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How chicken wings became popular

I remember 50 years ago that chicken wings were found in the grocery store for ten cents a pound and now they have become one of the most gourmet appetizers and as expensive as the chicken breasts. WOW! Who ever thought we would be paying $1.80 a pound for wings?Who would of thought there would ...

Get dessert, dinner from one cookbook

Shelly Jaronsky offers both sweet and savory dishes from her blog in her new cookbook, "The Cookies & Cups Cookbook."There's more than 125 recipes of both sweet and savory dishes as well as key ingredients you need in your pantry.The recipes are divided into 11 chapters: So You Think ...

Several brand new thrillers set to chill

There are several new young adult novels to try this April!First is a twisted tale of reality and fantasy in "Dreamers Often Lie" by Jacqueline West.Jaye recently had a skiing accident that left her with a fractured skull. As a result, she starts seeing characters from William Shakespeare plays ...

Celebrating Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement. Though Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962 sowed the seeds for this action, the birth of Earth Day triggered a national environmental consciousness. A few days ago, just 46 years later, ...

Downtown PKB shines with laughter

What do a black bear, Scar from the Lion King and a heart-to-heart with the football team have in common? They were all punchlines from Alingon Mitra last Saturday night as United Way Alliance hosted its first signature event, Laugh United. Over 500 people were in downtown Parkersburg for the ...

Write Your Own Version

What version would you like?When I sought the simple taskI just want to buy a BibleIs that too much to ask?Not too much to askBut it could be quite a choreThere are so many versionsEven in this tiny storeA list of all of themOh, it goes on and onWhy just today we received a shipmentRevised by ...

Beverly-Center announces honor roll

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

Marshall, WVU coaches to visit

Marshall University's Wood County rally is moving from the alley to the river.The former "Rally in the Alley" Marshall Coaches Caravan at North End Tavern and Brewery is moving to Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 9.Attending the "Rally by the River" will be Marshall ...

Lubeck supplies food, politics

A trip around Parkersburg in Lubeck TownshipOn the morning of the 14th (July 1871) we crossed the Kanawha bridge, passed through the village of Lockport(sic), a beautiful little town about one-half mile from the city. This place was sold four years ago to be divided into town lots of which a ...

W.Va. should be looking at Cruz

Normally, one question West Virginians have in mind before presidential elections is which candidate would be best for our state. It's different this time around.Now, we have to ask ourselves which candidate is most likely to keep West Virginia from being devastated.President Barack Obama has ...

Western star Lash LaRue: King of the Bullwhip

Over the course of the last 33 years, I have met many of the cowboy stars, heroines, villains and great stuntmen that were highlights of the 1930s, 40s and the demise of the B western in 1954, such as: Sunset Carson, Eddie Dean, Charles Starrett, The Durango Kid, John Hart, Clayton Moore, ...

Paranormal performers continue gracing stages

Many people continually look for locations that are allegedly haunted. But, we do not have to look very far to find stories that could make some feel uneasy about entering a building. As with most stories some get pieces added to make them more interesting for the listeners. I know I have even ...

Choosing your watchdogs

Among the most important votes residents can cast are for seats on county school boards. So far as the success of a community, the future of our children and direct, immediate impact on our day-to-day lives, a vote for another career politician wandering around Washington, D.C., is almost ...

Regs on flaring natural gas may backfire

The Obama administration's clampdown against the flaring of natural gas from shale wells has been heralded by environmental groups because they say it will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But these new regulations may wind up doing just the opposite.Gas flaring is an integral part of oil and ...

Make your own salad dressings

What was your favorite weather the past several days? We had a wide variety from which to choose. Snow is nice, but only when it comes when it is supposed to do so and not on top of blooming tulips. I must say, they took it better than I did. As this is written, most of them are still holding ...

What is your personality for eating pizza?

How many of you like pizza? I personally love pizza of any type although I wish I didn't because of all the calories that come by eating it. I keep telling myself that one of these days I want to order a whole pizza to eat all by myself and then say, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." ...

Several brand new thrillers set to chill

Get your spine tingled with several new thrillers out in April!First is New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick's "Til Death Do Us Part."Set in Victorian London, Calista is running a business of introduction for respectible men and women of society to meet and possibly make matches. Not ...

Skirt project, part eight: applique in green

The art of applique is either a sewer's best friend or worst enemy. It requires a large amount of patience, even when it is being done by machine, and the slightest wrong move can ruin an entire project.Although the choice of applique seemed like a good one when I first decided to decorate the ...

Fun and games with chamber

Belonging to the MOV Chamber is more than meetings, networking and educational opportunities. It's also about having fun! Really? Fun and games, you ask? You betcha'!Two years ago we launched the MOV Chamber Challenge Cup - a series of sports and fun competitions between our members.Our goal ...

Where were you when lights went out?

Recently, Beverly experienced an unexpected power outage. I was substituting at Beverly-Center Elementary that day and experienced once again just how dependent we are on electricity.Initially, the students were ecstatic - to say the least. The usual cheers went up as the lights 'died'. We ...