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Energy security important across political spectrum

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican Chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Dinners for two can have plenty of variety

I forgot to mention last week in my article that the recipes I had listed were for just two people and the reason was because I figured that many of the readers would be couples in the household. Normally casseroles leave you with a lot of leftovers and now with the recipes just for two, you ...

Instant pot is Southern magic

Sometimes I may not be up on the latest gadgets for the kitchen. About a year ago, my editor mentioned getting an Instant Pot and liking it. Several months ago, my best friend asked me if I had gotten one, because she had and she loved it. Last year for Christmas, I got an air fryer and was ...

Chance encounters away

At Disney World on Monday we were getting ready to go thru the ticket gate at Hollywood Studios when my wife, Lynnda spotted our nephew from Pittsburgh and his family approaching the gate right behind us. We knew they were coming down from Facebook posts on Saturday. We were able to ...

Women’s fiction to warm heart and thrill nerves

Women’s fiction can run the gamut in popular books, from heartwarming to adventure. In “The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain, a woman would do anything for her unborn daughter, even if it seems unreal. Caroline is pregnant in the 1970s and has just learned the baby has a heart ...

Introducing the ‘social climbers’

Mixed flocks of gregarious, acrobatic, arboreal (tree dwelling) birds frequent feeders during the fall and winter. Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, creepers and woodpeckers make up the group of birds I call the “social climbers.” Offer suet and sunflower seeds and learn to identify this ...

Tacos, Trucks and Tunes make difference

As summer slowly begins to turn to fall, many of us find our attention turning to sporting events, bonfires and autumn festival. For those in our community who are working hard but continuing to fall short, the start of fall is just the continuation of life’s hardships. When you find yourself ...

Fund the Fort raffle begins

Tickets are still available for the annual Fund the Fort Club “Cadet Gun Raffle”. This year’s drawing will be this Friday, October 19 at the Fort Frye-Shenandoah game, Fort Frye’s final regular-season home game of the season. The first prize package is a Liberty USA 36 gun safe. The ...

Parkersburg Catholic High School enjoys home field game

Last Saturday marked the beginning of some planned changes at Parkersburg Catholic High School. The Crusaders played the high school’s first football game behind the Fairview Avenue school on Oct. 6 — a 46-6 win over Calhoun County to remain undefeated. Parkersburg Catholic junior high ...

Look Back: Social scene runs gamut in Wood County

Belleville is lively; village down the Ohio has many people coming and going Belleville, W.Va. Feb. 2 — Mrs. Maggie Clark and little daughter, of Sandyville, are spending some time with her sister, Mrs. John Bailey. Dr. E.W. Crooks, of Parkersburg, spent a few hours here Sunday with his ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Maniac’ delivers on so many levels

“Hypothesis: All souls are on a quest to connect. Correlation: Our minds have no awareness of this quest.” *** We grow out of so many things: diapers, footy pajamas, vegetables, innocence, begrudged naps, our own teeth. Most of what we hold dear as children is stripped away in adulthood. ...

Another vast right-wing conspiracy

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s all a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Where have we heard that before? In 1998 and again in 2016, from Hillary Clinton. Give Davis credit for coming up with a new and improved version. Davis has filed a federal lawsuit against ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wheels of justice go round and round

I’ll be spending the month of October going from trial to trial it seems. Almost every day there is a new motion, response, or lawsuit. This week I went from covering the impeachment trial of Justice Beth Walker of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, to covering the federal trial of ...

Showcasing the positives

It is not normally a good idea to get into a back-and-forth online, over politics. However, I was following a conversation the other day that actually turned out to be relatively civil and brought up interesting points on both sides. Among the questions being discussed was why Tennessee has ...

A surprise birthday celebration

Last Sunday my husband Francis had a huge surprise birthday party that he will never ever forget from his other family— the Carthage-Troy and Federal Hocking School district. Students, parents and friendships that was built over the 34 years of teaching in the district. What a great group ...

Chrissy Teigen delivers more ‘Cravings’

Chrissy Teigen is back with a sequel to her cookbook, “Cravings,” with “Cravings: Hungry For More.” A new collection of recipes complete with photos of herself, her husband John Legend and their children, along with her own sassy thoughts on things, the model/TV personality is ...

Grow your business online with GOOGLE

Grow Your Business Online with GOOGLE Workforce & Economic Development Building at WVU-Parkersburg (300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg) “I don’t need to attend a Google training because I don’t’ sell items on the internet.” “I don’t need to attend the Google training because ...

Feeding your dreams

We left on Saturday to spend some time with our oldest grandson in Florida, Calin, before he leaves for Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island in a few weeks. No surprise that Disney World is on the agenda. We already have our ride Fast Passes. To me Disney World isn’t just about ...

May be a hero in the cubicle beside you

Sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a hero. It isn’t always a masked man or grand caped entrance that tips you off to the noble lion heart. Heroes are all among us. At United Way we believe our donors, volunteers and advocates are all cape worthy! They join us in the fight for the ...

Historical, Amish fiction offer insight

There are several new historical and Amish fiction books out right now to give readers a new perspective. First from “The Daughters of the Mayflower” series by Shannon McNear comes “The Cumberland Bride.” It’s 1794, and Kate’s father is ready to move further West into the ...