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Reporter’s Notebook: Party over politics

Happy day after West Virginia Day (though if you are a state employee, this makes a second day off and the end of your four-day weekend). There was a lot of political news over the last seven days, most notably the latest chapter in the case of annoyance among Democratic activists with Belinda ...

Sharing a father’s mission

It doesn’t make much sense to be thinking more about my dad in the days before this year’s Father’s Day than I ever did when he was alive, but I guess that’s how this sort of thing works. The man who would occasionally get a card — maybe even a new book — when I remembered before ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: The kids are alright

Teach your children well. This is sound advice to which we can all sing along thanks to 1970s folk rock, but speaking as both a parent and a former high school teacher, I have also seen time and again that for whatever and however we teach our children, they often teach us more and better if we ...

What’s Next: Rebirth of the Ritchie County Recycling Center

An elderly man in Ritchie County cried when he heard the news at church about Ritchie County Recycling Center (‘the center’) burning down. Shocked Ritchie County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) board members and employees had learned the news at 5 a.m., Dec. 27, 2020, while the fire was raging. ...

Look Back: Crops and competition

Mammoth beet Mr. Isaac Heaton, of this place, during the past season raised a Beet that measured twenty eight and a half inches, in circumference, and weighed thirteen and a half pounds. Beet that, who can! The Parkersburg Gazette Dec. 12, 1847 *** Beat it, if you can We have been ...

Parkersburg High School runs away with track championship

What an exciting and stressful weekend we had at the West Virginia AAA State track meet at Laidley Field in Charleston. As we all know whenever our children are involved in activities either academically or sports, the family gets excited and involved. Sports and competitions have been part ...