Local columns

Something has to give on budget

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

Pit bulls need homes, too

Humane societies and other animal shelters across the country struggle with the reputations of certain breeds as their kennels fill up with dogs that still suffer from an image problem. Pit bull-type dogs get the worst of it. Desired by some who are making up for their own inadequacies by ...

Summer a time to eat healthier

With Easter 2017 now stored in our memory banks, it is time to put to use some of the nice things of which we were reminded during this precious HolyDay. How easily we humans fall into the trap of “good intentions” and we should know where those intentions not acted upon will lead us. We ...

Spring is in the air

Winter is finally over and spring is finally here to stay. One thing for sure, we can not complain about having a bad winter this year, although not true for many of our states both up north and even down south. Spring is my personal favorite season because it is not too hot and not too cold ...

Photo by Amy Phelps
Loaded Baked Potato Dip on fries and BBQ Pork Quesadillas make a great meal.

Grab some great barbecue

As summertime nears, home cooks start thinking about grilling out or possibly even pulling out the smoker and making some barbecue. For those who can’t get enough of the ‘cue, comes “The South’s Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection” by Matt Moore (Oxmoor ...

Get ready to enjoy kids books for all ages

There’s plenty of new books for middle grade readers to enjoy! First is a book that looks at family and food in “One Hundred Spaghetti Strings” by Jen Nails. Steffy and her sister, Nina, have lived with their Auntie Gina since they can remember. Their mother was in an accident and their ...

Special Earth Day words to live by

Earth Day (April 22) always reminds me of some favorite conservation quotations. Here are some powerful words to live by that guide my life and thinking. “The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues — ...

Pancake breakfast to be held this week

The Fort Frye Marching Cadets are hosting an ‘All You Can Eat’ pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 29 at Fort Frye High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for the breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Live music will be provided by the Fort Frye band and high ...

Stacey Fordyce wants to help others

Stacey Fordyce is determined to transform a negative experience into something positive. Her purpose in life, she said, is to educate and set an example so others can learn from her experiences. Fordyce had a bright future ahead of her after graduating from Parkersburg South High School in ...

Look Back: A look at an ‘interesting relic’

The oldest newspaper in Parkersburg Through the courtesy of Mrs. William Armstrong, we are permitted to inspect the first newspaper ever printed in Parkersburg. It is the “Western Republican and Parkersburg Gazette.” The copy before us is No. 27 of Vol. 1, and of date Friday, November ...

Time for ‘revolution’ to end?

It may be time to call off the revolution. It certainly is time to reflect that the person who recommended we “question everything” didn’t say “change everything.” Jim Justice is governor of West Virginia and Donald Trump is president of the United States because discontent with ...

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Dale Roberts, at the age of 17, passed away in a 1941 accident in Newhall, W.Va.

Truth Seeker: Family story holds hint of unknown

Storytelling is always good when you’re learning about history and even the lives of family members — listening to the way things were in the good old days. I remember hearing my own mother telling us stories of the past, but I was even more interested when she would talk about things that ...

Not so quick to take offense

A reminder last week about travel vaccines offered by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department brought back memories of a trip I took several years ago for a destination wedding of sorts, in a country where the recommended number of vaccines was a little daunting. But I got the shots, and the ...

Blowing out the candles for the WVU College of Education and Human Services

Happy 150th birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing the cake for the 90th birthday of the WVU ...

Enjoy your Easter eggs with recipes

HAPPY EASTER! May your day be happy, peaceful, and beautiful in every way. This is the true start of the year, even if the calendar does insist on January 1. This is the time, especially in our valley, when the trees and flowers come to life and show their beauty. We all have seen how Mother ...

Happy Easter to the Mid-Ohio Valley

Easter Sunday — the big day is here. As you go to church today make sure you read some of the sayings posted on many of the different signs outside the various churches, like “Come as You Are And Change Inside.” "Jesus Christ is The Way the Truth and the Life,” another “ He Is ...

Family relationships told in fiction

Southern fiction meets with the elite world of affluence and PTA moms in “The Night The Lights Went Out” by New York Times bestselling author Karen White. Merilee has moved her children to the Atlanta suburb Sweet Apple after her divorce. She finds her new landlord, 93-year-old Sugar ...

Hummingbirds are coming to area soon

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, tiny wonders of nature that weigh less than a nickel, will soon return to a backyard near you. Perhaps you’ve already seen one of the early returnees. The first hummers usually arrive on the Gulf Coast in February. This year the first hummingbird arrived in south ...

Happy Easter MOV!

Did Peter Cottontail find his way to your home? Were there dyed eggs and baskets brimming with candy waiting? Are your shoes polished and waiting with your new Easter outfit? Did you have to worry about freezing in your new Easter clothes because Easter came ‘early’ and your clothes said ...

Poem to share on Easter Sunday

“This beautiful poem was given to me in a dream. It was not mine to keep, rather it was meant to be shared with as many people as possible. As we celebrate this Easter morning, let us remember the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and share the great message of His love for all”. ...