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Tallman’s golf career moves to Mexico

Greg Tallman has lived a golfer’s dream since growing up in Vienna. Tallman, a 1987 graduate of Parkersburg High School, has played most of the golf courses in the Caribbean and coastal Mexico and taught golf on cruise ships for a few years. He has lived and worked in the golf business in ...

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In March of 1945 an Army training aircraft crashed near the Wood County Airport, resulting in the death of seven Army and Navy servicemen.

Look Back: Airport scene of tragedy, travel

Army trainer from Florida rams ravine Like a falling meteor hurling through the skies, an Army advanced training plane, bearing at least seven army and navy service men to their death, when it plunged into a ravine at the Wood County Airport yesterday afternoon. The twin motored monoplane, ...

Character Counts: Best day ever

Whenever I see my friend, Coach Bob, I ask him how he’s doing. Every day he responds, “I’m having my best day ever.” His response always makes me pause and regroup. In reality it may not be his best day ever, but he’s making a choice. Every day we have to decide whether to be a ...

Back Issues: ‘Like unto a thing of iron’

As superhero origins go, you can’t get much more epic than Marvel’s Iron Fist. The last member of the originally announced quartet of Marvel’s Netflix series debuted on the streaming service last week. Iron Fist is a title bestowed upon great martial arts warriors trained in the ...

Judge Gorsuch a worthy successor to Scalia

Few individuals over the last century have impacted the American legal discourse as profoundly as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the wake of his untimely passing last February, this lion of the law left behind a legacy of faithfully applying the law and upholding the principles enshrined ...

How much cash is hidden?

Good marriages require transparency about everything, but some husbands and wives keep a little secret for 11 months of the year. We squirrel away spare cash, a little at a time. Then, come December, we have enough money to buy our spouses nice Christmas presents. It’s done at the state ...

The opioid epidemic: We’re making a difference

Addiction impacts every West Virginian. Whether it’s a child who lost a parent to an overdose or a friend who found himself addicted to pills after a routine surgery, the opioid epidemic has infiltrated every community and every household in our state. My office identified the issue early ...

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The USS Sachem served in World War I and was later renamed the USS Phenakite in World War II.

Truth Seeker: Sometimes just a journey offers adventure

Searching the web or listening to stories to find new allegedly haunted locations to visit can be exciting but also a long process. Trying to find the right person to contact to gain access and finding directions to the right place can make one almost give up on even visiting such sites. But ...

Dropping the ball with photo

Last week, several concerned readers called the newsroom with questions about a photo that appeared with a story on our Prom Planner pages. When the first caller told me her concern — the photo appeared to show teenagers celebrating with alcoholic beverages in their hands — I thought she ...

Seafood recipes continue

How about those Waterford basketball players?! Both the girls’ and boys’ teams have done a terrific job of showing that a small school can hold its own against the bigger schools. As this is written, they have more challenges ahead, but to come this far is great and they are a wonderful ...

Favorite wines to sip with dinner

Growing up, I was accustomed to two different wines that were very popular in Greece then and today. A white (dry wine) “Rechina” and a red sweet wine “Mavrodaphne” and of course the popular liquor “Ouzo,” which has a liquorice flavor. Ouzo comes in a clear color and if you add ice ...

Historical fiction goes on journeys

Historical fiction visits the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and 1880s! First is “A Bridge Across the Ocean” by Susan Meissner. As the world is reeling from World War II, two women look to rebuild their lives in America as war brides traveling on RMS Queen Mary. But have their secrets caught up ...

Uncertainty of March

Never trust March. Though it’s always part winter and part spring, it never seems sure which path to take. One day there can be blue skies and 70 degrees; the next it’s 25 degrees and snowing. Eventually, spring wins. Longer, warmer days always win. But rather than watch the weather, look ...

Students — get drawing!

The Beverly American Legion Auxiliary Post 389 is bringing back the Poppy Poster contest. With art teachers in the schools having such limited time with their students, there just isn’t time to include an additional project to the curriculum, so the Auxiliary is offering the project as a ...

A beat everyone can get behind

The long-awaited announcement was made this week as we revealed the 2017 Point Park Concert Series artists that will fill the riverfront with incredible sights and sounds all summer long. The announcement video reached more than 20,000 people on social media (thank you Final Shine Productions) ...

Charity gala to bring medical news

Exciting medical news will be unveiled at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center’s charity gala, “Over the Rainbow,” on April 8 at the Parkersburg Country Club. Dr. Vinay Badhwar, executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown, is scheduled to attend the local ...

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An unidentified woman suns on a pier at Lake Washington, circa 1961. Although the 27 acre lake was built for recreational purposes, a news item of the 1990s stated that about 30 percent of the property owners lived there on a permanent basis.

Look Back: A glance at Lake Washington

Plan lake in Wood County An artificial lake and a colony of summer cottages are to be built at Washington Bottom, Wood County, it has been announced. The lake will be constructed at the head of Vaught’s Run, seven miles from this city, and will cover about thirty acres of ground, it is ...

Agencies must cut waste, not services

Given conditions in the economy during the past few years, there’s a chance that at some point your boss went to you and said you were going to have to find ways to reduce some costs for your company. Responding with a list of job duties you’d be dropping probably was not the right answer. ...

The Westerner: One last ride into the west with ‘Maverick’

“Maverick” was one of television’s most beloved western characters. Notice I said characters, not heroes! “Maverick” was the first to let everyone know he was not the average hero; he would just as soon slip out of town as face a showdown. However, the Maverick brothers, Bret and ...

Is our work ethic fading?

I spoke recently with a West Virginia business owner whose company has expanded into many other states, and who lamented the lack of others willing to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. He is right, of course, there are far too few West Virginians with the initiative and resources (and ...