Local columns

Can we get back glass industry?

This past week we were exhibiting at a glass conference in Columbus. At the booth next to ours I overheard a vendor ask the manager of a Wisconsin glass plant, “Where do you get your natural gas from?” “I’m not sure. Mexico, I think.” Said the manager. I couldn’t contain myself. I ...

Jan Dils gives back to veterans

It’s a special time of year for many. Halloween has just ended, and many people are getting excited for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Some area merchants have even started playing Christmas music. However, for the attorneys and staff from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, the first half of ...

Legal Ease: Basic tools of doing estate planning

People often know that they need to be planning for their future legal needs, but have no framework in which to think. Let me explain three basic documents most people will want to consider when doing their estate planning. Last Will and Testament. In this document you can state who you ...

Romance in contemporary, Amish settings

Romance visits Amish country and small towns in several new romance books! In Beth Wiseman’s “Amish Secrets” series, a young woman continues to try to figure out what world she belongs to in “Home All Along.” Charlotte came to Lancaster County and the King family under ...

Writer recommends holiday books

It’s time for my annual list of books that I recommend as great holiday gifts for outdoor lovers. Imagine the Great Lakes: five huge self-contained bodies of water that hold 20 percent of the planet’s liquid freshwater (much is also tied up in glaciers, icebergs, snow, and ice). From the ...

Beverly-Center Elementary announces honor roll

These Beverly-Center Elementary Students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills — Mrs. Fryman’s class: Arabella Beasley, Ella Duskey, Layson Duskey, Quinten Henry, Zakia Holliday, Karsyn Huck, Maxwell Marshall, Brooklynne Meek, Ian ...

Bob Goldenberg honored at Parkersburg Country Club

Bob Goldenberg’s life and accomplishments were celebrated last Sunday afternoon at Parkersburg Country Club. Goldenberg, 93, of Parkersburg has been practicing law in West Virginia for 67 years. Saying he is semi-retired, Goldenberg still works in The Goldenberg Law Firm on Star ...

Photo provided by the Ritchie County Historical Society
The rare picture above shows an interior passage of the famed Ritchie Mines. The photo must have been taken when the mine was entered for the last time in 1983 by two very lucky adventurers.

Look Back: Danger, adventure in Ritchie Mines

In James Ankrom’s 1929 account of the Cairo and Kanawha Railway, he describes the inner workings of the mine. Excerpts from his account follow: “The mine was worked in a northwesterly direction from Macfarland Creek and the vein of asphalt was found. The initial shaft was vertical and ...

Life Through the Lens: The classic story of twue wuv turns 30

“This is true love — you think this happens every day?” *** Love is hard work. It is messy. It is unpredictable. Sometimes ... love down-right stinks. When I met my wife in college, I fought the feeling of love. It scared me too much. I felt too young to give up control. I felt too ...

Keep eyes open for new ideas

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: * Fifty-four of ...

Untapped venison market

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt may sound as though he is stating the obvious as he suggests an untapped agricultural opportunity in the Mountain State — deer meat. Sorry ... “venison.” And it’s not exactly untapped so much as insufficiently tapped. Leonhardt ...

Thank you and farewell: Moving on and moving forward in healthcare mission

Ten years ago I was offered the opportunity to join the senior leadership team at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital as its vice president of operations. I hit the ground running by completing the new South Tower addition followed by a top-to-bottom renovation of the North Tower over a two-year ...

Make some freezer meals for busy season

Wow! Did it ever get cold in a hurry! I guess I was in a dream world thinking we would get several nicer warm fall days. Maybe we will get a few more, but we can’t depend on it. Old Jack Frost got the flowers, so I don’t have to be concerned about where to put them in the house and watering ...

Halloween bash 2017

Our grandchildren make Halloween very exciting for us. All of them make Papou’s and YiaYia’s (grandpa and grandma) their first trick or treat stop all dressed up in their special costumes. Oh how I am going to miss all this as they grow older — one is just more special than the other and ...

Are you someone?

We get many calls and visitors to the office that want information about the business climate in our community. Some have been “creeping” on Facebook where it seems all you read are negative comments and sad stories. I’m delighted when they seek us out to get additional information before ...

Bringing jobs back to MOV: Be a team

Since this is West Virginia State Soccer Tournament weekend, as assistant coach of one of the participating boys teams I was thinking about what we had to do just to get there. Talent is helpful. But there are some very talented teams that won’t be in Beckley for the State Tournament. I ...

Whole lot of mysteries to be reading

There are a lot of new mystery books to be enjoying right now, from Sherlock Holmes adventures to cozies! First is Bonnie Macbird’s original Holmes tales in “Unquiet Spirits” (HarperCollins, $25.99, 497 pages.) Holmes and Watson are visited by Isla McLaren who claims that the family ...

Roosting boxes for cold nights

As colder weather approaches, I often get questions about winter roosting boxes. Many cavity-nesting birds roost (that is, sleep) in natural cavities, nest boxes, or specially designed roosting boxes. It sure beats sleeping out in the open on cold winter nights. Bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, ...

Polar Express fun run scheduled

Everyone is invited to Beverly-Center Elementary School’s Polar Express 5K Fun Run and Walk on December 2. Sponsored by the Beverly-Center PTO, race registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race steps off at 9. Entrance fee is $10 per person or $35 for a family. (A ‘family’ can be a group ...

‘Glamper’ raffle raises money for teen

Last Thursday, the Yeater family presented the Clark family with a check for $13,169. The money represents the raffle ticket sales — 556 of them — for a “glamper” that 15-year-old Ellie Yeater and her family of Wood County created to raise money for Eli Clark and his family. Clark, 13, ...