LaPann’s farewell to Parkersburg News and Sentinel readers
This is the toughest story I have written in my nearly 42 years of writing and editing at The Parkersburg Sentinel and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
As I move into retirement, I want to thank Mid-Ohio Valley residents and former residents for allowing me to write their stories.
I have enjoyed writing about the accomplishments of people and the good things people are doing here and elsewhere.
I smile when I reflect on the interesting people I have interviewed for The Sentinel and The News and Sentinel. Too many names to list here.
Everyone has an interesting story to tell.
I believe people enjoy reading positive and uplifting stories.
I am impressed by the organizations and volunteers who help to make Wood
County and the surrounding area a special place. I can’t imagine a more giving area.
I appreciate The Sentinel and the News and Sentinel giving me an opportunity to write local news.
I plan to volunteer in the community and do freelance writing and editing.
A native of New Jersey, I graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism. I was a reporter at The Welch (W.Va.) Daily News and editor-publisher at The Mullens (W.Va.) Advocate before joining The Parkersburg Sentinel as assistant managing editor in December 1978.
My best to everyone.