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Cozy mysteries for September reading

As we begin to welcome fall, let’s welcome in some new cozy mysteries! J.C. Eaton continues the Sophie Kimball mysteries with “Molded 4 Murder.” The husband and wife team once again delves into the life of Sophie “Phee” Kimball as she works as a bookkeeper for a private investigator ...

Music of summer nights is provided by nature

Now that summer is winding down and temperatures have begun to moderate, it’s a joy to sleep with a cool, gentle breeze wafting through open windows. The sounds of nature make a perfect lullaby. The voices of owls and frogs subside in September, allowing insect sounds to dominate summer ...

Sharing the road with school buses

Area schools have been in session for a week or two, but it never hurts to be reminded of the basic ‘rules’ for school bus safety when you’re sharing the road with them. These tips are courtesy of Air Evac Lifeteam and worth the reminder: If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a ...

Ex-NBA player to discuss substance use

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton hopes the Parkersburg High School Memorial Fieldhouse is filled with people next Tuesday night. Wharton is inviting the community to a presentation by Chris Herren, former NBA player who battled back from substance use addiction and reached 11 ...

Look Back: School news from Wood County’s past

School news The Board of Education has purchased Recreation Park in Elberon for school purposes. The lot is a fine one, 200x280 feet with a serviceable building. The price paid was $4,800. The building will be remodeled and made into three large school rooms. Work will begin at once and the ...

Backyard Gardener: Cracking in tomatoes

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Labor Day Weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial end of summer. Get out the grill and celebrate! Make sure you grill some fresh corn on the cob with those burgers and hot dogs. Summer may be fading but that also means fall is around the corner, ...

Back Issues: Giant monsters wreak havoc in comics

When “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” hit theaters this spring, we took a look at the titular titan’s history at Marvel and Dark Horse comics. But even without the biggest, baddest kaiju of all, comics history is filled with massive monsters giving superheroes and the general populace all ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Grand Old Party at the Greenbrier

I spent my Saturday at the Greenbrier Resort covering the West Virginia State Republican Executive Committee’s annual Summer meeting. There were rumors of intrigue, of a coup against Chairwoman Melody Potter, of infighting among committee members. At the end of the day, none of these things ...

Early picks on West Virginia Supreme Court

Bet on Joanna Tabit. That’s the conventional wisdom among some observers of state politics — and even these days, when once-solid political assessments are being called into question, it’s probably the correct call. Tabit, a circuit judge in Kanawha County, is trying again for a seat on ...

Prepping Pigskin Preview

It’s almost here. Football season is nearly upon us, and the best kind of football — the kind under the Friday night lights — is eagerly anticipated here in the newsroom, as our sports department puts the finishing touches on this year’s Pigskin Preview. I love hearing each sports ...

Op-ed: Fighting the opioid crisis means supporting West Virginia hospitals

As your governor, I am blessed to spend time with West Virginians of all walks of life. But nothing has affected me more than listening to those who have been touched by the opioid epidemic. It is an outrage that even as overdoses and other warning signs soared, drug companies continued to ...

Op-ed: Nothing to fear from three public charter schools

There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children. American leaders from every generation have recognized the importance of a world-class, public education. President John F. Kennedy felt so strongly about this imperative that he ...

Time to show off your cooking skills

My oh my! Another year has gone by and it once again time for the 65th Annual Cook Book contest for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. It is a very exciting time and a very busy time for all the great and talented cooks to try to find a recipe that inspires the judges. It is very time ...

Find new ways to enjoy salad with new cookbook

Summer is a great time to enjoy some cool salads. And there’s a new cookbook by Nicky Corbishley, founder of the blog Kitchen Sanctuary, called “Seriously Good Salads” that is there to help. Corbishley says in her introduction that while she loves chocolate cake and pizza, she wants ...

Green New Deal, what it means to you

Politics and personalities have divided our country. In Washington, it looks like we forgot how to have different opinions and still respect the individuals holding them. We can’t ever forget that we are all on the “American” Team. For the last few months I have been a guest on radio ...

Backyard Gardener: Crimson clover

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Thank goodness for the rain this week. It has turned drier in the area and who would have thought with the extreme wet spring and early summer of 2019. As the summer winds down folk will still be outside camping, hiking and in general exploring the ...

A peek into fall bird migration

As summer winds down, we expect cooler, drier air to make life a little more comfortable. But nature is far from predictable. Why hike a favorite trail or canoe a favorite lake if the results are always the same? When I’m outdoors, I hope to see things I’ve never seen before. There is, ...

Families, relationships searched in thrillers

New York Times bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz visits a wealthy woman on her birthday in “The Birthday Girl.” Ellie seems to have it all — a luxurious life including a new home in Palm Springs, a handsome former actor turned TV exec husband, a great relationship with her ...

OVAC announces honorees

All OVAC-member schools were asked to submit the names of any student athletes for the 2018-2019 sports season meeting these honor requirements: be in grades 9-12; earn a 3.8 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale for the 2018-2019 school year; and participate in at least one varsity sport. A ...

The Strength of Humility

“Sliding down a rainbow Bouncing on a cloud Two little angels Laughing out loud.” The little girl laughed. Bo was a fun guy. They called him Bo-Jangles around the hospital. A few hours there and you knew why. I stopped at the door and listened. “Did you ever kiss a ...