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Schrader to dance at air base in Jordan

Belpre native Tamara Schrader is looking forward to entertaining U.S. and Jordanian military personnel at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan this month. Schrader, a choreographer, dancer and performer in the New York City area, will be joined by a New York City disc jockey in providing a fun ...

Look Back: Rascally wagon dealers, oxen

The 1853 journey of the John Stephenson family to Oregon continues in the letter written to A.M. “Mack” Sterrett, editor of the Parkersburg Gazette: This portion of the letter finds the Stephenson party preparing to leave St. Joe (St. Joseph, Mo.). ∫∫∫ Sefford Dils became ...

Backyard Gardener: Russian sage for the garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! The September heat wave is hopefully the last blast of summer as temperatures again soar in to the nineties. It does not really feel like fall until the weather cools down a bit and the leaves have begun to turn color. Do not forget fall is a ...

Who defines speech standards?

Suppose you decided to call me to complain about something I’d written. But after you punched in my number, you got a recording informing you that, “We’re sorry, but the person you are trying to reach has violated our standards and you are not permitted to call him.” Or maybe I was ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston labors of love

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you’re building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out to become the ...

John McCain’s final message

Sen. John McCain’s farewell letter made me cry. Have you read it? You should. Everyone should. And, doing so is no reflection at all on a person’s political ideas or the party with which one hopes to appear affiliated. It has nothing to do with how you feel about the president, or the ...

Are you a coffee drinker?

I know many people that use coffee as their eye opener every morning, and there are so many different kinds and types of coffee. I know many people that set timers so their coffee is ready when they wake up or the first thing they do is put a pot of coffee on. Then again, many wait till they ...

Going where we haven’t

As a high school soccer coach for over 20 years, one of the things we teach our players is to pass the ball not to where their players are but to the space where they want them to be. We usually have one of our Captains playing at midfield who is a master at this and almost always will lead our ...

Hometown singer set to close out series

Summer is ending, school is back in session, and our last concert of the Point Park Concert Series is less than a week away. This summer we were able to bring Downtown Parkersburg four concerts, filling Point Park with hundreds of people, food vendors and awesome entertainment. The Point Park ...

Getting cozy with mysteries

Three new cozy mysteries are ready to thrill and charm readers! In Tina Kashian’s Kebab Kitchen series, former lawyer turned family restaurant worker Lucy Berberian is back in “Stabbed in the Baklava” (Kensington, $7.99). Lucy is ready for a big catering job with a high society wedding ...

Reasons to ban helium-filled balloons

When I was a kid, helium balloons signaled that a party was special. Ordinary balloons filled with ordinary air were ordinary. Helium balloons could fly high, and helium itself could make anyone speak in a funny voice. I’ll bet many of you have similar memories. Little did we know that ...

Dice run planned

The Beverly Eagles F.O.E. 3665 announces their “Hogs for Dogs” dice run. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike out at 1 p.m. Last bike in is scheduled for 5 p.m. Cost for the Dice Run is $15 per person and $25 per couple. ...

Look Back: Recalling a journey westward

The oldest inhabitant This is the first of a three-part item that chronicles part of the journey from Parkersburg to the frontier land of Oregon by the John Stephenson family. Mr. Stephenson was born in 1797, just one year before his father, also John Stephenson, settled at “the Point” at ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Doubt’ deserves ‘classic’ label

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” *** There are many words to describe me now: husband, father, teacher, part-time ninja, full-time cinephile, adequately-scented…the list goes on. As a fourteen-year-old, though, only one word stood out: doubt. I was a ...

Backyard Gardener: Sedum a tough plant

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! It is so funny how time slips away (thank you Willie Nelson). As we say goodbye to August and summer we look forward to all the rewards of the fall harvest. However, looking at the forecasted high temperatures for next week summer is still hanging ...

Loughry decision more certain than others

Allen Loughry has to go. The man who wrote the book on political corruption in West Virginia has furnished plenty of material for the next one, if federal prosecutors are correct. It’s virtually certain that, within a few weeks, state senators will vote to remove Loughry from office. What ...

Reporter’s Notebook: House gavels in, Supreme Court gavels out

Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced arguments scheduled before the court in September would be moved to October. Jennifer Bundy, the court’s spokesperson, wouldn’t provide any additional information as to why, but it’s pretty obvious. Pre-trial hearings for ...

A chance to prove yourself

Another News and Sentinel Half Marathon in the books. This year was my fifth, and while I will never be accused of being fast ... or even of keeping up a good pace ... I did finish faster than I have in all but my first attempt. I’ll take it. Every year I am pleasantly surprised all over ...

Having Las Vegas ‘eatitude’

Socrates: “Other men live to eat, while I eat to live;” Bernard Shaw: “There is no love as sincere as the love of food;” Shakespeare: “A good digestion to you all;” Socrates: “The best sauce for food is hunger and the best flavoring for drink is thirst;” and Benjamin Franklin: ...

Book offers household tips

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin offer a revised and updated version of “Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions” (St. Martins, $24.99.) A collection of money-saving tips, DIY cleaners, kitchen secrets and easy answers to everyday problems, the husband and wife duo highlight ways you can do things ...