Opinion

Thank you for you support

Letters to the editor

I would like to thank all who supported the recent Mid-Ohio Valley Heart/Stroke Walk. I was able to participate in this year’s walk due to the excellent response of my colleagues, first responders from Station 5, and the outstanding care I received at Camden Clark Hospital. I was so grateful ...

Make some freezer meals for busy season

Local columns

Wow! Did it ever get cold in a hurry! I guess I was in a dream world thinking we would get several nicer warm fall days. Maybe we will get a few more, but we can’t depend on it. Old Jack Frost got the flowers, so I don’t have to be concerned about where to put them in the house and watering ...

Halloween bash 2017

Local columns

Our grandchildren make Halloween very exciting for us. All of them make Papou’s and YiaYia’s (grandpa and grandma) their first trick or treat stop all dressed up in their special costumes. Oh how I am going to miss all this as they grow older — one is just more special than the other and ...

Are you someone?

Local columns

We get many calls and visitors to the office that want information about the business climate in our community. Some have been “creeping” on Facebook where it seems all you read are negative comments and sad stories. I’m delighted when they seek us out to get additional information before ...

Bringing jobs back to MOV: Be a team

Local columns

Since this is West Virginia State Soccer Tournament weekend, as assistant coach of one of the participating boys teams I was thinking about what we had to do just to get there. Talent is helpful. But there are some very talented teams that won’t be in Beckley for the State Tournament. I ...

Whole lot of mysteries to be reading

Local columns

There are a lot of new mystery books to be enjoying right now, from Sherlock Holmes adventures to cozies! First is Bonnie Macbird’s original Holmes tales in “Unquiet Spirits” (HarperCollins, $25.99, 497 pages.) Holmes and Watson are visited by Isla McLaren who claims that the family ...

Roosting boxes for cold nights

Local columns

As colder weather approaches, I often get questions about winter roosting boxes. Many cavity-nesting birds roost (that is, sleep) in natural cavities, nest boxes, or specially designed roosting boxes. It sure beats sleeping out in the open on cold winter nights. Bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, ...

Polar Express fun run scheduled

Local columns

Everyone is invited to Beverly-Center Elementary School’s Polar Express 5K Fun Run and Walk on December 2. Sponsored by the Beverly-Center PTO, race registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race steps off at 9. Entrance fee is $10 per person or $35 for a family. (A ‘family’ can be a group ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To a Vienna Public Library program to collect nonperishable food donations instead of monetary fines for overdue books, Nov. 14-18. With each donation equalling $1 in fines, the effort could garner lots of food for the local food bank, and encourage folks to do some good while returning ...

‘Glamper’ raffle raises money for teen

Local columns

Last Thursday, the Yeater family presented the Clark family with a check for $13,169. The money represents the raffle ticket sales — 556 of them — for a “glamper” that 15-year-old Ellie Yeater and her family of Wood County created to raise money for Eli Clark and his family. Clark, 13, ...

Photo provided by Ritchie County Historic Society
The people shown in the undated photo above, are standing in the fissure that initially allowed access to the asphalt rock of what became the Ritchie mines.  It is recorded that several eastern cities purchased the asphalt tar to pave major streets, including Fifth Avenue in New York and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Although the fissure is practically all that remains of “the Mines” today, it is still a popular hiking site, affording an opportunity to visit one of the most interesting historic sites in the area.

Look Back: Asphalt and a new railway

Local columns

The creation of the Ritchie Mines and the Calico Railroad The following is an excerpt from “The Cairo & Kanawha Railway,” written by James Ankrom in 1929: “…Every railroad that was ever built had some purpose for its being. In the case of the Calico Road, that purpose can be ...

Terrorism: Extremists must be eradicated

Editorials

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this country ...

Tax Relief: Country could use a tax cut

Editorials

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

Flexibility: Council members display proper attitude

Editorials

Politicians have a lot of grand ideas and make big promises on the campaign trail. Voters send them into office hopeful they will be able to fulfill that promise. But almost inevitably, politicians find out they had no idea what they did not know, before winning an election for the first ...

Opioids: More resources needed in addiction battle

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was right to express his frustration about a federal campaign against abuse of opioids and other drugs. “I don’t understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West Virginia,” complained McKinley during a congressional ...

Terrorism: No one-size-fits-all solution to battle

Editorials

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Is anyone in government paying attention?

Local columns

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Take time to lift each other up

Local columns

So much about the past week has been upsetting — depressing, even. The appalling lack of accountability on the part of both those responsible for following environmental and safety regulations at the IEI Plastics warehouse, and those responsible for enforcing them, has left too many focused ...

Aftermath: Too many unanswered questions in IEI fire

Editorials

It took most Mid-Ohio Valley residents who were not experiencing eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; coughing; or nausea only a few days to adjust to last week’s new normal. “The wind must have shifted again, the haze is back. Wow, it smells awful outside!” Wood County Schools ...

PKB events wrapping up for year

Local columns

As 2017 is slowly winding down, we are preparing for our final events of the year. With the success of our partnership with the Parkersburg Art Center, Mango Latin Bistro and the Parkersburg Brewing Company for a new event, ArtOberfest, and the recent celebration of our annual Monster Mash, ...