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My father, who was on the original City Charter committee, is rolling over in his grave, after the Jan. 9 Parkersburg City Council meeting. I appreciate the passing of the amendment restoring the five minute limit per person for the public forum, instead of the two minute limit imposed months ...

To whom it may concern

Letters to the editor

The headline in (last) Saturday’s News and Sentinel read “Ethane Cracker not coming to Parkersburg.” Even with tax incentives, no business that wants to grow is going to locate into a community that is discriminatory in a growing culture of broad diversity. They don’t want their ...

Budding problem

Letters to the editor

I am no botanist and am not even observant but it did seem abnormal last year when my rhododendrons budded in November. It happened again this year, so it must be the new normal. Can anybody say “global warming?” Michael N. Ireland Parkersburg

Appetizers to enjoy during the cold

Local columns

Two weeks into this crazy new year! We could have done without some of the things that have been thrown at us weather-wise. As this is written (early in the week before you read it), we have had freezing rain, ice, and snow. Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s weather caused the schools to close as ...

Use this, not that in your cooking

Local columns

These simple ingredient swaps will make your favorite kitchen creations healthier . 1. MASHED AVOCADO for butter or oil in baking. Not all fats are bad for you. Olive oil, nuts and avocados are high in monounsaturated fats— the good kind which help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. 2. ...

Bringing jobs back to MOV: Help others first

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The late Zig Ziglar, sales expert, best-selling author and motivational speaker said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” This is good advice for everyone not just people in sales. In our relationships, we always need to ...

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The Jaycees held their annual Christmas party and collected for the Latrobe Street Mission.

Parkersburg Area Jaycees finish 2017 projects

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Jaycees closed out 2017 with two final community outreach projects and are preparing for more projects in the coming year. On Friday, Dec. 22, the Jaycees organized a Christmas party for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg that included a dinner catered ...

Noir comes home in books

Local columns

Noir stories are told in suburban towns in some new books. In “The Wife Between Us” Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen weave a tale that leaves the reader off-balance. Nellie seems to be blinded by new beau Richard’s attentions, even though he talks about his “crazy” ex. Vanessa ...

How insects survive during the winter

Local columns

The last few weeks of frigid temperatures made it clear that surviving winter is one of nature’s toughest challenges. Animals must either avoid the cold stress of winter or somehow cope with it. Groundhogs, black bears, and most reptiles and amphibians hibernate. Triggered by shorter days in ...

Mom Prom tickets on sale

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Tickets for the 5th annual BrAva Mom Prom go on sale this Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. BrAva Mom Prom is a charity fundraiser seeking the support of women aged 21 an over — both moms and non-moms — for a magical night to raise funds for childhood cancer. This year’s event will once ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To renewed calls for Wood County Schools to adopt a social media policy — any policy — for employees. Even if only a very few of the adults employed by the school system have trouble remembering they are role models for students, and must act responsibly and professionally when they ...

Thomas Dziagwa to play in West Virginia University Coliseum

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A college basketball player with ties to Parkersburg will be playing at the West Virginia University Coliseum next month. But he won’t be wearing the Mountaineer old gold and blue. Thomas Dziagwa, a sophomore guard for Oklahoma State University, will be wearing orange and black when the ...

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The drawing above, by Joseph H. Diss Debar, depicts the second Wood County courthouse.  It was situated near “the Point,” at the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers.  It was at this courthouse that Drew found six venire men (jurors).

Look Back: Jurors scarce for Aaron Burr trial

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The trek of Mr. Drew, from Richmond to Wood County, Virginia to collect jurors for the Burr-Blennerhassett trial continues: At this place he found a large congregation of men from the surrounding country. Some were bare-footed, and all roughly clad and just as rough in manner and appearance. ...

Life Through the Lens: Two peas in a pod of insecurity

Local columns

“Just because you want it doesn’t mean it can happen.” *** Inside everyone there rests a primal urge. A timeless longing. There is an innate need to be accepted. It is undeniable and, at times, the strongest pull that one has. It trumps common sense and even identity. It undermines ...

Stay Focused: Legislators must cut spending

Editorials

During Wednesday evening’s State of the State Address, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice displayed his usual flare for political theater, complete with bringing his high school girls’ basketball team out onto the floor and suggesting that the rest of us, like those student athletes, call him ...

Trump is good for West Virginia

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How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Legislature: All voices should be heard during session

Editorials

West Virginia’s 60-day regular legislative session has begun, and Gov. Jim Justice has gone on record saying he foresees a more “harmonious” session than last year’s. In fact, for the first time in history one party, Republican, controls both the House of Delegates and the state Senate, ...

Back Issues: Not just a team but a Legion

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The literal future of DC’s universe joins its television lineup when the Legion of Super-Heroes arrives Monday on “Supergirl.” I’ll admit I’ve fallen behind on some of the comic shows given the sheer volume out there, so I don’t know a lot about the context of the team’s arrival ...

Inventory Tax: Phasing out tax will make state attractive

Editorials

As West Virginia works to make itself more welcoming to job creators, critics continue to accuse reformers of promising too much. Some previous efforts did not result in an immediate economic boom, so why are we still trying? No one ever said remaking the state’s economy would be a ...

Caution: Legislators still need fiscal discipline

Editorials

Time and again during the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead last week, lawmakers seemed downright relaxed as they pointed out budget revenue that is exceeding expectations, fueled in part by an increase in severance tax revenue. In fact, already some lawmakers seem to ...