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Giving Back

January 26, 2015 A big “thank you” to United Bank for its donation last week of $175,000 to establish a fund that will support the police departments of both Parkersburg and Vienna. more »»

Trendy Hysteria

January 25, 2015 Vaccines save lives. They are safe, and have done immeasurable good in fending off diseases that still haunt much of the rest of the world. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

January 24, 2015 UP: To the Belpre Elementary sixth-grade class for donating its entire end-of-the-year field trip fund, approximately $600, to two classmates whose house was destroyed by fire the last day of school... more »»


January 23, 2015 Congratulations to counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley receiving A grades from the American Lung Association for their indoor air quality and smoke-free regulations. more »»

Rose-colored Glasses

January 22, 2015 Reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address included a lot of references to “common sense” from both sides. more »»


January 21, 2015 As cold weather solidifies its grip on the Mid-Ohio Valley, residents in need of a little help can still count on various agencies and the generosity of local folks who know the need does not stop... more »»

Smoke Screen

January 20, 2015 It is being suggested West Virginia should increase the state tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack, allegedly to help curb tobacco use. That is a bad idea and local legislators who oppose it are righ. more »»


January 19, 2015 As Fletcher Lamkin officially began his duties as president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg last week, he did so surrounded by folks who “bent over backwards to make us feel welcome,”... more »»

Needed Help

January 18, 2015 Suicide rates in the military are sharply higher than civilian rates. In fact, beginning in 2006, the suicide figures began a steady, disturbing climb, reaching a peak in 2012 at 352. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

January 17, 2015 UP: To Rhonda Tracy for her work as West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s interim president during the past several months. more »»

Road to Success

January 16, 2015 Among the many requests for funding likely to appear before the new, Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is an effort to get back on track with a highway project that could be enormously... more »»

Preserving History

January 15, 2015 If it can be accomplished at a reasonable cost, Wood County Commissioners should do their best to return six gravestones to their original locations in the Kincheloe/Vandivier Cemetery. more »»

Job Growth

January 14, 2015 As West Virginia’s incoming legislative leaders spoke ahead of today’s start of the Legislature’s session, the overwhelming theme was a desire to create jobs and spur economic growth that will allow... more »»

A New Era

January 13, 2015 Local legislators still have a great deal of wind in their sails as they prepare for the first day of the 2015 West Virginia Legislative Session, Wednesday. more »»

Wrong Approach

January 12, 2015 Among the many groups seeking the attention of West Virginia’s legislature, which will convene Wednesday, is the League of Women Voters. more »»

A W.Va. Giant

January 11, 2015 West Virginia lost a giant last week — a man who, though perhaps flawed, loved and served the Mountain State and his country with everything he had. Arch A. Moore Jr. was a U.S. more »»

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

January 10, 2015 UP: To the area’s highway crews for their grueling efforts during the area’s first significant snow. more »»

Failed Inspections

January 9, 2015 As state Department of Environmental Protection officials begin to collect the results of above-ground storage tank registration and inspection dictated by the Water Resource Protection Act, one par... more »»

114th Congress

January 8, 2015 With the start of the 114th Congress this week, local residents on both sides of the river got a bit of good news: Senators from West Virginia and Ohio are among the four chosen to serve as counsel... more »»

Shane Lyons

January 7, 2015 Congratulations to Parkersburg native Shane Lyons on being chosen by West Virginia University as its next athletic directo. more »»



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