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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 ...

Winter activities for kids to keep active in Beverly

Do you need a way to keep your kids active this winter? Two local centers provide just the activity your kiddos may need. Red Dragon Martial Arts in Beverly is currently taking applications. Instructor Aaron Courtney has 42 years of experience training in the martial arts and can train ...

Local hemp farmers happy with Farm Bill

Local hemp farmers are pleased by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20. Wood County has been one of the leaders in industrial hemp production in West Virginia since the state Department of Agriculture delivered the first hemp seeds ...

Look Back: Parkersburg native returns to take readers on 1870 tour

The letter that follows was written by former resident of Parkersburg, David Jones, who had returned for a visit. In the letter, he reminisces and chronicles changes he observed: Swann House, May 28, 1870 To the Editor of the Daily Times, On our way to the country we went by the Court House ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith: Responding to intolerance and cruelty

For those of faith, the month of January is a time for reflection, celebration, reconciliation, and especially — remembrance and action. January begins with the New Year Holiday, and the Shinto religion marks itsGantan-sai with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity, and health. With ...

Santa will come, he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Christmas in New York City

I recently discovered something that many people know, but I always thought was a bit exaggerated: Christmas in New York City is magical. I’ve always wondered how New York City and Christmas became so intertwined. Some of it is borne of pop culture. Movies such as “Miracle on 34th ...

Bureaucratic waste and mistakes still doing damage

Wondering why the West Virginia Division of Highways doesn’t seem to have enough money to fill in more potholes? Perhaps you can blame technology. Buried in Gov. Jim Justice’s report on state revenue collections for November (they continue to exceed expectations) was a disturbing report on ...

Finding Christmas spirit

As I sat down to write this week, the headlines streaming across the screen in the newsroom included “Trump says the chances of a partial government shutdown are ‘probably very good,’” and “Justice Ginsburg undergoes surgery.” Talking heads were still talking about the exit of ...

Christmas leaves me speechless

It seemed most fitting that this week I would write about Christmas spirit. I thought I could talk about all of the beautiful icons of Christmas that envelope our community and set the backdrop for a most joyous season. It started for me when Marietta Mainstreet put out an all-call several ...

Home for the holidays sounds good

Ready or not Christmas is now only two days away, the day that all the little ones have patiently have waited for — the arrival of Santa. You can see the excitement in their eyes and actions, especially if you have small children or grandchildren around the house and if not, you can go to the ...