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Stuck in the concrete jungle

Last week I got a reminder of the challenges being faced in some parts of the country that simply will not happen in a place like West Virginia, as we continue to deal with COVID-19. A friend of mine lives in New York City, but is a Tennessee native. She’s not the type to get homesick often ...

Op-ed: Inside the Wood County Courthouse

If you are planning on doing some construction work on your property this spring and you live outside the corporate limits of the cities, remember you will need a building permit. Sarah Farnsworth, Wood County compliance officer suggests first checking your property deed for any restrictions, ...

Try out the vegan life with Buddha Bowls

Considering a lot of the grocery stores are missing meat on the shelves, now might be the time to try being vegan. And Cara Carin Cifelli’s book, “Vegan Buddha Bowls” is here to get you started. Carin Cifelli, the creator of Cara’s Kitchen, is also a holistic health coach and podcaster ...

Downtown PKB pulling together

As Jessica and I work ahead to plan our communications about upcoming fun events, downtown projects and other business developments to share with the community, today I’ve decided to hit pause and take a step back to process what is going on in the world, our country and our community. Over ...

Be careful what you wish for

This week, I had a phone conversation with a friend of mine, Harry, from northern New Jersey who works in New York City. Things are rough up there right now with the Corona virus. Harry said they have even gotten rougher. Starting March 1st New York state has banned single use plastic bags. The ...

John Adams trial on display

Live PD host and legal analyst Dan Abrams returns to the book world along with David Fisher with “John Adams Under Fire.” Abrams and Fisher look at Adams as he relates to the Boston Massacre that occurred on March 5, 1770. Many years before he was a Founding Father (and a character in a ...

Op-ed: A better at-home learning experience

As many local parents find themselves in the unusual position of having to guide their children through at-home lessons — perhaps for several more weeks — there are a few ways to tackle the problem more effectively. Here are some tips for those providing home instruction to Pre-K-12 ...

Look Back: On the historical record

At home once more Chief of Police Mehen arrived at home last evening from Nebraska, having with him the little daughter of Mrs. J.A. Ridgeway, a full account of the recovery of whom appeared in Saturday’s State Journal. Commodore Richards met him here and took the child home to its mother. ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Coronavirus in the Mountain State

CHARLESTON — In this time of increased anxiety, worry, and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the ...

Journalists have you covered

Anyone else in a bit of a “what the heck is happening?” fog? A person could go nuts trying to read every last bit of information and evolving guidance that has come our way in the past week. I read someone said “I constantly feel like I’m either over- or underreacting, or really both at ...

Concerns on coronavirus

It is almost unbelievable the situation that has arisen lately which has spread worldwide. A few weeks ago everything was going along nice and normal with people living a normal life with plans for vacations and events with no fear for the future, and all of a sudden everything took a big ...

Do something positive now

This week was a struggle. In life, I have experienced losses, failures and challenges. This feeling was different. It was more like depression. It is an unusual emotion for me. The last time I experienced it was in November after my injury. I was in the hospital stuck in bed because I ...

MOV Restaurant Facebook group opens

I was truly hoping today’s article would be a fun recap of our Partner in Education luncheon or of the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Business After Hours from Tuesday evening, but unfortunately those events were postponed. So, my article today will be a recap of a different nature — it will be ...

A story for dog lovers to read

A social media influencer finds a new leash on life with an abandoned puppy in “Who Rescued Who” by Victoria Schade. Elizabeth is trying to make her living in Silicon Valley when she loses her job. Her life in upheaval, she goes to Fargrove, England, to meet her estranged aunt and uncle as ...

Family Literacy Night is held

Beverly-Center Elementary celebrated Family Literacy Night March 11. All Beverly-Center students and their families were invited to “Discover a Whole New World Through Reading” as they visited each classroom for an open house showcasing grade-level literacy activities. The evening was ...

Dancing fundraiser moves to October

Dance teams in the popular Dancing with the Docs fundraiser in Marietta have a few more months to practice. In light of the nationwide coronavirus outbreak, the fifth annual Dancing with the Docs has been moved from April 18 to Oct. 17 at Peoples Bank Theatre. Eight two-person teams of dance ...

Look Back: Parkersburg navigates the shirtwaist controversy

Shirt Waist Club now organized Chicago, July 12 — The barring of citizens in shirt waist from a LaSalle street restaurant yesterday started the Central District Shirt Waist Club and the membership promises interesting times for any restaurant or theatre proprietor who dare say aught against ...

MOV Parent: Surviving family lockdown

When all of our kids were still home, we would enact “family lockdown” after church on Sunday. That meant everyone stayed together and there were no screens on or friends over. We treasured this time together. So now, my youngest daughter’s high school just cancelled all activity for ...

MOV Parent: Talk to your kids about coronavirus

Two weeks ago your children were in school and going about their daily routines, and the next thing they knew, was that there would be no school for three weeks or more. As a parent how do you explain that to a little one? Some were very excited because they would not have to get up early, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Virus response ramps up

I fully expected to write something about the various statewide races, or some of the after-effects of the 2020 legislative session. I didn’t expect I’d be writing about a virus pandemic. But the novel (new) coronavirus, or COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 2019) has swept the ...