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Beverly Lions Club plans tractor, engine show

Set aside some time this July 4 to attend the Beverly Lions Club’s annual antique tractor and engine show beginning at 9 a.m. behind Fort Frye High School in Beverly. Flag raising is at 9 a.m. A kid’s tractor pull is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Also scheduled is ...

World War II veteran places flags in Vienna

Paul Stone, 90, of Vienna once again answered a patriotic call. When Stone read in the News and Sentinel about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Real Estate Center looking for volunteers to place 10,000 small American flags in locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley to celebrate Independence ...

Look Back: A look at Parkersburg’s streets

Vicious cow Too many cows are running at large on our streets; sometimes congregating at certain spots in large numbers, fighting and chasing each other and showing signs of a savage spirit. It is really dangerous sometimes for women and children to pass by their rallying places. We heard of ...

Backyard Gardener: Sweet summer melons

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The summer heat is finally here as the weather forecast calls for several badly needed days of sunshine and no rain. Farmers are out cutting hay and finishing crop planting and home gardeners can continue with late crops of cucumbers and sweet corn. ...

Reporter’s Notebook: A Republican house divided

For those wondering if the state Republican Party is cracking, the answer is no. There is a long history of fractionalization in the state party. The drama between Wood County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Rob Cornelius and West Virginia Republican Party Executive Committee ...

Are demotions appropriate punishment for priests?

So, what about Monsignors Frederick Annie, Anthony Cincinnati and Kevin Quirk? Are demotions enough punishment? The three were, for years, vicars in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, under former bishop Michael Bransfield. They enabled some of his misbehavior, according to a ...

Be a good example for kids

If a young person in your life asks you why you are being so tough on them, why you expect so much, why you are so strict, why you keep trying to teach them the lessons they’ll need to be decent human beings, make good choices and be functioning, productive members of society when they grow ...

Op-ed: The shame of LGBTQ Pride

One of my recent Facebook posts was a quote from the late Presbyterian preacher D. James Kennedy: “Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society. When you have an immoral society that has blatantly, proudly, violated all of the commandments of God, there is one last virtue they insist ...

Op-ed: Women’s Care Center is a medical facility

The first amendment protects freedom of speech in our beloved country. In part, it states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” However, that freedom does not shield defamatory falsehoods published as fact in an op-ed in a local newspaper. The op-ed in the June ...

Perfect weather for the garden

It is summer but it hard to believe, for the weather is acting like fall with the rain so far this summer refuses to go away. This also makes it difficult for desperate parents to get their children outdoors and getting involved in outdoor activities and sports. I realize it does not bother ...

Take a risk

Earlier this week we were at a conference in Virginia Beach, VA. My oldest grandson, CJ, lives there. He graduated last year with his engineering degree from Virginia Tech and is working for an engineering firm in the area. We had dinner with CJ and his girlfriend on Monday night. After dinner, ...

Romance to warm your heart in June

It’s hot outside, but here are some warm romances! Robin Lee Hatcher tells the story of two people dealing with addiction in their lives in “Cross My Heart.” Ashley and Ben share a love of horses, but that’s not all. Not only does Ashley run a horse rescue operation and Ben a horse ...

A most unusual nest discovered by grandson

Linda and our grandson, Garek, burst into the apartment a few weeks ago excitedly out of breath. “We’ve got a nest with two white eggs to identify,” she said. “Sounds like a mourning dove,” I replied. “But it was on the ground,” Linda answered. That got my attention. Though ...

BRAVA golf outing set for July 27 in Beverly

It’s time to make your plans for the 5th annual BrAva golf outing scheduled for July 27 at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly. Check-in time is 7 a.m. with tee time slated for 8 a.m. Four-person teams cost $250 with a skins game included. To register a four-person team, text or call Megan ...

Look Back: Pasttimes prove dangerous

Visitors from Marietta Three Marietta girls, Miss Carrie Warner, Miss Mamie Sinclair and Miss Alice Cole, started this morning from that city on horseback and rode to this city. On arrival they were guests of Mrs. H.K. Jones for a few hours, when their horses were again mounted and their ...

Life Through the Lens: Not every story makes a good movie

“Real love’s hard to come by.” *** What would you tell your younger-self if you were able to share a conversation? The implications to that question are colossal, I know. Would you warn them against all future failures? Would you educate them to every booby-trap and pitfall that life ...

Backyard Gardener: Shade tree selection

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The rain continues this summer throughout the Midwest, delaying the planting of America’s corn crop in addition to vegetables. Many farmers in Illinois are struggling to plant pumpkins, the nation’s pumpkin capital. Flooding along the ...

Back Issues: ‘Legion’ series stars son of Professor X

“Legion” returns next week for a third and final season on FX, starring the son of none other than Charles Xavier, aka Professor X. Didn’t know Professor X had a son? Hey, neither did he. It wasn’t until Xavier was called in to help with David Haller’s out-of-control powers that he ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston potpourri

Today the House of Delegates resumes the education special session, breaking into four select committees to consider legislation from its members, the Senate’s Student Success Act and accompanying education savings account bill, and some additional bills. That’s right, Gov. Jim Justice is ...

Maybe time to change course

Put yourself in the position of a county board of education member in West Virginia. In terms of the bugaboo much of the public school establishment has been wringing its hands and gnashing its teeth over — charter schools — you’re in the driver’s seat, at least if the Student Success ...