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New book kicks off Amish series

Bestselling author Beth Wiseman kicks off a new book series, An Amish Journey, with her new book, “Hearts in Harmony.” Levi and Mary met once as kids at a chance meeting at an English friend’s house, and bonded over a love of music — though forbidden to them. Now as adults, they are ...

Vernal pools essential

If late winter cabin fever has you down, wander the woods in search of vernal pools — small bodies of water that collect in depressions in the ground. Melting snow and late winter rains fill these shallow depressions, which can be as small as a plastic swimming pool or as large as an acre. ...

Beverly families attend literacy luau

Beverly-Center students and their families were treated to a ‘Literacy Luau’ Thursday, March 7, to celebrate their annual Literacy Night. Participants could attend various teacher-created learning centers related to making reading fun as well as a special family learning experience. As ...

Shuman seeks aid for Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg

Ben Shuman hasn’t been in his Mary Street office much lately. Six days in the office the past three weeks, Shuman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, said Thursday. Two and a half weeks ago, he attended a “Beyond School Hours” Conference in Atlanta, ...

Look Back: Gun debate was lively more than a century ago

Concealed weapons Public attention is everywhere being called to the prevailing and almost universal practice of carrying concealed deadly weapons, and Parkersburg may be set down as one of the places which needs attention in reference to this dangerous custom. The usual number of woundings ...

Life Through the Lens: Perfect vision comes in hindsight

“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront…this is not a love story.” *** “Hindsight is 20/20.” Is there a more cliche saying out there? The worst part of that saying is it is so true. The hardest part about having 20/20 vision in hindsight is the sheer irony of ...

Back Issues: ‘Captain Marvel’ flies onto big screen

The Marvel universe includes plenty of strong, capable superheroines, but none ever stood out from the pack the way Wonder Woman has for DC. That may be about to change as “Captain Marvel” arrives in theaters today. Carol Danvers was introduced in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13 as ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Nine at the Capitol

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets there were ...

The lost art of compromise

Officially, West Virginia state Senate Bill 451 died on a Wednesday afternoon, when the House of Delegates left it “tabled indefinitely.” But in reality, it — and much about it that is good — perished at about 6:25 p.m. the previous Monday. It was at about that time that leaders of ...

Standing against hatred

West Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said something extraordinarily important Friday, in response to the parasites who attached themselves to the events of WVGOP Day — and the anger they provoked. “Over the course of these now 52 days we have allowed ...

‘Neutrality’ reinforces bigotry

This column shouldn’t be necessary. A personal attack shouldn’t warrant ink but last week one was allowed. I wrote a letter on the same topic, yet I drew no ire. Perhaps this is a personal vendetta against Ms. Peters. Throughout the (lie-laced) column, the writer laid siege to a woman and ...

Tackling hunger in the Mid-Ohio Valley

What does hunger really look like? If you were to google search the term hunger you would likely see hundreds of images of people, young and old, in far-away countries, with boney faces and eyes that seemed to implore for help. While the depth of heartbreak when looking at these images is real, ...

Decreasing your fat intake at meals

As we get older (of course not us readers) we realize that it is time to be concerned and watch what we put in our bodies and many of you have been doing it for years. I know that sometimes it is hard to follow a certain diet and very easy to say, “I will start watching next Monday” and ...

Vegan dishes for Instant Pot

The love of the Instant Pot continues! I’m not vegan by any means, nor vegetarian, but I’m not opposed to trying any kind of dish as long as it sounds good, and ultimately tastes good. Many times, the problem with making a vegan dish is the weird specialty ingredients that you are forced ...

Nutrition Mission opening in downtown Parkersburg

2019 is looking promising as we make plans to celebrate the opening of another new business to upper Market Street. The Nutrition Mission, located at 1029 Market Street is scheduled to be open for business on March 11th at 7:30 a.m. Downtown PKB will be holding an official ribbon cutting ...

Some simple truths

For over two years I have been writing this column as a representative of the Shale Crescent USA organization. Today I write it as an individual and a registered professional engineer. Talking to people across the country I try to help people, particularly outside of our region, understand ...

Cozy mysteries for fans

There are several new cozy mysteries for fans of the genre to enjoy. Tina Kashian continues her Kebab Kitchen series with “One Feta in the Grave.” Summer is winding down, and with that tourist season for Lucy’s family restaurant along the shore of Ocean Crest. The town celebrates the ...

Woodcock sky dance

One of the best of nature’s predictable shows begins in March — the dance of the woodcock. The exact time and place is difficult to know, but it’s a great harbinger of spring. Unless heavy rain or snow interferes, woodcock rarely miss a performance. I first observed the woodcock dance in ...

Beverly Library has much to offer this week

Tax day is drawing closer. If you need help, it may be available at the Beverly Library. AARP is offering free tax help this tax season each Monday and Wednesday for everyone who needs help doing their basic personal taxes. AARP membership is not required and the volunteers are trained and ...

City Park to host steak-grilling competition

Calling all steak grillers. For the first time, the American Competitive Steak Association plans to bring its pro-am steak cook-off to Parkersburg City Park on April 13. The steak-grilling competition is open to anyone — backyard grillmasters, restaurant chefs, foodies, first-responders and ...