Local columns

Op-ed: For 150 years, WVU has guided the state toward a brighter future

On Feb. 7, 1867, West Virginia University opened its doors, and a handful of West Virginians entered their state's new land-grant University. This fall, we welcomed more than 6,000 freshmen alone to our three campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The number of students we serve is only ...

Op-ed: West Virginia University is fully engaged with state

In 1986 I had the good fortune “to come home again” when I returned to my home state and home town to become the 20th President of West Virginia University. In spite of Thomas Wolfe’s warning this opportunity proved to be the most fulfilling experience in my academic and administrative ...

Get ready for fall with new recipes

A very nice weekend has been promised to the valley for this weekend. Maybe that is because old Mother Nature was somewhat ashamed over the rain last weekend that about did-in so many events. We take what we get — nothing we can do about it! Texas and western Louisiana are still trying to ...

Recipes are bursting with juicy berries

Make the most of the season by using fresh raspberries in these sweet treats. Gorgeous ruby-red raspberries are perfect popping in your mouth as a snack, tossing into fruit salads and desserts. Many of you may raise your own berries and if not, you can purchase them at the grocery store or art ...

Apple Spice Drops

Another look at cookbooks

Continuing on with my column from last week, I am taking a look at another cookbook I got at The Gospel Book Store of Berlin Cookbook Contest in Berlin, Ohio. And speaking of cookbooks, there’s still time to get your recipes in for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook contest. Email ...

Romance sparks in historic, Amish novels

There are several new historical romance and Amish romance books out right now that will thrill readers. Kathleen Fuller continues her “Amish Letters” series with “The Promise of a Letter.” Roman has been out of the Amish life for a while now, never truly feeling a part of his family ...

Meet common spiders

Fall is in the air. On Thursday morning the thermometer dipped to 46 degrees. Everywhere I look I see signs of seasonal change. Leaves have begun to change colors, and some have even begun to fall. Adult male hummingbirds have already headed south. Blooming goldenrod is turning old fields into ...

Suicide prevention program to be held

Dr. Bill Bauer, Marietta College professor, shares his son’s story during a free family suicide prevention program, “Reducing the Stigma: A Family Suicide Prevention Program” in the Fort Frye High School auditorium this Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. In partnership with Fort Frye ...

Literacy Volunteers needs tutors

Fifteen out of 100 Wood Countians do not read at a level that allows them to find cross streets on a map, read a newspaper article or understand medical prescriptions or instructions, a local organization says. The nonprofit Literacy Volunteers of the Mid-Ohio Valley is trying to reverse this ...

Photo provided by Jeff Little
Situated on Ann Street, just above 13th, Nash School was completed c. 1902-03.  Originally named for early Parkersburg educator John C. Nash, for a period of time the name of the school was changed to Willard.  In 1909 it again became Nash School.

Look Back: Education important from the start in Parkersburg

Editor’s note: The last item in this edition of Lookback contains language that, while common at the time, would be considered offensive today. Because this is a column about history, we have chosen to leave the item as it was printed, to give an accurate picture of the reporting of the ...

Road bond issue may be in trouble

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Cookbook season returns

Baking season is closer than it seems. I know this because I have already received reminders about annual Christmas cookie or cheesecake baking. But I don’t mind. I love puttering around in the kitchen, and sharing recipes and techniques with others. Just today, a reporter was talking to me ...

Op-ed: Shedding light on FirstEnergy request

The first of three hearings in front of the West Virginia Public Service Commission is scheduled for this Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Parkersburg City Council Chambers. The power company is hoping you stay home. FirstEnergy is seeking approval for its MonPower and Potomac Edison subsidiaries to ...

DuPont joins Downtown PKB’s partner program

DuPont joined our Partner Program at the end of June this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission,” says Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB. ...

Harvey another reason for northeast expansion

We have all seen the pictures of devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Gulf Coast. Four feet of rain is unimaginable. We saw first-hand the destructive power of flood water in West Virginia last summer. Over a year has passed since that flood and those communities and people are ...

Outdoor recreation offers opportunity

Outdoor Recreation is a growing segment of the tourism market, and there are some great things happening in our area that have the potential to increase recreation-related tourism. I want to share those recent developments with you. But first, I would like to set the record straight regarding ...

Photo by Amy Phelps
The drink that I tried at the contest and has been made a lot at home.

Visiting Amish Country via cookbook

Over the summer, I attended a cookbook contest that a bookstore in the small town of Berlin, Ohio, was holding. Being the editor of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook and coordinator for the contest and tasting party (and if you haven’t gotten your recipes in yet, why haven’t you? ...

Fall fruit recipes to use

Today, we are starting the last quarter of the year, and what a heart-breaking start to a time when we should be looking forward to one of the happiest quarters of the year. This past week has shown huge and terrible devastation to our neighbors in the southern Gulf States. As this is written, ...

Sweet summer fun for kids

Here is the scoop on mixing up over the top ice cream parlor flavors at your home. When it comes to your ice cream fantasy, what is your wish list? Various flavors, candy bar chunks, caramel, nuts or maybe all the above. You do not have to visit the ice cream shops where the portions are ...

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Get cozy with mysteries

Sometimes you just want to curl up with a good book. While these are all mystery stories, they are more relaxing than pulse-pounding. From Agatha award-winning author Amanda Flower comes the first in a new series, Amish Candy Shop, with “Assaulted Caramel.” Bailey has been living the big ...