×

Local columns

Putting off now will mean paying big later

We’ve seen some amazing coincidences during the past few years, haven’t we? Take the Interstate 70 bridges in Ohio County. Isn’t it incredible that after decades of service, nearly all of them went bad at the same time? Equally fascinating is the fact that decades passed during which ...

The future of journalism

Want a snapshot of how much damage has been done to our collective psyche and the Fourth Estate in recent years? Take a look at the absolutely embarrassing editorial written by The Daily Northwestern, in which the student newspaper APOLOGIZED for covering the news. A snippet: “On Nov. 5, ...

Op-ed: Shale Crescent report confirms industry’s impact

Natural gas users — households, businesses, manufacturers — have saved $1.1 trillion since 2008 because natural gas production increased in the three Shale Crescent states. Trillion. With a “T.” It’s described in a report — Natural Gas Savings to End-Users — released by Shale ...

Op-ed: Transgender Day of Remembrance is Wednesday

On Wednesday, people all over the world will come together for the 20th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. After the death of transgender woman of color Rita Hester in 1998, activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created the event in 1999 to honor Hester and all of the transgender women ...

A much appreciated good deed

Several months ago, the church we attend — St James Orthodox Christian Church, which is the old St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Belpre, 120 Maple St. — decided to do a complete remodeling and renovation. This would take several months to complete and the problem arose as to where would we ...

Cookbooks to make use of kitchen gadgets

Instant Pots and air fryers and devices that are combinations of both, are hot items for the kitchen and may be on several people’s holiday gift lists. Now gift givers can add a cookbook to make use of these tools to the mix with several new ones. With something for everyone is “The Big ...

The power of our mind at work

After surgery on both knees walking is out for the time being. I spent the last week at rehab learning how to take care of myself from a wheelchair until my legs heal. Things like putting on pants and socks requires some training when you are in a wheelchair and can’t bend your knees. I had ...

Staying thankful for community

As we step closer towards the Thanksgiving season I find myself once again enumerating my blessings and centering my thoughts on all that I am thankful for in my life. A predominant and prevailing thought seems consistent in my mind this year. I’m thankful for my community. I’m thankful for ...

Food for thought: Hunting is fading

According to data from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting is fading as a recreational activity. In 1980 Americans bought 16.3 million hunting licenses. By 2018 that number had dropped to 15.6 million. During that same time period, the total U.S. population grew from 227 million to ...

Mysteries to keep you guessing

A mystery may be just the thing for cooling, dark nights. First is a book in the Robert B. Parker series, “Angel Eyes” by national bestselling author Ace Atkins, starring Parker’s character Spenser. Hardboiled and sarcastic private investigator Spenser heads from Boston to L.A. at the ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School names first quarter honor roll

These students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period at Beverly-Center Elementary School: Kindergarten — Mastered 5 Super Skills: Kyndyl May Bauerbach, Summer Dixon, Edward Duskey, Annistyn Dyar, Brantley Erb, Daniel Evans, Brenley Henry, Audrey Kesselring, ...

North Place celebrates birth

A five-year anniversary and a new baby girl will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Friendship Kitchen, 31st Street and Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg. A “Birthday Par-tea” will celebrate the opening of North Place Maternity House in Parkersburg on Nov. 29, 2014. The public is invited ...

Look Back: Advertisements say it all

Coal for Sale — Large lump coal. $3.95 per ton. Save money. Elba Coal Co. Phone 322R.; HOME of quality coal. Order today. Superior Coal Co. Phone 920. 2nd and Avery St. Houses for Rent — Eight room house at 1701 Washington Ave. Rent $50.00 month. Welch Real Estate, 310 ¢ Market ...

Life Through the Lens: The timeless trap of ‘too much’

“O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.” *** Excess is the root of all evil. A quick google-search tells me I may be the first person to ever say that. Let’s go with that. Having too much of anything is a problem: too much money, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Lessons from Kentucky

Can we extrapolate any lessons for West Virginia from the recent elections in Kentucky? Yes and no. According to unofficial election results, incumbent Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost re-election to state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a close race. Beshear had 49.2 percent of the ...

Bob Murray is not the bad guy

I like Bob Murray. I respect him, too, even though in today’s politically correct climate, he has three strikes against him. He’s an old white male who runs a coal company and has supported Donald Trump. Last week, his Murray Energy Corp. sought and received Chapter 11 bankruptcy ...

Bullying is learned behavior

Despite paying lip service to the effort against bullying, too many in positions of authority — from parents all the way up to some of the highest elected positions in the land — are part of the problem, rather than the solution. Just as adults see celebrities and politicians viciously ...

Op-ed: Learn about lung cancer prevention, screening

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It’s no secret that lung cancer is deadly. It’s the second most commonly diagnosed ...

Beef recipes for your slow cooker

I am continuing on the slow cooker theme again this week as I said I would do in last week’s article specializing on cooking beef. As we get closer to the holiday season, we can probably use the slow cooker much more often to prepare dinners so we will have even more time to prepare cookies ...

Greek, French cooking at home with cookbooks

There are two new books that bring regional cooking to home cooks. Break out your slow cooker with Eleni Vonissakou’s “The Greek Slow Cooker.” The creator of The Foodie Corner, a blog with recipes in both Greek and English, Vonissakou brings her food straight from Athens to the ...