Opinion

New book kicks off Amish series

Local columns

Bestselling author Beth Wiseman kicks off a new book series, An Amish Journey, with her new book, “Hearts in Harmony.” Levi and Mary met once as kids at a chance meeting at an English friend’s house, and bonded over a love of music — though forbidden to them. Now as adults, they are ...

Vernal pools essential

Local columns

If late winter cabin fever has you down, wander the woods in search of vernal pools — small bodies of water that collect in depressions in the ground. Melting snow and late winter rains fill these shallow depressions, which can be as small as a plastic swimming pool or as large as an acre. ...

Beverly families attend literacy luau

Local columns

Beverly-Center students and their families were treated to a ‘Literacy Luau’ Thursday, March 7, to celebrate their annual Literacy Night. Participants could attend various teacher-created learning centers related to making reading fun as well as a special family learning experience. As ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news Wood County Schools’ plan to equip all K-8 students with iPads might come to fruition as early as this fall. Thanks to the school system receiving enough money to do so, the sped up timeline means “At the start of next school year, every single child in k-8 will have an iPad ...

Shuman seeks aid for Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg

Local columns

Ben Shuman hasn’t been in his Mary Street office much lately. Six days in the office the past three weeks, Shuman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, said Thursday. Two and a half weeks ago, he attended a “Beyond School Hours” Conference in Atlanta, ...

Look Back: Gun debate was lively more than a century ago

Local columns

Concealed weapons Public attention is everywhere being called to the prevailing and almost universal practice of carrying concealed deadly weapons, and Parkersburg may be set down as one of the places which needs attention in reference to this dangerous custom. The usual number of woundings ...

Life Through the Lens: Perfect vision comes in hindsight

Local columns

“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront…this is not a love story.” *** “Hindsight is 20/20.” Is there a more cliche saying out there? The worst part of that saying is it is so true. The hardest part about having 20/20 vision in hindsight is the sheer irony of ...

Read Aloud: Volunteer and help worthy organization

Editorials

Giving back to our community does not always mean opening your wallet. Sometimes it just means donating a little time. With the expansion of Read Aloud West Virginia into another school — Greenmont Elementary — the organization needs folks with just that. Well, time, and a desire to help ...

Justice: Compromise needed on court funding levels

Editorials

Among multiple budget battles state legislators are working to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state Supreme ...

Back Issues: ‘Captain Marvel’ flies onto big screen

Local columns

The Marvel universe includes plenty of strong, capable superheroines, but none ever stood out from the pack the way Wonder Woman has for DC. That may be about to change as “Captain Marvel” arrives in theaters today. Carol Danvers was introduced in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13 as ...

Amazon: West Virginia should make pitch for HQ

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was right last week to ask Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to consider the Mountain State as a location for the company’s second headquarters. Amazon pulled out of plans to build in New York City. One would hope Bezos appreciated Manchin’s gentle dig that choosing ...

‘Bookzilla’: Encourage reading by picking up a book

Editorials

It is wonderful to see kids get as enthusiastic about reading and libraries as did the Lubeck Elementary School students who teamed up with high school broadcasting students last week to stop “Bookzilla.” Bookzilla is a monster driven mad by those who do not follow the rules and use good ...

Caution: Lawmakers must be wary of revenue numbers

Editorials

With less than a week remaining in their regular session, West Virginia lawmakers must decide whether they believe money will continue to pour in to the state treasury. Let us hope it will. Otherwise, at about this time next year, bad things could happen in Charleston. A variety of important ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Nine at the Capitol

Local columns

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets there were ...

The lost art of compromise

Local columns

Officially, West Virginia state Senate Bill 451 died on a Wednesday afternoon, when the House of Delegates left it “tabled indefinitely.” But in reality, it — and much about it that is good — perished at about 6:25 p.m. the previous Monday. It was at about that time that leaders of ...

Road Repair: Funding needed to fix crisis across state

Editorials

Apparently, the squeaky wheel does get the grease, or at least, the attention from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Last year, Preston County commissioners took the unusual action of declaring a state of emergency over the condition of highways throughout the county. “Enough is enough,” ...

Standing against hatred

Local columns

West Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said something extraordinarily important Friday, in response to the parasites who attached themselves to the events of WVGOP Day — and the anger they provoked. “Over the course of these now 52 days we have allowed ...

‘Neutrality’ reinforces bigotry

Local columns

This column shouldn’t be necessary. A personal attack shouldn’t warrant ink but last week one was allowed. I wrote a letter on the same topic, yet I drew no ire. Perhaps this is a personal vendetta against Ms. Peters. Throughout the (lie-laced) column, the writer laid siege to a woman and ...

Tackling hunger in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

What does hunger really look like? If you were to google search the term hunger you would likely see hundreds of images of people, young and old, in far-away countries, with boney faces and eyes that seemed to implore for help. While the depth of heartbreak when looking at these images is real, ...

Letter full of fantasies

Letters to the editor

The letter on founders and god by Dan Kessinger on Feb. 17 was one of the most delusional I have read in some time. His points were that abortion is wrong, that a magic invisible man in the sky created everything, that atheists are immoral and morally bankrupt, that the founding fathers ...