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Back Issues: ‘WandaVision’s’ supporting cast

Along with excellent performances by leads Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) and fantastic use of the conventions of sitcoms from throughout the decades, one of the best things about “WandaVision” is its rich supporting cast of characters. Monica Rambeau was introduced in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week two at the West Virginia Legislature

As the headline states, it is week two here under the gold dome, but it feels like it’s the final two weeks based on how long floor sessions are going, as well as the tone. Already this week the House of Delegates passed two education reform bills, legislation dealing with states of ...

Finding a wage formula

Our United States are not a one-size-fits-all operation. Never have been. That’s why the discussion about minimum wage is so frustrating. Talk in Washington, D.C., of a $15 per hour federal minimum wage by 2025 raises hope in some, fear in others, as the balance between employee and employer ...

Op-ed: What do we expect from elected officials?

What do city councilmembers, mayors, state representatives, governors, members of Congress, and the president all have in common? They are all elected, in one manner or another, to represent the people who live in the areas they serve. That means all of the people — even those who voted ...

Op-ed: Addressing the political divide

It is no secret that our country is suffering from a serious ailment of political division. A few facts provide vivid testimony to this diagnosis. There is a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans—from 1994 to 2014 Democrats have become more consistently liberal and Republicans more ...

Look Back: From library to retail center

Editor’s note: This item is comprised of historical excerpts gathered by Bob Enoch, president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. *** Events involving the Carnegie Library continue: The high bidder at the auction held on the steps of the Carnegie Library building in July ...

Cheese, wine the secret to a long, proactive life

Honestly, I did not make that statement up myself but rather heard it on the national news one day last week. I have always heard that a little red wine daily is good for your heart but I have never heard that about cheese? I have always heard that cheese is bad for a person’s cholesterol. ...

Fiction, biographies and true crime for history fans

Historical fiction can introduce readers to new time periods, while true crime and biographies can introduce history making people. The Great Depression and the Dustbowl is the backdrop of a story of one woman’s search to find love and worth in “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. Elsa ...

The cold, hard facts we can see in Texas

This week I was talking to a friend in Houston, Texas. We are helping his company with a project in “The Crescent.” He was telling me how cold it is and how bad the roads are. Suddenly while on the call he lost power. He is worried about water pipes freezing. My wife has relatives in Dallas ...

MOV Parent: Dice, dice, baby!

With winter settling and the pandemic limiting activities, something families can do together is play some board games. And what is more fun than rolling dice? Several dice games are easily portable so they don’t take up a lot of space and can be taken along to family vacations when they ...

MOV Parent: How you show love to your children

I want to start out this article by wishing all the children and parents young and old a Happy Valentine’s Day. Children love and look forward to all special holidays and especially Valentine’s Day because they enjoy giving and receiving Valentine cards and candy. In the past, the ...

MOV Parent: Get outside and take your kids with you

Did you know that West Virginia ranks as the third most forested state? Percentage-wise, only Maine and New Hampshire rank higher. West Virginia is 78 percent forest. I bring this up because I want to encourage readers to get out there and appreciate this natural resource. Research on mental ...

Life Through the Lens: Carrying the weight of the world

“This is my treasure — please use it wisely!” — Earl Woods on Tiger *** Fun fact: the world weighs 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds. No one was born to carry that weight. It will flatten the greatest, the strongest, and the most epically-gifted that mankind can offer. It will ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week one at the West Virginia Legislature

As I said last week, all eyes are on Gov. Jim Justice’s plans to phase out the personal income tax. I knew he would mention it in his State of the State address last week, though I was surprised by the amount of detail he went into. But even with the details he did go into, there are still ...

Mandt’s misguided excuses

You have to wonder to whom state Del. John Mandt Jr., R-Cabell, thinks he is appealing when he goes on rants like the one he did last year, and another earlier this month. Clearly he isn’t afraid of negative consequences for such misguided ramblings. In squawking about a piece of legislation ...

Look Back: Library for sale

Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. If you have comments or questions about Look Back items, please contact him at: roberteenoch@gmail.com, or by mail at WCHPS, PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102. Carnegie Library “The old Carnegie Library building ...

Op-ed: Biden efforts can make health care affordable

With up to 300,000 people falling sick every day and up to 4,000 people dying daily from COVID-19 (New York Times) the U.S. is at war with the virus. One hundred fifteen thousand West Virginians have already gotten COVID-19 and almost 2,000 have died. Millions of Americans struggle to make ends ...

Op-ed: White Christian nationalism must go

Andrew Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, and Samuel Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University ...

Love is a sweet gift worth savoring

Sunday is “VALENTINES DAYS” so I want to wish you all a very healthy and happy Valentines Day!!! Valentines Day and the whole month of February is dedicated to love, cupids, flowers, chocolate and relationships, where as the month of January is just the opposite being a month of New ...

‘Bread’ serves up knead-to-know basics

If the key to your loved one’s heart is carbs, then I have a book for you! Nothing tastes better than warm bread from the oven, and it smells delicious as its cooking too. If you are like me and afraid to make bread due to many failed attempts in the past, the book “Bread: A Beginners ...