Local columns

W.Va. voter registration mess

Lincoln County has 17,902 registered voters, according to the West Virginia secretary of state's website.Lincoln County has about 16,710 residents 18 years of age or older, according to the Census Bureau.Yes, you have to be 18 to vote in the Mountain State.Somehow, during her seven years as the ...

Proud to be West Virginian

"West Virginia born and raised, and proud of it!"I saw that on a T-shirt the other day, and thought simply, "yep." It doesn't seem like the kind of thing that requires much explanation. Celebrities ranging from Brad Paisley to Bill Withers are proud to call West Virginia home. (I liked the way ...

Energizing our nation’s energy policy

Within the next five years, demand for America's natural gas is projected to nearly double. That is great news for Ohio and other gas-producing states. But any celebration would be premature.Now, more than ever, we need a national energy policy that encourages responsible drilling, provides ...

Seafood for Lenten season

Do you have your running shoes ready, girls? Tomorrow is "Sadie Hawkins Day." It comes only once every four years, so if you want to take advantage of it, tie your shoe strings, take your vitamins, and pick your victim - I mean your "wished-for" guy. Good-looking, has a job, treats his mother ...

Fire up your slow cooker

A blogger fires up her slow cooker for some family meals in "The Classic Slow Cooker: Best-Loved Family Recipes To Make Fast and Cook Slow" by Judy Hannemann.Hannemann transformed her favorite family recipes to those that can be made in a slow cooker for ease. In her introduction, she talks ...

Sweets for random acts of kindness

Sharing sweets from your kitchen will show people just how much you care, plus spoil your family and friends.I didn't realize that Feb. 17 was the "Random Acts of Kindness Week," therefore I am taking the time this week to show people good intentions, kindness and being generous and seeing good ...

Skirt project, part five: Don’t sew when tired

The benefit of making the skirt for myself is that I can make it as long as I want so long as there is enough material to do so. The flowery material came up about six inches short of my expectations.From day one on this project, I have been planning to add plain green material at the bottom ...

Books for middle-grade readers available now

There are several great new books available now for middle-grade readers!First is "Pilfer Academy" by Lauren Magaziner.George has always been a troublemaker, but he's in for a whole new level of trouble as he is kidnapped in order to join Pilfer Academy as its new student. His classmates are ...

Snow fleas are harmless, abundant

Knowing that winter weather can persist into April, there will probably be at least a few more opportunities to see a tiny, but abundant creature that is best seen against a blanket of fresh snow - snow fleas.Last week a friend told me that after a recent snowfall he was walking along his ...

Dust off your walking shoes

It's time for all you walkers and runners to get ready! The 14th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 26. The race, which features electronic timing, is set to step off at 8:30 a.m. for runners and 8:35 a.m. for walkers in front of Fort Frye High ...

Suds and Samples to fill gallery

Scott Bookman wants to attract millennials to the Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta.In looking for this younger crowd (those in their 20s and 30s), the gallery at 219 Second St. is hosting a Suds and Samples next Saturday, March 5, from 5 to 9 p.m.Marietta's 134 Bistro will be providing the ...

Rivers filled with exciting new boats

Senator Camden's launchWork on a handsome new naphtha launch for Senator Camden has been commenced at the docks and will be pushed rapidly to completion. The launch is quite large, being more than forty feet in length, and will be of the finest material and workmanship of which the Parkersburg ...

Senate should wait on new justice

America lost a stalwart advocate for our "rule of law" system with the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and we now face a tremendous challenge to maintain balance on the court. He was one of America's most revered and admired justices - a strong, articulate defender of ...

More corners to turn in W.Va.

We West Virginians have many corners to turn before we become a state young people don't leave to find opportunities for better lives. But we have turned one, and it marked a critical change in direction.An era more than eight decades long ended this winter, when state legislators approved a ...

Stuntmen helped bring scenes to life

Since 1983, when I attended my first western movie festival in Charlotte, N.C., I have met over 150 actors, actresses, producers, directors and the great stuntmen such as: Yakima Canutt (King of the Stuntmen), Dean Smith, Jock Mahoney, Al Wyatt (Randolph Scott's stunt double), Bill Hart (Glenn ...

Preparing for the next level

I've heard a lot from young people lately excited about the end of their high school years and an impending transition to college. A common thread for some of these high school seniors is concern over test scores - specifically, ACT or SAT test scores.One young lady told me she blamed Common ...

Cherry recipes a timely treat

I trust you had a wonderful weekend last week. What could be better than Valentine's Day and a long holiday to enjoy the wonders of nature. Of course, not everyone likes snow, but it is pretty, and if you don't have to go out in it, quite enjoyable. It is really nicer than the mud that ...

Old man winter go away

With the second big snowstorm, we need recipes to keep us warm. Hot soups, chili and stews sound much better than ice cream.Personally I can enjoy soups all year round, and soup usually tastes better the next day because all the ingredients have a chance to blend and give a delicious flavor.I ...

Mystery, thrills in new books

Lynette Eason writes about a group of women who are bodyguards in "Always Watching."Radio personality and psychiatrist Wade Savage has attracted a lot of attention, and some of it isn't as good. It appears he has a stalker, and when the attention doesn't go away, he just may need a ...

Bird cage meets expectations

Back in December, I wrote about my new feeding station I call the "Bird Cage." It is an enclosure designed to exclude deer and raccoons. The walls and top consist of grid panels of 2 -inch by 2 -inch heavy-duty wire mesh that allows birds to pass freely, but keeps larger animals out.Though ...