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Neither smallpox nor mumps mar the beauty of river valley

July 12, 2014 Briscoe items Seldon Way, of Parkersburg, was visiting in the country last week. Misses Viola and Annie Callahan and Miss Laura Shears spent last Sunday afternoon with the Misses Varner. more »»

Tennant looking good to liberals

July 7, 2014 Give Natalie Tennant one thing: She has one bloc of voters locked up. Unfortunately for her, it’s the liberal vote — and this is West Virginia. Rep. Shelley Capito is going to be the next U.S. more »»

Schools need competition

July 7, 2014 Education is the great equalizer, and poverty to prosperity is an American hallmark. It begins and ends with the success or failure of education. When education fails, poverty flourishes. more »»

Don’t break out the champagne yet

July 6, 2014 For several years, I worked on the copy desk at a financial news wire. The learning curve for such a job was steep. more »»

What is quality of life in the modern world?

July 6, 2014 Last weekend in the Blennerhassett Hotel restaurant, I saw a guest’s dinner check that made me smile. The dining guests had ordered appetizers, cheeseburgers and a nice bottle of wine. more »»

Available benefits can be used when planning estate

July 6, 2014 Advanced age is not a requirement for preparing a will. Instead, benefits are available from planning your estate at any age. more »»

Bermuda sloop part six: into setting sun

July 6, 2014 My usual column didn’t run last week due to a family emergency. However, I did manage to use the time to work on the Bermuda sloop cross stitch some more, and to think about future projects. more »»

Success rewarded

July 6, 2014 Several students at Beverly-Center Elementary School were rewarded for a year’s worth of academic success at the school’s year-end assembl. more »»

Thrillers will chill

July 6, 2014 New York Times bestselling author Nancy Bush weaves a taut thriller about a murderous cult in “I’ll Find You. more »»

What this day means

July 6, 2014 Tears are damp on her field of stars Stained with blood her bright red bars In hallowed halls debates rage on As they lay still in fields of stone We all must speak for each honored soul Who... more »»

Old friends the gulls at summer beaches

July 6, 2014 If your summer vacation plans include a trip to an East Coast beach, I can’t predict everything you might see, but one bird that I guarantee you’ll encounter many times is the laughing gull. more »»

Enjoy the long days of summer

July 6, 2014 Did you have a roaring red, white and Blue Fourth of July weekend? I hope everything about the weekend gave you joy and pride in America. more »»

Make ‘Dinner on the Grounds’

July 6, 2014 James T. Farmer III sets meals to lovely Southern settings in “Dinner on the Grounds: Southern Suppers and Soirees” along with photographs by Emily Followill and Maggie Yelton. more »»

Family honors town’s roots

July 5, 2014 Fifty-five family members, some from as far away as California, gathered in Parkersburg last week to celebrate their heritage and honor Thomas and Helen Solomon. more »»

Wood County made use of Poor Farm, infirmary

July 5, 2014 Historical newspaper excerpts from the Wood County Historical Society: Ill and hungry Some days ago a young man who gave his name as George Fletcher appeared at the home of Mr. more »»

Becoming energy independent

July 4, 2014 Two-hundred and thirty eight years ago, our Founding Fathers declared America’s independence from the heavy hand of King George III and Great Britai. more »»

Shredding the law, the Constitution

June 30, 2014 If you have some familiarity with the federal government, you probably believe the U.S. more »»

A half-marathon on a treadmill

June 29, 2014 I am not a runner, but I’m going to try to play one, in August. Thus far, the longest distance I have attempted was a 10K last year, and, believe me, there was very little “running” involved. more »»

Shale oil production impacting oil imports

June 29, 2014 As Sunni radicals push toward Baghdad and threaten Iraq’s oil fields, crude prices are steadily climbing. Once again, turmoil in the Middle East is being felt in oil markets around the world. more »»

Kids deserve better than an education by the feds

June 29, 2014 Over the last several decades, the federal government brought its overwhelming power to bear and extorted control of public education from state/local school boards and parents. more »»



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