Local columns

Preparing for hard times

By the time this column appears, we will know where on the scale this weekend’s snowfall fell in the predictions of “3 to 12 inches of snow” from one warning. Plenty of folks were quick to laugh and proclaim they, too, had the skills necessary to become a meteorologist if all it took was ...

How does winter affect your lifestyle?

Last week we got our really first taste this year of winter. We were warned by the news media that we were to get a really bad snowstorm like many other states, but the snow started last Saturday as predicted and did not stop until the snow covered the entire Mid Ohio Valley with the most ...

German comfort food comes home

From cookbook author Gerhild Fulson, a German native who moved to Canada as a toddler, traditional German dishes prepared by her Mutti and Papa are home favorites. She has taken Oma (grandmother) favorites and translated them for modern cooks in her cookbooks and continues to do so in “German ...

2018 great for business — 2019 can be better

Last year at this time Shale Crescent USA had one lead and one foreign prospect looking to expand somewhere in the USA. We had discussed expansion with some local companies but we didn’t have much hard data to give them. My written goal for Shale Crescent USA for 2018 was to have three major ...

Camden Clark Medical Center partners with Downtown PKB

WVU Medicine’s Camden Clark Medical Center joined our Partner Program in 2018. Downtown PKB’s Partner Program is “designed to move our organization forward into the future in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission,” says Wendy ...

Now is the time to invest in tourism

During last year’s legislative session my fellow tourism professionals and I were working diligently in support of the governor’s plan to increase funding for the West Virginia Tourism Office. We were making steady progress toward that goal and had attracted considerable bipartisan support ...

Who decides where the money goes?

Every year your United Way diligently works to raise a hearty campaign that will help to support nonprofit organizations and initiatives in the coming year. We spend an inordinate amount of time conducting community needs assessments and determining the most acute and critical needs across the ...

Thrillers will keep you awake

There are several new thrillers that will keep pages turning until late in the night. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag is “The Boy.” Detective Nick Fourcade and his wife, Detective Annie Broussard, have a bad case on their hands. Someone broke into Genevieve ...

Adapt or die in natural world

Life in the natural world can be harsh, especially when environmental conditions change. Species that specialize in certain foods or habitats or require particularly large expanses of land become rare or even die out. Passenger pigeons, Kirkland’s warblers, grizzly bears, and hellbenders ...

An update on the BrAva Mom Prom

By now, tickets for this year’s BrAva Mom Prom have most likely sold out. Do not despair! Be sure to get your name on the waitlist for the opportunity to purchase a ticket. How is that done? Simple! Visit the site at www.bravamomprom.com for details. Remember, though, you will have the ...

Nehlen, Pruett to speak at Westbrook dinner

Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett will help Westbrook Health Services celebrate its 70th anniversary at a fundraiser dinner from 6-9 p.m. Feb 7 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Nehlen, former West Virginia University football coach, and Pruett, former Marshall University football coach, ...

Look Back: Smallpox no small matter in the early 20th Century

Smallpox in the country A mild case of smallpox is reported from Williamstown. A son of Chas. Uhl, living about three miles below town, was taken sick and had symptoms of smallpox. Dr. Cotton was called and pronounced a light case of smallpox. It is claimed that the young man contracted the ...

Back Issue: Outsiders influence new ‘Young Justice’

“Young Justice” is back thanks to the new online subscription service DC Universe, and the third season is taking its cues from another team, the Outsiders. Even though the original series pulled some characters and concepts from the comic book “Young Justice,” one of my favorite ...

Religious Freedom Day proclamation

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.” —American Humanist Association *** “Atheism is one thing: A ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week One at the Capitol

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness outside ...

Ohio lawmakers sneak in last-minute gift for selves

Two days after Christmas, many of us probably were still examining some of the gifts we received. Perhaps we were exchanging some at stores. Members of the Ohio General Assembly were in Columbus on Dec. 27, giving themselves a late Christmas present. Late last year, Buckeye State lawmakers ...

Considering JIM’S dream

For a person who spends a large percentage of every day working with words, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement during last week’s State of the State address of “JIM’S Dream” contained a cringe-inducing moment that threatened to overshadow the message. I fully admit, this ...

Is food one of your enjoyments?

Is food one of your biggest enjoyments? For me personally, it is “YES!” Being honest with you, I really enjoy food in general and not only eating it, but as you know, I also love cooking and baking the foods. Growing up, I was a very picky eater, not liking veggies and very few fruits, but ...

Not a fan of frozen food

By now, probably everyone knows of my love of the Instant Pot. However, I know of one thing I HATE in the Instant Pot - frozen food. About the only frozen food I will eat regularly are things like cheesesticks or french fries, some pizzas and some vegetables. (Though I have been known to freeze ...

It just got personal!

Our grandson, Calen just finished United States Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He is now a US Marine. Even though he took the oath and was in Basic Training starting in mid- October he was just a recruit. You are not a Marine until you can complete Basic Training. ...