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Reporter’s Notebook: You can’t please everyone

CHARLESTON — Until recently, there hasn’t been any polling released in the race for Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango. So far, all we have is an internal poll paid for by the Justice campaign and conducted by Mark Blankenship, a long-time ...

In some cases, showing up IS a win

I’ve never been entirely sold on criticism of the “participation trophy” concept. Young people do need to know the difference between winning and merely participating in a contest, whether that’s on the playing field, in the classroom or on the job site. Still, there’s something to be ...

Time to abandon excuses

The other day I walked into the doctor’s office for a routine checkup feeling tall, in relatively good shape and fairly spry. I walked out an inch-and-a-half shorter than I thought I was, three pounds heavier than I thought I was (which, given the sudden reduction in height was more like 10 ...

Look Back: Farm life fuels society

Agricultural Society We have been turning in our mind for some time a process by which we could see the formation of an Agricultural Society. It presented itself on Friday in the assemblage here of gentlemen, from all parts of the county, when a few of them raised the interest and began in ...

Dems sow fear, propaganda in election year

]As farcical as it seems, in our grand Republic, there are American citizens, politicians, institutions, and media calling for the deconstruction of our country. This is not Iran chanting death to America. Likewise, it’s not an outlaw country trying to erase our history, protesting our ...

Paleo Made Easy: New cookbook makes diet plan as simple as one sheet

With so many diets out there, you may not know where to look for new ideas of recipes for each one. Luckily there have been several new cookbooks released that are ready to help. For those following the Paleo diet, “The Paleo Sheet Pan Cookbook” by Jennifer Bumb, the creator of the ...

Talents and hobbies are for sharing

Everyone has different hobbies, likes and talents and ways of passing their time. I am sure things I like and enjoy are different from things you like and enjoy, which is a natural thing. I have a large variety of hobbies and things I like to do. The hobbies are painting, drawing, photography, ...

Finding opportunity, success in chaos

We all make people happy. Some people do it by entering a room. Others do it by leaving a room. You probably know both kinds of people. Which kind are you? The difference is attitude. We all have friends we like to be around. They make us feel good when we are with them. Maybe they make us ...

Suspense novels to keep you guessing

After a tragedy, a family is torn apart. And then a woman goes missing in “Don’t Look for Me” by Wendy Walker. Molly’s youngest was killed in a car accident, and Molly was the driver. Now she and her husband are distant, and her two remaining children are angry and sullen. One evening, ...

Chamber launches Member Calendar

We have exciting news for you! The MOV Chamber is officially launching a Member Calendar on our chamber website. What is a Member Calendar you ask? It is a centralized location for our MOV Chamber Members to post their organization’s upcoming events and promotions. This calendar is ...

Backyard Gardener: Bringing plants indoors

By J.J. BARRETT WVU Extension Service Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. Fall is definitely here as cooler temperatures have set in. What a difference a year makes. Fall of 2019 was hot and dry as we experienced very little rain and unseasonably high temperatures. As you finish ...

Punish fraternity scofflaws

Not many people worry about the expanding power of government as much as I do. As I’ve written, we Americans need to talk about that, especially in regard to public health measures, once the COVID-19 epidemic has passed. In the meantime, why can’t we give the Monongalia County Health ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Let the games begin

Start the countdown, folks. We’re just 50 days away from the Nov. 3, general elections. Labor Day traditionally marks the official start of campaign season, so expect to see your TVs and radio bombarded with ads, your mailboxes full of mailers, and your streets lined with signs. According to ...

Thoughts on the drive home

A collection of the kinds of thoughts I’ve had while driving home from work over the past week or so. You know the kinds of drives I mean: the ones where you arrive home and have no memory of the drive, but have nearly worked out the solutions to several big problems. Actually, other people ...

Op-ed: Tackling district’s challenges is a job of ‘we,’ not ‘me’

I just got my “2020” today, a friend told me. Have you had yours yet? A “2020” is something bad that happens — you wreck your car, get cataracts, miscarry, or your child breaks their arm. It’s become slang for something that goes very wrong. But “2020 vision” also describes ...

Look Back: Baseball steals the scene

For climbing baseball fence At 3 p.m. today before Squire Thomas will be heard the cases of three or four men, who thought it cheaper to climb the fence at the baseball park than to pay their way yesterday. The management of the local team has had a great amount of trouble since the season ...

The enjoyment of home cooking

There are many various types of cooks — one that just love to cook and learn from an early age from their mother or grandmother at home. You know your little one is interested and wants to help and lean when they get a stool or chair to be able to reach the preparation table and ...

Meal plans for a healthier lifestyle

COVID-19 weight gain got you down? Do you want to lose those 15 pounds you gained since March? Now is the time to get back to eating better or sticking to that diet plan. And “200 Under 20g Net Carbs” by nutritionist Lindsay Boyers is ready to help with 200 recipes that follow the Keto ...

Find happiness in the chaos

Because of COVID-19, I gave a lot of thought to coaching high school soccer again. There are potential risks and exposure to the virus. Every day is full of risks. Just getting out of bed and going downstairs is a risk. Driving a car is a risk. We always need to take precautions like wearing a ...

Planning family fun events

At Downtown PKB, a big part of what we do is hold events. With the cancellation of all our events thus far in 2020, we have been missing the community and are anxious to bring some normalcy to downtown. The guidelines for holding a safe event are extensive, however, after doing research and ...