Opinion

Beverly-Center Elementary School names students on honor roll

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary School students were named to the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten: Mastering 5 Super Skills — Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton ...

How to choose the perfect bird feeder

Local columns

When readers ask for help selecting a bird feeder, I’m happy to oblige. I bought my first feeder in 1978 in Michigan, so I’ve had lots of experience evaluating them. I won’t presume to identify the “best” feeders, but I can name my favorites in both general and specific terms. My ...

The Piano

Local columns

The year was 1859. It was a full decade before the Civil Ware and 20 years after the Tarver brothers came from Ireland to stake their claim in the New World. The Tarvers were a wealthy family and Jim Tarver inherited his father’s talent for working with wood and his love of music. He ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To all the local schools and other organizations putting together programs and services to commemorate Veterans Day. It is important for those who remember to teach those who must carry on the lessons learned because so many were willing to sacrifice everything for the rest of us — so ...

Nominations sought for Gold Star monument

Local columns

A group is looking for information on area men and women who served in the U.S. military. This information is being sought for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument planned for Parkersburg City Park next year. Nomination forms for friends or family members who served in the armed forces, ...

Look Back: Mid-Ohio Valley filled with natural resources

Local columns

Oil and mineral news Another vein of asphaltum, or oil coal, has been struck between Cairo and the M’Farland vein, and on the line of the railroad. It is said to be equal to the other vein in Ritchie county. It is branching out in minerals. The iron ore in Washington Bottom, six miles ...

Education: Thanks to voters for approving school levy

Editorials

Wood County voters proved once again this week that they understand our young people are worth a little continued sacrifice, if it means providing resources to give them the education they need. In fact, an astounding more than 72 percent of Wood County voters said yes to renewing the school ...

Drug War: Keep momentum going against criminals

Editorials

Earlier this week, law enforcement officials seized what they say are enough drugs to kill — KILL — 300,000 people. Multiple drug traffickers were arrested. They are believed to be part of a trafficking operation that worked between Akron, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va. Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Safety: Follow traffic rules and keep our kids safe

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents care deeply about the safety of our kids. There is no doubt. But it takes only a second of distraction to turn a daily drive into a tragic situation. Likely every school bus driver in our area has watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored flashing red ...

Donate: Feed Seniors Now needs your help

Editorials

Though the need never changes, Comfort Keepers and FaithLink of Wood and Washington counties are changing one of the ways they take care of local seniors. With the Feed Seniors Now program, the organizations are working together to fill FaithLink’s Thrive community empowerment centers and ...

Oversight: Voters should vote yes on Amendment 2

Editorials

Only one state in the entire nation, West Virginia, allows the judicial branch of government to spend taxpayers’ money with no legislative oversight. Events this year have made it obvious that needs to change. Voters in the Nov. 6 election have an opportunity to make that happen, by casting ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The final countdown

Local columns

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...

What should we remember, now that it’s November?

Local columns

Assume for a moment that your family has had five really bad financial years in a row. Every year, you’ve taken in far less money than you’d hoped. You’ve had to dip deeply into your savings account to keep your head above water. You’ve had to reduce your spending. What would you ...

Judiciary: Armstead, Jenkins deserve your vote

Editorials

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and to ...

Spending time with students

Local columns

If you ever get an opportunity to speak to groups of middle and high school students, do it. Last week I led a few sessions for the 7th Annual Developing Star Leaders program hosted by West Virginia University-Parkersburg. The theme for the day was “STARS iThink, not groupThink,” and I got ...

Tell PSC we want choice

Letters to the editor

To quote the organization Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia, “West Virginia’s monopoly electric utilities — Appalachian Power, Wheeling Power, Mon Power, and Potomac Edison — want to drastically reduce the rate at which net-metered solar owners receive credit for the energy their ...

The enjoyment of writing

Local columns

Since I was a little girl I would love to write and make up stories. I recall in grade school we had a subject called “Ekthesi” which means write a story about anything you wish. I was one of the top story writers in the class according to the teacher. He was my fifth grade teacher and ...

Instant Pot brings Indian dishes home

Local columns

I love Indian food and am always wanting to recreate the dishes I love at home. And now being in love with my Instant Pot, I was thrilled to get “The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” by Archana Mundhe. For the Instant Pot, you will need a tall steam rack and another stainless steel ...

Attitude is everything

Local columns

Nathan Lord and I from Shale Crescent along with Keith Burdette from Polymer Alliance Zone were in Chicago at the Global Plastics Summit this week. We had a great conference with positive measurable results. I literally just got back home and need to be in Beckley in the morning so I will share ...

Cozy mysteries for fans to warm up to

Local columns

A seasonal story of Scotland roots and murder is told in “Overkilt” by Kaitlyn Dunnett. Liss is readying her Scottish Emporium for the after-Thanksgiving rush that is sure to be coming. While her father-in-law’s hotel can barely turn a profit, he decides to entice childless couples to ...