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To news that business expansion is happening along West Virginia 14 south of Parkersburg. Lemon and Barrett’s planned new building off Pettyville Road is a hopeful sign. Though plans for the expansion began before the start of a widening project for the road, it is a positive indicator that ...

Does governor have too much power?

Local columns

Whitmer Elected Governor After Moving to W.Va. Imagine that headline showing up in the paper sometime in the future. For many Mountain State residents, it isn’t a pleasant thought. After seeing how Gretchen Whitmer has handled her duties as governor of Michigan during the past few months, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Paved with good intentions

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As the old proverb goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to used federal coronavirus relief funds for road repair sounds great in theory, but how they think they’re able to use those funds is unclear. I said last week that I would dive into ...

Backyard Gardener: Get smart with watering options

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Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! I hope everyone enjoyed their July Fourth Holiday. In the popular television series “Get Smart,” Maxwell Smart had little catch phrases such as “Missed it by that much!” and “Sorry about that Chief.” This week we are talking about ...

Symbolism: Ritchie County Rebels deserve a good mascot

Editorials

Symbols can be tricky. They mean different things to different people. Sometimes they are hijacked by new groups of people who give them a meaning never intended by the originators. Just ask Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and anyone else who understands the ancient Sanskrit symbol for ...

Observations for summer

Local columns

A few observations as the very hot and humid days make it harder to stay on a train of thought for very long: * I wonder how many of the people who are now applauding Butler County Police Sheriff Richard Jones, who said he would NOT enforce Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask order last week, are ...

Op-ed: It’s time for West Virginia lawmakers to take action

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extreme shock to our state, and we’re still wrapping our heads around how best to move forward through it. This pandemic has affected every part of our society and government, and we’ve all been forced to adapt. While Gov. Jim Justice has been exercising ...

Op-ed: Better alternatives to extraction industry dependence

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In the July 5 edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, a piece appeared on the front page of the business section touting the recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy entitled “The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance: An Examination of Economic Progress and ...

Look Back: Shaw first true Wood County historian

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Stephen C. Shaw, the first true Parkersburg and Wood County historian. In a 1931 Parkersburg newspaper item, historian Minnie Kendall Lowther, using quotes from Shaw himself, shared the story of this most interesting man. Excerpts follow: “Through the phonograph of years, let us listen ...

Time to rethink priorities

Letters to the editor

“Energy key to economic recovery,” claims a report in the July 5 edition of the News and Sentinel. Wally Kandel, co-founder of Shale Crescent USA, is quoted as saying that “The time for an energy and petrochemical Renaissance is now.” I’m struggling to wrap my head around this ...

Bad timing for the Wood BOE

Letters to the editor

To the former board of education president: A sports facility is not needed in Parkersburg with the COVID cases still uncertain, businesses closing and people laid off. It is bad timing. Just because one bond ends, do we have to start one more? The visitors’ side of PHS Stadium still, to my ...

Base change on compassion

Letters to the editor

Mid-Ohio Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers) is part of a network of Quaker communities of faith throughout this region. Guided by the inward conviction of our Quaker Peace Testimony, MOV Friends affirm this statement of North Columbus Friends Meeting that “peaceful resolution through nonviolent ...

‘Why should I complete the Census?’

Local columns

When I speak to various groups around the community, inevitably one of the questions I get is: “Jill, how can we get Target to come to the Mid-Ohio Valley?” Target’s decision to expand its store footprint is weighted heavily on demographics such as census numbers, income, home ...

The importance of personal independence

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This week we took a West Virginia vacation with our youngest son and his family of five from Maryland. Our original plan was to go to Disney World. We felt West Virginia was a better and safer choice. It is good to be able to get out and travel again. We have our masks and have been able to ...

Controlling diabetes

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When I was young, I used to hear the word diabetes and not pay any attention. I think it is normal when we are young to think we are indestructible and nothing will bother us. Medical problems were for old people and we will remain young and healthy forever. Then the day comes when we look in ...

Time for some Amish fiction

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Once again, a look at a few new Amish fiction novels. The background of Kate Burkholder is explored more in “The Outsider” by Linda Castillo, the 12th book in the series. During a killer snowstorm, a woman is found by an old friend of Kate’s, Adam and his children. And the woman turns ...

Life Through the Lens: From where does your identity come?

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“People aren’t one thing.” *** Ownership is huge. At certain times in my life, ownership WAS everything. Heck, I believe that ownership defined me in those times. What I possessed, what I had, what I bought - I WAS what I owned. I can still feel the leather and mesh of my first real ...

Legal Ease: Asking ‘Is my bed still there?’

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Introduction — This month’s article is one of my favorites. Although I wrote it several years ago it seems worth sharing in today’s Covid-19 nursing home world of quarantines, isolation, loneliness, and dying alone without comfort of those most loved. It’s been about 30 years since my ...

COVID-19: Testing is important to checking spread

Editorials

Steve Whited, CEO for Minnie Hamilton Health System, did not have to tell us all that he was quarantining after having come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. In fact, many people shy away from publicly sharing such information. But in doing so, Whited achieved his goal ...