have precious little. Some people, even in our country which is oft touted as the greatest nation on Earth, ...

What flavor of cupcakes do you like?

As I started to write today’s article, my attention went to the TV and the Food Channel — they were holding a competition on who could make the best cupcakes. Really! You would think that would be a very simple item to prepare, one only needs to get a box of cake mix and box of icing and ...

Cookbook aims to save you time during week

For so many people, it is easier to just grab something from a fast food place, a frozen dinner or some sort of other processed packaged food during the weeknight with hectic schedules. But for those who need to eat gluten free or those who just want to eat healthier, that isn’t such an easy ...

One small step, one giant lesson for all

This week 50 years ago July 20, 1969, I was sitting in the living room with my parents and five brothers watching Walter Cronkite and the first moon landing on our black and white TV. There was a lot of excitement, tension (we didn’t know how things would work out) and pride to be an ...

Downtown PKB welcomes neighbor

Who are the people in our downtown neighborhood? Well, we just had a new neighbor move to our downtown that we are excited to be partnering with on an upcoming ribbon cutting celebration and collaborative projects for downtown. We took some time to ask Brandon Gress, executive director of ...

Substance abuse affects our community

When a person undergoes gastric bypass surgery, we have a reasonable understanding and expectation of the before and after scenarios. We generally accept that some combination of genetic predisposition and faulty life choices have led to the state of obesity. We celebrate the second chance ...

Suspense and thrillers to keep you guessing

There are several great new thrillers that you will never see the endings coming! First from USA Today bestselling author Emily Liebert comes a story of one woman’s quest to get even in “Pretty Revenge.” When they were teenagers, Jordan and Kerrie were neighbors. While Kerrie thought ...

Nixon’s environmental legacy

Most Americans who remember President Richard Nixon probably associate his name with the Watergate break-in and his abbreviated presidency. Despite Nixon’s self-inflicted problems, I remember him as the greatest environmental president of my lifetime. Among Nixon’s environmental ...

Beverly Elementary Center students named to honor roll

These Beverly-Center Elementary fourth grade students were named to the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2018-2019 school year: Earning All A’s: Lucy Baker, Khoen Courson, Nina Freeman, Zachariah Holliday, Braxton Knoch, Aubrie Lang, Everett Sampson, Kali Shilling, Sydney Skinner, ...

Karma

When Sherman made his march through Georgia, he missed Frank’s farm by a mere 10 miles. All Frank owned was tied up in his 80-acre farm. It was rumored that he treated Josh more like a son than a slave. Of course, at six feet, six inches, no one had the courage to say anything to his face. ...

Jon Six wins West Virginia volunteer award

Jon Six, Vienna businessman and community advocate, has been selected to receive West Virginia’s “most prestigious volunteer award.” Six was notified this week he was one of eight recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given through Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s ...

Look Back: Made in Parkersburg

Mills and factories flourish The mills and factories of the city are all running full time and doing a booming business, with one exception. The saw mill of Noah Athey on the Stewart timber tract, at Lee’s Hill, is cutting up timber at a great rate and will have that tract cut out this ...

Backyard Gardener: Value of rained-on hay

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The summer continues to be hot and humid up as heat indexes rise into the danger zones this weekend. The warm temperatures and ample rain are producing great crops for beans, tomatoes and other vegetable. Although many farmers planted late this ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Manchin’s revenge on Justice?

I’ve written a lot about the drama of the state and county Republican Executive Committees, but I’ve been asked about the status of the state Democratic Party. In my life — despite what some other political writers seem to think — I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats. My ...

Free, but at what cost?

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George III ...

Reclaiming ‘lost’ habitats

Extraction industries in West Virginia have left their mark on the land and its inhabitants — there is no debating that. Surface mines left some of the most visible scars. That, combined with other industries and development, has led to major changes — sometimes almost to the point of ...

Cookbook, novel tie together

New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter releases the final book in her Prayer Jars series, “The Healing Jar,” as well as a new cookbook, “Amish Friends Gathering Cookbook.” In the final book, Lenore Lapp, an Amish schoolteacher, meets Jesse, a widower with a baby ...

Op-ed: Condemning conditions at border

On July 2, the Jackson County Democrat Women’s Club voted unanimously to condemn the Trump administration’s treatment of asylum seekers and migrants at our southern border. We are shocked and appalled at keeping single adults in standing-room-only conditions for a week with only bologna ...