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Beverly-Center names students of the month

These Beverly-Center students were honored during the 2016-2017 school year as ‘Student of the Month’. As the new school year gets under way, here’s hoping their great work going ‘above and beyond’ continues and serves as an example to all the students this year. August — helping ...

Greg Hoover shows support for Wood County law enforcement

Local residents will be praying for and with law enforcement officers next Sunday at four locations in Wood County. The second annual Wood County Law Enforcement Officer Prayer Walk/Drive was started by Greg Hoover, 48, of Parkersburg. Hoover is a sergeant first class in the West Virginia Army ...

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This pen drawing, by J.H. Diss Debar, depicts the third Wood County courthouse. Erected in 1817, it was the first located at what we know today as court-square. The first courthouse was at Hugh Phelps’ house and the second courthouse was a two-story log building near the Point.

Look Back: Courthouse center of Parkersburg activity

Buildings and scenes of court square are described below, taken from a work of Alvaro F. Gibbens, titled “A Century’s Progress, From Pine Knots to Electric Lights.” The book was written as part of the 1899 Wood County Centennial: “Upon either side of the court edifice (courthouse) ...

The art of political compromise

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for attempting to jumpstart it. An earlier column suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless members of ...

Community pulls together

When you can return to a place after not having been there regularly for 20 years, and the people in the communities still recognize your face — maybe not quite the name, but treat you as someone who is one of them — it is a surprising feeling of coming home to a place that was never, ...

Enjoy end of summer vacation with produce

School starts this month already. How fast the summer goes, just when one is busy enjoying it! There is one constant in every household during the school year — the young ones are always looking for something to eat when they get home from the classroom. That is a good time to have ...

Tips for juicy chicken on the grill

Grilled chicken is a favorite summer food for many people. Tips for keeping the chicken moist and juicy on the grill should be your top priority. Lightly oil your grill using a basting brush applying a thin coat of vegetable oil to the grill to prevent sticking. Make sure you grill is good ...

Photo by Amy Phelps
This Oreo Truffle is easy and fun to make at home.

Get in kitchen and don’t bake!

My stepdaughter recently said she can tell what kind of mood I’m in by what I’m baking. If it’s something rich, I’ve had a really bad day. Indeed, when I’m upset or feeling depressed or sometimes just when I’m bored, I will bake something. I’m probably someone’s dream baker or ...

Downtown Throwdown BBQ, Brewfest slated

August may have just started, but it is time to mark your calendars for Downtown PKB’s premier fall event, the Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest, in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, and the 4th Annual Parkersburg Paddlefest, organized by the Greater Parkersburg Convention ...

Twists readers won’t see coming

I’ve been on a suburban mystery kick lately — mysteries that take part behind closed doors of families. And there’s a few out this month! First is New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond’s “The Marriage Pact” that will definitely get readers thinking how far they would ...

Sights and sounds of summer with katydids

One evening a few weeks ago my wife and I played cards with our daughter and her husband at their home near Asheville, North Carolina. A cool breeze drifted through an open window and so did the cacophony of a katydid chorus. Hundreds, if not thousands, of katydids sang almost in unison. It was ...

Beverly ice cream social benefits Special Olympics

The Washington County Special Olympics is hosting an Ice Cream Social next Sunday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dodge Park in Beverly. The event will feature an afternoon of music, music, activities, and fun to benefit the Special Olympics of Washington County. Music will be provided by ...

North Hills extends swimming win streak

The North Hills Swim and Racquet Club’s Sprinters swim team is continuing its winning ways. On July 22, the North Hills Sprinters won the City Swim Meet in Parkersburg for the 45th year in the past 46 years. It was North Hills’ 26th consecutive City Swim Meet title since 1991. The only ...

Photo from WCHPS archives
Farm tractors aren’t for plowing only.  Posing on the Farmall tractor are:1) Garnet Vaughn, 2) Betty Brown, 3) Barbara Russell, 4) Arthur Vaughn, 5) Jean Bailey, 6) Lena Murphy, 7) Wilma Jeffrey, 8) Helen Vaughn, 9) Lynn Vaughn.

Look Back: A lot growing, in Parkersburg

Agricultural Society We have been turning in our mind for some time a process by which we could see the formation of an Agricultural Society. It presented itself on Friday in the assemblage here of gentlemen, from all parts of the county, when a few of them raised the interest and began in ...

Back Issues: Sharing a name, and not much else

With Wonder Woman the biggest movie of the year so far and a sequel already greenlit, it may not be long before movie-goers see one version or another of Wonder Girl on screen. But I can pretty much guarantee Wonder Man won’t share the screen anytime soon with DC’s Amazonian warrior ...

Fear reigns in the swamp

It develops the swamp President Donald Trump pledged to drain is quite deep, not to mention full of denizens unwilling to go without a fight. Even before he started talking about draining the swamp during last year’s election campaign, the establishment — a synonym for “swamp” — ...

Another side of drug fight

Among the more difficult aspects of trying to be as unbiased a news source as possible is that we in the newsroom are always looking for the “other side” of the story — and the majority of the time there is more than one “other side.” Sometimes we do not know we have missed one of ...

Oil and gas industry goes above and beyond to protect environment

West Virginia is home to some of our country’s most scenic landscapes. Our rivers, mountains and forests are a source of pride — and shared value — to us all. Protecting our environment is a top priority for the tens of thousands of hardworking West Virginians that work across the oil and ...

WVU-P students will receive their financial aid

Each public institution of higher education in West Virginia received notification last week from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regarding Heightened Cash Monitoring 1 (HCM1) requirements that resulted from West Virginia’s late submission of audit findings to the U.S. Department of ...

Recipes for your garden vegetables

Good-bye, July. You went too fast for me. I haven’t had time to really enjoy the summer season yet, and here it is, almost time for school to start and fall to be starting. Guess I’ll just have to quit relaxing and get to work on those veggies if I want them for next winter. The zucchini is ...