Opinion

West Virginia bucking the education establishment

Local columns

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...

Economy: Ethane cracker supports wariness of promise

Editorials

It seems as though the dream of an ethane cracker facility on the former SABIC plant on W.Va. 892 — at least as far as Braskem is concerned — is dead. Members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development were told last week the company has put the property to which so many Mid-Ohio ...

The children are listening

Local columns

Last week, I had a chance to volunteer as a helper in a local Vacation Bible School. Spending that much time with kids who are learning and having fun can be a real eye-opener. Wow, are they ever paying attention. Not to what we hope they are, always. Ask one of them the specifics of a lesson ...

Op-ed: Gov. Justice, Potter trying to stifle dissent

Local columns

You don’t really think a lot about your right to free speech, until you lose it. Or until someone tries to take it from you by force. And that’s the very crux of why I’ve spent so much of the last month entrenched in our state’s political news. It’s a complicated story. It’s about ...

Institute showcases democracy in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Letters to the editor

A unique event occurred in our valley last week that should make us all proud. The WV Civic Life Institute brought people from around our state and region, from other parts of the country, and, indeed, from around the world, to train people on how to talk together about difficult issues and ...

Praying for everyone

Letters to the editor

I believe homosexuals have the right to live their lives as they please. But I have the right to express my distaste to their lifestyle — as they do to mine. I’ve had homosexual friends, and I loved THEM, not their lifestyle. I pray daily for the souls of EVERY man and woman. That’s MY ...

Prayer rally thank you

Letters to the editor

The Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans and First Responders Prayer Rally would like to thank the participants who did such a wonderful job for us this year: * New Life Quartet, for the wonderful music; * Rev. Jeff Williamson, prayer; * Paul De Berry, D.A.V. Chapter 32, speaker; * Linata Vickers, ...

Handicaps not always seen

Letters to the editor

My daughter went to the South Parkersburg Walmart July 3 around 3 p.m. She left the store and her friend was loading groceries into her car as a woman pulled up behind her car and started yelling and cursing at her because she was in a handicapped space. The woman then told her she didn’t ...

Added delivery service in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

During these hot summer days I am sure you have thought about having delivery service to your door and I am sure many of you have. Nothing wrong with calling for delivery and today many different establishments like restaurants, fast food establishments, grocery stores and so on. (DoorDash and ...

Finding focus and success

Local columns

I will never forget what my drivers’ education instructor told us in high school. “If you ever have to leave the roadway, never focus on the tree or utility pole you want to miss. You will surely hit it. Focus on the open space between them.” This has proved to be good advice for me. We ...

Medical cannibis impact for employers

Local columns

Note from the MOV Chamber: Partnering with our members for events such as HR Consulting Services HR Timely Topics luncheon is just one of the many benefits of Chamber membership. Working together we can facilitate a stronger business community when members bring their issues and challenges to ...

Concession food permits required

Local columns

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.) *** PARKERSBURG — Summer is in full swing ... fairs, festivals, and fundraisers are everywhere. Temporary food service concession vendors must obtain a food permit from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health ...

Women’s fiction for summer

Local columns

Two new women’s fiction books bring historic and present-day romances. Rachel Fordham visits 1883 in “Yours Truly, Thomas.” In the small town of Azure Springs, Iowa, Penny Ercanbeck has been a clerk in the dead letter office, sorting mail that has been deemed undeliverable and trying to ...

Welcome to snake season

Local columns

Snakes love warm summer days. As reptiles, their body temperature mirrors air temperature. That’s why snakes are most active this time of year. It’s also why snake complaints peak in July and August. When people ask how to deal with unwanted snakes in the backyard, I offer my standard ...

Beverly-Center third graders honored

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary third graders were honored as ‘Student of the Month’ during the 2018-2019 school year: September — Wade Duskey and Graden Miller; October — Elle Casto and Cheyenne McKinney; November — Abby Bishman and Emma Lockhart; December — Luke Phillis and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To lawmakers’ effort to extend the life of the coal-fired Pleasants Power Station past its 2022 closing date by giving it an exemption on state business and occupation taxes. However, Pleasants County officials and the folks at FirstEnergy Solutions should be careful not to simply kick ...

John Douglas memorial sing set

Local columns

The life of John Wilbur Douglas — “a true Southern Gospel music fan” — will be celebrated on Oct. 11 during a memorial sing at Broadway Church of the Nazarene in Parkersburg. Douglas, pastor of River Valley Community Church/the One Church in Vienna, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018 during ...

Look Back: Happenings around Wood County

Local columns

Another letter from Union [District]. — Editors State Journal There have been many letters from this neighborhood, I think it comes my turn to represent the backwoods. There has been a great deal of timber gotten over this winter, such as cross ties, keg wood, etc. If it wasn’t for the ...

Night Out: Event brings kids, law enforcement together

Editorials

Many children grow up understanding the law enforcement officers in their community are there to serve and protect them. Officers are on THEIR side — their friends. But for some kids it take a little more to communicate that relationship, and events such as the upcoming National Night Out ...

Backyard Gardener: Preserving the harvest

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. Hopefully we have just experienced the hottest week of the summer of 2019. Temperatures in the mid-90s and high humidity made last week a tough one for outside work. Last week local 4-H and FFA youth were hard at work at the WV Interstate Fair with ...