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Local columns

There’s still a long way to go

As our newsrooms begin work on a special publication next month that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, I have had the opportunity to look at a lot of the research being done — and that includes clippings from old newspapers. I read one last ...

Op-ed: What happened to our once magical town?

Over a decade ago, I returned to my hometown of Parkersburg to attend my Class of ’63 high school reunion. It was a heartwarming experience. I was meeting people who were now retired or getting ready to retire. So it was a time to catch up about our personal life experiences now that so much ...

Op-ed: Let’s drive West Virginia’s future

The oil and natural gas industry is an economic cornerstone in West Virginia. We’re already driving the state’s economy, and we haven’t even approached the industry’s potential. In the U.S., West Virginia ranks as the seventh largest natural gas producer. We rank fourth in proven gas ...

How much food do you waste?

We live in a country of plenty — plenty of foods, drinks, clothes, conveniences and in general plenty of everything. The question is, do we appreciate everything we have or do we just take it for granted ? I was born after World War II but my parents along with many relatives and friends ...

Become the ultimate veggie with Jamie Oliver

I had a friend who was obsessed with Jamie Oliver and I think had most of his cookbooks. She would have been thrilled to know that now Oliver is tackling vegetarian meals with his new book. “Ultimate Veg.” This book is all recipes and lovely photos. It has 11 chapters: Curries & Stews; ...

Tell them thank you

My wife, Lynnda, enjoys watching The Hallmark Channel on weekends. The movies she watches are mostly lighthearted love stories. I typically watch some of the movies with her while I’m writing or just relaxing. One consistent theme in most of these movies is, “You need to tell him (or her) ...

Partners in Education lunch slated

Sitting in a CEO Panel earlier this week at Marshall University, the CEO of Intuit Brad Smith talked about the importance of education. As a son of Marshall and West Virginia native, Smith is proud of our state and the education he received here. It led him to run a company that includes ...

YA books for adults, too

Two very different books will get readers thinking, both young adult and adults. First, an alien invasion may have brought the end of the world, but can music and books help save it? Two very different characters are brought together in “The Sound of Stars” by Alechia Dow. The Ilori came ...

Beverly Public Library wraps up February

The Beverly Public Library has a full slate of activities for readers of all ages to wrap up February. AARP offers free tax help at the library on Monday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through April 13 and Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. through April 8. Sign-up is important, so contact the library at ...

Parkersburg AMBUCS celebrates 50 years

AMBUCS has been helping children and adults in Wood County for 50 years. The Parkersburg chapter’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated on March 5 at 6 p.m. at Jimmie Colombo’s Italian Restaurant. The local chapter was chartered on March 13, 1970. Bud Taylor, 90, of Parkersburg, was the ...

Look Back: A trip into the country

Ridin’ the rails Another item from Margaret Cokeley’s column in The Parkersburg News, Pages From the Past, regarding local train service is written by Jim Vaughan. For full disclosure, it should be noted that Mr. Vaughan was the founder of the Wood County Historical and Preservation ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week six at the Legislature

Starting today there are three weeks left in the 2020 legislative session. After last week, this session can’t end soon enough for me. Last Tuesday was the last day for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates. Today is the last day for new bills to be introduced in the Senate. ...

Sanctuary movement cuts both ways

It’s interesting that a significant number of people think “sanctuary cities” to protect illegal immigrants from enforcement of U.S. law are wonderful things — but sanctuary counties aimed at safeguarding a right of Americans enshrined in the Constitution are outrageous. A long list of ...

Preserving the great outdoors

Last weekend, dozens of West Virginia conservation groups and agency officials gathered to talk about the future of hunting, fishing and wildlife — not just here in the Mountain State, but across the country. Though it seems like the numbers should be much higher, officials from the Division ...

Op-ed: West Virginia students deserve better education, career information

As West Virginia’s education policies evolve, so too is our growing recognition that a one-size-fits-all approach to planning for life after high school simple does not work for today’s youth. Students have more options than ever before, but we need to provide them with better information ...

Life is beautiful

Valentines Day is over and now we must gear up for the up coming St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day not to mention in-between all the birthdays and anniversaries etc. This will keep us on our toes buying and shopping for the various occasions and it ...

Don’t take anything for granted

This week we sent each of our grandchildren a Valentine with an individual personal encouraging message and a gift card. They all emailed their “Thanks”. The focus of the teenage grandchildren was on the card and message not the gift card although they did mention it. To them it was the ...

NextGen board member speaks

Hello! My name is Madeline Kuhl, and I will be representing Marietta College’s NextGen LEAD program as a board member of Downtown PKB. I am currently considering a double major in Psychology and Communication, and am pursuing a Certificate in Leadership Studies. I have the wonderful ...

The face of hunger

What does hunger really look like? If you were to google search the term hunger, you would likely see hundreds of images of people, young and old, in faraway countries, with boney faces and eyes that seemed to implore for help. While the depth of heartbreak when looking at these images is ...

Getting to know the MOVRC: Senior Companion Program

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature, MOVRC promotes, advances and improves the community and economic well-being of the region. It has multiple programs focusing on community development, workforce, ...