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Cates enjoys return to Parkersburg High School

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

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 ...

Back Yard Gardener: Leaf mold compost

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 ...

Back Issues: Deathstroke — dysfunctional family man

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 ...

Wearing the dunce cap

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

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 ...

A Christmas market for downtown?

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 ...

Students met challenge

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

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

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

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 ...

Build flavor profile with spirits

A new cookbook came out that finds the best use of different alcohols in dishes with “Cork and Knife” by Emily and Matt Clifton, creators of popular food blog Nerds with Knives. The book is divided into chapters that use a different type of alcohol that make use of its chemical properties ...

Downtown PKB spotlights Piersol

Downtown PKB is made up of a 25 member board of directors, all dedicated to helping us meet the mission of our organization. Lindsey Piersol, Executive Director of Wood County Economic Development and current President of Downtown PKB board was willing to be our Board Member Spotlight this ...

Differences not great

This week I was in contact with one of our Shale Crescent USA prospects and now a friend from Pakistan. Our wives met at an event and are also friends. I happened to mention that I will be unavailable for a couple of days later this month when my wife has knee replacement surgery. My friend was ...

PHS grads to celebrate birthdays

Fritz Renner, from the Parkersburg High School Class of 1967, has a fun-filled weekend planned for his classmates in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 18-20. Renner, of Monterey, and classmate Candace Dollman Jones, of Vienna, have organized a 70th birthday celebration for all members of the PHS Class ...

Look Back: On the streets of Parkersburg

Why the Long Face? Even the “beasts of the field” are catching the excitement that has been raised on Ann Street, because JIMMY MEHEN sells lager two glasses for five cents. On Tuesday a horse walked down the sidewalk, and finding “Jimmy’s” door open walked in and had made his way ...

Back Yard Gardener: Turnips of the fall garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The second week of September is still bringing us summer like temperatures with high heat and humidity. We are definitely on the dry side and could use a little rain. Crops still producing in the garden may need some irrigation until we receive ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Democratic Bench

So, looks like U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won’t run for governor in the Democratic primary in May 2020 after all. I should have stuck with my instinct months ago that he wouldn’t actually run just like he did in 2016. The problem is I think for a time he really was going to do it. My ...

Map of road work shows massive cost of projects

If you haven’t looked at the West Virginia Division of Highways’ new interactive road work map (transportation.wv.gov), you really should. A glance at the whole-state map may raise a question in your mind: What are all those blue dots in the Northern Panhandle? Answer: Money pits. DOH ...

A new aquatic adventure

Last weekend, I was given a rare opportunity by some good people who believe in sharing the good things that have come their way. The Josephs and their extended family in Wheeling are a significant part of the committee that organizes the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta each Labor Day ...