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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was among the group of lawmakers who signed on to introduce a bill that would reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission for another five years. West Virginia is the only state to lie entirely within Appalachia, and, in theory, has the greatest stake in ...

Animals

While the investigation into the circumstances behind the removal of 42 dogs and five cats from Ellen's Rescue in Parkersburg continue, the fact remains there are now enough animals at the Humane Society of Parkersburg to stretch resources too thin.Executive Director Michelle Earl described the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To crews who were able to find a waterline break and repair the old pipe with a replacement valve - and installed a new valve that will allow them to isolate the area if there are problems in the future. Though the initial break resulted in the loss of 4 million gallons of water, the ...

Poverty

It has been true for generations - West Virginia's socio-economic climate of too many families below the poverty line and too many young people whose educations are cut short means our children suffer. Unfortunately, the numbers in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book show little has changed for ...

Line Break

Earlier this week, Parkersburg residents dealt with the relatively minor consequences of a waterline break that sent 4 million gallons out of the system, and caused the water levels in the north and south reservoirs to drop below minimum operating levels. A request to conserve water and a few ...

911 Center

Wood County's 911 Center is facing a problem that comes as a consequence of advancing technology and changing habits. As land-line phone use decreases, so does the amount of money the center receives from the 911 land line fee. The difference is marked. In the span of just one year, the number ...

Belpre Chamber

Members of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce are getting reminders of the benefits available to them because of their membership, courtesy of a group of ambassadors who have decided to take on a new mission. With a goal to both support current members and recruit new ones, this group has ...

Employment

West Virginia continues to have an employment problem. A couple of pieces of news released this week show the Mountain State is struggling in a way that demands the kind of attention to the job market promised by lawmakers at the beginning of this year's legislative session.First, a report ...

Transparency

Many states - and the federal government, for that matter - could learn a thing or two about the transparency to which they pay so much lip service simply by taking a page out of the Ohio treasurer's playbook.Last year, Treasurer Josh Mandel launched Ohiocheckbook.com, making the state's ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County high school students who worked hard to raise animals and then won awards and are providing food products through the 67th Little Kanawha Regional Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale. As Kari Brown, an agricultural science instructor at the Wood County Technical Center in the ...

Gus Douglass

Across the Mountain State, praise is pouring in for the man who guided West Virginia's agricultural efforts longer than any other state agricultural commissioner in the country. As friends and family mourn the loss of Gus Douglass, who died Thursday at age 88, the recurring theme is one of ...

Public Records

Members of the public who seek access to public records in Ohio have a right to expect they will not be asked to pay an unreasonable sum to receive copies of documents. But an opinion from the Ohio Supreme Court in 2013 upheld one county engineer's assertion that providing map records to a real ...

Safety Day

It is not always easy to teach kids how to conduct themselves safely in this ever-changing world of ours. Perhaps that is why an event that started out as simply a fire prevention effort quickly grew into one that includes safety organizations from throughout the region.Safety Day at the Grand ...

Artsbridge

Thursday will mark the beginning of an opportunity for local residents to show their support for the arts and art education, as Artsbridge kicks off its annual United Arts Fund Campaign. The organization, which brings financial, organization and promotional support to the arts in schools and ...

Disabilities

Between 2008 and 2013, the number of Ohioans claiming Social Security disability benefits has increased by 28 percent - the third highest growth rate in the country. According to a data analysis by Express Employment Professionals, those numbers suggest disability benefits are essentially ...

Tobacco

West Virginia's kids are surrounded by influences that can make it difficult for them to resist the temptation to begin smoking. In fact, despite tobacco use claiming 4,300 lives each year in the Mountain State, and costing $1 billion in medical bills, nearly 20 percent of West Virginia high ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Sistersville Tank Works, for its groundbreaking at a new site in the Pleasants County Industrial Center. Approximately 30 jobs are expected to be created with the construction of a new 40,000-square-foot facility meant to serve the expanding natural gas industry in the Mid-Ohio Valley. ...

WVU-P

West Virginia University-Parkersburg offers students a value not found in many other schools around the state. As Alice Harris, vice president of finance and administration, explained it, the tuition rates at WVU-P are 14 percent below the average of all the other community and technical ...

Food Bank

At first glance, the news of a crisis at Mountaineer Food Bank in Braxton County may not seem as though it matter much to people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. But the food bank serves 68 soup kitchens in 48 counties. It feeds thousands of West Virginia families each month, through the food pantry ...

Safety

Drivers may well roll their eyes at the many awareness campaigns intended to make West Virginia roads safer, such as "Click It or Ticket," and "Turn it off. Put it down. Just Drive," but numbers from the Department of Motor Vehicles suggest the efforts are making a difference.Last year, ...