Opinion

Beverly Public Library offers new program

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The Beverly Public Library is continuing its new program “Baby Bookworm Lapsit” this Tuesday and Wednesday. This program is for children ages 0-2 and an adult caregiver. During the program children will listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun with rhymes. This Tuesday, September ...

Fall planting season here

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When fall colors begin to reveal themselves, it’s time to plant woody vines, small trees, and perennial wildflowers. Being in the ground for five or six months allows plants to acclimate to local conditions and leads to vigorous spring growth. Furthermore, nurseries, garden centers, and ...

United Way faces issues

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United Way doesn’t look away from the critical issues — they face them head on! We don’t have to look far to find critical issues in our community that need to be addressed. Often it can feel as if the negativity outweighs the wonderful things happening all around us in the MOV. The ...

The story of Josh the grave digger

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The sun beat down on his black skin. Sweat took detours around each hard muscle. Josh had been digging graves for forty years. Today he was preparing a grave for his best friend. He pulled an old rag from his pocket, dabbed at his brow and smiled. A pleasant thought about him and his best ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the announcement of nearly $675,000 in State Election Commission grant funding coming to Wood County to go toward the replacement of older voting machines. County Clerk Mark Rhodes says the county hopes to purchase 300 Express Vote machines, as part of the effort to have the most secure ...

Wood County natives achieve success

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Wood County natives are making impressive marks outside the region. Pat Strader and his team at Digital Relativity, a full-service marketing and advertising agency with offices in Fayetteville and Charleston, was ranked No. 202 in August on Inc. Magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000 for the ...

Look Back: Stephenson settles in Oregon

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This will conclude the May 15, 1853, letter from John Stephenson to his friend in Parkersburg, chronicling their journey to Oregon. He is writing from Old Fort Kearney, Neb. *** We have traveled 100 miles over a bad road and camped regularly at night. All the family are rather pleased ...

Recovery: Justice, others must learn from past mistakes

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As many Mid-Ohio Valley residents remain glued to storm trackers showing Hurricane Florence may hook its way north —heading straight for us — by the wee small hours of Tuesday morning — the entire Mountain State is bracing for days of rain that could result in another round of flooding. ...

Be Prepared: Florence may cause problems for the Mid-Ohio Valley

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“The phrase of the day is ‘Be Prepared.’” Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard wants everyone in our region to understand the rain that led to our current river flooding is not the end of the weather headed for the Mid-Ohio Valley. Hurricane Florence is coming. High winds — ...

Foster care: West Virginia kids need support

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In a report released at the end of August, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said there are 6,623 children in foster care from the state, but nearly 400 of them are being housed out-of-state, mostly in group homes or long-term psychiatric facilities. And, according to ...

Patriot Day: Never forget the lessons learned on 9-11

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“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Former President George W. Bush told a frightened nation on the evening of Sept. 11, ...

Stay informed on important voting, registration dates

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Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far less attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

Farm Tariffs: Congress skating past ethics rules

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Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been officially criticized for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Lessons from the first game

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West Virginia University’s football season opener was a neutral-site game against Tennessee this year, which meant I and a few friends found ourselves in Charlotte, N.C., for a couple of days. It was a short trip, but turned out to hold a few eye-openers that had nothing to do with ...

Education: Money does not solve all problems

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Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Time to Get Checked

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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to revisit what you know and don’t know about this disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer. Approximately 164,690 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and ...

Columbus Greek Festival enjoyed

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Over Labor Day and for many years the Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio, holds their annual Greek Festival that lasts for four days and attended by thousands every year. If you have never been to a Greek Festival, I would advise you to attend one if it ever becomes possible, with ...

Get out the white paint

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I want to assure conservative readers that this letter, although it deals with global warming, is not another liberal rant and that you can safely read it without being exposed to any idea which challenges your world view. However, I will describe a new idea, new at least to me because I never ...

The Amazing Chamber Chase, Part TWO!

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Last year we launched a new event through the Chamber entitled The Amazing Chamber Chase. Held in October 2017, this event was a team scavenger hunt in Downtown Parkersburg, complete with clues, selfies and fun activities. Twenty-seven teams of at least 4 people participated, many dressed up ...