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Beverly-Center sixth graders graduate

Beverly-Center celebrated their Sixth Grade Graduation May 24. Honored for perfect attendance during the 2018-2019 school year were Katie Coleman and Chayton McCoy. Almost-perfect attendance awards for those missing two days or less were presented to Baylee Campbell, Kyla Duskey, Tyler ...

Parkersburg YMCA membership on the rise

The Parkersburg YMCA has increased its membership numbers, added programs and hired staff in recent months, according to the new director/chief executive officer. Jeff Olson, chief operating officer since Feb. 1, will assume the new title at the YMCA on Broad Street on July 1. Olson is ...

Look Back: Dangerous life on the rails

Work has been begun Work has been begun towards raising the engine on the Little Kanawha railroad that ran into the river on Saturday morning. It will take considerable time and labor to raise the engine and get it back on the track. It will in all probability be necessary to erect a ...

Back Issues: ‘Dark Phoenix’ saga rises again

“Dark Phoenix” lands in theaters tonight, offering Fox a Mulligan on the story that appeared as a subplot in 2003’s “X2: X-Men United” and played out in 2006’s “X-Men 3: The Last Stand.” The comic book story of Phoenix was a slow-burn that started in 1976’s “X-Men” #101, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Deja vu all over again

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. One body of the West Virginia Legislature unveils a massive 100-plus page bill out of nowhere and passes it in about a week. I could be talking about the birth of Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, which made its debut Jan. 24 during the ...

The war on drugs is still a losing fight

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Human nature on defense

Adults don’t like it much when a younger person, particularly someone in their charge, points out that they have made a mistake. When I was in early elementary school — I don’t remember exactly which grade — I noticed a sign hung on a teacher’s classroom wall included a misspelled ...

Spending time with loved ones

While trying to decide on what to write about in last Sunday’s column, the first thing that came to my mind was all of the various graduations taking place this time of the year and that is what my article was about. However, I left out a very very important special day — Memorial Day ...

Get more out of your Instant Pot with cookbook

Stefanie Bundalo, creator of the Sarcastic Cooking blog, gives fans of the Instant Pot more to love with their favorite appliance with a cookbook of 75 dishes that take minimal work with 15 minutes or less of prep time, “Quick Prep Cooking with Your Instant Pot.” The recipes inside include ...

A celebration of S.E.L.F.

When was the last time that you took time for yourself? I know well that life is busy enough with work, family, and just the normal everyday routines. It’s really easy to live on autopilot — just following the routine you established for yourself and living one day to the next as each one ...

Perseverance is key trait

It isn’t about getting knocked down it is about getting back up. I will never forget Thomas, a former high school soccer player I coached several years ago. Thomas’ skills were average. What made Thomas a starter by his senior year and an All- State Player was his persistence. If you beat ...

Amish fiction for fans

There are two new Amish books that will appeal to fans of the genre and long-time fans of the writers. First from Wanda E. Brunstetter with daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter and granddaughter Richelle Brunstetter comes “The Brides of Big Valley,” three novellas all set in Big Valley, ...

Frog voices on a summer night

Drive slowly by a farm pond, a lake, or a wetland on a warm summer evening, and you’re likely to hear two distinctive voices. A deep, booming, “Jug-o’-rummm!” betrays a male bullfrog. On a lake the sound can travel up to a mile across open water. As darkness falls, dozens of bullfrog ...

Art show winners named

Chloe Bidwell’s art project was named Best of Show at Fort Frye High School’s annual art show held Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Other students receiving awards for first, second, and third place in each category were: Portraits — Chloe Bidwell (1st and 2nd place) and Divinity ...

St. Andrews feeds Recovery Point clients

Tina Salmans wondered where the line of walking men was headed along Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg every morning. Salmans, who co-owns Mulberry Lane Country Store at 4009 Emerson Ave., would see these men walking in groups by her store and by the church she attends, St. Andrews United ...

Look Back: Horsing around in the city

Editor’s note: This column includes reproductions of historical newspaper items that contain language that, while common at the time, is understood to be offensive today, and would not appear in print. *** Accident Last evening as Thos. Mulvey was driving an empty coal cart down Market ...

Back Issues: Godzilla has comic book pedigree

The “MonsterVerse” featuring Godzilla, King Kong and company is yet another attempt to build a cinematic universe to match Marvel’s. But 40 years ago, Godzilla was part of the Marvel Comics Universe. Technically the second American-published comic featuring the King of the Monsters (the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: We remember the fallen

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a ...

That forgotten legion

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Time to get something done about education

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested earlier this month that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In ...