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UP: To West Virginia University at Parkersburg opening up its Entrepreneur Center to cosplayers and those in need of help with a Halloween costume, during the 2019 Makers Day Event. Technology such as 3-D printers, a laser cutter and engraver, a CNC milling machine, vinyl plotter, an industrial ...

Cates enjoys return to Parkersburg High School

Local columns

Chris Cates first visit to Parkersburg since 1983 was special. Cates, a 1980 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was inducted into the PHS Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 13 at Stadium Field before the Big Reds game against Woodrow Wilson of Beckley. Cates told me this week it was a great ...

Look Back: Terrapin Park — Part 1

Local columns

Work at Terrapin Park The work at Terrapin Park is being rushed these days and a great transformation is going on. The big auditorium is rapidly nearing completion, as the force of men at work on it is a large one. Contractor Carfer is rushing things as rapidly as possible and will have ...

Volunteers: Downtown Ambassadors program needs your help

Editorials

When our outstanding local nonprofit organizations band together in a common mission, wonderful things happen. In the case of the Downtown Ambassadors program, volunteers from Recovery Point, in a project coordinated by the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and Downtown PKB, spent more ...

Back Yard Gardener: Leaf mold compost

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! As we move into the third week of September the lack of rainfall is beginning to show up. The dry weather has caused some of our lawns to turn brown and go dormant. Don’t worry, in most cases the lawn will regain its green color as soon as ...

Education: Positive changes just a starting point

Editorials

Both Belpre City and Warren Local school districts showed some improvement on the 2018-19 state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education last week. Both districts bumped up from a D to a C. That is positive news, but clearly there is much room for continued improvement. While ...

Back Issues: Deathstroke — dysfunctional family man

Local columns

One of the most dysfunctional families in comics will be featured in season two of DC Universe’s “Titans,” as Deathstroke arrives on the streaming series. Already a familiar face (well, mask) on the small screen thanks to appearances on the CW’s “Arrow” and the animated “Teen ...

Charter Schools: Officials should take care writing regulations

Editorials

West Virginia has authorized charter schools, as some education reformers urged, but it will be very difficult to open one. State Department of Education officials should not make it even more difficult than the law enacted earlier this year does. Fierce pressure, including a work stoppage ...

Education: Justices make right call in teaching children

Editorials

Most of us think we have a good understanding of how our government — particularly at the state and local levels — works. But quick: How many justices serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals? Are magistrates required to have law degrees? Does it matter whether a candidate for ...

Accountability: Consequences, change needed at VA

Editorials

Observers of the furor over the handling of problem (often criminal) employees or representatives by entities such as the Catholic Church or the Boy Scouts of America may wonder what in the world the Department of Veterans Affairs is thinking, in its own handling of a personnel crisis that ...

Wearing the dunce cap

Local columns

I’ve spent the last few days pouring over the data from the second annual Balanced Scorecard report on the performance of West Virginia’s schools, and I’m really kind of appalled at the results for the students we’re pushing into college or the workforce. This weekend I focused on the ...

Guessing Justice’s 2020 opponent

Local columns

Last Tuesday was a good day for Gov. Jim Justice. He learned (if he hadn’t been tipped off in advance) that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will not be running for governor. Barring some political disaster, Manchin is the only Democrat with a realistic chance of beating Justice in next year’s ...

Road Poll: Road repairs may not help Justice campaign

Editorials

Some old-timers with the West Virginia Division of Highways understood years ago that gubernatorial election years meant good paydays. Most incumbent chief executives understood that the more potholes voters had to bounce and crash through on their way to polling places, the less likely they ...

Plunder at the White House

Letters to the editor

Trump is facing yet another investigation. This time the House Oversight Committee is investigating military spending at an airport near a Trump property in Scotland and visits to that property by service members. To quote from Vox, “Trump has been under scrutiny since the beginning of his ...

A Christmas market for downtown?

Local columns

A couple of my favorite local small businesses were inside Point Park Marketplace until recently, and I was glad to learn they have simply moved to other locations. But it is jarring to see the place closed up and read the city administration plans to winterize the facility. Parkersburg ...

No magic gun control law

Letters to the editor

After the recent rash of mass shootings, liberal lawmakers are seeking to pass an olio of feel good gun laws, which will do nothing to prevent future mass shootings, such as another assault weapons ban. The original assault weapons ban did nothing to stop mass shootings or reduce crime. Another ...

Students met challenge

Local columns

Over the summer, Beverly-Center Elementary students in grades K - 5 were issued a reading challenge by principal Megan Miller. Reading sheets were turned in at the beginning of the school year and these students ‘met the challenge’. Congratulations to: Hazel Baker, Kyndyl Bauerbach, ...

A look at hunting

Local columns

On September 5, 1975 CBS aired a documentary titled The Guns of Autumn. It was a controversial anti-hunting program. A few weeks later CBS aired Echoes of the Guns of Autumn, a more even-handed follow-up to the subject. As autumn approaches 44 years later, let’s revisit the subject. Over the ...

Amish romance bridges two worlds

Local columns

Beth Wiseman continues her Amish Journeys series with “Listening to Love.” Levi and Mary Shetler’s English friend, Natalie, is continuing her unlikely friendship with the couple and trying to make her way through college, which she is slowly starting to wonder if it was a good idea or ...

Low-fat way to cook at home

Local columns

Low-fat eating is not just for the people who are watching and trying to lose weight. Not only does a low-fat diet help avoid obesity. but also reduces many other things such as heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancers. Once you get familiar with methods for cooking with less fat ...