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UP: To this year’s West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, which is a good time for all no matter what the temperature. Kudos to the youngsters who spend so much effort in getting animals ready for the livestock competitions and shows. It is hard to beat the annual combination of fair ...

Jon Six wins West Virginia volunteer award

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Jon Six, Vienna businessman and community advocate, has been selected to receive West Virginia’s “most prestigious volunteer award.” Six was notified this week he was one of eight recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given through Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s ...

Look Back: Made in Parkersburg

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Mills and factories flourish The mills and factories of the city are all running full time and doing a booming business, with one exception. The saw mill of Noah Athey on the Stewart timber tract, at Lee’s Hill, is cutting up timber at a great rate and will have that tract cut out this ...

Consolidation: People, not buildings, make a school special

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Wood County Schools MUST close and consolidate some buildings — specifically McKinley, Waverly and Worthington elementary schools and Van Devender Middle School. The reasons, both financial and academic have been laid out plainly. Yet as has been the case in previous discussions about ...

Backyard Gardener: Value of rained-on hay

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Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The summer continues to be hot and humid up as heat indexes rise into the danger zones this weekend. The warm temperatures and ample rain are producing great crops for beans, tomatoes and other vegetable. Although many farmers planted late this ...

Cybersecurity: School systems must follow best practices

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Among the constant requests for funding in our schools are technology and access. How many times have you heard the word “broadband” thrown around by politicians in recent years? And while technology and access to the Internet have done incredible things for education, they also bring a ...

Wise Move: Superintendent Paine right to turn down raise

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Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they either did not give the matter a lot of thought, or they are genuinely clueless about how such a move would be interpreted by the average ...

Big Picture: W.Va.’s economy is too concentrated

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John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, isn’t trying to rain on anyone’s parade when he points out some of the facts about our state’s economy that do not make it into the politicians’ speeches. But he deals with data, not smoke ...

Education: Lawsuit should be heard as soon as possible

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West Virginians have waited a long time for some breakthrough in public school improvement. The catchall bill approved weeks ago by state legislators may not be it, but it is as close as we are likely to get for some time. Mountain State residents may not get even that. Dale Lee, president of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Manchin’s revenge on Justice?

Local columns

I’ve written a lot about the drama of the state and county Republican Executive Committees, but I’ve been asked about the status of the state Democratic Party. In my life — despite what some other political writers seem to think — I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats. My ...

Free, but at what cost?

Local columns

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George III ...

Reclaiming ‘lost’ habitats

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Extraction industries in West Virginia have left their mark on the land and its inhabitants — there is no debating that. Surface mines left some of the most visible scars. That, combined with other industries and development, has led to major changes — sometimes almost to the point of ...

Equal Pay: Level playing field is a worthy goal

Editorials

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Cookbook, novel tie together

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New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter releases the final book in her Prayer Jars series, “The Healing Jar,” as well as a new cookbook, “Amish Friends Gathering Cookbook.” In the final book, Lenore Lapp, an Amish schoolteacher, meets Jesse, a widower with a baby ...

Op-ed: Condemning conditions at border

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On July 2, the Jackson County Democrat Women’s Club voted unanimously to condemn the Trump administration’s treatment of asylum seekers and migrants at our southern border. We are shocked and appalled at keeping single adults in standing-room-only conditions for a week with only bologna ...

Op-ed: History, shame and pride

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In his op-ed piece “The Shame of LGBTQ Pride,” published June 23, WV State Senator Mike Azinger made assertions that warrant critical examination. He begins by quoting with approval the view that “tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society.” He then reasons that “tolerance” ...

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

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Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

Local columns

Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

MOV Chamber: Last call for award nominations

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Each year, the MOV Chamber gathers members for an evening reflecting on the past year. This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and recognizing ...

Business leadership is putting people first

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This week I was working with a friend who is a successful business person. He is putting together a team for a large project. We have a lot of the same values and priorities. We both understand the importance of Team and putting people first. We were having a discussion about the project when ...