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Another lead, another prospect, in Chicago

Jerry James, Vice Chairman of Shale Crescent USA, President of Artex Oil, and I are getting ready to return from the first ever Marcellus-Utica Houston Conference this week. Jerry did the Shale Crescent presentation. It was another great conference for Shale Crescent USA. I will tell you about ...

Women’s fiction to fall for this season

There are a lot of new titles in the women’s fiction field this fall! The remaining Maxwell sister looks for love in the classic Emma inspired story, “Badly Done, Emma Lee” by Leah Marie Brown. Emma Lee has spent her life as a pampered and spoiled society girl. But when the family ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School names students on honor roll

These Beverly-Center Elementary School students were named to the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten: Mastering 5 Super Skills — Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton ...

How to choose the perfect bird feeder

When readers ask for help selecting a bird feeder, I’m happy to oblige. I bought my first feeder in 1978 in Michigan, so I’ve had lots of experience evaluating them. I won’t presume to identify the “best” feeders, but I can name my favorites in both general and specific terms. My ...

The Piano

The year was 1859. It was a full decade before the Civil Ware and 20 years after the Tarver brothers came from Ireland to stake their claim in the New World. The Tarvers were a wealthy family and Jim Tarver inherited his father’s talent for working with wood and his love of music. He ...

Nominations sought for Gold Star monument

A group is looking for information on area men and women who served in the U.S. military. This information is being sought for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument planned for Parkersburg City Park next year. Nomination forms for friends or family members who served in the armed forces, ...

Look Back: Mid-Ohio Valley filled with natural resources

Oil and mineral news Another vein of asphaltum, or oil coal, has been struck between Cairo and the M’Farland vein, and on the line of the railroad. It is said to be equal to the other vein in Ritchie county. It is branching out in minerals. The iron ore in Washington Bottom, six miles ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The final countdown

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...

What should we remember, now that it’s November?

Assume for a moment that your family has had five really bad financial years in a row. Every year, you’ve taken in far less money than you’d hoped. You’ve had to dip deeply into your savings account to keep your head above water. You’ve had to reduce your spending. What would you ...

Spending time with students

If you ever get an opportunity to speak to groups of middle and high school students, do it. Last week I led a few sessions for the 7th Annual Developing Star Leaders program hosted by West Virginia University-Parkersburg. The theme for the day was “STARS iThink, not groupThink,” and I got ...

The enjoyment of writing

Since I was a little girl I would love to write and make up stories. I recall in grade school we had a subject called “Ekthesi” which means write a story about anything you wish. I was one of the top story writers in the class according to the teacher. He was my fifth grade teacher and ...

Instant Pot brings Indian dishes home

I love Indian food and am always wanting to recreate the dishes I love at home. And now being in love with my Instant Pot, I was thrilled to get “The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” by Archana Mundhe. For the Instant Pot, you will need a tall steam rack and another stainless steel ...

Attitude is everything

Nathan Lord and I from Shale Crescent along with Keith Burdette from Polymer Alliance Zone were in Chicago at the Global Plastics Summit this week. We had a great conference with positive measurable results. I literally just got back home and need to be in Beckley in the morning so I will share ...

Cozy mysteries for fans to warm up to

A seasonal story of Scotland roots and murder is told in “Overkilt” by Kaitlyn Dunnett. Liss is readying her Scottish Emporium for the after-Thanksgiving rush that is sure to be coming. While her father-in-law’s hotel can barely turn a profit, he decides to entice childless couples to ...

It’s time to feed wild birds

Though it’s OK to feed wild birds year round, many people prefer to feed only during the colder months. The colder months are here, so let’s review the best foods to offer backyard birds Sunflower Seeds. Black-oil sunflowers seeds are the best single food for wild birds. These small, ...

Annual Election Day dinner to be held Tuesday

The Beverly United Methodist Church will hold its annual Election Day Dinner and Bazaar this Tuesday. The meal will feature a turkey dinner with ‘all the trimmings’ — mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, roll and butter, and homemade dessert. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and the ...

McDonough Wildlife Refuge path provides smooth walk

Walkers now have a smooth path at McDonough Wildlife Refuge in Vienna. Last month, the one-third-mile walking path at McDonough received a new coat of asphalt. This removed the bumpy and cracked sections and filled in areas where water flowed across the path. Additional improvements along and ...

Look Back: Bicycles for transportation, recreation, but not ‘racing’

Not a race The affair at the City Park on the 4th of July, in which the bicyclers took part, was not a regular race, but simply a trial of speed, as the charter of the Bicycle Club here prohibits racing of any description, and any violation of the rule would forfeit the charter. Excerpt from ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith celebrates Bahai

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith is an area group which seeks to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive community whose members are knowledgeable and appreciative of diverse faith traditions and cultural contexts. To that end, we launch here what we hope is a monthly article presenting a calendar of ...

Lawmaker might need to know when to say when

Two of the five people who served as justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court just four months ago have left. A third is on his way out. It may be time to call it a day. Nothing useful can be accomplished by trying to make it four out of five. If you’ve been following the high court ...