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April 7, 2014 If they have not already, two suicides by inmates at the North Central Regional Jail just 10 days apart should raise serious concerns with West Virginia Department of Corrections officials. On Feb. more »»

Giving Life

April 6, 2014 April is National Donate Life Month. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

April 5, 2014 UP: To today’s presentations of “Pinocchio,” at the Smoot Theatre. The shows, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. more »»

Costly Standards

April 4, 2014 Ohio state senators should take full advantage of an opportunity presented with a bill that would put on hold the scheduled increases to the state’s energy-efficiency standards. more »»

Border Control

April 3, 2014 Largely because of the Obamacare disaster, liberals are beginning to panic over the coming 2014 midterm elections. They now hope to make immigration an issue with voters. more »»

Home Rule

April 2, 2014 At 5 p.m. today, members of Parkersburg City Council’s finance committee will meet with Mayor Bob Newell to discuss the city’s application to be part of West Virginia’s expanded home rule program. more »»

Aging Crisis

April 1, 2014 West Virginia University has released a report that includes the sobering prediction that by the year 2030, our state’s population will have declined by 20,000 residents. more »»

G.I. Bill

March 31, 2014 Since its inception in 1944, the G.I. Bill has offered U.S. veterans a transition from military to civilian life by providing money to pay for college education. more »»

A Good Tool

March 30, 2014 During the last few weeks, an area of Parkersburg has been the target of more than 20 home break-ins. Many of the homes were empty at the time of the burglarie. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

March 29, 2014 UP: To news that Antero Resources signed an agreement to become the primary ethane supplier for the cracker facility Brazil-based Odebrecht hopes to build in Wood County. more »»

Zero Waste

March 28, 2014 Wood County officials are setting an example for other local governments and private citizens with the Zero Waste Challenge project at three county offices. more »»

Changing the Rules

March 27, 2014 No state in the country suffered to the degree West Virginia did last year, when it comes to an economy so stagnant even Barack Obama has to admit it continues to stumble and stall. The U.S. more »»

Necessary Cuts

March 26, 2014 Not everyone is happy about it, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin did the right thing with cuts to appropriations in the 2014-15 budget bill passed last week. more »»

Staying Local

March 25, 2014 The recent order by the U.S. Department of Transportation continuing flights from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Cleveland through June 14 was certainly good news. more »»


March 24, 2014 Wood County Board of Education members have an important task ahead of them, as they begin the work of replacing Superintendent Pat Law, who intends to retire when his contract ends June 30. more »»

Lessons Unlearned

March 23, 2014 Officials and security contractors in New York City appear to have, again, forgotten the lessons we were all supposed to learn in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

March 22, 2014 DOWN: To Russell T. Farr, 50, and wife Angela J. Farr, 32, for their alleged treatment of his developmentally disabled brother and sister. more »»

Line of Defense

March 21, 2014 During the past five weeks, some 20 Parkersburg homes have been burglarized. more »»

Hurtful Words

March 20, 2014 Many who are upset that Parkersburg South High School science teacher David Foggin has been suspended over comments posted on his Facebook page are using the First Amendment as part of their argument. more »»


March 19, 2014 U.S. Labor Department figures showed Ohio ranked second in the country last month in terms of the raw number of jobs gained, 16,700. That is great news at first look. more »»



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