Opinion

Julia-Ann to dedicate fence

Local columns

The money has been raised. The fence has been built. Now it is time to celebrate. A final dedication and commemoration of the Riverview Cemetery Fence Project in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District will be 2 p.m. Oct. 15. After the ribbon cutting, re-enactors will portray some of ...

The condition of streets and roadways in Parkersburg and Wood County have always been of utmost importance to the citizens and economy of the area.  The undated photo above shows an early “paving” machine on what might be Seventh Street. (Photo from the WCHPS archives)

Look Back: Paving the way in Parkersburg

Local columns

A Chain Gang We desire to call the attention of our Town Council to the importance of establishing a Chain Gang, for the benefit of the miserable loafers who are daily prowling around our streets. In other places the Chain Gang has operated admirably, and saved great expense in repairing ...

Life Through the Lens: Every sheep needs a shepherd

Local columns

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate!” *** I’ve always been an impressionable guy. I remember being scolded for spitting – spitting constantly…even when there was no liquid left in my body and all that came out was the sound. When asked why, I quickly traced the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news that West Virginia 11th-graders will be able to take the SAT for free and send their scores to up to four colleges or universities at no cost, as the state Department of Education has chosen the SAT as its statewide summative assessment beginning in spring 2018. The change is a ...

Pensions: Parkersburg City Council must weigh all options

Editorials

At a poorly attended meeting of Parkersburg City Council’s Finance Committee this week, the three members who were present voted to make an unsettling recommendation to the council as a whole: Enact a dedicated 1 percent sales tax to help fund the police and fire pension liability that has ...

Replacement heroes: Legacies carried on by sidekicks, substitutes

Local columns

When the Flash races back to the CW next month, the title character will presumably still be MIA after last season’s finale. The trailer released over the summer at San Diego Comic Con still shows sidekick Kid Flash (aka Wally West) in his yellow costume rather than stepping into Barry ...

Justice: Better communication needed at state level

Editorials

When Mountain State lawmakers spoke before members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month, they set out an agenda that should serve them well in 2018 legislative session ... if they stick to it. Among the priorities will be continuing to downsize and streamline ...

Virgin Islands: Do not forget hurricane victims

Editorials

Texans, Floridians and Georgians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than ...

Give Blood: Red Cross needs your donations

Editorials

As donations pour in to organizations such as the American Red Cross to help victims of the flooding this summer in West Virginia and hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there is something more than cash and bottled water in desperately short supply: blood. According to Rodney Wilson, communications ...

Remember: Honor the victims of Sept. 11

Editorials

For 16 years, Americans have gotten an annual reminder that no matter how divided we think we are, extremists around the world think of us as one —a united nation of infidels that must be terrorized and punished for the very freedoms that make us so strong. On Sept. 11, 2001, those Islamist ...

Storage hub could come down to politics

Local columns

There was good news for Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents last week, when West Virginia University researchers released a study regarding sites for an ethane storage hub. There’s been a lot of hype regarding ethane storage hubs during the past several weeks. Having one in your area ...

Show Goes On: Film Office not a big loss for West Virginia

Editorials

Former bureaucrats and their bitter lobbyist hangers-on appear to be trying to raise a fuss to distract from the fact their responsibilities have been absorbed quite handily by another government office. They picked the wrong target. When the West Virginia Legislature made it clear it was ...

Celebrating West Virginia University’s birth

Local columns

When students arrived at the Agricultural College of West Virginia 150 years ago, they could never have imagined what would become of their brand new school, in a new state, in a newly reunited nation. Certainly when I arrived at West Virginia University (the school was renamed in 1868) more ...

Op-ed: Making the case for Pleasants Power

Local columns

There’s been a lot of discussion throughout the state concerning First Energy’s proposed sale of its Pleasants Power Station to its Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison Power subsidiaries. Hearings held around the state by the West Virginia Public Service Commission are generating lots of ...

Op-ed: Rapper raises awareness on a very sensitive subject

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Robert Bryson Hall ll, better known by his rapper name Logic, performed his song “1-800-273-8255” titled after the suicide prevention hotline, alongside suicide survivors wearing shirts that disclose the phone number and say “you are not alone” and featured artists Alessia Cara and ...

Do something about climate

Letters to the editor

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has cried in front of the computer while watching heartbreakingly sad stories related to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Although the actual property losses are estimated to be in the billions and a new benchmark disaster of record; the ...

Artsbridge says thank you

Letters to the editor

Artsbridge just completed another season of great, free entertainment for the community with the Summer Music series at the Parkersburg City Park and the Music Fest at Southwood Park. Artsbridge Programs Coordinator Kathy Reeder does a great job putting the season together, offering a variety ...

Check Humane Society of the Ohio Valley for lost dogs

Letters to the editor

The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, at 90 Mount Tom Road, Marietta, has been in existence for 150 years and can boast of being the oldest organization of its kind in the State of Ohio and one of the oldest in the USA. The shelter is easy to find. Just off the Pike, turn on to County House ...

Water is essential for life, industry

Local columns

Water, we can’t live without it. We turn the tap and clean water comes out. We usually don’t give it a thought. How many times have we driven across a bridge between Parkersburg and Marietta and thought about what a blessing the Ohio River is and how few people around the world have access ...

Supporting spirit of entrepreneurship

Local columns

Last year, I had the great opportunity to be on a team from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) that developed a business pitch contest called “Launchpad” (our version of “Shark Tank.”) Eleven applications were received; six presented their business ideas; and ONE received ...