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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 ...

Get ready for FeederWatch

In 1987 a group of volunteers launched Project FeederWatch, a citizen science program to study winter bird populations across North America. Last year FeederWatchers submitted 156,076 checklists, a new record. They reported a total of more than seven million birds. Since the count began ...

Students raise money for cancer

Beverly-Center students recently completed their annual “Coins for Cancer” fundraiser for the BrAva organization. This year, classes raised over $1400 in a week’s time, with Mrs. McIntyre’s and Mrs. Spurr’s fourth grade classes winning top honors. Students were rewarded with a dance ...

Marietta College Pioneers win on Ruud’s birthday

Marietta College President Bill Ruud won’t soon forget Sept. 29, 2018. On this date (last Saturday) the Marietta College football team won its fourth consecutive game to start the season, a feat last accomplished by the Pioneers in 1923. And Sept. 29 was Ruud’s 66th birthday as alumni ...

Look Back: Parkersburg plays ball

Reds here for a game with Parkersburg Professionals this afternoon The Cincinnati Reds arrived in town this morning for their game with the Parkersburg Professionals at Shattuck Park this afternoon. With them were Carl [Richard] Hoblitzell, the hero of the hour in Parkersburg. Carl ...

Backyard Gardener: Fall care for the herb garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. We have moved into the bliss of autumn with the calendar turning to October. Last harvest of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables are happening around the area as we move closer to the first frost. Many gardeners will be cleaning up and planting ...

Back Issues: Venom — clothes make the man

Venom is returning to the big screen, and this time (barring an unexpected cameo or Easter egg), he’s doing it without Spider-Man. Although the villain/hero/antihero has starred in his own comics multiple times, it’s hard to separate him from the web-slinger, who originally brought him to ...

Is state Constitutional crisis brewing?

Can the West Virginia Supreme Court order the state Senate to cancel an impeachment trial against a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court? Of course it can. The state’s highest court can issue just about any directive justices choose in regard to affairs within the state. But what ...