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Jon Six wins West Virginia volunteer award

Jon Six, Vienna businessman and community advocate, has been selected to receive West Virginia’s “most prestigious volunteer award.” Six was notified this week he was one of eight recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given through Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s ...

Look Back: Made in Parkersburg

Mills and factories flourish The mills and factories of the city are all running full time and doing a booming business, with one exception. The saw mill of Noah Athey on the Stewart timber tract, at Lee’s Hill, is cutting up timber at a great rate and will have that tract cut out this ...

Backyard Gardener: Value of rained-on hay

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The summer continues to be hot and humid up as heat indexes rise into the danger zones this weekend. The warm temperatures and ample rain are producing great crops for beans, tomatoes and other vegetable. Although many farmers planted late this ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Manchin’s revenge on Justice?

I’ve written a lot about the drama of the state and county Republican Executive Committees, but I’ve been asked about the status of the state Democratic Party. In my life — despite what some other political writers seem to think — I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats. My ...

Free, but at what cost?

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George III ...

Reclaiming ‘lost’ habitats

Extraction industries in West Virginia have left their mark on the land and its inhabitants — there is no debating that. Surface mines left some of the most visible scars. That, combined with other industries and development, has led to major changes — sometimes almost to the point of ...

Cookbook, novel tie together

New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter releases the final book in her Prayer Jars series, “The Healing Jar,” as well as a new cookbook, “Amish Friends Gathering Cookbook.” In the final book, Lenore Lapp, an Amish schoolteacher, meets Jesse, a widower with a baby ...

Op-ed: Condemning conditions at border

On July 2, the Jackson County Democrat Women’s Club voted unanimously to condemn the Trump administration’s treatment of asylum seekers and migrants at our southern border. We are shocked and appalled at keeping single adults in standing-room-only conditions for a week with only bologna ...

Op-ed: History, shame and pride

In his op-ed piece “The Shame of LGBTQ Pride,” published June 23, WV State Senator Mike Azinger made assertions that warrant critical examination. He begins by quoting with approval the view that “tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society.” He then reasons that “tolerance” ...

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

Get outside and get grilling with two cookbooks

Now is the time to get outside and get your grill heated up and do some outdoor cooking! And there are several new cookbooks available to get you started. First is “Martha Stewart’s Grilling.” This book from the home maven includes more than 125 recipes for large and small gatherings ...

MOV Chamber: Last call for award nominations

Each year, the MOV Chamber gathers members for an evening reflecting on the past year. This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and recognizing ...

Business leadership is putting people first

This week I was working with a friend who is a successful business person. He is putting together a team for a large project. We have a lot of the same values and priorities. We both understand the importance of Team and putting people first. We were having a discussion about the project when ...

Never lose sight of the trees

Can’t see the forest for the trees. We all know the saying about not seeing the forest for the trees. While that certainly has merit for us to ponder at times, I believe the opposite is of equal concern. I think it’s ever too easy to begin to see the forest and forget that what makes it up, ...

This summer, grow gardens, not grass

This summer, if you’d like to save some money (and blood, sweat, and tears), convert a portion of your grassy backyard to native vegetation. Maintaining turf is expensive, unhealthy, and to many people, boring. With less grass to mow, you’ll save time and money. American homeowners spend ...

Beverly-Waterford Community Pool hosts movie night

The Beverly-Waterford Community Pool is hosting Movie Night this Friday, July 19, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Bring your float, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a movie at the pool. All paying customers will get one free bag of popcorn and the concession stand will also be open. ...

Let’s protect our town and keep it clean

Driving around different roads and sections of town, it was difficult to believe that there are so many neglected homes in our area. Of course you will find neglected homes in every town, but I am more concerned because I live here. It may be that the owners of the neglected homes may not ...

Neighbors meet at Nicholsons’ home

John and Lynn Nicholson hosted a “meet and greet” at their home, 1214 Ann St., last Sunday for residents of Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. The reception, attended by 40 people, gave newcomers and established district residents an opportunity to meet and talk with each ...

Music drew many to Parkersburg

The Beethoven Singing Society of Wheeling came down on the steamer Express on an excursion last Sunday reaching Parkersburg about eight o’clock in the morning. The principle part of the day was spent at the fairgrounds where our citizens and their visitors enjoyed themselves as only the ...

Life Through the Lens: Divide between employment and enjoyment

“A world without the Beatles would be an infinitely worse place.” *** On Jan. 27, 1756, the world shifted. In the small town of Salzburg, a baby was born to Leopold and Anna Maria. That in and of itself is not world-shifting… although try telling that to a mother who had birthed six ...