Opinion

We must act on climate change

Letters to the editor

There are a few things I think everyone needs to know in lieu of Trump’s “60 Minutes” comments on climate change following the most recent IPCC report. When you look at literature reviews by the likes of Dr. James Lawrence Powell, the global scientific consensus on the existence of ...

Put right tools in place

Letters to the editor

All the citizens of Parkersburg deserve to be treated with respect, no matter the setting, no matter the forum, from all City of Parkersburg representatives, whether hired, elected or appointed. We can agree to disagree. We can respectfully disagree with another person. But the recent ...

About the Vienna Police Fee

Letters to the editor

I would like to share my understanding of the issues surrounding the Vienna Police Fee and its history. The Police Fee was originated in 1970. In 1974, Vienna City Council enacted a 50 percent discount for senior citizens, reducing their fee from $2.50 to $1.25. In 1984, the police fee ...

Correcting error

Letters to the editor

During the Oct. 11 Vienna City Council meeting, Mr. Bibbee informed me that I had “lied” about his voting on the fees. It was noted in the article last Saturday, Oct. 13, that he addressed the council, however he addressed me also. It was obvious he was very upset because he said my letter ...

Lessons for cross country runners

Local columns

As a mother of a son, daughter-in law and now grandson, I have learned a lot about running that I had no idea about before. One thing for sure, my son did not get his talent from me or his father or anyone I know of in our family. I remember when our son was in junior high school, he found ...

Get ‘Tasty’ at home

Local columns

BuzzFeed’s brand, Tasty, returns to the cookbook world with a new kitchen companion that brings 75 new recipes and 75 favorite recipes in “Tasty Ultimate.” With easy to follow recipes, photos, tips and more, the goal of this book is to teach anyone to cook and offers both beginniner ...

Our time to live the U.S. dream

Local columns

My wife and I are finishing a three month project. We replaced our 30 year old upstairs carpet. We remodeled our bathroom for the first time. We painted several rooms. We finally got rid of our 1980s-waterbed frame that contained a spring mattress and got our first real bedroom set. This was a ...

Chamber award nominees announced

Local columns

This year’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet for the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with social time, followed by dinner and the awards presentations. Members and friends of the ...

Get cozy for October mysteries

Local columns

October brings a whole new list of cozy mysteries for fans! First from Pamela Kopfler’s B&B Spirits series comes “Downright Dead.” Holly has booked nonstop rooms since a syndicated TV show aired footage of the haunting. Everyone wants to be scared, but there’s one problem — the ...

Teamwork really does make the dream work

Local columns

Teamwork really does make the dream work. Sometimes the greatest truths are found in the most cliche of statements. Our United Way staff is a small team taking on really big things. Every team member plays a vital and integral role but the lanes of responsibility over lap every day. Cross ...

Birds as drunk as skunks in news

Local columns

It doesn’t happen very often, but a few weeks ago a flock of song birds made national news on radio and television broadcasts and in major newspapers. Back in early October residents of Gilbert, Minn., were alarmed by flocks of birds behaving erratically and flying into traffic. The birds ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School explores careers

Local columns

From ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ to ‘whoa!’ and ‘neat!’, Beverly-Center Elementary School third through sixth graders spent Friday, October 12 learning about a variety of careers open to them through the help of various speakers from throughout the community who spoke to them at the ...

The Key

Local columns

Hand in hand, he walked with his mother past the old mansions that looked so out of place in a neighborhood of modern homes. He eagerly awaited his first day in kindergarten. He walked past the abandoned structure from his first day of kindergarten through the last day of high school. When ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To RightCycle’s partnership with the Jackson County Developmental Center to both provide employment for those who have survived traumatic brain injuries or been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other conditions, and help the environment. At a facility in ...

Walk spotlights pets facing abuse

Local columns

Humans aren’t the only victims of domestic violence. Pets suffer, too. To shed light on the effects of domestic violence on pets, the Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg is holding its first “Paws For The DV Cause” fun walk and run from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at City ...

Look Back: Advertisements show slice of life

Local columns

Family groceries! Geo. J. Hopkins respectfully announces to his friends and the public that he is now in receipt of a superb stock of Groceries, selected with special reference to the demands of this market. Included in the assortment is a choice supply of Molasses, Sugars, Teas, &c., ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘First Man’ is a transcendent film

Local columns

“[Space exploration] allows us to see things that we should have seen a long time ago.” *** Being an adult has its perks, don’t get me wrong… but it also has its drawbacks. Taking out the trash. Mowing the yard. Maintenance. Shaving. Taxes. Maintaining my shaving tax. Add in being a ...

Education: Belpre BOE takes right approach to report card

Editorials

Belpre Board of Education members had a lot to digest when they received the district’s grade on the state’s report card, released last month. Based solely on the letter grades presented, the news was not good. However, it is important for the district to recognize where there is value — ...

CASA: Child advocates program needs help

Editorials

Court Appointed Special Advocates in West Virginia are facing an enormous challenge. Right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, CASA is representing more than 300 children. The program needs help. Because of the substance abuse epidemic gripping our state, “We’ve got more kids than volunteers able ...

Reality Check: Mine closures should spur W.Va. to action

Editorials

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...