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Celebrate Independence Day with great food

Tomorrow we will celebrate one of our most important holidays - the independence of our wonderful country - the good old U.S.A.!Today I will share with you a poem especially for the 4th of July :It is the 4th of July and we are all proud to say "We are Americans and today is our birthday" 200 ...

Model brings ‘Cravings’ home

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen releases a new cookbook that aims to bring some tasty food to your kitchen with "Cravings."When you think swim suit model, you probably don't think of recipes for chicken wings or Frito pie, but they're both in there. Teigen says in her ...

Thrillers to kick off July

Enjoy a thrilling read of mystery and dystopian literature!First is a story from the Nikki Boyd Files, "Missing" by Lisa Harris.Nikki is trying to untangle her feelings for her widowed friend, Tyler, when a big mystery hits her town - two homeowners, Mac and Lucy Hudson, have gone missing. And ...

Lyme disease and ticks

Thanks to a relatively mild winter with no extended period of subfreezing temperatures, ticks are off to a banner year. My wife and I pick up at least one tick every day we spend outdoors.Our dog has fared much better because his tick prevention medication (Frontline) is effective. I can't ...

Students named to honor roll

These Beverly-Center Elementary School students were named to the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks grading period:Kindergarten Super Skills: Edith Baker, Abby Bishman, Breanna Fouss, Emily Knox, Cheyenne McKinney, Harrison Miller, Taylor Moore, KeAndra Quimby, Haiden Schaad, Ashton ...

Timely Brew Cafe opens at Point Park

The growth of Downtown Parkersburg is continuing as Point Park Marketplace welcomes Timely Brew Cafe. If you have ever visited Grand Central Mall, you have probably seen its shop near the food court, but now you can find it on your daily walk or bike ride. Timely Brew Caf celebrated their grand ...

Music series seeks stage

Organizers of the Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Tribute Series are always looking for venues to present bands and singer-songwriters.Henderson Hall officials, meanwhile, want to bring music to the grounds of the historic house in Boaz.Last Saturday, the two organizations worked together to ...

Parkersburg celebrates July 4

The American flagThis day is the anniversary of the adoption of the American Flag, a resolution having been introduced in Congress, June 13, 1777. There is a striking coincidence between the design of our flag and the arms of General Washington, which consisted of three stars in the upper ...

Men of Steel minus the morals

At some point, I may bite the bullet and watch the "ultimate edition" of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," a three-hour expanded version of the film released this week on digital HD and coming next month on Blu ray.But I'm not optimistic that an extra half-hour of footage - especially ...

Budget cuts only skin-deep

Look up the phrase "wailing and gnashing of teeth" and you'll see a picture of West Virginia legislators. They did a lot of that this year, before approving a budget acceptable to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.Remember all the complaints about spending cuts for state agencies? About how terrible things ...

Fitness tracker adds stress

Is anyone else being shamed daily by their wearable fitness tracker? Mine sent me a notification the other day that essentially said "awww, here, have a badge for making it halfway to your daily goal - 5,000 steps isn't so bad." It was like receiving a "Participant" ribbon.Now, I've had the ...

Summer time brunch recipes

Next week we will celebrate the 4th of July and I thought I would get out some breakfast and brunch recipes for you to be able to have enough time to get the ingredients and get everything ready. When family and friends arrive, you will have everything ready and be ahead of the game. I love the ...

Zucchini at farmers’ markets — use it now

June is almost over! Did you do the things you hoped to do this past month? Don't put off any activities you plan with your family such as picnics and vacations. This June 2016 is almost over and will never come again. Housework, gardens, and home projects will all be around when we and our ...

Dive into summer fun with kids’ books

It's kids' books week!Summertime is a good time to keep up those reading skills. Instead of playing a video game, why not read a good book?Coming July 5 is the second book in the middle-grade DC Super Hero Girls series, "Supergirl at Super Hero High" by Lisa Yee (Random House, ages 8-12, ...

Ready to ‘launch’ next great idea?

By now most of the civilized world has seen an episode of "Shark Tank." An entrepreneur is launching a new business or posing the next great invention to a panel of judges, hoping one of them will approve of the concept and invest in the venture.What if you had the chance to do that ...

Meet the Red Eft in backyard

If you've ever doubted that water is the wellspring of life, pay attention the next time it rains. Birds flock to puddles and birdbaths to drink and bathe. Box turtles become active and can be seen crossing roads. Drive slowly on back roads at night to see a steady parade of frogs and toads.And ...

Meal program available

The Washington Morgan Community Action program is once again making free meals available for children ages 1-18 through their Summer Feeding Program. This program continues Monday through Friday through August 12. Lunch is served at noon at John Dodge Park in Beverly. The only 'requirement' ...

Sigman, Coulson help each other

Scott Sigman never forgot the support and encouragement he received from Kelly Coulson more than 30 years ago.Sigman got an opportunity to "repay a debt" to Coulson beginning three years ago in Charlotte, N.C.Sigman, a 1984 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, was 14 years old when he ...

‘Mother’ Jones jailed for first time in Wood County

"Mother" Jones and other agitators are now confined in the Wood County Jail"Mother" Jones, of national fame as an organizer and agitator among the mine workers, together with twelve miners are now confined in the county jail in this city, on the charge of violating an injunction issued Thursday ...

Evolution, creationism, classrooms

In 1925, the Tennessee legislature passed the Butler Act, making it illegal to teach any theory of creation as truth besides what happened in the Bible. Later that year, biology teacher John Scopes was found presenting Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to his class and was put on trial. ...