Opinion

Economic outlook for the future

Local columns

Are we getting a Target? It’s the one question I get every single time I speak to a community group. And my answer every time is that many people are working hard to make that happen — our elected officials, our economic development teams — but Target weighs many factors in their ...

Shale Cresent $3.6B advantage — what it means

Local columns

$3.6 Billion in savings over 20 years! That is what the study released in Houston, Texas at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) by IHS Markit, a large and highly respected global consulting firm, said the advantage a new petrochemical plant built in our Shale Crescent USA Region would have ...

Women’s fiction runs gamut

Local columns

New women’s fiction runs from suburban life and secrets to romance and back. From Abbi Waxman is a story of a break-up that shakes up a whole neighborhood in “Other People’s Houses.” Frances has been the carpool mom for the neighborhood for a long time. When she goes back to pick up ...

Early frogs and salamanders

Local columns

It’s a little early to hear bullfrogs and toads, but wood frogs always get a head start on spring. As soon as ice and snow melts, they emerge from woodland leaf litter and sing. A wood frog’s voice is more duck-like than frog-like. A group always reminds me of a flock of quacking ...

Honor roll announced for Beverly-Center Elementary School

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary School students were named to the honor roll for the 3rd nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills: Arabella Beasley, Ella Duskey, Layson Duskey, Quinten Henry, Zakia Holliday, Karsyn Huck, Maxwell Marshall, Brooklynne Meek, Ian Sampson, Taytum ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To community group Make A Difference and the Junior League of Parkersburg for their donation of bedbug-resistant mattress and pillow covers to the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg. M.A.D. founder Donna Helmick notes the donation consisted of 16 bed sets, but Latrobe Street Mission has ...

Camden Clark Medical Center gala to help babies

Local columns

A charity gala next Saturday in Vienna will help the smallest victims of the opioid crisis. WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is having its “Vegas Baby!” charity gala at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The country club will be transformed into a miniature Las ...

Look Back: Hogging the headlines

Local columns

Here’s a good story and it must be true for it comes from Roane County Spencer, W.Va., June 3 — One of the fiercest battles ever fought hereabouts took place yesterday in a pasture on the outskirts of this town. One of the contestants was a bull with a long pedigree, and the other was a ...

Life Through the Lens: Poverty at the entrance of paradise

Local columns

“You know why this is my favorite tree? Cause it’s tipped over, and it’s still growing.” *** Contrary to popular opinion: raising children is hard. It isn’t hard because you are doing it wrong, either; it is hard because…it is meant to be hard. It is inherent to the job. My ...

Shooting suspect identified

Local columns

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspect in a Wednesday night shooting. Michael D. Enoch is wanted in connection with the shooting of Jerome Blackwell around 9:24 p.m. Wednesday at 1337 Lynn St., according to a release from Parkersburg ...

‘Silly Phrase’: Public officials should choose words carefully

Editorials

It seems absurd that we continue to have to talk about elected and other public officials who are using words and phrases the general population understands — and has for many, many years now — are offensive and unacceptable. Yet here in West Virginia, where we are the intended targets for ...

Civic Duty: Pollworkers needed for May 8 primary

Editorials

Time and again we remind Mid-Ohio Valley resident of the importance of registering to vote — and then actually voting. But there is another civic duty vital to the election process in which public interest appears to be dwindling. Pollworkers are the support system for both voters and ...

Bureaucracy: Do not replace unnecessary agency

Editorials

It appears to be a case of one step forward, two steps back in Charleston, when it comes to the fight to shrink our hideously bloated bureaucracy. West Virginia legislators took one step in trimming an unnecessary layer in state government when they approved a bill to eliminate the Department ...

Hospitality: Boone County program should go statewide

Editorials

Students in Boone County have an opportunity to take part in a program that should inspire other similar efforts across the state. Boone Career and Technical Center students can choose to be part of its adventure tourism management program, which was launched four years ago. One of its ...

Marijuana: Ohio officials must sort out licensing problems

Editorials

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio, but potential problems remain. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But the courts may not have decided where the ...

Something has got to change for West Virginia

Local columns

The good news is that West Virginia’s labor force participation rate has risen during the past couple of years. No longer are we the only state in the union where fewer than half the working-age residents actually hold down jobs. But the bad news, with enormous ramifications for state policy ...

Easter: Holiday brings faith, hope and love

Editorials

As most Christians wake up this morning in celebration of the most joyous day on the church calendar, they are reminded to be grateful for fulfilled promises, forgiveness and new life. Easter Sunday brings with it the best mix of faith, hope and love, in addition to families, traditions and ...

‘Free range’ parenting law

Local columns

Raise your hand if at some point during your K-12 years, you walked — by yourself, or at least unaccompanied by an adult — to school. I did. Probably a good many of you did, too. It was part of being raised in an era before indulgence, helicopter and attachment parenting became the trendy ...

A poem: ‘One Tiny Splinter’

Local columns

A poem I was gifted in a dream. Happy Easter! *** I lay there in a meadow, My head upon a stone A million miles from anywhere Yet never felt alone. Summer clouds passed gently, Beneath a crystal sky, Unarmed by nature’s beauty I sought the answer why. Why me Lord, I question, You ...

Wrong demands being made

Letters to the editor

I watched the Washington protests with interest. Some good points made and also some bizarre proposals. I don’t understand why so many youth are being convinced to give up their Constitutional rights and submit to obvious manipulation. We have seen this in colleges where students who don’t ...