Opinion

Corruption: Jail overdoses show need for scrutiny

Editorials

Drug overdoses are not uncommon in many West Virginia communities, including Charleston. But the five women who had to be treated at a hospital there last Monday appear to have overdosed at the South Central Regional Jail. That ought to prompt an investigation of drug smuggling at other ...

Capturing carbon emissions

Local columns

There is a power plant near Houston using what the company calls the Allam Cycle to do something that for decades has been considered, if not an impossibility, then at least so cost prohibitive as to render it essentially impossible. NET Power’s natural-gas-fueled plant generates, according ...

Politically correct madness

Letters to the editor

If anyone of sane thoughts (there are still some remaining) doubts the crazy — yes, crazy — mindset of today’s liberals, one need look no further than their latest stunt: “Let’s go after Kate Smith!” Their antics shock me almost daily, but this really takes the cake. Even worse ...

Our turn at bat soon

Letters to the editor

Spring is here and along with it, baseball. Many folks seasonally follow professional teams for the joy of doing so though no revenue from their events ever reaches our own communities. And, many of us regularly support colleges and universities where we spent a few years of our lives. But, ...

Sounding the alarm

Letters to the editor

Home fires threaten the lives of our neighbors and, sadly, take seven lives each day in the U.S. Most often, tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms — but these devices can cut the risk of death in half. That’s why the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia is rallying ...

Lawmakers must talk to teachers

Letters to the editor

Dear West Virginia elected officials: You have been saying we need public “education reform.” Ok, then, what is your plan to accomplish that? Unless you plan on actually going to your local public schools and meeting one-on-one with those working there, you have no viable plan since you ...

Thank you for parade support

Letters to the editor

The MOV Easter Parade would like to thank Carole Hanlon, Tall Oaks Event venue owner, for her vision of the top award winning float. Collaboration of Carole’s vision to decorate the carriage, gate pieces and float were made with the help of Obermeyer’s Florist. The MOV Easter Parade would ...

Orthodox Christian Easter today

Local columns

I know it is odd and different for most of you reading this article today, but today is the Orthodox Christian Easter, which was established around 525 AD by the Roman Emperor Justinian. Easter is based on the old Justinian Calendar and the position of the moon, etc., during Jesus time on ...

Visit Italy through cookbook

Local columns

Acclaimed culinary journalist Katie Parla takes cookbook readers and home cooks on a culinary journey in “Food of the Italian South.” The book looks into the culinary traditions of the region, while sharing historical and cultural insights into the area. Towns like Basilicata, Calabria, ...

Record campaign: What comes next?

Local columns

So we have raised a record high campaign and we have shared excitedly how that money will make measurable impact in our community…so what happens next? Who decides where the money goes? How do we decide where the greatest needs are and how do we decide how the distribution of money is ...

Collaboration is important for everyone

Local columns

We just got back from our spring vacation and to Florida and Walt Disney World last week with our youngest son and his family. My wife and I are annual pass holders so I never really noticed what the cost of a one-day admission had become. During Easter Week, a one-day ticket to the Magic ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reminds of permits

Local columns

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of spring and summer fast approaching, home construction is beginning to pick up. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department would like to remind potential home builders that a permit is needed to install an individual septic system and/or individual water ...

60s novel looks at women’s magazine

Local columns

Take a trip back to the 1960s with a new novel that focuses on a magazine editor’s assistant in “Park Avenue Summer” by Renee Rosen. Author Helen Gurley Brown has just been given the reigns to “Cosmopolitan” to take it to a new reader — “her girls” — single women who are ...

A few good books

Local columns

If you’re looking for a good book, here are a few titles I’ve had a chance to review and enjoy recently. Kenn Kaufman has been obsessed with birds since he dropped out of high school and hitchhiked across the country pursuing his passion. He recounted that year in Kingbird Highway ...

Honor roll students for third nine weeks

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named to the honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Mastery of 15 Super Skills: Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton Wallace, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To news that cases of measles in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 25 years. Much of the resurgence can be traced back to (sometimes deliberate) misinformation about vaccines. Measles is, of course, only the beginning for misguided individuals intentionally eradicating herd ...

Wood County residents help reduce crime lab backlog

Local columns

A Parkersburg connection has been working to reduce the backlog of cases at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in South Charleston. Among those involved in the crime lab case reduction effort are Parkersburg native Sheri Lemons, director of the State Police Forensic Laboratory; ...

Look Back: Community news means Belpre, too

Local columns

Pretty lawns The residents of Belpre are beginning to become interested in their lawns, and the condition of the yards around their houses, and in many places the lawns are green, as the little green grass has already commenced to peep up from under the earth which was so long frozen and signs ...

Life Through the Lens: Still keeping it ‘cool’ after 30 years

Local columns

“But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” *** There is no movie character as cool as Indiana Jones. There. I said it. The world of cinema is inundated with characters TRYING to be cool. Every superhero movie has a guy trying ...