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A guide to belt-tightening in Charleston

What if West Virginia state government could get by with less than Gov. Jim Justice wants legislators to give him? It can. We don’t need the $400 million to $450 million in tax increases the governor is seeking. Suggesting that government spend less is a sure-fire way to elicit this ...

Being drawn in by fakers

Last week, I promised a further examination of an item being shared on social media that finally broke my determination to ignore the proliferation of “fake” or at least intentionally misleading “news.” The agenda-fueled media outlets that produce this stuff depend on social media ...

Enjoy Shrove Tuesday treats before Lent

February is the shortest month, but it didn’t have to escape so fast! One-sixth of the year gone already and Christmas only ten months away. Time flies by fast when one is having fun, and even faster when one is just caught up in everyday life. I’m ahead of the game this year (so far) ...

Involvement important in our community

We live in a community where it is very easy for one to get involved in so many ways (individual and group involvement) with and in various aspect and projects. I personally am involved in so many different organizations and activities that requirs and take much of my personal time, but I ...

Taste of Muskingum Valley

The Muskingum Valley Leos are again sponsoring the Taste of Muskingum Valley merchant event. This year’s event is scheduled for March 25 in the main gym at Fort Frye High School. Businesses will be able to set up a table beginning at 9:30. There is no participation or set-up fee, but vendors ...

Eagles bounce back

In 2013 a pair of bald eagles set up housekeeping along the Monongahela River in the Hays neighborhood of Pittsburgh just five miles from downtown. The nest sat high in a tall tree, and a single egg was laid on March 11; it hatched on April 14. That June, strong winds dislodged that young ...

Burial at sea

She bobbed like a cork in a tub. She was not a cork and the Atlantic Ocean is surely no tub. Like bees supporting a hive, they took off and landed, occasionally grabbing a cable and resting. The officers and crew of the USS Forrestal, the first super carrier, were hard at work qualifying ...

Help needed for Sumner cleanup

Volunteers and cleaning supplies are needed for the March 4 cleanup day at Sumner School Museum and Learning Center, 1016 Avery St. in Parkersburg. The cleanup day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — billed as a “day of service for Sumner” — had been scheduled for September 2016 but was postponed ...

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Sumner School football team, circa 1903.

Look Back: Segregated schools, clubs, hospitals in the 19th century

(Editor’s note: Because this piece is a snapshot of newspaper clippings ranging back sometimes 150 years or more, the language used is a reflection of cultural norms of the time, and is mainly left unaltered. It is important to understand that while today’s installment in particular ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘O.J.: Made in America’ reveals

“Please remember me as a good guy. Please.” *** This will seem an odd review, but, with the Oscars this weekend, this film has received a new dose of attention. Let me be another voice in the chorus: this documentary is phenomenally constructed and endlessly interesting! The ESPN ...

Character Counts: Drugs turning Dreamland into nightmare

Chapter two of Sam Quinones’ best-selling book on America’s drug epidemic takes place in West Virginia. He tells of a plumber who visits the apartment of his son, Adam, only to find him dead from a drug overdose. The book is called Dreamland. Quinone’s point is that years ago, we ...

All-in on Justice’s vision for West Virginia

On Dec. 21, Gov. Jim Justice announced that I would be his Cabinet Secretary for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. From that point on, I, like other Cabinet members, have been working every day to do what is right for West Virginia. I have personally devoted an ...

Lawmakers left out on a limb

About two weeks ago, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael pledged that Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature would not leave Gov. Jim Justice “out on a limb” in making major state spending cuts. Well, someone got left out on a limb, but it wasn’t the governor. It was ...

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Gabby Hayes and John Wayne in “Tall in the Saddle.”

The Westerner: Recalling Gabby Hayes, king of the western sidekicks

George Francis Hayes was born in Wellsville, N.Y., on May 7, 1885. As a youth, he ran away from home and joined a traveling road show. He was in vaudeville for many years and appeared in the movie “The Rainbow Man” in 1928. Many parts followed, mostly as a villain. He played opposite John ...

Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a possible haunted location in Wilder, Ky.

Truth Seeker: Tragic ‘love story’ provides Bobby Mackey’s backdrop

Each year couples give flowers and chocolates to show their love for each other for Valentine’s Day. Some will even take the other out for a dinner at their favorite restaurant. But a few tend to do things a little differently. They will make plans to go out of town to spend time alone with ...

‘Fake news’ has an agenda

I have tried for months to avoid diving into the “fake news” fray. Part of that was because I had given up a little. The journalism school from which I graduated no longer exists — it is now a “college of media,” and employs professors who tell students it is OK to write stories with ...

Cherry recipes for Presidents’ Day

This might be the shortest month but it is one of the most active. Hopefully, you had a great Valentine’s Day with dinner out, boxes of good chocolate, flowers and some diamonds tucked in among all those roses. And, for all the rest of us, hopefully you had a nice and peaceful day. What one ...

Surprise guests with crepes

I had the pleasure of keeping three of our eight grandchildren for four days last week while their parents attended a Chick fil A Convention in Dallas, Texas. I had almost forgotten what it takes to be a parent! It takes a lot of energy and being older makes a big difference! We had three ...

Mystery, thrillers entice in February

Want something to do during winter evenings? Read a scary or thrilling mystery novel! #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner recently released her latest thriller, “Right Behind You.” The story begins with a young boy who is trying to protect his sister from their drunken ...

Time to get bunny hopping

Spring may have gotten a delay thanks to the groundhog, but it’s not too early to start making plans for the 15th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Walk-Run. The mild winter we’ve had so far has made it easier for everyone to keep, or get, into walking or running condition, so make ...