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July 15, 2014 U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is painfully aware of the damage done by runaway government of the type favored by President Barack Obama. more »»

Shades of Politics

July 14, 2014 A casual observer of the guest list for Sen. John D. more »»

Highmark’s Gift

July 13, 2014 When Highmark West Virginia donated $10,000 last week to fund the building of 49 raised bed gardens behind the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace in Parkersburg, it became part of a conversation that is... more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

July 12, 2014 UP: To all the emergency responders and good neighbors who spent much of this week cleaning up following the massive storm that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon. more »»

Good Neighbors

July 11, 2014 Many of us may think of the Red Cross as an organization that does good things for people in other places. more »»

Lofty Goals

July 10, 2014 New West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano made some grand statements during his formal introduction to the public this week. more »»


July 9, 2014 Respect seems as though it is harder and harder to come by, these days. more »»

Shared Burden

July 8, 2014 When drug store chains begin to take steps to tackle the methamphetamine problem in Appalachia — but that will also undoubtedly affect their bottom lines — customers should stand up and take notice. more »»


July 7, 2014 Chikungunya. The word may prompt someone to respond with “Bless you.” But it is a deadly serious virus spread by mosquitoes, and it has reached West Virginia. more »»

Watchful Eye

July 6, 2014 Mid-Ohio Valley residents normally do a pretty good job of looking out for one another. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

July 5, 2014 DOWN: To the recent spate of burglaries at several area churches. more »»

Fourth of July

July 4, 2014 It is the Fourth of July — the 238th birthday of this great natio. more »»

Marietta College

July 3, 2014 Marietta College administrators are learning the hard way that one sure way to lose money is to give your donors such cause for concern that they turn off the tap. more »»

Cat Litters

July 2, 2014 We are in the midst of what the folks at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley refer to as peak kitten season. Feline over-population means the shelter, in Marietta, is unable to accept any new cat. more »»

VA Secretary

July 1, 2014 If President Barack Obama’s planned nominee to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary is as intelligent and tuned in as is being touted, Robert McDonald is battling back the urge to turn around and... more »»


June 30, 2014 Among the many errands being run this week will be shopping trips to prepare for July 4 festivities. more »»

Art Olds

June 29, 2014 St. Marys and Pleasants County residents suffered a huge loss last week, with the passing of former St. Marys Mayor Art Olds. It is not often a person comes along with such dedication to servic. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

June 28, 2014 UP: To the more than 400 young volunteers who have been in town this week participating in this summer’s Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp. more »»


June 27, 2014 One company is reminding the Mid-Ohio Valley it has what it takes to attract — and keep — the kinds of employers who help rebuild economie. more »»


June 26, 2014 Parkersburg City Council has taken an important step toward the reduction of the number of dilapidated eyesores dotting the city’s streets. more »»



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