Local columns

The new Gov. Jim Justice?

Last week I observed two separate press conferences by Gov. Jim Justice and came away pleasantly surprised. The statehouse press pool usually goes into these press events expecting to see the same patterns. There is usually a hype video that is usually thick on the Justice praise and thin on ...

Staying positive in dark times

It can be hard to stay positive sometimes, can’t it? It can be hard to hang on to that “I think I can, I think I can” attitude and believe the something unexpected, maybe even a little illogical, is possible. It can be hard not to sink to the divisive discourse and abandonment of civility ...

National think tank welcomes your presence

Mark Twain says to find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never work a day in your life. I say, lucky me, because I have found mine. All day, every day, I am honored to be an advocate for the students of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and by extension, their peers at ...

Funding formulas unfair to Glenville State College

After reviewing both the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education’s proposed funding formulas, it is clear that both will seriously undermine Glenville State College’s financial position and increase our vulnerability for ...

Power of community

Leadership expert John Maxwell said, “If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.” I saw a lot of power this week at the Belpre Annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Banquet this week at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Belpre had a good year and is growing because of ...

Small Business Saturday planning underway

Shoppers are being asked to make a big difference to small businesses by spending at least one day supporting their local communities. Small Business Saturday takes place November 24, 2018. Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American Express founded the event ...

October lessons learned while walking

My father has been gone for 40 Octobers, a victim of the cigarettes that hooked him while he served and earned a Purple Heart in World War II. Memories of the times we spent in the woods and walking country roads may explain why October remains one of my favorite months. He set me on a path ...

Fire poster winners announced at school

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named first and second place winners in the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fire prevention poster contest: First Grade - Spencer Thieman and Raeleigh Warden; Second Grade - Leah Campbell and Payton McCurdy; Third Grade - Gavin ...

Cookbook brings healthy eating

While the love affair with the Instant Pot continues (mine now has a fancy custom decal) there are plenty of new cookbooks that will bring variety to your meals. Now Megan Gilmore brings fresh and healthy ingredients, as well as serves up gluten-free and refined sugar-free options in “The ...

Happy Spooky Halloween to all

Do you realize that Christmas is less than two months away, which means our holiday season is starting and the year will be over before we know it, which also means we will be another year older. I see our little grandchildren saying weeks and months before their birthday that they can’t ...

Powell enjoys Upward Sports program

Since becoming director in the fall of 2015, Butch Powell has seen participation grow in the Upward Sports program at Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna. Nearly 1,300 youth have been involved in Upward Sports, a Christian sports ministry, at Fellowship Baptist Church since 2013. The last ...

Lookback: Cemeteries scene of scandal, heartbreak

Editor’s note: The following item is a reproduction of historic newspaper items and contains language that would not be used today. *** Our Cemeteries We have often called the attention of the authorities to the fact that the cemeteries in and near the city are nightly the stage of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wheels of government turn on

The nice thing about the hiatus of the impeachment trials of Chief Justice Margaret Workman, former justice Robin Davis and convicted Justice Allen Loughry is that I can finally focus on other issues. For example, the PEIA Task Force formed last March to solve the riddle of preventing health ...

Lawmakers criticized for making right decision

Ever chew yourself out for missing a bargain or, perhaps, a chance to make some money through an investment, because you didn’t have enough money to take advantage of the opportunity when it presented itself? It may have been a jewel of a used car offered at a bargain price by a friend. But ...

Your vote carries weight

A colleague asked the other day “Why are they targeting West Virginia?” referring to the noteworthy number of very big-wig Republicans flooding the Mountain State on the campaign trail these days. It’s a good question. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Vice President Mike Pence, ...

Parkersburg can be place for fulfilling promise

In the 1960s, against law enforcement and governors, death threats and racial slurs, Constance Slaughter-Harvey became the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi’s School of Law. About that same time, Arnold Salazar was protesting against the ...

Vote No on Amendment 1

At the end of the ballot West Virginia voters will receive in a few short days, voters will find two proposed amendments to our State constitution. I write to discuss the proposed Amendment 1, dealing with the emotionally and politically charged issue of abortion. The language of the proposed ...

Lessons for cross country runners

As a mother of a son, daughter-in law and now grandson, I have learned a lot about running that I had no idea about before. One thing for sure, my son did not get his talent from me or his father or anyone I know of in our family. I remember when our son was in junior high school, he found ...

Get ‘Tasty’ at home

BuzzFeed’s brand, Tasty, returns to the cookbook world with a new kitchen companion that brings 75 new recipes and 75 favorite recipes in “Tasty Ultimate.” With easy to follow recipes, photos, tips and more, the goal of this book is to teach anyone to cook and offers both beginniner ...

Our time to live the U.S. dream

My wife and I are finishing a three month project. We replaced our 30 year old upstairs carpet. We remodeled our bathroom for the first time. We painted several rooms. We finally got rid of our 1980s-waterbed frame that contained a spring mattress and got our first real bedroom set. This was a ...