Local columns

Plenty of questions in 2020 gubernatorial race

Political scientists devote their lives to using scholarly studies to develop formulas predicting how people will vote. Campaign consultants rake in six-figure fees by assuring candidates they can do that. Pollsters insist they’ve got it down to a science. With all that in mind, who’s ...

Capturing carbon emissions

There is a power plant near Houston using what the company calls the Allam Cycle to do something that for decades has been considered, if not an impossibility, then at least so cost prohibitive as to render it essentially impossible. NET Power’s natural-gas-fueled plant generates, according ...

Pledge to stand united in the face of violence against houses of worship

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith condemns the Easter Sunday bombing of Christian churches in Sri Lanka and joins with many others around the world in extending our deepest condolences to the victims. We condemn all acts of terrorism against any people and concur with the following statement from the ...

Orthodox Christian Easter today

I know it is odd and different for most of you reading this article today, but today is the Orthodox Christian Easter, which was established around 525 AD by the Roman Emperor Justinian. Easter is based on the old Justinian Calendar and the position of the moon, etc., during Jesus time on ...

Visit Italy through cookbook

Acclaimed culinary journalist Katie Parla takes cookbook readers and home cooks on a culinary journey in “Food of the Italian South.” The book looks into the culinary traditions of the region, while sharing historical and cultural insights into the area. Towns like Basilicata, Calabria, ...

Record campaign: What comes next?

So we have raised a record high campaign and we have shared excitedly how that money will make measurable impact in our community…so what happens next? Who decides where the money goes? How do we decide where the greatest needs are and how do we decide how the distribution of money is ...

Collaboration is important for everyone

We just got back from our spring vacation and to Florida and Walt Disney World last week with our youngest son and his family. My wife and I are annual pass holders so I never really noticed what the cost of a one-day admission had become. During Easter Week, a one-day ticket to the Magic ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reminds of permits

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of spring and summer fast approaching, home construction is beginning to pick up. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department would like to remind potential home builders that a permit is needed to install an individual septic system and/or individual water ...

60s novel looks at women’s magazine

Take a trip back to the 1960s with a new novel that focuses on a magazine editor’s assistant in “Park Avenue Summer” by Renee Rosen. Author Helen Gurley Brown has just been given the reigns to “Cosmopolitan” to take it to a new reader — “her girls” — single women who are ...

A few good books

If you’re looking for a good book, here are a few titles I’ve had a chance to review and enjoy recently. Kenn Kaufman has been obsessed with birds since he dropped out of high school and hitchhiked across the country pursuing his passion. He recounted that year in Kingbird Highway ...

Honor roll students for third nine weeks

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named to the honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Mastery of 15 Super Skills: Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton Wallace, ...

Wood County residents help reduce crime lab backlog

A Parkersburg connection has been working to reduce the backlog of cases at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in South Charleston. Among those involved in the crime lab case reduction effort are Parkersburg native Sheri Lemons, director of the State Police Forensic Laboratory; ...

Look Back: Community news means Belpre, too

Pretty lawns The residents of Belpre are beginning to become interested in their lawns, and the condition of the yards around their houses, and in many places the lawns are green, as the little green grass has already commenced to peep up from under the earth which was so long frozen and signs ...

Life Through the Lens: Still keeping it ‘cool’ after 30 years

“But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” *** There is no movie character as cool as Indiana Jones. There. I said it. The world of cinema is inundated with characters TRYING to be cool. Every superhero movie has a guy trying ...

Back Issues: Avengers roster always changing

One way or another, one of the most sucessful and unique franchises in the history of cinema is about to end. But I have little doubt the Avengers will live on in some form or fashion after “Avengers: Endgame” — arriving in theaters today — just as they have in the pages of Marvel ...

Reporter’s Notebook: My millionaire can beat up your billionaire

Over the next 12 months, expect to see a pretty epic race between Gov. Jim Justice and former Department of Commerce secretary Woody Thrasher. I predicted in December that Thrasher was thinking about getting in, though I had no way of knowing which party he’d pick. I knew he was a Democrat ...

Highways program not exactly good news

If you think the roads in West Virginia are bad now, you may not have seen anything yet. State Department of Transportation officials have released a draft of a report they’re required to file with the federal government. It is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or ...

Support each other

Goodness, it’s hard to sit down to write a column that will appear on Easter Sunday without turning it into a sermon. But I’ll leave that to the professionals this morning and focus instead on the idea that this day reminds us even in the darkest times — it doesn’t get much darker than ...

One Tiny Splinter — a News and Sentinel tradition

A poem I was gifted in a dream ... Happy Easter! *** I lay there in a meadow, My head upon a stone A million miles from anywhere Yet never felt alone. Summer clouds passed gently, Beneath a crystal sky, Unarmed by nature’s beauty I sought the answer why. Why me Lord, I ...

Rejoice and celebrate Easter

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! I am sure that after Sunrise Services, most of you have big plans for the day with major preparations for a big Easter lunch or Easter dinner. I am sure you have already chosen and planned the special meal for your family, friends and loved ones. I am ...