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Opinion

Op-ed: Getting to know the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council

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The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of the WV Legislature, the MOVRC works to promote, advance and improve the community and economic well-being of the region. They have multiple programs focusing on community development, ...

Take care of our veterans, too

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about Congress passing a bill for the first responders in NYC for the 911 attack on the World Trade Center. It’s been 19 years since the attack on the World Trade Center and Congress already passed a bill for compensation for the first responders for medical care for their ...

Once a Big Red, always a Big Red

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The 2nd Annual Once a Big Red Always a Big Red, was held Aug.1 at Buzzy Dils park in Vienna. The event was the brain child of Dick McCoy, a Parkersburg High School graduate with the class of 1960. It was orchestrated by PHS graduate John Coe and Wood County Schools employee. Coe’s former ...

Several new cookbooks for dietary needs

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Sometimes when you are on a specific way of eating, it can be hard to find new recipes. That’s where these new cookbooks come in! First, for those who follow a vegan way of eating, or those who just want to eat more vegetables, there is “30-Minute Frugal Vegan Recipes” by Melissa ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber renew crew

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Most of our MOV Chamber Members have come to recognize the Chamber Champions Committee. If you don’t know them just yet, our Chamber Champions serve as representatives (or ambassadors) of the Chamber. The goal of the Chamber Champions is to facilitate contact with existing Chamber members and ...

Power of hope

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At the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) Influence 2019 conference in Denver, Colorado a couple of weeks ago the leadership expert, John Maxwell was one of our speakers. Mr. Maxwell says, “Leaders are dealers in hope. If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.” I ...

Hummingbirds will be leaving soon

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If you feed hummingbirds, you should be seeing lots of activity right now. Ruby-throated hummingbird numbers peak in August. Young of the year have left the nest (fledged) so late summer populations easily double. Whether you see two or three hummers visiting a single feeder or can brag about ...

Thrillers put readers on the edge of seats

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There are new thrillers out there that will keep readers hooked. It’s not all fun and games in “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin. Four Wall Street rising stars show up for a special team-building exercise at an escape room. But once Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam get to their ...

Family pool party tonight

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Make plans now to join family and friends for an end-of-season community evening at the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool from 6-8 p.m. today. Admission is $5, and children ages 3 and under are free. Concessions will be available. In case of inclement weather, check the pool’s website or ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Artsbridge’s ArtCart program, coming into Wood County elementary schools for a fourth school year. Though only Jefferson Elementary Center has its own art teacher, this program ensures that fourth graders get free, in-school art instruction from the program’s four teachers. That kind ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Reentry Council to help former offenders

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“They are going to be our neighbors no matter what. Let’s help them be the best they can be.” These words from Dominique Kirl sum up the mission of the Mid-Ohio Valley Reentry Council of Parkersburg. The area reentry council, part of a statewide network of councils formed by the West ...

Look Back: Logan was Parkersburg’s first noted philanthropist

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Editor’s note: As a reproduction of historical newspaper items, this column contains language that, while considered appropriate at the time, would not be used in print today. *** Parkersburg Can Boast of ‘Uncle Boss’ Logan as Its Earliest Philanthropist In the life of Henry “Uncle ...

Transparency: Wood BOE must do a better job with agenda

Editorials

Late last month, Wood County Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Will Hosaflook gave the appearance of having backed away from an opportunity to demonstrate the necessary courage to carry out a plan that just a few months earlier they said was absolutely necessary to avoid the ...

DOH Pay: Employees right to lose patience with agency

Editorials

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees is ...

Back Issues: That’s a Hulk of a different color

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If you’ve made it this long without having “Avengers: Endgame” spoiled for you, I’m not going to ruin it now, with the epic movie available digitally and arriving on Blu ray and DVD Tuesday. To introduce this column, all I’ll say is it features a version of the Hulk people who ...

Infrastructure: Pass bill to repair our roads and bridges

Editorials

Apparently, we in the Mountain State are not alone in our displeasure with the conditions of our highways and bridges. People in quite a few other states have similar concerns, to judge by a U.S. Senate committee vote last week. Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ...

Inspired: Young women show entrepreneurial spirit

Editorials

Starting a business can be an intimidating idea. The thought of taking such a risk put the brakes on most people’s ambitions. But a group of young women from the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg might have a leg up on the competition, after participating last month in the Envision, Lead, ...

Gov. Justice: Residency lawsuit should be expedited

Editorials

Action in lawsuits often moves at the speed of molasses. One in Kanawha County Circuit Court ought to be resolved expeditiously, however. West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has been attempting since last summer to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Political odds and ends

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Last week, Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 207, giving FirstEnergy Solutions a $12.5 million break on their business and occupation taxes to stave off a 2022 closing of the Pleasants Power Station in my home county. Justice, sitting on the platform at the foot of the very cooling tower ...

Miners’ malady is on Trump’s radar

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Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...