Local columns

Day of Action a chance to serve community

On June 21, tens of thousands of people across the planet will volunteer to spend a day in service to their community. It is a day when they will step in unison and fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. A worldwide movement that will result ...

New books in women’s fiction

There’s several new books out in the genre of women’s fiction that run the gamut of subjects. First from bestselling author Amy Clipston is “A Welcome at Our Door,” the final part of her Amish Homestead series. Cindy Riehl is the youngest in her family and has watched her siblings all ...

The birds of western North Carolina

It's been almost a year since my wife and I moved from West Virginia to western North Carolina. Since then many readers have written to wish us well. We truly appreciate your thoughtful cards and emails. Thank you. Moving from a large old house on 95 rural acres to a suburban three-bedroom ...

College football reps visit Mid-Ohio Valley

Even though the college football season is several months away, local residents are already getting a look at what to expect from their favorite teams this year. Thursday night, Alan Estep, assistant head football coach/offensive coordinator at Marietta College, spoke at the college’s ...

Look Back: Parkersburg goes to the dogs

Dogs Editor State Journal: Has the city of Parkersburg an ordinance concerning dogs? If so, what are its provisions? Is the owner of a dog held responsible for depredations committed by his dog or dogs? Has a citizen any right of protection against dogs? If so, in what way may he proceed ...

Life Through the Lens: What is lost may sometimes be restored

“Some people move on. But not us...not us.” *** What do you do when something is lost? Give up? Move on? Hold tight? How long is too long? When is enough finally enough? Is this too many questions? I remember the last time my girlfriend broke up with me. Seems like a Tuesday. I had, ...

Would a Manchin run make sense?

Party labels mean more to politicians, and often to voters, than they have in some time. Often, whether one is a Democrat or a Republican makes as much or more difference than positions on issues or personality. West Virginia is evidence of that, in a weird sort of way outsiders may have ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston odds and ends

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

History for the Holliday

When the president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society calls on a gorgeous, sunny 70-degree day and offers to help spring you from your office for 20 minutes or so, you accept. That’s how I wound up driving down Sixth Street in search of the Holliday Cemetery, which Bob ...

The power and potential of being positive

Are you tired of West Virginia being at the bottom of the wrong lists? Ohio is not immune. When I got involved with Shale Crescent USA one of the first things I heard was that southeast Ohio has always been a stepchild of the state of Ohio. The real danger is people get it in their mind that is ...

What’s next for the Parkersburg YMCA?

Editor’s Note: This week we invited Jeff Olson, Chief Operating Officer at the Parkersburg YMCA, to take over our column to share updates on the YMCA with our readers. Our membership database was put into place in 1989 and it shows the YMCA has been a member since then. But after reading ...

Give Local to help Hunger Solutions effort

I can almost hear the ticking of the countdown in my head. The march of time to the magic hour of midnight. When the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday, our 24-hour annual adventure will begin. This week is the annual Give Local initiative from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. It is a ...

Enjoying a roasted lamb dinner

Finally nice warm days and cool evening have returned to our area and the sound of lawn mowers cutting grass and the nice smell of freshly cut grass all along with the beautiful dogwood trees now blooming. It is great for a person to have time to be able to enjoy the out doors and good weather ...

McCullough’s ‘Pioneers’ looks at the Mid-Ohio Valley

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author David McCullough turns his historian eye to a place very familiar — the Mid-Ohio Valley and particularly Marietta, in his new book “The Pioneers.” Focusing on settling the Northwest Territory and the men who did so, ...

Reflections on my grandson’s first nest

Each spring many readers ask how to use nest boxes to attract eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina and black-capped chickadees, and house and Carolina wrens. Many readers specifically ask how long the process will actually take. Here’s a specific example from a year ago. In March ...

Kids on Bikes set for Saturday

This Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. until noon there will be a “Kids on Bikes” program on Buell Island in Lowell for Fort Frye students and their families. Bring your bike to the Island and learn about bike safety and ride with your friends. Bike helmets will be given to some lucky riders, ...

Ritchie County man a fixture at Kentucky Derby

Terry Leo Hannigan of Ritchie County will be attending his 50th Kentucky Derby today. Believing the $80 general admission price is excessive, Hannigan said he will be standing along a fence outside Churchill Downs in Louisville when the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby begins at 6:50 p.m. ...

Look Back: Mill Station was height of luxury

Sterling Mill station opens here Saturday: beautiful gasoline and oil service station at 8th and Ann is opened Representing an outlay of nearly $40,000, and conceded to be one of the most unique and beautiful in the country, the new Sterling Mill, “super service station” was opened to the ...

Back Issues: Variety on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day returns on Saturday, with four local shops participating. Regular customers, nostalgic fans and curious newcomers alike are welcome to snag a samplingat no charge of what today’s comic publishers are offering. Fair warning: You can’t just go in and grab any comic book ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Re-taking the test

The return of lawmakers for Gov. Jim Justice’s special session for “education betterment” is right around the corner. Or is it? Of course, we’ve technically been in special session since midnight March 9 as soon as the regular session ended. Lawmakers adjourned until a day and time as ...