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Reporter’s Notebook: Higher education equations don’t add up

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Supreme Court hands important win to Christians

Social conservatives’ celebration of the long-awaited “cake case” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was a bit restrained. Many felt the court stopped short of a full defense of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. Perhaps there is more reason to cheer than some think. In 2012, two gay men ...

Truth Seeker: Wondering about the water

Recently, I was able to attend a dinner cruise with family members on the Ohio River. We began having dinner as the boat began to deport and head north on the river. After dinner we all made our way to the top deck to enjoy the view and fellowship. One of the things I noticed right away was how ...

Get yourself into the woods

I am fortunate to have grown up camping, hiking and wading in creeks. I know some people are not so lucky. But on a recent trip to a national park, I saw just how removed a great deal of our society has become from the healthy understanding and respect for our natural world they should ...

Wild and wonderful higher education challenges, opportunities

West Virginia’s public higher education system is definitely seeming more wild than wonderful lately. With talk of funding formulas, consultant recommendations, and Blue Ribbon Commissions, there is a natural tendency to think negatively about potential impacts and assume the worst. The idea ...

Greek dishes to consider

After spending two months in Europe this year I realize that cooking shows on television are as popular as they are here in the states. I can remember years ago that there were no cooking demonstrations on television and now it seems as every time I turn on the TV, there is a cook demonstrating ...

Together we can go so far

Our community has complex issues. Issues that cannot be solved by one individual organization, but CAN be addressed by a collective joining of organizations working together to achieve a common goal. Complex issues require complex solutions. As one of United Way’s strategic values, ...

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 13 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and ...

A trip to the White House

“What a difference a year makes!” That’s what I said when we returned from Houston in March. When Shale Crescent USA (the organization) started this journey over two years ago we didn’t know where it would take us. So far, we have had memorable and successful trips to Houston for ...

Cool thrillers for summertime

Thrillers can cool readers down on hot summer days! First is bestselling author David Bell’s “Somebody’s Daughter.” Michael’s life is torn apart the moment is ex-wife shows up on his doorstep. They divorced years ago, and he is making a new life with his new wife, Angela. But Erica ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department provides vaccines

Editor’s Note: This is another in a series of articles written by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. *** PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department clinical program provides a variety of vaccines to all age groups – from infants to senior citizens. Vaccines are proven to ...

Watching purple martin nest

Since technology has made it possible to spy on nesting birds, nest cams enable anyone with an internet connection to watch behaviors that heretofore were impossible to observe. That’s why in recent years I have recommended a variety of active nest cameras to watch and listen as birds hatch ...

The Wishing Well Keeper

The sickening sound of the Gestapo’s boots echoed off the cobblestone street. It sounded through the narrow alleyways and across the rooftops. There was no panic in the last home on the block. The father waited for that dreadful knock but showed no fear. In the bedroom, the mother sat in ...

Summer reading program winding down

“Libraries Rock” is winding down for the summer. Everyone that signed up is reminded Summer Reading Treat Bags can be picked up beginning Wednesday, July 18 through Thursday, July 26. In addition to the bag of ‘goodies’, entry tickets for the pool party will also be included in the ...

IEI to thank first responders at Wood County fairgrounds

IEI company is providing an appreciation day for area first responders at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition in Mineral Wells on July 21. IEI wants to honor and thank the many first responders — firefighters, police, rescue, ambulance, dispatch, Red Cross and all emergency ...

Look Back: Mid-Ohio Valley residents take to the diamond

Baseball Tuesday has been set for the day when the lawyers and doctors will begin practice at Stephenson’s park. Charlie Caldwell will then walk out on the field and say a few words of encouragement whereupon the mighty ones will stride forth upon the space where the grass is absent and ...

Backyard Gardener: Buckwheat is a soil builder

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! The second week of July again has brought us hot and humid temperatures. I have talked to many gardeners concerning squash plants which have a lot of flowers but are falling off without producing any fruit. This can also happen with other vine crops ...

Threats to liberty the founders did not foresee

Bless our nation’s founders. They thought long and hard about both real and potential threats to Americans’ liberties. They thought the Constitution and Bill of Rights had everything covered. But it didn’t. Otherwise, the Fourth Amendment would have read: “The right of the people to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Commerce hot potato

With Woody Thrasher gone and Clayton Burch sitting as interim boss, all eyes are on the West Virginia Department of Commerce and who might permanently take the helm. The question, however, is who really wants that hassle right now? Maj. Gen. James Hoyer is cleaning up the mess at RISE West ...

Success starts with showing up

Among the points made by new Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook when he visited the newsroom last month was that he tries to instill in parents that not all students need to go on to a four-year college or university, but ALL students must develop a skill that will carry them ...