Local columns

Getting to know local feeder birds

The best time to learn how to identify birds is now. The best place is at the feeders in your backyard. Typically, fewer than 25 species visit winter feeders. The key isn't memorizing a field guide, it's simply knowing which birds to expect.Here's a list of common winter feeder birds and a ...

Spelling bee winners announced

Beverly-Center held their school spelling bee Wednesday, December 16. Each grade sent 10 classroom winners to the school-wide bee.It took 33 rounds and words such as 'idiosyncratic', 'xenophobic,' 'vituperative,' and 'WYSIWYG' for a sixth grade winner to be named. 'Surviving' to take first ...

A Christmas eve bedtime story

Far away and not so long ago there lived an old moose. His lifelong dream was to be a reindeer. Not just any reindeer but one of Santa's special reindeer that pulled his sleigh across those beautiful winter skies delivering toys to all the children of the world on Christmas Eve.The older he ...

Happily home for Christmas

With both happiness and sadness, Aaron Read returned to Parkersburg this month from military duty in the Middle East.Read, a combat veteran serving as an engineer with Special Forces, flew home to attend the funeral of his brother Isaac, who passed away on Dec. 6. Isaac, who was 34, died of a ...

Turnpike speeds up travel

From the Athens Gazette: New RoadThere is perhaps not one in ten of this community, who are aware of the importance of the road lately located through this county from Chillicothe to Parkersburg. The road from Cincinnati to Chillicothe will soon be completed - a great portion is now ...

Slashing the red tape in W.Va.

What's wrong with West Virginia's economy? One word: Uber.No, not the ride-sharing company itself - but the fact that to open up shop in the Mountain State, Uber needs an act of the state Legislature.Uber is not a complicated business. It amounts to putting people who need transportation in ...

Send a united message

As Christmas approaches, I've been reflecting on all of the blessings I've received. As someone who grew up in a small farm house without indoor plumbing, I am grateful that I actually lived the American Dream.Today, the world is a very different place than on that small mule farm - the deadly ...

Threats posed by gas development

Natural gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica and other shale formations has been billed as a "bridge" away from "dirtier" fossil fuels, making it all the more appealing as a boon to our state's economy at a time when middle-class industrial jobs have been disappearing. Unfortunately, ...

A fond look back at ‘Wagon Train’

"Wagon Train" was one of the biggest television westerns running during the heyday of television westerns. It caught on almost immediately after its premiere on Sept. 18, 1957, and brought a whole new fame to veteran actor Ward Bond, who starred as wagon master Seth Adams.Virtually unknown ...

Sound of a crying woman leads to letter’s discovery

This Christmas season many people across the nation will watch Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," in which Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. He is reminded of his past and what will become of him unless he changes, leaving it up to ...

The changing face of news

Last week, we got a visit from Mark Suek, a former sportswriter for The Parkersburg Sentinel, and Carl Denbow, who was a co-adviser of The Parthenon at Marshall University, in 1970. The two men wanted to talk about a scholarship, for which funds are being raised, that would honor Jeff Nathan, a ...

Right-to-work is right for West Virginia

The West Virginia legislature has signaled that it will take up a right-to-work (RTW) bill in the 2016 session, which begins in January. They absolutely should address this issue and for the sake of West Virginia's economy and workers, pass it as quickly as possible.RTW legislation is pretty ...

Election may present a unique situation

Qualified voters in the 3rd Senatorial District will have the unique opportunity to nominate and elect two state senators in 2016. This situation exists because the incumbent senator from Wood resigned leaving Wood without a senator. A Roane County resident was appointed as his replacement. ...

Year in review for the downtown area

Downtown PKB would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, sponsors, board and committee members, downtown businesses, collaborative partners, volunteers and the community for making 2015 a great year. One of my duties as the executive director of a non-profit organization is to ...

Christmas party fare to enjoy

Christmas is just five days away! You still have time to finish anything that just has to be done. Now, if you are really organized, everything is ready for Christmas and you get to spend these next few days enjoying them. Most schools are closed, so you can spend lots of time with the ...

Healthy eating with Oliver

Since December is coming to a close, and January is traditionally the time when many make New Year's resolutions to eat better, now is a good chance to check out Jamie Oliver's "Everyday Super Food."Oliver says this book is what he hopes will inspire and empoower readers to eat healthier and ...

Most wonderful time of year

Hard to believe that another week has flown by. It is amazing how much a person can accomplish if they are faced with a deadline.This was the week that I finally found the time to decorate our own home for Christmas. I just finished decorating the thirteenth and final Christmas tree for our ...

Book gifts for romance, women’s fiction

There's still time to get a romance or women's fiction novel for the lady on your list! First from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Cat Johnson comes "Midnight Wrangler."Widower Rohn is a successful rancher who has never quite forgotten his high school sweetheart, Bonnie. But she ...

Custom sewing dummy — part two: stuffing

Getting a duct-tape sewing dummy to stay in place on a pole is harder than one would think.Imagine me sitting and staring at the post that would be the dummy's home for over an hour, mulling through how to get it to stay in place, all while petting Mari like I was some sort of science-fiction ...

Students of the month honored

Beverly-Center Elementary School has announced their 'Student of the Month' honorees for November. Named students are: Kindergarten - Rayken Guiler and Harrison Miller; First Grade - Kaley Good and Tannar Lewis; Second Grade - Karissa Hale and Dayne Miller; Third Grade - Hayley Shaffer and ...