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Reporter’s Notebook: We remember the fallen

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a ...

That forgotten legion

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Time to get something done about education

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested earlier this month that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In ...

‘Harmful dog’ list is the pits

Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center published research recently that has me shaking my head. The results of their study are flawed, in my opinion. Makes me wonder who is minding the store in academia. A group of researchers decided ...

Capturing carbon, revisited

In her column, Capturing carbon emissions, in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, April 28, Christina Myer quotes U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., “Last week, the firing up of NET Power’s plant provides hope for those researching a way to make carbon capture technology so efficient and ...

United Way thrives on collaborations

Collaboration. What does that mean? Is it the same as cooperation? Is it a product? A process? A concept? A notion? Or just a buzzword? At United Way, we build our success on solid and positive collaborations. We know it’s something much bigger than an industry buzzword. We know it is a ...

Congratulations to the graduates of 2019

A big congratulations goes out to all the local and all grads everywhere. And another aspect of their lives begin. Another year has just flown by and the warm weather is setting in and the anticipation of the end of the school year will soon be here. Teachers and students are getting a little ...

Recipes help teach basics to home cooks

For home cooks that may be novices or those just wanting to learn more techniques comes “Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook” by Carla Lalli Music. With 70 flexible recipes, the food director at Bon Appetit, shows six essential cooking methods that will ...

Death, taxes and change

At a conference, pre-Shale Crescent, a few years ago the luncheon keynote speaker was a senior coal company executive. I will call him Mr. C. He opened with a question. “Are there any gas people here?” I was the only person who held up their hand. Mr. C pointed directly at me with fire and ...

Taste of PKB kicks off summer events

We are less than a week away from kicking off Downtown PKB’s signature event — Taste of Parkersburg. One of the area’s favorite summer events, the Taste brings together dozens of the area’s best restaurants, local wineries and breweries and live entertainment — all in downtown ...

Plenty of cozies to read

There’s a lot going on in the cozy mystery market in May! Lee Hollis returns to her Hayley Powell series in “Death of a Wedding Cake Baker.” Hayley’s best friend, Liddy, is getting married, and Hayley is going to be the matron of honor. While Hayley is dealing with her frienemy, ...

Poison ivy: Leaflets three, then let it be

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. That means little league games, swimming pools, and maybe some beach time. But summer also brings sunburn, sweltering heat, and biting/stinging insects. Today, however, let’s focus on the botanical scourge called poison ivy, which sits ...

Beverly Lions hold dining out drawing

The Beverly Lions Club is having a “Dining Out” drawing June 6. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The winner of the drawing will enjoy gift certificates totaling over $500 from the following businesses: Lisa’s Sweet Stop, Riverbend, Domino’s, Dough Boyz, Jukebox, B&W ...

North Place a home for pregnant women

Susie Meredith’s dream was to provide a home for women facing an unplanned pregnancy and nowhere to go. Her dream became a reality on Nov. 27, 2014, when North Place Maternity House opened as an outreach ministry of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. The first baby was born to a mother ...

Look Back: A glance down memory lanes

Bowling alley A company of very respectable gentlemen assembles every night at the room of the Parkersburg Bowling Association, who amuse themselves in the harmless and healthy exercise of rolling balls. As only members are admitted, no fears need be entertained of coming in contact with ...

Back Issues: ‘Swamp Thing’ planted on DC Universe

The latest character to star in a DC Universe streaming show is a veteran of the screen, with two feature films and a live-action and animated TV series under his belt. Or rather, his vines. “Swamp Thing” debuts May 31 on DC’s streaming service, and it promises to be rooted in the ...

Special session must be done right

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Back from Spring Break

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session today. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of ...

Confidence beats tradition

Molly Brannon’s outlook makes me smile. I admit to the occasional stubborn bout of “anything you can do I can do better” when someone suggests a traditionally male skill is beyond my reach. (If I die in a Darwin-award worthy manner, it’s probably because someone dared me, or told me ...

Unions a detriment to education

The effects of teacher unions on education have been profound, as has been the federal government’s unconstitutional intrusion and meddling. However, as corrupting as the feds are, and the harm they’ve caused our young people, they will never reach the level of devastation that teacher ...