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Opinion

Medical cannibis impact for employers

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Note from the MOV Chamber: Partnering with our members for events such as HR Consulting Services HR Timely Topics luncheon is just one of the many benefits of Chamber membership. Working together we can facilitate a stronger business community when members bring their issues and challenges to ...

Concession food permits required

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(Editor’s Note: The following article was written by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.) *** PARKERSBURG — Summer is in full swing ... fairs, festivals, and fundraisers are everywhere. Temporary food service concession vendors must obtain a food permit from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health ...

Women’s fiction for summer

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Two new women’s fiction books bring historic and present-day romances. Rachel Fordham visits 1883 in “Yours Truly, Thomas.” In the small town of Azure Springs, Iowa, Penny Ercanbeck has been a clerk in the dead letter office, sorting mail that has been deemed undeliverable and trying to ...

Welcome to snake season

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Snakes love warm summer days. As reptiles, their body temperature mirrors air temperature. That’s why snakes are most active this time of year. It’s also why snake complaints peak in July and August. When people ask how to deal with unwanted snakes in the backyard, I offer my standard ...

Beverly-Center third graders honored

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These Beverly-Center Elementary third graders were honored as ‘Student of the Month’ during the 2018-2019 school year: September — Wade Duskey and Graden Miller; October — Elle Casto and Cheyenne McKinney; November — Abby Bishman and Emma Lockhart; December — Luke Phillis and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To lawmakers’ effort to extend the life of the coal-fired Pleasants Power Station past its 2022 closing date by giving it an exemption on state business and occupation taxes. However, Pleasants County officials and the folks at FirstEnergy Solutions should be careful not to simply kick ...

John Douglas memorial sing set

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The life of John Wilbur Douglas — “a true Southern Gospel music fan” — will be celebrated on Oct. 11 during a memorial sing at Broadway Church of the Nazarene in Parkersburg. Douglas, pastor of River Valley Community Church/the One Church in Vienna, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018 during ...

Look Back: Happenings around Wood County

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Another letter from Union [District]. — Editors State Journal There have been many letters from this neighborhood, I think it comes my turn to represent the backwoods. There has been a great deal of timber gotten over this winter, such as cross ties, keg wood, etc. If it wasn’t for the ...

Night Out: Event brings kids, law enforcement together

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Many children grow up understanding the law enforcement officers in their community are there to serve and protect them. Officers are on THEIR side — their friends. But for some kids it take a little more to communicate that relationship, and events such as the upcoming National Night Out ...

Backyard Gardener: Preserving the harvest

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Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. Hopefully we have just experienced the hottest week of the summer of 2019. Temperatures in the mid-90s and high humidity made last week a tough one for outside work. Last week local 4-H and FFA youth were hard at work at the WV Interstate Fair with ...

Pill Pushers: Hold execs accountable for role in opioid crisis

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Back Issues: ‘The Boys’ is over-the-top, graphic

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Most of the time, preparing for these columns is fun, I get to revisit favorite comic storylines, read new ones and fill in sometimes rather sizable gaps in my knowledge of characters. I summarize bizarre stories, then imagine Paul LaPann reading what I’ve written and shaking his head in ...

Education: Doddridge County can provide good lessons

Editorials

You’ve heard the phrase “it takes a village,” and at least in the case of Doddridge County Schools, Superintendent Adam Cheeseman said the theory applies to a child’s academic success, too. “We are living in a community that has continued to make education a top priority,” he ...

Homelessness: New urgency needed to help children

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When we take a look at the devastating effects of natural disasters or the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia, we think often about the adults who are struggling. Homeowners have waited three years in some cases for the help they were promised to rebuild their lives; the vast majority of ...

Bransfield: Transparency is vital in diocese audit

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People who could have done something about it were aware of the “excessive spending” engaged in by former bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. They did not. So, while church officials have pledged to keep a close eye on spending in the diocese, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Political potpourri

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Are you tired of hearing about the governor’s race? Me too, but I’ll have some tidbits in this column if you keep reading. Instead, I thought I’d try to handicap the races from Board of Public Works. The Board of Public Works includes the governor, the secretary of state, the attorney ...

West Virginia has avoided roads problem too long

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Secondary roads are a lot like the weather. Lots of people in West Virginia talk about them, but no one ever seems to do anything. Actually, that isn’t quite accurate. During the past decade, we have done something: We’ve reduced the Division of Highways budget. Yes, reduced. During ...

‘Wasping’: New battleground opens in drug fight

Editorials

Perhaps “wasping” has come to our area already. If not, it probably will arrive soon. Sadly, producers of illicit drugs seem to be the most inventive people on the planet. Progress in curbing abuse of opioids has been accompanied by an increase in overdoses from methamphetamines. But the ...

Local wages depend on you

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When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act last week, they did so knowing the U.S. Senate was unlikely to take up the matter. Still, it was called a victory for the movement to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. (Actually, gradually raise it from $7.25 to $15 by ...

Op-ed: Fair treatment for all West Virginians

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We come from different political parties, represent two different parts of the state and sometimes vote differently as a result. As two of the youngest members of the West Virginia State Senate, however, we hold much in common. Both of us have seen too many of the people we grew up with ...