Local columns

Marijuana push needs study

If Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, has his way, marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be a hot topic in Charleston during this legislative session. During last week’s West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead, Pushkin said he plans to introduce in this session a bill ...

Join the West Virginia Symphony League

Time to take down and put all your Christmas decorations away for another year, but not me — I will probably keep them up until the last of January. Since it took me nearly two weeks to get everything put up and decorated, I want to have plenty of time to enjoy everything. I am no longer a ...

2018’s best quotes that look forward

If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present. This is why it is so important for us to believe in a positive future. One of the best things we can do to help keep people off drugs is to give them hope in their future. A hopeless future can drive people to drugs, alcohol, ...

Planning for the new year at Downtown PKB

2018 has been an exciting year for growth in Downtown PKB, and we look forward to the many opportunities 2019 has in store for our community! Over the past year, Downtown PKB hosted 9 events, partnered on 2 events with other community agencies and welcome many new businesses to downtown with ...

Women’s fiction, poetry to engage

Popular Amish author Amy Clipston serves up a collection of novellas in “Seasons of an Amish Garden.” All of the stories in this collection revolve around a community garden and the young people who are working on it. In “Spring is in the Air,” Katie Ann must deal with the fact that ...

How do you keep the fun in fundraising?

Fundraising event — the two words that can create an instant cringe for most members of an organization. What seems like a fabulous and “sure bet” idea at its very inception can quickly spiral into sleep deprivation and total calamity for the organizers. Events are a challenge — ...

Seed hoarding helps explain empty feeders

By mid-January I’ll begin getting mail asking, “Where are my birds?” The timing of these queries varies geographically, but by mid-winter some people somewhere will wonder what happened to their birds. Unusually mild weather can be responsible. A January thaw with temperatures well above ...

Thoughts for the new year

Welcome to 2019! Here’s hoping all your holiday wishes came true, be them big or small. I always enjoy reading the reprint of Adam Kelly’s Christmas column each year and it always brings a smile to my face as I picture the excitement his words create. There isn’t one particular ...

Mid-Ohio Valley to get DNR recreation areas

Hunters, fishermen, conservationists, birdwatchers and hikers in the Mid-Ohio Valley will receive a gift from the state this year. In December, The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 18,778 acres of forestland in the Mid-Ohio Valley to increase public access for hunting and ...

Look Back: Jones leaves Parkersburg with a few observations

The letter written by past Parkersburg resident David Jones, to the editor of the Parkersburg Daily Times in 1870, continues. As is the case with many historical writings, it contains language that would not be used in print today. Jones was sharing his thoughts about the changes that have ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Lawmakers prepare for 2019

As we head into 2019, things are very quiet, as both the executive and legislative branches prepare their bills for the 60-day general session starting Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters from around the state will get a sneak preview of some of the proposed legislation during the West Virginia Press ...

Looking to the new year

Ever have a child ask you a question — particularly about, let’s call it “current events” — and in trying to form your answer realize some of your own thinking doesn’t make sense? We teach kids all kinds of things we would like to see in adults: Treat others as you would want to be ...

Saying welcome to 2019

For many of us, 2018 was a fantastic year that you will never forget with meeting your mate, having children and grandchildren, a job promotion or better job etc. and so on, and then for others it was not such a good year due to losing a loved one, sickness, loss of a job, loss of a special ...

Use one pan to get dinner done

It seems like my oven has been getting a break lately, and my Instant Pot has been taking over the kitchen. This book made me get back to the basics and enjoy something different with “The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook” by Julia Konovalova. With recipes using a sheet pan, Dutch oven or ...

It was a wild year, now what for goals?

This is the time of year many people make New Year’s resolutions. It was exactly one year ago in this column that I made the statement, “Do you have the courage to write your dream down on paper?” If we are serious about our resolutions and goals we need to write them down so that we can ...

Government relations important for the MOV Chamber

One of the areas of focus for the MOV Chamber is Government Relations. On behalf of our members, we facilitate communications with our elected officials and provide opportunities for members to share regulatory and legislative concerns that affect their ability to do business in the State of ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department provides dental services

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.) *** PARKERSBURG — Smiles for Life is an oral health screening, referral and preventive program offered by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department for adults and children that meet income ...

Suggestions for your New Year’s resolution

The holidays feel like they are starting to wind down as we all begin to look ahead to the new year. It’s nearly time for the dreaded New Year’s resolution. Exercise more, eat less, more self-care, less overtime….the annual list that we hope will create the best version of ourselves! ...

Best books for the year are chosen

With another year coming to a close, here’s a look back at my favorite books of 2018! SUBURBAN NOIR: “Not That I Could Tell” by Jessica Strawser (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99.) A suburban mommy and her kids goes missing after a mom’s night at a neighbor’s house, leaving her ...

Beginnings occur in natural world

A new year is a time for beginnings. And the natural world is replete with examples. Though the plant world is presently dormant, a variety of animals have already begun a new cycle of life. Black bears mate in early summer when food is abundant, but embryos do not implant on the uterine ...