Opinion

Oversight: Post Audit Division spotlights problems

Editorials

It is beginning to sound like a broken record, the parade of discoveries of “mismanagement” and poor communication that has been costing West Virginia money, resources and credibility. Difficult as it is to stomach the many revelations of the degree to which our bureaucracy has failed us, ...

Poll Workers: Humans step up where machines fail

Editorials

West Virginia voters, for the most part, saw a smooth, relatively problem-free election last week. In fact, the Mountain State was the proving ground for a new kind of election technology as block-chain, mobile voting was tested for the first time — and successfully. But there was a ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Post-election observations

Local columns

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the first state Supreme Court election under the nonpartisan category, it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial elections nonpartisan. I ...

Responsible spending still yields raises

Local columns

It’s been said money is the root of all evil. Not really. Real evil, at least in government, is spending money you don’t have. Here in West Virginia, our constitution doesn’t allow us to do that — technically. There’s a way around it, to which we’ll get in a moment. Mountain State ...

Veterans Day: Honor our military men and women

Editorials

The Armistice that inspired our modern Veterans Day observance happened 100 years ago today. During that time, generations of military men and women have continued to demonstrate that there are simply some people who are willing to do more, to sacrifice more, to keep the rest of us safe and ...

Teaching future employees

Local columns

Last week I had a conversation with a gentleman who owns a local small business. Among the concerns he expressed was the education of our young people. Specifically, he was lamenting that young people hired into a position that included welding responsibilities “can’t even read a rule. How ...

Send a message

Letters to the editor

Voters had an opportunity to send a message to local politicians on election day. The message should have been that tax and spend policies will need to be managed and prioritized much more efficiently than recently demonstrated. The Wood County Commission is raising levy rates at an alarming ...

Thank you from a veteran

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about the Veterans Day appreciation that was held at Lubeck Baptist Church from the students at Lubeck Elementary School and their staff. I want to thank the Lubeck PTA for the lunch they provided for us veterans and their family. It was a great turn out when several veterans ...

Thank you to Belpre Ohio American Legion Post 495

Letters to the editor

It is with both admiration and sadness that I write this letter. Our community has been blessed for over 80 years with an outstanding group of Veterans and their families. This group of individuals has changed over the years but their mission has always been the same — shared helpfulness. ...

Include nuts in your meals

Local columns

With winter now we must turn from fresh fruits to dishes that not only nourish us, but also are healthy for us, such as nuts that provides protein, vitamins and healthy type fats and can be used in many different ways. Now it is up to you to find various ways to incorporate different nuts into ...

More recipes to try out with Instant Pot

Local columns

I would say that someone sent me a bunch of cookbooks to test because they knew I got an Instant Pot, but I actually received all of the ones I’ve been now trying out pre-Instant Pot! Apparently the Instant Pot is hot right now, and there are lot of new cookbooks out there to try! “The ...

Downtown PKB teaming up to support veterans

Local columns

November is upon us and that means it’s time for Veterans Day. It’s so refreshing to see so many businesses and organizations giving back to our Veterans. Several national chains will have free meals and offers for Veterans, but there are some pretty neat things going on at a local level ...

Another lead, another prospect, in Chicago

Local columns

Jerry James, Vice Chairman of Shale Crescent USA, President of Artex Oil, and I are getting ready to return from the first ever Marcellus-Utica Houston Conference this week. Jerry did the Shale Crescent presentation. It was another great conference for Shale Crescent USA. I will tell you about ...

Women’s fiction to fall for this season

Local columns

There are a lot of new titles in the women’s fiction field this fall! The remaining Maxwell sister looks for love in the classic Emma inspired story, “Badly Done, Emma Lee” by Leah Marie Brown. Emma Lee has spent her life as a pampered and spoiled society girl. But when the family ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School names students on honor roll

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary School students were named to the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten: Mastering 5 Super Skills — Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton ...

How to choose the perfect bird feeder

Local columns

When readers ask for help selecting a bird feeder, I’m happy to oblige. I bought my first feeder in 1978 in Michigan, so I’ve had lots of experience evaluating them. I won’t presume to identify the “best” feeders, but I can name my favorites in both general and specific terms. My ...

The Piano

Local columns

The year was 1859. It was a full decade before the Civil Ware and 20 years after the Tarver brothers came from Ireland to stake their claim in the New World. The Tarvers were a wealthy family and Jim Tarver inherited his father’s talent for working with wood and his love of music. He ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To all the local schools and other organizations putting together programs and services to commemorate Veterans Day. It is important for those who remember to teach those who must carry on the lessons learned because so many were willing to sacrifice everything for the rest of us — so ...

Nominations sought for Gold Star monument

Local columns

A group is looking for information on area men and women who served in the U.S. military. This information is being sought for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument planned for Parkersburg City Park next year. Nomination forms for friends or family members who served in the armed forces, ...