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Photo provided by Ritchie County Historic Society
The people shown in the undated photo above, are standing in the fissure that initially allowed access to the asphalt rock of what became the Ritchie mines.  It is recorded that several eastern cities purchased the asphalt tar to pave major streets, including Fifth Avenue in New York and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Although the fissure is practically all that remains of “the Mines” today, it is still a popular hiking site, affording an opportunity to visit one of the most interesting historic sites in the area.

Look Back: Asphalt and a new railway

The creation of the Ritchie Mines and the Calico Railroad The following is an excerpt from “The Cairo & Kanawha Railway,” written by James Ankrom in 1929: “…Every railroad that was ever built had some purpose for its being. In the case of the Calico Road, that purpose can be ...

Is anyone in government paying attention?

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Take time to lift each other up

So much about the past week has been upsetting — depressing, even. The appalling lack of accountability on the part of both those responsible for following environmental and safety regulations at the IEI Plastics warehouse, and those responsible for enforcing them, has left too many focused ...

PKB events wrapping up for year

As 2017 is slowly winding down, we are preparing for our final events of the year. With the success of our partnership with the Parkersburg Art Center, Mango Latin Bistro and the Parkersburg Brewing Company for a new event, ArtOberfest, and the recent celebration of our annual Monster Mash, ...

Bringing jobs back to MOV – be dealer of hope

“Leaders are dealers in hope,” says leadership expert John Maxwell. Mr. Maxwell also said, “If there is hope in the future there is power in the present.” As an athletic coach, college instructor and business leader I know that Mr. Maxwell is right. When people have a dream that they ...

Back to Cape May for birding event

Clear skies and 80 degrees welcomed Linda and me when we arrived in Cape May, N.J., on October 14 and spectacular weather continued for nine days. High temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s and bluebird skies exceeded all our hopes and expectations. We could not have ordered better ...

Kids books to scare, thrill

Halloween is Tuesday, and that provides an opportunity to still grab some fun “spooky” books for kids! National Geographic Kids provides some spooky true stories with “Don’t Read This Book Before Bed” by Anna Claybourne (National Geographic, $14.99.) From haunted castles to the ...

12 days of Christmas raffle returns

The Beverly-Waterford Pool Foundation is excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Raffle. Beginning this Wednesday, November 1, through Thursday, November 30, tickets will be available at the Waterford Bank, Lisa’s Sweet Stop, and B & W Pharmacy. Tickets are $25 each and ...

Getting ready to dig out winter recipes

The ghosts and goblins have been roaming this weekend, with a larger group warming up for Tuesday evening. How are your candy and other treats holding up? As you know, there are those groups that go from one area to another to get a double - or triple - collections of goodies, so be prepared to ...

Rejoice, lasagna lovers!

Lasagna is tasty enough to please almost everyone, with just enough twist to keep you excited, with the tasty layers of pasta, cheeses, meat, sauces and seasonings. Want sausage on your pizza? Then you will be a friend of the Pizza Lasagna Roll Ups with Italian sausage. Sweet Italian sausage ...

Pancakes with Mixed Berry-Honey Sauce make a good breakfast or dinner anytime! (Photo by Amy Phelps)

Go Tuscan with rustic flavor

New York Times bestselling authors and cohosts of Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” Gabrielle Corcos and Debi Mazar return with a new cookbook, “Super Tuscan.” Bringing heritage recipes from their home to home cooks,’ Mazar, the film and television actress, and her husband, the ...

Taylor runs in brother’s memory

Jolene Taylor of Parkersburg ran her first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22, 1995. After the grueling 26.2-mile race, Taylor threw her running shoes in the trash. She did not want to ever run another marathon. But Taylor soon changed her mind — and ...

The undated photo above shows what may be the Marietta College football team, on the streets of Marietta, spoofing the West Virginia football team they were about to play. The Whitescarver Furniture Co. — Undertakers wagon appears to be hauling a coffin with WVU painted on the lid.  The teams began annual games in the mid-1890s. (Photo Provided)

Look Back: Football rivalry fires up valley

Arrived Last Night Did the West Virginia Football Team With ideal weather conditions prevailing the big football game between Marietta College and West Virginia University is on at Athletic Field this afternoon [Athletic Field is today the site of the First Presbyterian Church at the end of ...

Feeling good while doing nothing

By all means, let’s have an Indigenous Peoples Day observance in the United States. It’s long overdue. OK. Now, let’s move on to the next politically correct cause, raise hell about something else, and pat ourselves on the backs for — you guessed it — resisting. Oops. Forgot to ...

Adopt from local shelters

I realize I’m getting around to this a few weeks late, but October is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Say that five times fast. I’ll take any excuse I can get to talk up the benefits of a) having a dog (or cat); and b) adopting that ...

Treats for the kids and kids at heart

Everyone needs a magical evening once in a while, just forgetting work, worries, problems and concerns of the world. Husband Norm and I had that kind of an evening last week when we enjoyed the Blennerhassett Island Candlelight Dinner. The weather was perfect for an evening boat ride and a ...

It’s apple and pumpkin season

The cool nights have finally arrived in our area — not that I missed them because I was perfectly happy with the unusual fall and warm weather knowing that it had to come to an end. When you see the grocery stores and food stands change from peaches, tomatoes and corn to apples, pumpkins and ...

Time to celebrate at dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet for the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The evening will begin at 5:00pm with social time, followed by dinner and the awards presentations. Members and friends of ...

Bringing jobs back to the MOV: It has started

Last week at the Global Plastics Summit in Chicago was a good week for the MOV. Our goal was to create awareness for the MOV and what we have to offer. We are excited with the results: Our video on the benefits of the Shale Crescent Region was shown on all 3 days multiple times on the jumbo ...

Behavior of bumblebees is a sign of fall

Shorter days, cooler temperatures, and bright fall colors signal the transition from summer to autumn. Other signs include rusty and black banded wooly bears crossing country roads, yellow-and-black garden spiders roosting inside aging Queen Anne’s lace flower heads, and seas of brilliant ...