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May 6, 2014 Today’s primary elections are vital for Ohio residents, yet early projections from Washington County Board of Elections Director Tara Hupp last week were for “low numbers” — based on absentee... more »»


May 5, 2014 Two recent tragedies here in the Mid-Ohio Valley once again demonstrate that despite the fun and recreational potential all-terrain vehicles can offer, they can be deadly if operated improperly. more »»

Gun Shy

May 4, 2014 Wood County Commissioners would do well to take advantage of every offer of assistance from the sheriff’s department in making certain plans for a new trail in Veterans Memorial Park are absolutely... more »»

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May 3, 2014 UP: To the late Bob Zide, innovator and founder of Zide’s Sport Shop in Marietta, for his induction into the National Sporting Goods Association Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. more »»

Fresh Air

May 2, 2014 West Virginians are breathing easier than they have in decades, according to a report released this week by the American Lung Association. more »»

Closer to Home

May 1, 2014 Today marks the beginning of Belpre’s May Madness event to encourage residents to buy at local stores. more »»


April 30, 2014 Opposing polls in Ohio combine to give a clear picture of regular folks’ thoughts on green-energy regulations. more »»

Buddy Bench

April 29, 2014 In an age of all-digital, all-the-time, technology overload, it is encouraging to see a boards-and-bolts approach to encouraging children to build their social networks. more »»

Be Safe

April 28, 2014 West Virginia’s spring gobbler season opens today for its four-week run through May 24. The youth season began over the weekend. more »»

Dropping the Ball

April 27, 2014 Wood County Schools officials have belatedly made the right decision to paint over a Bible verse that had been above the doors to the wrestling room at Parkersburg South High School, remove the vers... more »»

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April 26, 2014 UP: To lifelong Marietta resident and World War II veteran Randall Hunter for receiving the Legion of Honor medal—France’s highest distinction for extraordinary contributions to that country. more »»

Above the Law

April 25, 2014 It is no wonder the federal government is confused about what is fair and right, when it comes to consideration of the Social Security Administration’s now-halted program in which tax refunds were... more »»

Tilting the Field

April 24, 2014 Sometime this year, the three-member National Labor Relations Board will issue new rules making it easier for labor unions to do what they have been unable to do recently: win support in workplaces. more »»


April 23, 2014 When 18-year-old Aaron Ferrari spoke to the Wood County Farm Bureau this week, he was able to shed light on a corner of the world we have heard much about lately, but about which we really know very... more »»

Earth Day

April 22, 2014 On this Earth Day it might be helpful to step back for a moment from the more trendy aspects of environmental stewardship and remember that if we are to truly take care of the planet we call home, w... more »»


April 21, 2014 Recently, the State Secondary Schools Activities Commission passed a rule change that would allow middle and high school coaches an additional three weeks in the summer to work with their... more »»


April 20, 2014 Good morning! Today marks the most joyous morning on the Christian calendar, as on Easter Sunday believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the beginning of their faith. more »»

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April 19, 2014 UP: To Parkersburg taking another step toward becoming the low-budget horror film capital of the universe. more »»

Helping Neighbors

April 18, 2014 Thank you, Mid-Ohio Valley. more »»


April 17, 2014 Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell’s proposal this week for City Council to borrow funds to raze 85 structures is a good idea, with a great deal of merit, but a few wrinkles need to be ironed out first. more »»



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