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Coming-of-age in the Kirkmanverse

Recommended Reading: • “Invincible” Vol. 1-3 – The first 13 issues of the series lay the groundwork with a fresh take on a classic story, then pull the rug out from under you. • “Invincible Universe” – Set after major events surrounding Invincible’s 100th issue, this ...

Reporter’s Notebook: 2021 legislative session potpourri

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with me. ...

Pepperoni roll full of irony

I’m writing this before the end of West Virginia’s session Saturday. But it is possible that by the time you read it, the official state food of the Mountain State will be the pepperoni roll. (When I checked Thursday evening, the measure had passed the House, but was sitting in the Senate ...

Op-ed: Why West Virginians should care about the border crisis

Hundreds of children in overcrowded spaces. Looks of exasperation on the faces of those working on the ground. A porous border susceptible to trafficking of all kinds. These were some of the sights I witnessed during my recent trip to El Paso, Texas, to see the border crisis firsthand with a ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Time for Appalachia to THRIVE

Lobbyists and industry representatives in the fossil fuels industries, including Greg Kozera with Shale Crescent USA, like to claim that the industries are all about good-paying jobs, prosperity, and thriving communities. These are claims that West Virginians and Appalachians more broadly ...

Look Back: ‘Greasy’ Neale accompanies Reds on Parkersburg visit

Cincinnati Reds here on Friday The Cincinnati Reds will be here for a battle with the Independents Friday afternoon in what should prove the most attractive drawing card of the season. It will be “Greasy” Neale day and the local fans will turn out in large numbers to welcome the ...

Live – Laugh – Love

This is one of my favorite sayings and I try my best to follow it always. I even have several framed plaques with the three words to keep reminding me to do so. LIVE Live your life to the fullest and enjoy life. Try not to let the little unimportant things in life bother you. Learn to accept ...

Two cookbooks with two outlooks

In the vein of “you don’t need a recipe to cook” comes “The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes” by Sam Silton. In an unpretentious plain red cover, this book is ready to show home cooks some basics to get them thinking outside the box and cooking on their own. Sifton, the ...

Romance, historical fiction

Three strong women survive the horrors of three wars all amidst the home of the famed Layfayette in “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” by Stephanie Dray. In 1774, Adrienne Lafayette stands up for her husband against her father and even royalty, as he leaves her to fight for American ...

Use your time to make magic

Working from home has its advantages. Our neighbor, Bradley, came over at lunch last week. He is still going to school virtually. Bradley is 8 years old. Lynnda answered the door. “Bradley wants to know if you can come out and catch football.” I figured it’s lunch time so I went out to ...

Happy Little Fun Run coming to downtown Parkersburg

Enjoy an outing in downtown Parkersburg courtesy of the Parkersburg Art Center. As a sponsor of this event, we are thrilled to be involved and want to help spread the word. We recently met up with Jessie Siefert, Managing Director/Education Director at the Parkersburg Art Center, to discuss ...

Recognizing a God With No Name

Note: The English translations of the Sacred Scriptures here are from the New Oxford Annotated Bible, unless noted, with some minor adaptations. *** One of the most important stories in the Hebrew Scriptures is found in the 3rd Chapter of Exodus (v. 1-15), in which Moses encounters the Living ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wrapping up in Charleston

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Relief of being vaccinated

I took the first step this week toward feeling more confident in an eventual return to whatever “normal” is going to look like. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and an appointment for my second in a few weeks. From the beginning, getting my place in line — filling out an online ...

Op-ed: No strange bedfellows — this tax cut isn’t about politics

We hear the talk about how politics makes for strange bedfellows. Maybe none stranger than the two of us now going all-in to support an income tax cut proposed by our former rival, Governor Jim Justice. But this really isn’t at all about politics. This is about West Virginia’s future. This ...

Look Back: Jackson County full of potential

Jackson County is improving, both in villages and farms; but not as rapidly as it ought to. We can see an improvement in Ravenswood where several houses have gone up and a new mill nearly completed. The splendid farms around it are being improved in a better manner than heretofore. Maj. Brown ...

Celebrating Easter

HAPPY EASTER!!! This week I had to give up my social activities and other things to prepare and concentrate on the family Easter dinner and get-together on Sunday. Easter celebration is a very important day for our family as it is for many Christians. Every year on Good Friday I always look ...

Showering April with mysteries, thrills

A mysterious spring that has the ability to heal and to give you what you wish for — but at a price — is at the heart of a chilling ghost story in “The Drowning Kind” by Jennifer McMahon. Jax has distanced herself a bit from her mentally ill sister and doesn’t pick up the phone for ...

Get stuff done

I was in my local grocery store and saw something I had not seen in over a year, four cartons of disinfectant wipes in one spot! These were not the name brand. I went over to check it out. I assumed they were probably made in China. I assumed wrong. They were made in the U.S. and were cheaper ...