Local columns

Persistence is key to success

When I was in high school I rarely got turned down for a date. My secret was simple. I didn’t ask. I was afraid of rejection. The result was I didn’t have much of a social life. When I went to WVU I knew that if I wanted a social life I would have to get uncomfortable. I became a rejection ...

Backyard Gardener: The American Chestnut

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. Hopefully we have said goodbye to the heat and humidity of summer as we now focus on college football, cookouts and canning and preserving the harvest. An abundance of vegetables from the garden as well as from fruit trees should keep us busy all ...

Get tense with thrillers

It’s time to get tense and hide under the covers with some chilling thrillers! First a young boy contends with his family’s housekeeper in “The Boy in the Keyhole” by Stephen Giles. Samuel lives in his family’s crumbling estate in Cornwall with his housekeeper, Ruth. His father is ...

Beverly Public Library offers new program

The Beverly Public Library is continuing its new program “Baby Bookworm Lapsit” this Tuesday and Wednesday. This program is for children ages 0-2 and an adult caregiver. During the program children will listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun with rhymes. This Tuesday, September ...

Fall planting season here

When fall colors begin to reveal themselves, it’s time to plant woody vines, small trees, and perennial wildflowers. Being in the ground for five or six months allows plants to acclimate to local conditions and leads to vigorous spring growth. Furthermore, nurseries, garden centers, and ...

United Way faces issues

United Way doesn’t look away from the critical issues — they face them head on! We don’t have to look far to find critical issues in our community that need to be addressed. Often it can feel as if the negativity outweighs the wonderful things happening all around us in the MOV. The ...

The story of Josh the grave digger

The sun beat down on his black skin. Sweat took detours around each hard muscle. Josh had been digging graves for forty years. Today he was preparing a grave for his best friend. He pulled an old rag from his pocket, dabbed at his brow and smiled. A pleasant thought about him and his best ...

Wood County natives achieve success

Wood County natives are making impressive marks outside the region. Pat Strader and his team at Digital Relativity, a full-service marketing and advertising agency with offices in Fayetteville and Charleston, was ranked No. 202 in August on Inc. Magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000 for the ...

Look Back: Stephenson settles in Oregon

This will conclude the May 15, 1853, letter from John Stephenson to his friend in Parkersburg, chronicling their journey to Oregon. He is writing from Old Fort Kearney, Neb. *** We have traveled 100 miles over a bad road and camped regularly at night. All the family are rather pleased ...

Back Issues: ‘Daredevil’ characters join ‘Iron Fist’ ensemble

Iron Fist is back on Netflix and his supporting cast is expanding, including a few characters borrowed from fellow streaming star Daredevil’s comics. The sophomore season starring the martial arts master with the magic punch was released last week. While continuing to feature Danny Rand, the ...

Stay informed on important voting, registration dates

Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far less attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

Lessons from the first game

West Virginia University’s football season opener was a neutral-site game against Tennessee this year, which meant I and a few friends found ourselves in Charlotte, N.C., for a couple of days. It was a short trip, but turned out to hold a few eye-openers that had nothing to do with ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Time to Get Checked

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to revisit what you know and don’t know about this disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer. Approximately 164,690 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and ...

Columbus Greek Festival enjoyed

Over Labor Day and for many years the Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio, holds their annual Greek Festival that lasts for four days and attended by thousands every year. If you have never been to a Greek Festival, I would advise you to attend one if it ever becomes possible, with ...

Get out the white paint

I want to assure conservative readers that this letter, although it deals with global warming, is not another liberal rant and that you can safely read it without being exposed to any idea which challenges your world view. However, I will describe a new idea, new at least to me because I never ...

The Amazing Chamber Chase, Part TWO!

Last year we launched a new event through the Chamber entitled The Amazing Chamber Chase. Held in October 2017, this event was a team scavenger hunt in Downtown Parkersburg, complete with clues, selfies and fun activities. Twenty-seven teams of at least 4 people participated, many dressed up ...

Ruffled grouse numbers declining

For nearly 25 years, unpredictable fluctuations of ruffed grouse populations in the Appalachian region have frustrated wildlife biologists in many states. Known for five- or six-year population cycles in northern states characterized by evergreen and aspen forests, ruffed grouse populations in ...

Time to get library ‘carded’

Do you have a library card? If not, this is the month to get one! September has been named ‘Library Card Sing-up Month’, so now is the perfect time to stop in at the library and get a card! According to the American Library Association (ALA) website, “September is Library Card Sign-up ...

Romance, history in women’s fiction

There is plenty in women’s fiction right now to appeal to romance and historical fiction fans! First, Tara Sheets continues her Holloway Girls series with “Don’t Touch My Petunia.” Juliette, one of the gifted Holloway sisters, has a magical green thumb, that she puts to use as a ...

PHS Class of ‘68 holds reunion

By Janet Riley Kerley Special to The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG — The Beatles were crooning “Hey, Jude,” Marvin Gaye was singing “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Janis Joplin was belting out “Piece of My Heart,” and Steppenwolf was revving us up with “Born to Be ...