Opinion

North Place a home for pregnant women

Local columns

Susie Meredith’s dream was to provide a home for women facing an unplanned pregnancy and nowhere to go. Her dream became a reality on Nov. 27, 2014, when North Place Maternity House opened as an outreach ministry of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. The first baby was born to a mother ...

Look Back: A glance down memory lanes

Local columns

Bowling alley A company of very respectable gentlemen assembles every night at the room of the Parkersburg Bowling Association, who amuse themselves in the harmless and healthy exercise of rolling balls. As only members are admitted, no fears need be entertained of coming in contact with ...

Bee City: Get buzzed for Williamstown project

Editorials

We already know Williamstown loves its Yellowjackets. But the city is looking to provide a better habitat for all bees, and residents can help. City Council is working toward passage of an ordinance to certify Williamstown as a Bee City U.S.A. community. That part is more a formality to help ...

Restraint: Do not be goaded into war with Iran

Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would love to see even the smallest of military conflicts between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Back Issues: ‘Swamp Thing’ planted on DC Universe

Local columns

The latest character to star in a DC Universe streaming show is a veteran of the screen, with two feature films and a live-action and animated TV series under his belt. Or rather, his vines. “Swamp Thing” debuts May 31 on DC’s streaming service, and it promises to be rooted in the ...

Safe Travel: Holiday, drunk driving do not mix

Editorials

It may be difficult for Mountain State residents to hear, but according to a company called ASecureLife, West Virginia is the most dangerous state in the nation for those traveling on Memorial Day weekend. Their report used statistics from 2013-17 to determine Memorial Day is the third-most ...

Education: Mental health challenges must be met by state

Editorials

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Air Safety: FAA’s Boeing failure must not be repeated

Editorials

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat last week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

Special session must be done right

Local columns

Public school shutdowns in 2018 and earlier this year were masterful displays of strategy and tactics by the three unions representing many West Virginia public school employees, as I’ve written previously. The 2018 effort garnered national attention and served as a template for unions in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Back from Spring Break

Local columns

I’m back from vacation just in time for the resumption of the special session today. Some Florida sun and surf did me some good. I even encountered some charter school students at Disney World and didn’t yell at them for ruining education or for not being silver bullets or something. Of ...

Education: Another bitter legislative battle will not be helpful

Editorials

Many West Virginians have been anticipating a special legislative session on public schools for weeks, since the collapse in early March of efforts to enact an “omnibus education bill.” Now, lawmakers are scheduled to go back to Charleston for a special session beginning Monday. Education ...

Confidence beats tradition

Local columns

Molly Brannon’s outlook makes me smile. I admit to the occasional stubborn bout of “anything you can do I can do better” when someone suggests a traditionally male skill is beyond my reach. (If I die in a Darwin-award worthy manner, it’s probably because someone dared me, or told me ...

Unions a detriment to education

Local columns

The effects of teacher unions on education have been profound, as has been the federal government’s unconstitutional intrusion and meddling. However, as corrupting as the feds are, and the harm they’ve caused our young people, they will never reach the level of devastation that teacher ...

Breaking Free event at park

Letters to the editor

Every Memorial Day, we honor our loved ones who have died, particularly our family members and veterans. We are touched by their courage, sacrifice, love, and wisdom. Yet for many people, Memorial Day brings very complicated reactions, particularly if the ones they are remembering and grieving ...

Barr must be removed

Letters to the editor

Whether you like Trump or not, everyone needs to call their reps and demand that Attorney General Barr be removed from office immediately; for the security of the country. Not only did he several times perjure himself before Congress, a felony, but he deliberately misled the public about the ...

Partner in Education program, luncheon held

Local columns

We were blessed to have 250 students, school personnel and business reps attend last week’s annual Partner in Education luncheon. Many thanks to our host, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, for the gracious hospitality! Each year since the MOV Chamber launched the Partner in Education ...

One person’s trash is another’s feedstock

Local columns

We just returned from a sales trip. For me this was fun. Sales isn’t about being slick, a fast talker or pushy. Successful in sales is being a trusted advisor helping clients or prospects. People’s time is valuable. I don’t believe in ever making a sales call unless I can bring something ...

A visit to the strawberry farm

Local columns

In case you have young children or grandchildren, you might want to consider taking them on an educational trip to Stacy’s Strawberry Farm on St. Rt. 7 in Reno. Last Monday I visited the farm with my granddaughter Ahna’s pre-school class, and it was a great experience and very educational ...

New products to cook with

Local columns

Many home cooks are always looking for new products to try out, and there are a few out now or coming to shelves near you soon! Kumana is a new product that will bring some spice to your table. It is inspired by a Venezuelan staple traditionally served on grilled meats, sauteed veggies and ...