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Local columns

Early migrants are back in the area

Longer days trigger a northbound wanderlust in migratory birds. Back in January the first hints of migration appeared when a few turkey vultures sailed over the house. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already reached the Gulf Coast. Follow their return at hummingbirds.net. On February 28th an ...

Get ‘hopping’ with annual Beverly 5k run

The 16th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 31. Start and finish lines will be in front of Fort Frye High School and the runners head out at 8:30 a.m. and the walkers start at 8:35 a.m. Both races feature electronic timing. Registration forms can ...

Dr. Dave Avery needs kidney transplant

Dr. Dave Avery knows the importance of good health and organ donation. Before going on a medical disability last April, Avery had been a family medicine physician in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1982. Avery, 64, now needs a kidney transplant to improve his own health. He is doing kidney ...

Look Back: Masonry part of Wood County’s foundation

He was the first Mason A monument has recently been dedicated at Townsend, Mass., to Henry Price, the founder of Masonry in the United States. An inscription on the stone reads: Born in London about 1697; removed to Boston about 1723; appointed provincial grand master of New England in 1733, ...

Mine operators must pay their fines

American drivers understand that if they go over the speed limit and receive a ticket from a police officer, they must pay the fine that has been issued, or their driver’s license will be suspended. The laws for drivers, and the consequences of not paying fines, are clear to ...

Task force needed on PEIA

Many of the public school teachers who went on strike Feb. 22 are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust me on ...

We must move forward

Another list, another abysmal ranking. This time, West Virginia has landed in 47th place on the list of “Best States,” using data by McKinsey and Company that covered 75 different metrics, for U.S. News and World Report. Here’s a sampling of what was found: The Mountain State is 44th in ...

Ready to say goodbye to winter chill

As this is written, the flood waters are receding, and we hope they will get completely back into their banks and stay there. It has been a problem for so many folks and we can say a giant “Thank you!” to the volunteers who helped those folks who needed a helping hand in the clean-up. No ...

Mickey Welch helps our community

Philanthropist is a Greek word for “Philos” (meaning friend and Anthropos meaning person) and the definition is “a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by donations to good causes.” When we say philanthropist Mickey is the perfect example who loves to share her ...

Breaking out the slow cooker

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Get out your slow cooker instead and check out some recipes from Addie Gundry in “Essential Slow Cooker Recipes” (St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.99.) There’s plenty to choose from with lots of cooking ease — put it in a pot in the morning and have ...

Mystery comes home in books

Secrets in residential neighborhoods are explored in several new books! First is bestselling author Sally Hepworth’s “The Family Next Door” (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99.) Essie seems like she has a perfect life in the suburbs with a doting husband and her mother nearby for support. But ...

Wildlife news at a glance

The Wildlife Society (an international organization of professionals trained in wildlife science, management, and conservation) recently released some short summaries of wildlife research that provide food for thought. * When shale gas development began in 2008 in West Virginia, researchers ...

More digital downloads from the Washington County Public Library

These sites offer digital downloads of books and periodicals through the Washington County Public Library. Download audio books, ebooks, and magazines to your eReader, mp3 player, smartphone, tablet, or computer with OverDrive. Apps are available for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HD and Windows ...

Vienna attorney to host voter registration drive

Local attorney David A. Sims is offering incentives to convince people to register to vote. And he hopes these citizens who register will follow through and vote in the upcoming elections. Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes, the county’s chief elections officer, said he is glad that Sims is ...

Look Back: A walk in Wood County

Our champion walkers Thomas Cox, of this city, and C. Hendricks, of Lauckport, are at Wheeling, participating in the thirty-six hour go-as-you-please walking match. Cox is the champion of West Virginia and seems likely to win the Wheeling prize. Cox holds the American record for 36 hours, of ...

West Virginia sports betting bill contains few sure things

If West Virginia legislators behind the sports betting bill were trying to ensure we can compete against surrounding states, they went way, way overboard. Should sports betting become a reality here, that could cost West Virginians millions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Under the measure ...

Kids find joy in expression

Last week I got an opportunity to watch some young people from the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg attend the opening of an exhibition of their artwork, at Artsbridge. The excitement on their faces was priceless. But someday, so might be some of their work. In addition to the young man who ...

Securing our elections from Russian efforts

Imagine a geo-strategic judo match. All the power, strength, momentum, and confidence we have happens to be confronted by a failing, weak, corrupt regime. How does the weaker challenge the stronger? Use the mightier’s strengths against him. It’s classic judo. We are up against a corrupt ...

Week of grief and tragedy, but thankfulness

This past week has been a mixture of personal grief, unbelievable horror in the school shooting, concerns for those affected by the nasty floods and great thankfulness for the good news for us here on the hilltop. This column is in honor of my cousin, Dwight, and in thankfulness for the ...

Olympic games in PyeongChang

The Olympic games bring memories to me and I am proud to say that the games started in Olympia Greece in 1896 which is located in the western side of Peloponnese. Thousands of people visit the site yearly and still the Olympic flame is taken from this ancient site still today every four ...