Local columns

Fairgrounds prove big draw

The following excerpts, originally taken from articles in the Parkersburg News and Parkersburg Sentinel, were found in the book titled "Shattuck Park Fairground, 1906-1926," by Betty Mills and Joann Wilson:***Sept. 14, 1908: Some of the fastest horses in the country will be here in the races of ...

Joker, Harley Quinn take center stage in ‘Suicide Squad’

It was probably sometime before "Fresh Prince" the last time Will Smith was no higher than the third-leading attraction in a movie.Although Smith is playing Deadshot, most of the buzz for "Suicide Squad" - the movie opening tonight about villains co-opted to do the government's dirty work - has ...

Fairs, festivals worth the funding

It took some doing, but the cow finally "mooed" for me. It was the first time my granddaughter had ever heard the sound a cow really makes. It also was the first time she'd ever touched a sheep.All in all, the couple of hours she spent at the Ohio County Country Fair last year were quite an ...

Pain of destroying books

A librarian in Martinsburg, W.Va., is drawing criticism from angry residents who claim she is, among other things, responsible for ordering the burning of thousands of books.But before you picture an "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"-style book burning (sorry, "Fahrenheit 451" was used by ...

Main dishes and casseroles to enjoy

Here are a few main dishes and casseroles for dinner tonight.Taco BakeCrust:1 3/4-2 cups flour1 package active dry yeast1 tablespoon sugar2 teaspoons finely chopped onion3/4 teaspoon salt2/3 cup warm water2 tablespoons oil1/2 cup crushed corn chipsTopping:1 cup shredded cheddar cheese1 cup ...

Make something good to eat for family

This is the end of July already. School will be starting within the coming month. Labor Day will signal the end of summer and the start of the fall season. The local fairs will be winding down and craft shows for the coming holidays will be starting. Are you ready? I know that I'm not! Life, ...

Kids books for the end of summer

Before we know it, school will be back in session! (Depending on where you live, it may only be a few weeks a way.) So grab some books to read for fun before the long nights of homework begin!Why are dogs always tired when all they do is rest all day while we're gone? That question is answered ...

Nesting slowing down but it’s not over yet

Back in May my backyard pulsed with the songs of more than a dozen species of birds defending their newly established territories. Now mornings are quiet and still. Except for house wrens and American goldfinches.My house wrens are now working on their third nest. They start singing about 5:30 ...

‘Range 15’ receives local showing Aug. 16

Attention veterans, especially those serving in the Gulf War and beyond. Regal Grand Cinema in Vienna, through the efforts of Tugg, is hosting a viewing of the movie "Range 15" on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. "Range 15" is an all-veteran produced independent film made FOR veterans BY ...

Downtown PKB promotes new local calendar

As part of the What's Next Wood County? initiative, the Community Calendar Committee is excited to announce that there will now be one online calendar for the Mid-Ohio Valley to house all local events.A need for such a calendar was identified during the initial round of What's Next Wood County? ...

Garden planned at Good Shepherd

A garden will be planted this summer at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in partnership with community organizations.Good Shepherd received a $2,695.30 minigrant this week from Try This West Virginia for the Rx Community Gardens Project. The money will be used to build a community garden and ...

Fair grounds mean big crowds

Fair grounds will be on south side; will be ready for fair next yearParkersburg is assured of having fair grounds completed and in operation next season.This action was taken this morning at a meeting of the parties interested, and definite details were settled.A joint meeting of the ...

Do you have to go to college?

People who insist college is worth attending claim college graduates have higher employment rates, larger salaries and receive more work benefits than those who complete only high school.While in some cases this is true, in many situations it is not.Numerous college graduates are working in ...

‘Star Trek’ goes beyond in comics

"Star Trek" comics have been around almost as long as Trek television shows and movies, occasionally bringing the crew of the USS Enterprise into contact - and conflict - with other pop culture icons.Original adventures and adaptations of TV and cinematic stories have been produced since 1967 ...

The strength of education

Articles published last week in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and other media outlets have highlighted that West Virginia's colleges and universities are operating on lean bank accounts, and some observers have since suggested that we should re-examine our investment in higher education.As ...

Joy in Alzheimer’s struggle

My wife has the "Big A" - Alzheimer's - the scourge of the Baby Boomers (just because we are the current generation getting to that age - my grandmother had "hardening of the arteries" - pretty sure it was the "Big "A" - it has been around for a while). Joyce has "early onset dementia, ...

WVUP has plan, but still seeking resources

Dear Friends,Since the West Virginia CTCS Board denied our request for a 15 percent increase in tuition, several people have called me wanting to know how this would affect our college's financial condition. I can assure everyone that we had planned for this possible occurrence and that our ...

Did Comey learn from Hoover?

For decades, the late J. Edgar Hoover led a charmed life as director of the FBI. In some ways he was the most powerful man in Washington.Hoover wanted people to believe he had files on everyone, most of them containing secrets powerful people didn't want to be revealed.Because the politicians ...

Wake up call for W.Va.

Two full sessions and one special session have come and gone since the 2014 elections, and a lot has been accomplished in Charleston. Indeed, there is a lot left to do. And what we do next is of vital consequence.We all know West Virginia is in a very precarious economic condition, so we must ...

‘Sand Sharks,’ a streaming movie review

Someone complimented kids who played trees and rocks in a school play. Now we can watch those full-grown children follow misguided encouragement into "acting" careers. Rightly so, they seem terrified over both their careers' trajectory and sand sharks. That's right! Computer generated sharks ...