Local columns

Back Issues: Deadpool brings old friends to film

Deadpool is back in theaters, along with two of his longtime comic contemporaries — Cable and Domino. In “Deadpool 2,” the Merc with a Mouth forms a team called X-Force to stop Cable, a time-traveling soldier. That’s almost a full 180 from the comics, in which Cable debuted with a ...

Consider message sent by votes

Years ago, when approval of tax levies for public schools required 60 percent of voters to say yes, the $42.2 million bond issue for Ohio County schools would have squeaked through — barely. Under the new rules, requiring only a simple majority of votes, the bond issue won handily, ...

Some advice for graduates

Hello, graduates! (Or soon-to-be graduates). Are you tired of getting advice yet? Too bad. High school grads, it’s time to go become you. Don’t let someone else’s idea of the perfect college experience, or what makes THEM happy, weigh you down. Don’t let anyone tell you the next ...

Honor our law enforcement community

As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, ...

Matters of strength and power

What is the difference between strength and power? In short, strength is gained through years of toil and sweat. Many times, power can be cheap because it is usually bestowed, often abused, and can be very dangerous. As a teenager, my uncle Johnny would tell me two beautiful stories that would ...

Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend

Was your Mother’s Day a happy and joyous one? I hope so. If it wasn’t, just remember elephants aren’t the only creatures that have a long memory and what goes around, comes around! It was a beautiful day and showers only came at night, just like Camelot, at least here on the hilltop! ...

Memories of Market Street remain

As I was going through my books, I ran into something that I think old timers like me may appreciate. I have lived here for 53 years and Parkersburg is my home and I am sure many of you that were born and raised here can not only remember the places I will mention, but many others dating ...

Cookbook a love letter to South

In her new cookbook, Amber Wilson brings recipes and stories from the South to home cooks with “For The Love of the South.” Wilson, the creator and author of a food blog of the same name, collects 100 recipes and stories of her life in Louisiana along with color photos that will you ...

Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley spotlights Allegheny Surveys

As your Chamber of Commerce here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, we are fortunate to acquire members from various parts of our region. We are excited to introduce Allegheny Surveys, a new member of our Chamber all of the way from Birch River, West Virginia. Since 1988, Allegheny Surveys has provided ...

Get ready for changes in work force

Last Saturday my daughter, Dannielle and I ran the 2nd Annual Half Marathon (13.1 miles) at The Greenbrier Resort. Dannielle, lives in Maryland with her husband. She is also my running coach. During the past 10 years we have run over 30 Half Marathons together. We don’t just go out and run ...

Mystery in space, history in new books

Mysteries run the gamut from historical, to modern to even outer space in several new books! First a woman escapes her husband in 1930s California and attempts to reinvent herself only to get caught up in a murder investigation in “The Other Lady Vanishes” by New York Times bestselling ...

Fishing line trapping birds

A few days ago a post on the Pennsylvania birding list serve caught my eye. It read: Late this afternoon I decided to take one last walk down to the creek at the back of the yard. There I spotted a female Baltimore Oriole dangling from a tree branch struggling to free itself from a tangle of ...

Fort Frye High School art show winners announced

The Fort Frye High School art department recently held their annual art show in the school’s small gym. Under the direction of art teacher Kathy Allen-Bidwell, students displayed work showing various art media, with judging of projects by Fort Frye elementary art teacher Eric Henniger. ...

Golf challenge helps Parkersburg High School students

The team of Tom Evans, Bill Mathers, Danny Waterman and Dave Righter, from the Parkersburg High School Class of 1972, won the Parkersburg Area School Boy Golf Challenge May 11 with a 9-under par score at Worthington Golf Club. But the real winners from this 10th annual golf scramble are the ...

Look Back: Marking graves and making room for more

Marble works We were invited into the marble works of our townsman, Mr. Andrew Young, on Market street to examine the beautiful Italian Marble monument prepared for perpetuating the memory and virtues of Mr. A.M. Sterrett, deceased, whose gentlemanly bearing, in other days, won the esteem of ...

Political comedy doesn’t have to be crude

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of their ...

Some Mother’s Day advice

If you forgot today is Mother’s Day, I hope you are reading this early enough in the day to do something about it. For most of us, this is not a holiday to skip. Think of the over-commercialization of this one as simply making it more convenient for you to find something that will help you ...

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! If you are a Mom, enjoy your day. Everyone in your family should be making certain that today is special for you. They should be taking you out to eat (no Mom should have to feed the rest of the family on her day!) They should bring tributes and gifts and happy attitudes ...

A mother’s heart loves forever

Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mothers out there! It is a great day to celebrate the most important peron in our lives. No matter if your mother is young or old, she is the one that brought you into this world and worked hard to give you the best life possible, education and upbringing. ...

A big week in Orlando

Imagine an exposition with over 65,000 attendees, over 2,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries in three huge exhibit halls multiple football fields wide and long that goes on for five days. What you have is the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) 2018, The Plastics Show. This show covers every ...