Local columns

Two downtown Parkersburg businesses making a mark

Two Downtown Parkersburg businesses are working hard and are being rewarded for their efforts. Aspire Salon and the Parkersburg Brewing Co. both had exciting months, as they were both recognized for what they do best. Aspire Salon was highlighted in Salon Today magazine’s “Salon of the ...

Go to the beach with the Amish

Get ready to enjoy your summer vacation with some new Amish romance offerings! Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter continue their series with “The Hawaiian Discovery.” Ellen has been sad since her best friend, Mandy, moved to Hawaii and left the Amish faith to be with her husband. ...

Golden guides for young and old

I’m often asked when and how I developed my interest in nature. The “when” is easy. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved animals of all kinds. As soon as I learned to read, I’d spend hours with encyclopedias and any other books that included pictures and stories about animals. ...

Enrollment for Head Start now underway

The Washington Morgan Community Action is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. This program specializes in social and educational development and kindergarten preparation. Free preschool programs are available for eligible families with children ages 3-5 and provide a nutritious ...

Fulton invites Wood County to D.C. party

Although Mike Fulton moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1979, he still wants to showcase his hometown of Parkersburg. Fulton is on the board of directors of the West Virginia State Society of Washington, D.C., and the planning committee for the West Virginia birthday celebration — A ...

Look Back: Trouble with the tipple in Parkersburg

Editor’s note: As a look back at historic newspaper entries, this column occasionally contains language that was acceptable for publication at the time, but would no longer make its way into print, today. Readers should be aware one such word appears in the final entry to today’s ...

Backyard Gardener: Oregano is a mountain delight

Hello Backyard Gardeners and farmers. Cool, rainy weather has hit the area as residents celebrate graduations and head into vacation season. It is hard to believe my niece Mariah has graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. ...

Back Issues: Cloak and Dagger hit Freeform

Marvel’s preeminent dynamic duo make the leap to TV when “Cloak and Dagger” premieres tonight on Freeform. Introduced in 1982’s “Spectacular Spider-Man” #64, Cloak and Dagger were teenage runaways subjected against their will to an experimental drug that granted them superpowers. ...

Blankenship is playing a risky game

Don Blankenship and some of the West Virginians likely to support him in his Don Quixote-style bid for the U.S. Senate may well be thinking that because President Donald Trump proved much of the conventional wisdom about politics wrong, there is a chance the retired coal baron can win in ...

This is silk moth season

‘Tis the season to enjoy large, winged creatures on the back porch. And I’m not referring to birds. I’m describing some of the more conspicuous giant silk moths. Members of the family Saturniidae, silk moths are large, beautiful, and relatively uncommon. They are probably non-target ...

Ratings from stereotypes

Sen. Joe Manchin, D, W.Va., has added his name to the list of folks who are not too happy with the idea of a reboot of the “hillbilly high jinks” “reality” show MTV aired a few years back, “Buckwild.” This one would be called “West Virginia Wilder,” focus on young people in ...

Summer unofficially begins with berries

Summer has now “unofficially” started. Enjoy each day and try to remember last winter’s cold and not complain about the heat! Hot weather does have a tendency to make some folks grumpy, so do what you can to find the cheerful folks - it makes for lot nicer summer. I TRY not to let the sun ...

Welcome summer with a variety of recipes

Here are several new recipes for you to try to begin your summer! *** Goat Cheese and Pear Stuffed Tenderloin 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon butter 1 beef tenderloin roast 1 cup arugula or baby spinach 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon each minced ...

Fuel your passion

Listening to a new Rotarian talk about how the fellowship of our club invigorates them. Knocking it out of the park on an event. Catching up on all my filing. Inspiring a young professional to take a leadership role on a committee or project. Winning at tennis, or pickleball, or euchre… ...

Knowing where things come from important

I have a friend who loves to hunt deer like many West Virginians. He told me about a woman he met in his travels out of state. They somehow got into a discussion about hunting. He told her that his family liked fresh deer meat. She told him that she did not believe that he should be killing ...

Put some cozy in your beach bag

It’s time to pack a book or two for the beach, and for fans of cozy mysteries, there are several to choose from! A freelance editor finds a murder mystery at home in “Crime and Punctuation” by Kaitlyn Dunnett. A recent widow, Mikki is trying to settle into her childhood home and a new ...

Ready, set, summer!

The 2017-2018 school year is over for local students and summer activities are ready to go! Tonight, the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool kicks things off with their 2018 Splash Bash from 6-8 p.m. Admission for the evening is $4 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family and children under ...

The Seventh Window

Sister Mary St. John – she preferred Sister Mary. Sister Mary graduated from college with a Master’s degree at the ripe old age of twenty-four. It was an easy decision by the church to assign her to the children’s ward at St. Anthony’s Hospital where she was a godsend to the children ...

Parkersburg man gets wish for Viking Funeral

Tom Frank of Parkersburg wanted a Viking Funeral. “We promised him we would,” said his best friend Gary Meyer of Marietta. “Tom made me swear we would do it.” Last Saturday along a creek in Wood County, Frank’s family and friends carried out his wishes for a Viking Funeral complete ...

Look Back: Fighting — sanctioned and otherwise — fills the air

Big wrestling tournament The big wrestling tournament tomorrow night in the Maccabee Hall in which John Callon, of Parkersburg and Young Burns of Denver, Colorado, the principal participants, will likely draw a big crowd. It will be a catch as catch can bout and Callon is to pin Burns’ ...