Opinion

Romance in contemporary, Amish settings

Local columns

Romance visits Amish country and small towns in several new romance books! In Beth Wiseman’s “Amish Secrets” series, a young woman continues to try to figure out what world she belongs to in “Home All Along.” Charlotte came to Lancaster County and the King family under ...

Writer recommends holiday books

Local columns

It’s time for my annual list of books that I recommend as great holiday gifts for outdoor lovers. Imagine the Great Lakes: five huge self-contained bodies of water that hold 20 percent of the planet’s liquid freshwater (much is also tied up in glaciers, icebergs, snow, and ice). From the ...

Beverly-Center Elementary announces honor roll

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary Students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills — Mrs. Fryman’s class: Arabella Beasley, Ella Duskey, Layson Duskey, Quinten Henry, Zakia Holliday, Karsyn Huck, Maxwell Marshall, Brooklynne Meek, Ian ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those who have served their country as members of the armed forces, and who we honor this Veterans Day for all they sacrificed for the rest of us. Ceremonies and parades throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley today give us the smallest of opportunities to let veterans know how grateful we are ...

Bob Goldenberg honored at Parkersburg Country Club

Local columns

Bob Goldenberg’s life and accomplishments were celebrated last Sunday afternoon at Parkersburg Country Club. Goldenberg, 93, of Parkersburg has been practicing law in West Virginia for 67 years. Saying he is semi-retired, Goldenberg still works in The Goldenberg Law Firm on Star ...

Photo provided by the Ritchie County Historical Society
The rare picture above shows an interior passage of the famed Ritchie Mines. The photo must have been taken when the mine was entered for the last time in 1983 by two very lucky adventurers.

Look Back: Danger, adventure in Ritchie Mines

Local columns

In James Ankrom’s 1929 account of the Cairo and Kanawha Railway, he describes the inner workings of the mine. Excerpts from his account follow: “The mine was worked in a northwesterly direction from Macfarland Creek and the vein of asphalt was found. The initial shaft was vertical and ...

Life Through the Lens: The classic story of twue wuv turns 30

Local columns

“This is true love — you think this happens every day?” *** Love is hard work. It is messy. It is unpredictable. Sometimes ... love down-right stinks. When I met my wife in college, I fought the feeling of love. It scared me too much. I felt too young to give up control. I felt too ...

Investment: Announcement may signal brighter days for W.Va.

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice calls it the largest investment in West Virginia’s history. State Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher says it is the latest in a significant line of foreign investments that will strengthen and diversify our economy. Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., calls it an unparalleled ...

Enforcement: Air Force inaction aided Texas shooter

Editorials

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Addiction: Socioeconomic factors must be addressed

Editorials

According to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, there are four states in which the rate of death from opioid overdoses are consistently much higher than the national average. No one living in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be shocked to learn they are West Virginia, Ohio, ...

Election Day: Ohio voters must let their voices be heard

Editorials

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. for today’s general election in Ohio, in which local voters will have a say in everything from city council and school board members to fire and emergency or road and bridge levies. In many ways, the votes cast will have a greater impact on the lives of local people ...

Education: Wood County Schools made right call on smoke

Editorials

Wood County Schools officials had to make some difficult decisions in the wake of a massive industrial fire that spewed strong-smelling smoke into the air for more than a week last month. To their credit, they took heed of both the fears of parents and the possibility that an abundance of ...

Keep eyes open for new ideas

Local columns

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: * Fifty-four of ...

Compromise: Tax reform bill should not be too watered down

Editorials

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Untapped venison market

Local columns

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt may sound as though he is stating the obvious as he suggests an untapped agricultural opportunity in the Mountain State — deer meat. Sorry ... “venison.” And it’s not exactly untapped so much as insufficiently tapped. Leonhardt ...

Good examples to examine

Letters to the editor

The American wealthy would experience a small ding to their pocketbooks from Universal Medicare, but they would muddle through just like the wealthy in other developed nations, all of which possess a form of socialized (pardon the profanity) medicine or insurance. Medicare-for-all for the ...

If EPA is not our enemy …

Letters to the editor

I agree that the EPA is not our enemy. But is it our friend? I take offense to the implication in one Sunday Letter to the Editor that the Mid-Ohio Valley chemical companies are “Big, rich, greedy” enemies. They are not our enemies either — they provide jobs, taxes and products that ...

United citizens

Letters to the editor

You have heard the old saying “You can’t fight City Hall.” That has been proven for the last couple of months with the city council of Vienna. The newly formed group United Citizens of Vienna has attended council meetings, has had speakers, has had citizens meetings asking the council not ...

Mister Fantasy Facts

Letters to the editor

In a letter last Sunday, Mr. Fantasy Facts (FF) informed us of how he fell hook, line and sinker for Bozo’s obfuscation of the so-called Hillary-uranium deal. A normal person would have been too embarrassed to admit to being so easily duped. In the early 1950s the U.S., like many other ...