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Op-ed: It’s time for West Virginia lawmakers to take action

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extreme shock to our state, and we’re still wrapping our heads around how best to move forward through it. This pandemic has affected every part of our society and government, and we’ve all been forced to adapt. While Gov. Jim Justice has been exercising ...

Op-ed: Better alternatives to extraction industry dependence

In the July 5 edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, a piece appeared on the front page of the business section touting the recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy entitled “The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance: An Examination of Economic Progress and ...

Look Back: Shaw first true Wood County historian

Stephen C. Shaw, the first true Parkersburg and Wood County historian. In a 1931 Parkersburg newspaper item, historian Minnie Kendall Lowther, using quotes from Shaw himself, shared the story of this most interesting man. Excerpts follow: “Through the phonograph of years, let us listen ...

‘Why should I complete the Census?’

When I speak to various groups around the community, inevitably one of the questions I get is: “Jill, how can we get Target to come to the Mid-Ohio Valley?” Target’s decision to expand its store footprint is weighted heavily on demographics such as census numbers, income, home ...

The importance of personal independence

This week we took a West Virginia vacation with our youngest son and his family of five from Maryland. Our original plan was to go to Disney World. We felt West Virginia was a better and safer choice. It is good to be able to get out and travel again. We have our masks and have been able to ...

Controlling diabetes

When I was young, I used to hear the word diabetes and not pay any attention. I think it is normal when we are young to think we are indestructible and nothing will bother us. Medical problems were for old people and we will remain young and healthy forever. Then the day comes when we look in ...