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What’s good for Jim Justice…

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

Truth Seeker: Ohio State Reformatory explored

Over the past several years I have visited numerous locations in search of paranormal activity. So I am always looking for more locations and enjoy hearing the stories around it. I know some places are out of my range of being able to visit due to different reasons but I still like to listen to ...

Working the Half Marathon

Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, to quote my Gran, by the time this appears in print I will have rested up after finishing The News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday. But as I am writing, the newsroom is still filled with race packets to be handed out Friday evening, and the race ...

School starting, fair welcomes fall

The “World’s Fair” is over, school is starting, and the “fall” season has started here on the hilltop. The garden is producing tomatoes, cucumbers, and still some zucchini. The dogs have chased the outside cats through the few flowers in the garden until those flowers are now gone for ...

Salads and schedule for Parkersburg High School centennial tailgate

Our town had a lot of activities with Homecoming — starting with the parade and Half Marathon, food vendors and exhibits that lined the street and topped the event off with fireworks. However, you now can look forward to next weekend and attending and supporting the Parkersburg High School ...

08-20-17-Production

Bringing jobs back: Our energy advantage

The Ohio Valley has a lot of economic advantages that many people may never have thought about. Our location is close to half of the U.S. markets. We have industrious people and a strong workforce. We have the Ohio River. We had these same advantages 20 years ago when we were losing industry ...

Jays from East to West and the differences

My daughter Nora and her husband recently returned from a trip to Colorado. Within a day, she emailed me a photo of a blue bird she wanted to identify. “It reminds me of a blue jay, but it doesn’t have a crest. Can you tell me what it is?” she asked. Before I saw the photo, I expected ...

08-20-17-Books

Journals, guides celebrating differences

Two new journals and an illustrated guide gives an outlet for creativity and celebrates uniqueness. A new illustrated guide shows how introverts experience life in “Text, Don’t Call” by INFJoe. Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, an artist, created a cartoon persona to explain how his life as an ...

Eclipse party at Beverly Library

The Beverly Library is hosting an ‘eclipse party’ tomorrow, August 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Stop in to get your eclipse packet containing information about the eclipse and how to watch it safely, including eclipse glasses. Then stay and watch the eclipse with family, friends, and ...

Rayburn brings back Class of 1952 reunion

Ed Rayburn is pleased that the Parkersburg High School Class of 1952’s reunion will take place today after all. There was talk after the last reunion five years ago that it would be the class’s final reunion, Rayburn said this week. The reunion committee members retired and leftover ...

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A barn has always been vital to farmers.  The large barn of a dairy farm often had an area with stanchions and stalls, and a hay loft.  A silo and milk house were often attached to a barn.  The well-maintained barn shown above is on the Dutch Ridge farm of Dave Hawkins, within sight of where the ill-fated Waller barn once stood.

Look Back: Fire strikes family twice

On the evening of yesterday, May 31st, we in this part of Clay District had a heavy rain accompanied with thunder and lightening, which will be fructifying to the parched soil, being intensified by drought and heat, after so many spring rains. Everything put in the earth was suffering; this ...

Back Issues: Introducing the Defenders — sort of

I’m as pumped as anyone about the debut of “The Defenders” Friday, but I have to get a bit of grumpy-old-comic-fan sentiment out of the way first. These are not my Defenders. The new Netflix series will bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist from their own ...

Stay informed on health debate

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare, which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C., as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

How will Trump get support he needs?

Don’t get mad, get even. Either President Donald Trump has never heard that advice or he believes he can do both, to judge by his angry tweets and habit of thumbing his nose at the political establishment. But whether the swamp can be drained from the outside is a question. In fact, it is ...

Memories of a choir kid

For better or worse, the groups we fall into in high school can shape the rest of our lives. In the case of a lot of “music kids” that long-lasting influence is definitely for the better; and hundreds of former and current Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir members will be celebrating ...

Participation crucial for Centennial Celebration

As we get closer to commemorating 100 years of Parkersburg High School at its current location, additional details have been disclosed on the different components of each night of the five-day long celebration, prompting escalated excitement and enthusiasm for what is to come of this remarkable ...

Fair comes to Waterford

Fair week in the booming village of Waterford! Folks called it the World’s Fair for so long that the sign at the entrance actually says that now. One important part of this fair is the Hog Sale for FFA and 4-H members. Those young folks have been working with their projects since spring to ...

Boost flavor in your dishes with basil

This aromatic herb turns ho-hum into yummy - yummy! Refreshing and fragrant, basil is a natural when it comes to seasoning Italian dishes. However, don’t stop there with just basil — this herb with its great flavor offers lots of appeal to salads, sandwiches and many other various dishes. ...

Last call for annual award nominations

Each year, the MOV Chamber gathers members for an evening reflecting on the past year. This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and ...

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the Mid-Ohio Valley

A little over two years ago at an energy conference in Abingdon, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe was clearly excited about planned pipelines that would bring Marcellus and Utica gas to eastern Virginia. He said, “We will use the natural gas in these pipelines to bring manufacturing jobs to eastern ...