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Local columns

Consider Katherine Johnson

A reader called me last week with an idea, after seeing more of the back-and-forth about Andrew Jackson’s possible removal from the $20 and whether he might be replaced with Harriet Tubman. Just last week, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to replace Jackson with ...

Point Park Concert series in review

With school back in session and football season in full swing, Downtown PKB finished its 2017 Point Park Concert Series on Sept. 1 with the music of The Purple Xperience – The Prince Tribute Band. The Purple Xperience embodied the spirit and sounds of Prince, with front-man Marshall Charloff ...

Workforce for construction

Usually prospects we talk to quickly understand the advantages we have in the MOV of location and water. Most are surprised to learn about our cheap abundant energy. They know that the USA is a world leader in natural gas production but are surprised to find out that the Shale Crescent is ...

There’s a bird in the house

“Scott! There’s a bird in the house!” I was still in bed, and Linda’s voice sounded urgent, but not panicked. “What kind of bird, and where is it?” I asked. “It’s a titmouse in the spare bedroom. Close the door, and I’ll open the window and chase it out,” Linda said ...

Mystery books for readers

New York Times bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman takes on Robert Parker’s Jess Stone series in “The Hangman’s Sonnet.” Stone is trying to make it through the wedding of colleague Suitcase Simpson. He’s still reeling from the death of his fiancee at the hands of an assassin and ...

Fort Frye Invitational slated

The sounds of marching bands will once again fill the air as the Fort Frye Marching Cadets host the MSBA “Fort Frye Invitational” Saturday, September 23, from 2-7:30 p.m. at Cadet Stadium in Beverly. Bands will compete for critiques, scores, and awards. Qualifying bands will compete at ...

Grape and squirrel recipes for country memories

Aren’t you thankful that you live in the Mid-Ohio Valley? The weather may be unkind to us occasionally, but it doesn’t torture us like the South has experienced the past many days. As of this writing, we still don’t know if we will be “honored” with the wild weather that so much of ...

Simple, elegant meringues for dessert

Today I will share with you some secrets to turn out an outstanding meringue. Combining egg whites and sugar and stiffly beaten will turn out a sweet tender flavored shells. However, it seems that for many cooks turning out meringues is avery difficult process to get them correct. I will make ...

Another trip to Amish Country with cookbook

Once again, I am continuing on with my column from the last two weeks, by taking a look at another cookbook I got at The Gospel Book Store of Berlin Cookbook Contest in Berlin, Ohio. Just to recap, the bookstore hosted members of the community who had published cookbooks, all of whom brought ...

Julia-Ann to dedicate fence

The money has been raised. The fence has been built. Now it is time to celebrate. A final dedication and commemoration of the Riverview Cemetery Fence Project in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District will be 2 p.m. Oct. 15. After the ribbon cutting, re-enactors will portray some of ...

Look Back: Paving the way in Parkersburg

A Chain Gang We desire to call the attention of our Town Council to the importance of establishing a Chain Gang, for the benefit of the miserable loafers who are daily prowling around our streets. In other places the Chain Gang has operated admirably, and saved great expense in repairing ...

Life Through the Lens: Every sheep needs a shepherd

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate!” *** I’ve always been an impressionable guy. I remember being scolded for spitting – spitting constantly…even when there was no liquid left in my body and all that came out was the sound. When asked why, I quickly traced the ...

Replacement heroes: Legacies carried on by sidekicks, substitutes

When the Flash races back to the CW next month, the title character will presumably still be MIA after last season’s finale. The trailer released over the summer at San Diego Comic Con still shows sidekick Kid Flash (aka Wally West) in his yellow costume rather than stepping into Barry ...

Storage hub could come down to politics

There was good news for Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents last week, when West Virginia University researchers released a study regarding sites for an ethane storage hub. There’s been a lot of hype regarding ethane storage hubs during the past several weeks. Having one in your area ...

Celebrating West Virginia University’s birth

When students arrived at the Agricultural College of West Virginia 150 years ago, they could never have imagined what would become of their brand new school, in a new state, in a newly reunited nation. Certainly when I arrived at West Virginia University (the school was renamed in 1868) more ...

Op-ed: Making the case for Pleasants Power

There’s been a lot of discussion throughout the state concerning First Energy’s proposed sale of its Pleasants Power Station to its Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison Power subsidiaries. Hearings held around the state by the West Virginia Public Service Commission are generating lots of ...

Op-ed: Rapper raises awareness on a very sensitive subject

Robert Bryson Hall ll, better known by his rapper name Logic, performed his song “1-800-273-8255” titled after the suicide prevention hotline, alongside suicide survivors wearing shirts that disclose the phone number and say “you are not alone” and featured artists Alessia Cara and ...

Water is essential for life, industry

Water, we can’t live without it. We turn the tap and clean water comes out. We usually don’t give it a thought. How many times have we driven across a bridge between Parkersburg and Marietta and thought about what a blessing the Ohio River is and how few people around the world have access ...

Supporting spirit of entrepreneurship

Last year, I had the great opportunity to be on a team from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) that developed a business pitch contest called “Launchpad” (our version of “Shark Tank.”) Eleven applications were received; six presented their business ideas; and ONE received ...

Op-ed: For 150 years, WVU has guided the state toward a brighter future

On Feb. 7, 1867, West Virginia University opened its doors, and a handful of West Virginians entered their state's new land-grant University. This fall, we welcomed more than 6,000 freshmen alone to our three campuses in Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser. The number of students we serve is only ...