Opinion

Ruffled grouse numbers declining

Local columns

For nearly 25 years, unpredictable fluctuations of ruffed grouse populations in the Appalachian region have frustrated wildlife biologists in many states. Known for five- or six-year population cycles in northern states characterized by evergreen and aspen forests, ruffed grouse populations in ...

Time to get library ‘carded’

Local columns

Do you have a library card? If not, this is the month to get one! September has been named ‘Library Card Sing-up Month’, so now is the perfect time to stop in at the library and get a card! According to the American Library Association (ALA) website, “September is Library Card Sign-up ...

Romance, history in women’s fiction

Local columns

There is plenty in women’s fiction right now to appeal to romance and historical fiction fans! First, Tara Sheets continues her Holloway Girls series with “Don’t Touch My Petunia.” Juliette, one of the gifted Holloway sisters, has a magical green thumb, that she puts to use as a ...

PHS Class of ‘68 holds reunion

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By Janet Riley Kerley Special to The News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG — The Beatles were crooning “Hey, Jude,” Marvin Gaye was singing “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Janis Joplin was belting out “Piece of My Heart,” and Steppenwolf was revving us up with “Born to Be ...

Thank you

Letters to the editor

I was at Walmart South in an electric cart shopping. The cart was on full charge, but kept stopping until finally it quit moving at all. I was at the back of the store by the milk case contemplating how I was going to get to the front of the store. I am on a walker and I can’t walk from the ...

Why turn to wind?

Letters to the editor

“AEP (Appalachian Electric Power) TO BUY POWER FROM INDIANA wind farm.” Knowing that wind power costs about three times as much as electricity that is generated from coal, oil and natural gas, it makes you wonder why rate payers would have to pay this added cost to get wind power from ...

Congregation grateful

Letters to the editor

On Monday evening, Aug. 13, lightning struck the steeple of Southside Southern Baptist Church on Gihon Road, causing a fire. We the congregation with to thank our neighbors for their alertness and quick response in alerting the fire department about smoke coming out of the roof of our ...

Nike doesn’t get it

Letters to the editor

On the same day Nike mentions the words “sacrifice everything” in relation to Colin Kaepernick, we open the morning paper and read of the supreme sacrifice made in Afghanistan on Sept. 3 by West Virginia’s Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard. The Nike ad and subsequent controversy ...

Schrader to dance at air base in Jordan

Local columns

Belpre native Tamara Schrader is looking forward to entertaining U.S. and Jordanian military personnel at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan this month. Schrader, a choreographer, dancer and performer in the New York City area, will be joined by a New York City disc jockey in providing a fun ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news out of Gov. Jim Justice’s office that for the second month in a row West Virginia’s tax revenue collections came in above budget estimates. August general revenue fund collections came in at more than $33.4 million above estimates, or $353.2 million — 14.9 percent more than ...

Look Back: Rascally wagon dealers, oxen

Local columns

The 1853 journey of the John Stephenson family to Oregon continues in the letter written to A.M. “Mack” Sterrett, editor of the Parkersburg Gazette: This portion of the letter finds the Stephenson party preparing to leave St. Joe (St. Joseph, Mo.). ∫∫∫ Sefford Dils became ...

Backyard Gardener: Russian sage for the garden

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! The September heat wave is hopefully the last blast of summer as temperatures again soar in to the nineties. It does not really feel like fall until the weather cools down a bit and the leaves have begun to turn color. Do not forget fall is a ...

United Way: Step up and make a difference

Editorials

Each year, the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley kicks off a campaign to remind us, “We can’t fight alone.” But this year, Executive Director Stacy DeCicco shook things up a bit. Local residents are used to seeing a monetary goal accompany the start of that campaign. This year, ...

Distressed: West Virginia must diversify its economy

Editorials

West Virginians are hearing a lot of good news about an allegedly booming economy; the return of jobs — the purported “comeback” of an entire industry, in fact; millions more flowing into state coffers ... We’re in the money, it seems. A significant number of those Mountain State ...

Despotism: U.S. should strive to help embattled citizens

Editorials

Promoters of socialism often promise paradises that turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Labor Day: Celebrate workers and be safe

Editorials

Each year, the Labor Day holiday weekend signifies the end of summer, the first break in a young school year, the return of college football ... it is another holiday that often includes a lot of good food and a chance to spend a day off work with family and friends. It is a celebration of all ...

Who defines speech standards?

Local columns

Suppose you decided to call me to complain about something I’d written. But after you punched in my number, you got a recording informing you that, “We’re sorry, but the person you are trying to reach has violated our standards and you are not permitted to call him.” Or maybe I was ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston labors of love

Local columns

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you’re building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out to become the ...

IEI Fire: Hazardous material should be made public

Editorials

Last fall, Mid-Ohio Valley residents watched for a week and a half as the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue went up in flames, smoldering and sputtering fumes. No one was quite sure what was burning, let alone what had caused the fire — or whether it was ...

John McCain’s final message

Local columns

Sen. John McCain’s farewell letter made me cry. Have you read it? You should. Everyone should. And, doing so is no reflection at all on a person’s political ideas or the party with which one hopes to appear affiliated. It has nothing to do with how you feel about the president, or the ...