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Jorgeson tribute set for Smoot Theatre

Kent Jorgeson’s life will be celebrated with music on June 13 at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg. As an acclaimed musician and music educator, Jorgeson inspired generations of music students and entertained countless music fans throughout West Virginia and Ohio. Jorgeson of Parkersburg ...

Look Back: Traveling through the past

Second Ulysses An old man of very acute physiognomy, answering to the name of Jacob Wilmot, was brought before the police court of Philadelphia. His clothes looked as if they might have been bought second handed in his youthful prime, for they have suffered more from the rubs of the world ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week two at the Legislature

While the second week of the 2020 legislative session was going on upstairs on the second floor of the State Capitol Building in Charleston, on the first floor candidates were lining up to get on the May 12 primary ballot and the Nov. 3 general election ballot. According to the West Virginia ...

Remove unreasonable DMV policy

“How can they do that?” my friend used to ask me. “How can they set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner? Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’” It was all perfectly legal, I had to tell him. That didn’t make it right, I would add — but he knew that. My ...

West Virginia bill targets LGBTQ students

Buried deep in committee at the moment is West Virginia House Bill 4153 — “Displays and, teaching related to sexuality forbidden.” Yeah, you read that right. Sounds like it was written in the Dark Ages, doesn’t it? (And, the comma placement is not mine.) So far the language associated ...

Op-ed: Preserving absolute standards, moral truth

I am responding to the Jan. 7 front-page article, “Religious Support for Fairness Act protections growing.” Andrew Schneider and Fairness WV would deceptively have citizens of our great state believe that there is growing support for the Fairness Act among people of faith. Nothing could be ...

Op-ed: As a new decade begins, let West Virginia continue to roar

As a beautiful snow blankets much of West Virginia, I am reviewing the many blessings of life in the mountain state. The beauty of the snow is a reminder that we live in a wondrous place. We are surrounded by the embrace of nature. Our communities are made up of good, caring people. I have the ...

Op-ed: Getting to know the MOVRC

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of WV Legislature the MOVRC works to promote, advance and improve the community and economic well-being of the region. They have multiple program focusing on community development, workforce, ...

How are the diets holding up?

Yesterday, a lady was telling me that she was already ready for some good ol’ fat foods with it only being a couple weeks into the New Year, and asking me for some fattening recipes. If you notice all the ads and articles are still pushing diets, low-fat foods and plenty of exercise. ...

Korean, Thai cookbooks offer international flavor

If you like to try cooking dishes that are outside of our everyday area, why not try these two new books? First for those who enjoy thai food or vegans who want a new take on their dishes, try “Vegan Thai Kitchen” by Sarah Jansala and Renoo Jansala. Sarah Jansala is the co-owner and ...

Beware the dream stealers in life

My wife had a dream to be a nurse since she was a little girl. She worked as a candy striper in the local hospital when she was 14 and trained to be a certified nursing assistant in high school. Her plan was to go to nursing school after high school until her advisor told her she was “too ...

It’s time to start planning for events

Our last event of 2019 was just held a little over a month ago, but it’s now January 2020 and a new year means it’s time to start planning for this upcoming year’s events. A lot of time and energy goes into each of these events. With so many moving parts, a significant amount of time must ...

Women’s fiction runs the gamut

There’s a lot to offer in women’s fiction right now! First from Kathleen Fuller is “The Innkeeper’s Bride,” as part of her Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. Levi has moved into town with his father, sister and grandmother seeking a fresh start in the small community and running a ...

Birding can take flight via computers

People keep asking if we’re going to skip winter this year. I don’t know. There have been a few snowstorms here and there; rain and high winds have replaced snow and frigid temperatures in many places. Here in western North Carolina at an elevation of 2,000 feet, I’ve only recorded one ...

Get ready, get set, hop

It may still be ‘winter’, but it’s time to start getting in shape for the Bunny Hop. Registration forms are now available for the 18th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. for runners and 8:35 a.m. for walkers. ...

Football banquet draws praise

“I was very impressed. The kids and director did an outstanding job,” Buddy James, former Parkersburg High School football coach, said. “I think it was a superior job done by the students and Jeff (Totten) on an outstanding event,” Dwain Hartley, facilities director at the Parkersburg ...

Look Back: Instrumental in starting school, ‘shaver’ earned high praise

A shaver A most unaccountable prejudice exists in the community against shavers (barbers), in general. One would suppose no class more liable to be made the sport of “fierce Democracy” than these necessary and innocent members of society. This, in our enlightened opinion, is directly the ...

Back Issues: Aliens, Predator and more menace comics

Movies continue to draw concepts from comic books, but it’s not uncommon for the process to flow in the other direction as well. A host of popular big-screen properties have jumped to comics over the years, some for brief entries and others establishing their own impressive runs. After ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week one at the Legislature

Last week was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. Really, it was just three days, but I'm counting Monday and Tuesday since January legislative interim meetings started then. While it remains to be seen how the next 55 days of the 60-day session will go, this week was a bit ...

Teach WHY historical events took place

Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...