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LaPann’s farewell to Parkersburg News and Sentinel readers

Paul LaPann has retired as managing editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel after working at The Parkersburg Sentinel and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel for nearly 42 years. (Photo Provided)

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.

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