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Water bill is proof Congress can do bipartisan infrastructure

Infrastructure is on everyone’s mind these days. How do we define infrastructure? How much should we spend? How do we pay for it? These are some of the many questions that are on people’s minds, but the biggest question is, can Republicans and Democrats actually work together and ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Mr. Adams goes to Washington

Last week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital shadowing Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and it was an eye-opening and enlightening experience. I was asked by my friend Ric DeRubeis, afternoon host of Real Big Talk with Big Ric WKKX-WVLY, why I made ...

Getting the second shot

By the time my appointment for the second COVID-19 vaccine shot rolled around, I’ll admit I was a little nervous. There had been enough time to hear the stories of those who experienced unpleasant side effects for a day or two after the injection. It has become a bit of a scheduling fixture ...

Look Back: Remembering, recovering our rural cemeteries

May is Remember a Rural Cemetery Month. In 2013, in an effort to help the Wood County Rural Cemetery Alliance and the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society preserve and restore rural cemeteries, the Wood County Commission resolved that the month of May would be “Rural Cemetery ...

Cooking Tournament of Champions

A couple weeks ago I decided one day not to do anything and take a little break, relax and on my relaxation time to either cook, bake, read recipes or watch the cooking channel on television. When I learned that the “Tournament of Champions” featuring some of the best chefs in the country ...

Vegetarian at its best

New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson has recently released a new cookbook that celebrates whole-food vegetarian recipes with “Super Natural Simple.” Swanson, the author of “Super Natural Cooking,” “Super Natural Every Day” and “Near & Far,” is also a two-time ...

Thrillers to chill this May

A historical novel looks into domestic violence, rights of women, and the witch hunts in “Hour of the Witch” by Chris Bohjalian. Mary is a young wife in Boston in the mid 1600s. Married off to a widowed man double her age, all she was hoping for was a child of her own one day. Instead, ...

Beating our fears

Lynnda and I took our first airplane trip in over a year this week. We took some long trips to places like the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving with family and Kiawah Island, S.C., for a half marathon with our daughter. We even went to Disney in Florida with our youngest and his family. All of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Mountaineer spirit

With the end of the 2021 legislative session, I’ve seen the usual outcries from people, particularly my age or younger, wishing to leave West Virginia over this bill or that bill. Inevitably, there are a handful of bills that raise the ire of young people that make it across the finish line ...

Exploring Ohio’s history

For the past few weeks, I have spent my free days working with a team trying to solve a riddle that has sent people on a scavenger hunt-style mission all over Ohio. (No, I can’t share the riddle or any other details, but those are beside the point, anyway. It’s kept many of us on the road ...

Op-ed: Industry speaks with one voice

Our two companies differ — in size, in approach to drilling for natural gas, in well size and in geographic reach. But when it comes to the future of our industry, we speak with one voice. And that’s why we’re thrilled to be a part of the Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia ...

Look Back: Life on the river

A Little Kanawha Idyll. Lazily swinging in the limpid waters of the Little Kanawha river, under the overhanging boughs of the willow trees that shade the shores of that historic stream, near Mattingly’s ferry, may be seen a house-boat, moss-covered and old, the presiding genius of which is ...

Finally time for sports

Looking back at last year I can’t imagine how all our athletes felt and thought due to the virus that took a year away from them taking part and competing. Last Saturday was the first high school track meet at PHS and all our family attended the event to watch our grandson Franklin and ...

‘Ultimate Dutch Oven Cookbook’ brings flavor, ease to the forefront

What’s your favorite kitchen utensil? Which one do you feel like you use the most? Emily and Matt Clifton, authors of “The Ultimate Dutch Oven Cookbook” are wanting to change your mind when it comes to that particular tool. In the cookbook, the Cliftons give 60 tried-and-true recipes ...

Thrilling stories for young adults

A murder on a school campus calls Luke Chase in this young adult mystery “The Murder Game” by Carrie Doyle. Luke only wants to spend a little time with the hot new British girl at boarding school, but his would-be romance with Pippa is sidelined by the discovery of a body on the grounds. ...

We’ve come a long way

Hope you had a Happy Earth Day. The world has changed a lot since I grew up in Pittsburgh. We had a large family and couldn’t afford passes to the local swimming pool. When it was hot we swam in a nearby creek. The water was cool and there were deep spots where the swimming was great. The ...

Main Street Now Conference marketing tips

Downtown PKB, an Affiliate Main Street America program, recently had the opportunity to participate in this year’s virtual Main Street Now Conference. In 2019, I had the opportunity to attend the conference in Seattle and brought back great information to share. Then in 2020, our conference ...

Life Through the Lens: The best things in life are free

“Never pay for anything you can find for free.” *** Waterfalls. Ever seen one? I see you nodding your head. That’s good. Let me ask a follow-up question: Yeah, but have you ever really SEEN one? Although TLC warned me back in 1995 to avoid the characteristic behavior of an endless ...