Opinion

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

Local columns

Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

Local columns

Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

MOV Chamber: Last call for award nominations

Local columns

Each year, the MOV Chamber gathers members for an evening reflecting on the past year. This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and recognizing ...

Business leadership is putting people first

Local columns

This week I was working with a friend who is a successful business person. He is putting together a team for a large project. We have a lot of the same values and priorities. We both understand the importance of Team and putting people first. We were having a discussion about the project when ...

Never lose sight of the trees

Local columns

Can’t see the forest for the trees. We all know the saying about not seeing the forest for the trees. While that certainly has merit for us to ponder at times, I believe the opposite is of equal concern. I think it’s ever too easy to begin to see the forest and forget that what makes it up, ...

This summer, grow gardens, not grass

Local columns

This summer, if you’d like to save some money (and blood, sweat, and tears), convert a portion of your grassy backyard to native vegetation. Maintaining turf is expensive, unhealthy, and to many people, boring. With less grass to mow, you’ll save time and money. American homeowners spend ...

Beverly-Waterford Community Pool hosts movie night

Local columns

The Beverly-Waterford Community Pool is hosting Movie Night this Friday, July 19, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Bring your float, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a movie at the pool. All paying customers will get one free bag of popcorn and the concession stand will also be open. ...

Let’s protect our town and keep it clean

Local columns

Driving around different roads and sections of town, it was difficult to believe that there are so many neglected homes in our area. Of course you will find neglected homes in every town, but I am more concerned because I live here. It may be that the owners of the neglected homes may not ...

Village idiot speaks

Letters to the editor

The village idiot, in a speech on America’s Independence, told his audience of followers during a speech at the National Mall that the American Army was using airplanes to drop bombs on the troops of the British. You know, where it tells us in the history books about George Washington’s ...

Neighbors meet at Nicholsons’ home

Local columns

John and Lynn Nicholson hosted a “meet and greet” at their home, 1214 Ann St., last Sunday for residents of Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. The reception, attended by 40 people, gave newcomers and established district residents an opportunity to meet and talk with each ...

Music drew many to Parkersburg

Local columns

The Beethoven Singing Society of Wheeling came down on the steamer Express on an excursion last Sunday reaching Parkersburg about eight o’clock in the morning. The principle part of the day was spent at the fairgrounds where our citizens and their visitors enjoyed themselves as only the ...

Life Through the Lens: Divide between employment and enjoyment

Local columns

“A world without the Beatles would be an infinitely worse place.” *** On Jan. 27, 1756, the world shifted. In the small town of Salzburg, a baby was born to Leopold and Anna Maria. That in and of itself is not world-shifting… although try telling that to a mother who had birthed six ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

Up: To Parkersburg South High School football players who joined After the Disaster to separate and pack donated items into emergency kits for families affected by house fires. “I am really thankful for the help,” said organizer Joy Buskirk. Kudos to those involved with the PSHS football ...

Volunteers: Give thanks to those who give their time

Editorials

Most of the people doing the good things that keep our community moving forward don’t receive any pay or even much recognition for their efforts — not that they would want it. The army of volunteers working with our charitable and civic organizations is mainly just ordinary men and women ...

Backyard Gardener: Be careful of heat stress

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th holiday, celebrating America’s Freedom. A big Thank You goes out to all of our veterans who have served in the military. This week is a good time for late plantings of half runner beans and squash. If ...

Crackdown: U.S. should help Mexico deal with migrants

Editorials

Even before the president threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Predator: Find out how Epstein got lighter sentence

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Recovery: Programs that help addicts deserve praise

Editorials

When Pastor Bill Frey came to the Mid-Ohio Valley, he noticed something he had not seen anywhere else. “I noticed a need for recovery ministry in this town,” he said. Whereas in some other places the problem might be hidden, “ ... here it was obvious.” Blind eyes cannot be turned to ...

Inspiration: Katherine Johnson deserves NASA honor

Editorials

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

Reporter’s Notebook: These United States

Local columns

The creation of what would become the United States of America was not an easy thing to agree upon There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence by Aug. 2, 1776, (the motion for independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but the actual declaration ...