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‘Pappy’s’ tribute appreciated

January 18, 2015 This is in response to the letter on Jan. 11 from Earl W. Smith for his kind words and empathy regarding my Dad, Steven “Pappy” Strak. more »»

Reaching out for life’s joy

January 11, 2015 The Jan. 2 edition of the Parkersburg News included the obituary of Steven Leonard “Pappy” Straka. His obituary was uncommonly curious as it read: “He was a faithful patron of Audrey’s Bar and Gril. more »»

Sights from ‘Shop with a Cop’

January 11, 2015 What I saw at “Shop with a Cop:” I saw 101 kids crowd into Wal-Mart with hearts full of eager expectation. more »»

Appreciating a job well done

January 11, 2015 I can’t recall a time when I have felt it more necessary to express my sincere appreciate for a job well done as I do now. I recently purchased a Generac from Lowe’s that was installed on Thursday. more »»

Cindy Ball deserves justice

January 11, 2015 I decided a while back to never write another letter to be published in this newspaper again because I don’t believe this newspaper has been fair and balanced when reporting anything negative about... more »»

Mayor right on panhandling

January 11, 2015 Kudos to Mayor Newell for having the panhandler signs put up around the city. I have witnessed a van dropping people off to panhandle. more »»

Benefit organizers appreciate help

January 11, 2015 We would like to thank everyone who contributed, however big or small, to our Ashley Hoff Benefit, Brunch with Santa on Dec. 21 at the K of C Hall in Churchtown, Ohio. more »»

Dems usurped by vicious left

January 4, 2015 It’s most interesting that the state Democratic Party, feeling the sting of the latest election, is pointing fingers and assigning blame for their unexpected uprooting in West Virginia. more »»

Restore commission schedule

January 4, 2015 As we approach the new year, politically we are seeing major changes across the state of West Virginia. more »»

Panhandler signs are offensive

January 4, 2015 Recently, the city has placed signs throughout town claiming that giving to “panhandlers” supports their “drug and alcohol problems. more »»

An expensive business trip

January 4, 2015 Last spring, Marietta College upended the lives of 20 of its employees by terminating their employment without notice. This action was supposedly taken because of a financial emergency. more »»

Stand up and be counted

January 4, 2015 Attended City Council meeting on the 11th. more »»

Christmas Eve Samaritans

January 4, 2015 On Christmas Eve, I was taking my granddaughters to the candlelight service at my church. My tire went flat right off Staunton. We had left our cell phones at home to charge. more »»

Be an angel for the unborn

January 4, 2015 For hundreds of years the Mass of the Holy Innocents three days after Christmas has commemorated the slaughter of male babies in Bethlehem by King Herod who was afraid of the prophecy that baby... more »»

Our youth at its best

January 4, 2015 About a week ago, I was working in my yard on some yardwork while the weather stayed war. more »»

Christmas Spirit alive in area

January 4, 2015 My wife, mother-in-law and I were at a local eatery on Christmas Eve. We were there with our iPad to do Facetime with our daughter’s family. Mom wanted to see her two great-grandkids in Germany. more »»

Hit, run and hide

December 28, 2014 Two weeks ago, someone veered off of Dupont Road and crashed into the side of a historical log cabi. more »»

A return of the beat cop

December 28, 2014 My first exposure to New York City was in 1947. The city was blanketed by “beat cops. more »»

The high toll of alcohol

December 28, 2014 On page 11A in Wednesday’s newspaper there is an article, “Committee reviews craft beer bill. more »»

Get rid of Common Core

December 28, 2014 The federal Common Core standards adopted by the appointed State Board of Education are now in effect in our local schools. more »»



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