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Back Issues: Comics fill ‘Star Wars’ blanks

PARKERSBURG — Want to know when Darth Vader found out Luke Skywalker was his son? Or how Captain Phasma escaped the trash chute on the now-exploded Starkiller base? There’s a comic book for that. Even with Disney apparently set to release at least one new “Star Wars” movie a year and ...

Bureaucracy flexes its muscles in D.C.

Most people probably viewed this week’s duel over leadership of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as merely one more fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress. It wasn’t. It was the fourth branch of government flexing its muscles. In establishing the three ...

In a pickle over Christmas

I’m in a pickle. Or rather, I need to find a pickle — a glass one. Until very recently, I had no idea there was such a thing as a traditional glass pickle at Christmastime, let alone how important the tradition has become to some families. It seems there is an ...

GOP tax reform bill is no favor to the middle class

Once again Republicans in Congress are planning to flimflam the lower and middle classes by asking us to play the fool yet one more time. They think we are mindless peons and all they have to do is label a giant tax gift for the super-rich and giant corporations as a “middle class” tax ...

December goes fast

Today we light the second candle in the Advent Wreath. In two weeks, it will be Christmas Eve! December is such a magical month, so why does it have to gallop through the days so fast? I have watched the hands on the clock and they seem to go at a normal rate, but the days just disappear. So, ...

The sounds of Christmas

With the passing of each day, we are getting closer and closer to Christmas. Every morning I see the “countdown of days “ on the front page of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. For some, this causes mixed emotions, for some of us can’t wait for Christmas to be here for various reasons ...

Peace on Earth: Can we help?

When we were at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) in Houston back in March, I was struck by the diversity. There were over 1,400 men and women executives and high-level managers from all over the world attending. All races and probably most religions were represented. We were sitting ...

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Getting cozy with mysteries in winter

It’s getting colder, so now is a great time to curl up with a good cozy mystery! In “Full Bodied Murder” Christine E. Blum kicks off the first in her cozy mystery series, A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery. Halsey is leaving New York and a failed marriage behind and remaking her life in ...

Looks like a snowy winter

A snowy owl is a charismatic bird. Most people have heard of it, and only dream of seeing one. Virtually all birders, however, want to add it to their life list. Perhaps it’s because they so infrequently push south into the lower 48 states from their natural habitat in the arctic tundra. And ...

Pool raffle drawing begins

The winners of the Twelve Days of Christmas Fundraising Raffle benefiting the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool have started to be drawn. Tune in each day at 4 p.m. to the pool’s Facebook page to watch the live drawing of that day’s winner from different participating locations around town. ...

Wood County native works on Kevin Costner series

Wood County native Sam Hammett is playing a major role in the upcoming television series “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner. But Hammett doesn’t have an acting role in the Paramount Network show scheduled for release next summer. Hammett, who turns 38 years old on Dec. 15, is ...

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The photo above was probably taken on Court Square about 1895.  As these newspaper items describe, the carettes, an early form of streetcars, ran on rails, pulled by a team of horses.

Look Back: Making tracks in Parkersburg

The street railway The work on the street railway has so far progressed that the cross-ties have been laid on Thirteenth Street from Spring to Market and out Spring Street about half way to Elberon. On Spring Street the rails have also been laid for a considerable distance and a hand car is ...

Life Through the Lens: The battle of ideals vs. idols

“The real enemies aren’t the ones on the outside; they’re on the inside.” *** Oh, Romeo. That guy is a love-sick mess! Every time love strays even the slightest, that kid is shut-up in his room and playing medieval-wailing music while crying uncontrollably. He has the local ...

Winning rural voters

If gubernatorial election results in Virginia earlier this month are any indication, the 2020 presidential election may be something of a replay of the 2016 version, with rural voters pitted against those from big cities. But returns from the Old Dominion paint a pretty picture for Democrats ...

Developing skills for trade

A colleague of mine told me a story about a high school welding teacher who engaged him in conversation by asking “How much do you make in a year?” Well, if you know anything about journalism, none of us is doing this because we want to get rich. And my friend told the teacher as much. The ...

Get ready for holiday season with sweets

December! What a wonderful month! While we really love nearly everything about this month, it is one that requires us to take our vitamins just to keep up with what we have planned. The parades last weekend were great - the large ones in Parkersburg and Marietta and the small ones in local ...

Photo by Amy Phelps
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Get authentic Italian at home with cookbook

Looking for a present for the home cook or wannabe home cook who loves Italian food? Look no further than “Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way” by Rolando Beramendi. A Italian fine food importer, Beramendi shows how to make classic dishes the way true Italians do, with 120 ...

Be generous with your giving

It is less than a month until Christmas now, and I am sure many of you have started your shopping, plus many of you and especially men, will end up waiting until last moment to do their shopping. I just wonder who is better off — the ones that start early or at the last moment. For sure the ...

Bringing jobs back: Change people’s lives

I teach a leadership class at Pierpont Community College in Fairmont. Our last class of the semester was this week. If all goes as planned my students will all graduate in May. If they graduate and are drug free these students will have $40,000 to $50,000+ per year jobs looking for them. I ...

Books with plenty of holiday spirit

This week, I’m continuing with my columns about holiday-themed books. If holiday books aren’t your thing, or those on your shopping list, then don’t worry, there will still be plenty of recommendations to follow! From New York Times bestselling author Catherline Anderson comes a homespun ...