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Opinion

Build flavor profile with spirits

Local columns

A new cookbook came out that finds the best use of different alcohols in dishes with “Cork and Knife” by Emily and Matt Clifton, creators of popular food blog Nerds with Knives. The book is divided into chapters that use a different type of alcohol that make use of its chemical properties ...

Downtown PKB spotlights Piersol

Local columns

Downtown PKB is made up of a 25 member board of directors, all dedicated to helping us meet the mission of our organization. Lindsey Piersol, Executive Director of Wood County Economic Development and current President of Downtown PKB board was willing to be our Board Member Spotlight this ...

Differences not great

Local columns

This week I was in contact with one of our Shale Crescent USA prospects and now a friend from Pakistan. Our wives met at an event and are also friends. I happened to mention that I will be unavailable for a couple of days later this month when my wife has knee replacement surgery. My friend was ...

End cruel contest

Letters to the editor

I am writing in regard to the “Greased Pig Contest” held at the recent Washington County Fair in Marietta. Let me preface this by saying that I realize that county fairs are a great way to educate the public on the importance of agriculture. Those who work with livestock (and involved with ...

Thank you

Letters to the editor

Belpre Lions Club would like to thank Vienna Walmart and the MOV for their wonderful generosity toward our military fundraiser. All money and items purchased were used for care packages to send overseas to local military men and women. We would also like to thank Belpre Kroger for letting us ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg City Council Vice President Zach Stanley, who during this week’s council meeting, reminded sparring council members “If you gentlemen disagree, you can vote and show it there.” Of course discussion of a matter is important. Questions are important. Going round and round ...

PHS grads to celebrate birthdays

Local columns

Fritz Renner, from the Parkersburg High School Class of 1967, has a fun-filled weekend planned for his classmates in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 18-20. Renner, of Monterey, and classmate Candace Dollman Jones, of Vienna, have organized a 70th birthday celebration for all members of the PHS Class ...

Look Back: On the streets of Parkersburg

Local columns

Why the Long Face? Even the “beasts of the field” are catching the excitement that has been raised on Ann Street, because JIMMY MEHEN sells lager two glasses for five cents. On Tuesday a horse walked down the sidewalk, and finding “Jimmy’s” door open walked in and had made his way ...

Insurance: W.Va. doing well on coverage levels

Editorials

Left-leaning health insurance advocates got a little nervous this week when U.S. Census Bureau data showed a statistically insignificant change in the percentage of West Virginians with health insurance, from 2017 to 2018. There are (gasp) still 6.4 percent of Mountain State residents without ...

Back Yard Gardener: Turnips of the fall garden

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The second week of September is still bringing us summer like temperatures with high heat and humidity. We are definitely on the dry side and could use a little rain. Crops still producing in the garden may need some irrigation until we receive ...

Opioids: Do not let fear stop Purdue Pharma lawsuit

Editorials

West Virginia is among states and local governments that have filed lawsuits against health care giant Purdue Pharma, over its distribution of opioid pain pills that helped fuel the devastating substance abuse crisis. More than 2,000 separate actions, consolidated into one case under a federal ...

Patriot Day: Remember lessons learned on 9-11

Editorials

For the most part students graduating from high school this year were not alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Certainly younger students have no memory even of the few years afterward during which Americans stood united, ...

Vaping Stop using potentially unsafe devices

Editorials

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. We now know they are not a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. (And that they certainly should not be ...

Drug Crisis: Justice too quick to claim progress

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark just a bit in reacting to some good news last week. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Democratic Bench

Local columns

So, looks like U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won’t run for governor in the Democratic primary in May 2020 after all. I should have stuck with my instinct months ago that he wouldn’t actually run just like he did in 2016. The problem is I think for a time he really was going to do it. My ...

Map of road work shows massive cost of projects

Local columns

If you haven’t looked at the West Virginia Division of Highways’ new interactive road work map (transportation.wv.gov), you really should. A glance at the whole-state map may raise a question in your mind: What are all those blue dots in the Northern Panhandle? Answer: Money pits. DOH ...

Safeguards: Terror watchlist should be revised

Editorials

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to our government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of absurdity. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to keep track of people who truly pose threats to ...

A new aquatic adventure

Local columns

Last weekend, I was given a rare opportunity by some good people who believe in sharing the good things that have come their way. The Josephs and their extended family in Wheeling are a significant part of the committee that organizes the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta each Labor Day ...

Protecting against gun violence

Letters to the editor

School shootings cause multiple deaths each year. Lock-downs and drills are ineffective. Children have demonstrated that they can access the guns carried by improperly trained staff. One student commented that in trying to protect students, the school system seems to be treating them as little ...

World on fire or Amazon scam?

Letters to the editor

Today’s (Sept. 3) columns in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel by Kathleen Parker and Rich Lowry presented an interesting juxtaposition. Left wing loon Parker wrings her hands at Brazil’s inaction to allow “the world” to put out their fires. Predictably she drags President Trump into ...