Local columns

Owner looks for Dils Center buyer

The Dils Center is up for sale. Owner Morgan Stubbe told me this week she wants to sell the Dils Center at 521 Market St. in Parkersburg. The building has four floors and a basement. The second floor is home to several businesses and the first floor is an event center, perfect for weddings, ...

Look Back: Wood County a leader in roads

Good roads We are told that the North Western and Staunton Turnpikes are now in good order, ready to receive travel of any and every description. This fact accounts for the good time now made by Robinson’s Fast Mail Coaches over the first named road, connecting with the Baltimore & Ohio ...

Life Through the Lens: When your heart is on the table

“When you have power, people will always try to take it from you. Always.” *** “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” my all-time favorite book, begins with a simple meeting: Basil, the artist, meets Dorian, the muse. In high-society London life, Dorian is a welcomed disruption: he is young, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Calm before the legislative storm

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Voters must demand action against fraud, corruption

What’s the difference between many of those serving long sentences in West Virginia prisons and some government officials in our state? If you said, “they got caught,” you’re wrong. We know the culprits behind at least some of the wrongdoing in government, but too often, we don’t do ...

Marijuana push needs study

If Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, has his way, marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be a hot topic in Charleston during this legislative session. During last week’s West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead, Pushkin said he plans to introduce in this session a bill ...

Join the West Virginia Symphony League

Time to take down and put all your Christmas decorations away for another year, but not me — I will probably keep them up until the last of January. Since it took me nearly two weeks to get everything put up and decorated, I want to have plenty of time to enjoy everything. I am no longer a ...

2018’s best quotes that look forward

If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present. This is why it is so important for us to believe in a positive future. One of the best things we can do to help keep people off drugs is to give them hope in their future. A hopeless future can drive people to drugs, alcohol, ...

Planning for the new year at Downtown PKB

2018 has been an exciting year for growth in Downtown PKB, and we look forward to the many opportunities 2019 has in store for our community! Over the past year, Downtown PKB hosted 9 events, partnered on 2 events with other community agencies and welcome many new businesses to downtown with ...

Women’s fiction, poetry to engage

Popular Amish author Amy Clipston serves up a collection of novellas in “Seasons of an Amish Garden.” All of the stories in this collection revolve around a community garden and the young people who are working on it. In “Spring is in the Air,” Katie Ann must deal with the fact that ...

How do you keep the fun in fundraising?

Fundraising event — the two words that can create an instant cringe for most members of an organization. What seems like a fabulous and “sure bet” idea at its very inception can quickly spiral into sleep deprivation and total calamity for the organizers. Events are a challenge — ...

Seed hoarding helps explain empty feeders

By mid-January I’ll begin getting mail asking, “Where are my birds?” The timing of these queries varies geographically, but by mid-winter some people somewhere will wonder what happened to their birds. Unusually mild weather can be responsible. A January thaw with temperatures well above ...

Thoughts for the new year

Welcome to 2019! Here’s hoping all your holiday wishes came true, be them big or small. I always enjoy reading the reprint of Adam Kelly’s Christmas column each year and it always brings a smile to my face as I picture the excitement his words create. There isn’t one particular ...

Mid-Ohio Valley to get DNR recreation areas

Hunters, fishermen, conservationists, birdwatchers and hikers in the Mid-Ohio Valley will receive a gift from the state this year. In December, The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 18,778 acres of forestland in the Mid-Ohio Valley to increase public access for hunting and ...

Look Back: Jones leaves Parkersburg with a few observations

The letter written by past Parkersburg resident David Jones, to the editor of the Parkersburg Daily Times in 1870, continues. As is the case with many historical writings, it contains language that would not be used in print today. Jones was sharing his thoughts about the changes that have ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Lawmakers prepare for 2019

As we head into 2019, things are very quiet, as both the executive and legislative branches prepare their bills for the 60-day general session starting Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters from around the state will get a sneak preview of some of the proposed legislation during the West Virginia Press ...

Looking to the new year

Ever have a child ask you a question — particularly about, let’s call it “current events” — and in trying to form your answer realize some of your own thinking doesn’t make sense? We teach kids all kinds of things we would like to see in adults: Treat others as you would want to be ...

Saying welcome to 2019

For many of us, 2018 was a fantastic year that you will never forget with meeting your mate, having children and grandchildren, a job promotion or better job etc. and so on, and then for others it was not such a good year due to losing a loved one, sickness, loss of a job, loss of a special ...

Use one pan to get dinner done

It seems like my oven has been getting a break lately, and my Instant Pot has been taking over the kitchen. This book made me get back to the basics and enjoy something different with “The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook” by Julia Konovalova. With recipes using a sheet pan, Dutch oven or ...

It was a wild year, now what for goals?

This is the time of year many people make New Year’s resolutions. It was exactly one year ago in this column that I made the statement, “Do you have the courage to write your dream down on paper?” If we are serious about our resolutions and goals we need to write them down so that we can ...