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Opinion

Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest approaching

Local columns

Hungry for BBQ? Thirsty for an ice-cold beer? Then the Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest is the event for you! On Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the corner of Third and Market Streets, the Downtown Throwdown will bring together friends and neighbors for a great time. Our event has ...

Heading back to school

Local columns

Hope you had a great summer and hopefully you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your children while they were on their summer vacation. I am sure that many of you are working parents and the only extra time you had was when you came home from work or took your vacation time. Many ...

Bipartisanship saved community

Letters to the editor

The Pleasants Power Station is a vital economic engine for Pleasants County. Losing it would be devastating to our community, our tax base and our school system. The bill is protecting 160 jobs and hundreds of jobs more indirectly simply by leveling the playing field and allowing the Pleasants ...

Fix West Virginia flags

Letters to the editor

I am glad that people are always concerned about how the flag of the United States is flown. But could we please take the time to make sure that the West Virginia flag isn’t upside down? The West Virginia flags at McDonough Park in Vienna and also at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the participants in today’s News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two-Mile Race; and in tomorrow’s Kids Day races. It takes hard work and training, but also a little guts, to get out there and join thousands of other people in such an activity. But every year, the Mid-Ohio Valley (and ...

Golf scramble to help Borg-Warner museum

Local columns

Ralph Chambers becomes emotional when describing Borg-Warner Chemicals as a great place to work. Tom Wiseman and Bill Neal echo his sentiments. The three Wood County residents are trying to keep the memory of Borg-Warner Chemicals alive in the Mid-Ohio Valley by promoting the first ...

Look Back: Paw-Paws and Fort Boreman

Local columns

Paw-paws are ripe! The paw-paw, a fruit found only in this section of the country and known everywhere as the West Virginia banana, is ripe and ready for gathering. That is, the early variety. There are several varieties of paw-paws as well as other fruits and the early kind is now ripe. The ...

Dedication: Kern brings many assets to Vienna Police Department

Editorials

Congratulations, to the newest member of the Vienna Police Department, Allyssa Kern of Williamstown. For the most part, the big news surrounding Kern’s swearing-in was that she is the first female officer in Vienna’s 84-year history. That is a big deal. “I’m very proud to stand ...

Back Yard Gardener: ‘The Kissing Bug’

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. I hope everyone is enjoying the “fruits of their labor” from the garden. There is nothing better than the taste of produce straight from the home garden. This weekend also marks the 39th annual West Virginia Honey Festival in City Park. The ...

Kicks for Kids: Shoe drive can make a difference for a child

Editorials

As part of back-to-school shopping this year, many parents are buying new shoes for their kids — to help them start the school year on the right foot, as it were. But any of those parents will tell you, shoes are not an inexpensive afterthought. They can take up a big part of the budget. For ...

Red Flags: Gun legislation must be weighed carefully

Editorials

Two West Virginia legislators have said our state needs a “red flag” law to ban access to firearms by dangerous people. The most obvious concern with that is how “dangerous” will be defined — and who will decide if a person’s Second Amendment rights will be revoked. Mass murders ...

Transparency: Officials must not be allowed to work in secret

Editorials

We suppose West Virginians ought to be grateful that we are reminded so frequently of politicians’ intentionally poor understanding of the word “transparency.” Another tipoff has come in regard to the RISE West Virginia scandal. Last year it was learned state officials were dragging ...

DOH Funds: Lawmakers should avoid project backlog

Editorials

Give West Virginia Division of Highways employees credit. They have been working hard during the past few months to clear up a routine maintenance backlog estimated by some at about 10 years. It should be cut in half by next summer, DOH Commissioner Jimmy Wriston estimates. What then? Will the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The quiet countdown

Local columns

January 2020 might be when the actual candidate filings start, but I feel we’re all waiting on Sept. 2, 2019. That’s when my sources say U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is expected to announce whether he plans to run for governor again or not. Manchin could still decide not to, but I do feel like ...

Would bids be better if estimates had not been made?

Local columns

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Economy: Good things happening in Wood County

Editorials

Forget about the “big deal” announcements that lead to nowhere, Wood County’s economy is not built on mega-projects funded by investors who take their profits right back out of the Mid-Ohio Valley as fast as they can. As West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch learned last week, much ...

Nonsense that never dies

Local columns

Warning: I’m back on my soap box for this one. I had a chance last weekend to spend an evening with some of my favorite people in the world, the members of the West Virginia Press Association. And, in his speech at our annual banquet, the organization’s president noted the increased ...

Op-ed: Coming together during a crisis

Local columns

The saying goes that you are your brother’s keeper. There is also an idiom about turning a blind eye. Out of sight out of mind. I experienced firsthand all of these things recently and the experience was shocking, scary, life-affirming, head-scratching, sad and eye-opening all at once. On ...

Op-ed: Education bill will strengthen schools

Local columns

As students go back to their classrooms in the coming weeks, they are going to be walking into school systems that have been significantly strengthened thanks to recent actions by the state Legislature. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed House Bill 206, a comprehensive education reform ...

Op-ed: A thank you to West Virginia for H.B. 207

Local columns

Thank you! These are such simple words but so often they are never said. Thank you, Gov. Justice, President Carmichael, Speaker Hanshaw and Minority Leaders Miley and Prezioso. Thank you for showing what true leadership is and putting aside all political differences, to pass legislation that ...