Opinion

Op-ed: West Virginia University is fully engaged with state

Local columns

In 1986 I had the good fortune “to come home again” when I returned to my home state and home town to become the 20th President of West Virginia University. In spite of Thomas Wolfe’s warning this opportunity proved to be the most fulfilling experience in my academic and administrative ...

Get ready for fall with new recipes

Local columns

A very nice weekend has been promised to the valley for this weekend. Maybe that is because old Mother Nature was somewhat ashamed over the rain last weekend that about did-in so many events. We take what we get — nothing we can do about it! Texas and western Louisiana are still trying to ...

Recipes are bursting with juicy berries

Local columns

Make the most of the season by using fresh raspberries in these sweet treats. Gorgeous ruby-red raspberries are perfect popping in your mouth as a snack, tossing into fruit salads and desserts. Many of you may raise your own berries and if not, you can purchase them at the grocery store or art ...

Apple Spice Drops

Another look at cookbooks

Local columns

Continuing on with my column from last week, I am taking a look at another cookbook I got at The Gospel Book Store of Berlin Cookbook Contest in Berlin, Ohio. And speaking of cookbooks, there’s still time to get your recipes in for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook contest. Email ...

Romance sparks in historic, Amish novels

Local columns

There are several new historical romance and Amish romance books out right now that will thrill readers. Kathleen Fuller continues her “Amish Letters” series with “The Promise of a Letter.” Roman has been out of the Amish life for a while now, never truly feeling a part of his family ...

Meet common spiders

Local columns

Fall is in the air. On Thursday morning the thermometer dipped to 46 degrees. Everywhere I look I see signs of seasonal change. Leaves have begun to change colors, and some have even begun to fall. Adult male hummingbirds have already headed south. Blooming goldenrod is turning old fields into ...

Suicide prevention program to be held

Local columns

Dr. Bill Bauer, Marietta College professor, shares his son’s story during a free family suicide prevention program, “Reducing the Stigma: A Family Suicide Prevention Program” in the Fort Frye High School auditorium this Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. In partnership with Fort Frye ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To The Castle Historic House Museum for receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Public Programming for the “Lest We Forget: Remembering Washington County in WWI” concert. Officials certainly reached their goal of commemorating a forgotten time period in an ...

Literacy Volunteers needs tutors

Local columns

Fifteen out of 100 Wood Countians do not read at a level that allows them to find cross streets on a map, read a newspaper article or understand medical prescriptions or instructions, a local organization says. The nonprofit Literacy Volunteers of the Mid-Ohio Valley is trying to reverse this ...

Photo provided by Jeff Little
Situated on Ann Street, just above 13th, Nash School was completed c. 1902-03.  Originally named for early Parkersburg educator John C. Nash, for a period of time the name of the school was changed to Willard.  In 1909 it again became Nash School.

Look Back: Education important from the start in Parkersburg

Local columns

Editor’s note: The last item in this edition of Lookback contains language that, while common at the time, would be considered offensive today. Because this is a column about history, we have chosen to leave the item as it was printed, to give an accurate picture of the reporting of the ...

City’s Future: Keeping, attracting young people is vital

Editorials

Too often, elected officials and the citizens who put them in office are so focused on the challenges of the present (and past) that they lose sight of the opportunities that will propel them forward. During a Parkersburg Finance Committee meeting earlier this week, Councilman Jeff Fox made a ...

United Way: Organization worthy of your donations

Editorials

As the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this week, Executive Director Stacy DeCicco talked about the challenge that comes in trying to raise money amid difficult economic conditions. “When that happens, that’s when the community needs us ...

Labor Force: Job participation rates are too low to sustain

Editorials

With the focus on the American worker at the beginning of this week came plenty of talk about what we contribute to the economy of this nation. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you believe. It is ...

Ideas: Free speech proposal deserves hearing

Editorials

A reasonable person might suppose that college and university campuses are havens for exchange of and debate about ideas. Too often, that is not true. Faculties at most institutions of higher learning are weighted toward people with liberal social, economic and political views. Many are ...

Labor Day: Celebrate the spirit of American workers

Editorials

While Labor Day may have been born of the labor union movement of the late 19th Century, and its first celebrations were set out as parades to show the world “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” during those times, the holiday has evolved into a national ...

Road bond issue may be in trouble

Local columns

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Your property could be next

Letters to the editor

For the last month, the very heated topic at Belpre city council has been the location of a cell phone tower on the Belpre Fireman’s Association property downtown. I have seen a handful of citizens threaten city council for not stopping the cell phone tower. I have seen citizens threaten the ...

Forward: Economic study deserves a close look

Editorials

When the great minds at West Virginia’s colleges and universities are bent to the same challenge, the rest of us can be confident they will come up with solutions that mean progress. It is encouraging, then, to know the folks at West Virginia University and Marshall University have joined ...

Cookbook season returns

Local columns

Baking season is closer than it seems. I know this because I have already received reminders about annual Christmas cookie or cheesecake baking. But I don’t mind. I love puttering around in the kitchen, and sharing recipes and techniques with others. Just today, a reporter was talking to me ...