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‘Treat yourself girls’ day

Ladies, finally a day to treat yourselves! The Hair Mechanix salon in Beverly, Ohio, has planned a special day just for you.  Saturday, February 11 from 2-4 p.m., the salon will have special displays from local vendors and offer free massages.  Participating as vendors will be ...

Windows to winter bird behavior

A bird feeder is a window into the world of wild bird behavior. It can entertain and educate curious birdwatchers for hours. Begin with an informal experiment to talk to feeder birds. Next time you fill your feeders, make a “pishing” sound to let birds know feeders are being filled. Do ...

Downtown poised to welcome new business

In 2016, Downtown PKB welcomed eight new businesses to downtown Parkersburg. Now just one month into the new year, we are poised to welcome the first new business of 2017 – Aspire Salon. Salon owner Pam Creel has been a stylist for 25 years.  We took some time to sit down with Pam and talk ...

Owen pays last respects to Gene

Owen and Gene had a special bond. Owen, a mixed-breed airedale and wolfhound, would enter Gene McPherson’s room at Wyngate Senior Living Community in Parkersburg. Gene looked forward to Owen’s daily visits. Gene gave toys and treats to Owen. Gene, who had not owned a dog in ...

Look Back: City Park once held a zoo

New fence at the City Park The work of placing the iron fence on Park Avenue along the new addition to the City Park is now in progress and when completed, will improve the appearance very greatly. The fence which is being used at this place, was taken from the upper end of the Park along ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Moonlight’ reflects intensity, insight

“At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be.” *** Oscar-season is upon us. The lights. The glamour. The praise. The applause. The one night where I will tuck in my shirt. And, like most years, the underdog. This year’s independent-film-from-nowhere is ...

Back Issues: Living in a comic book world

Comic book-based TV shows are pretty common nowadays, but NBC’s “Powerless” is taking a different approach. The show is a sitcom, and the stars are not superheroes and their allies struggling to battle evil and juggle dual identities, but regular folks trying to get by in the world ...

Counting on Jim Justice

If ever a people needed financial reasons to be optimistic, it is now in West Virginia. We are among the most pessimistic people in the nation, and not without cause. Two statistics make our collective attitude clear: * On Nov. 8, just one other state gave President Donald Trump a ...

Substantial meaning behind tattoos

Fourteen percent of Americans of all ages have at least one tattoo, according to tattooconnection.net. Although an innumerable amount of people detest this body ink, to some, tattoos are a chance to liberate themselves from a feeling of hopelessness and a reminder of how life works — the ...

We can support each other

Since the Women’s March last weekend, there has been quite a bit of social media back-and-forth between those (mostly women) who were there or wish they had been, and those (a surprising number of women) who were offended by the protests. Some of those who were bothered by it have gotten ...

Comfort foods are back for the family

Our country has a new president, duly elected legally by the voters of this nation. We, as citizens, need to stand by him and give him our allegiance and honor. This is America and this is the way things are done here. The citizens have spoken and those who wanted someone else must accept ...

Keeping your pantry up to date

When I go to the grocery store without making a prior list of items I want to purchase, and with hunger pains, I always end up buying way too much and then end up throwing a lot away which is a waste of food and money. What I would like to do is to share with someone the various items I ...

Author diverges from series

Bestselling author of the “Divergent” series Veronica Roth switches from dystopian young adult novels to a science-fiction young adult novel of two warring races and the Romeo/Juliet romance that crops up  between two fated members in “Carve the Mark” (HarperCollins, $22.99.) Cyra ...

Chamber looks to help small business owners

Interested in starting your own business? Interested in safeguarding your existing business? I have to share an inspiring interaction I had this week at the MOV Chamber office.  Sitting at my desk on Tuesday finishing up a handout for that afternoon’s Board meeting, I hear our ...

The geography of hope in nature

As the longer days of spring and the warmer travel season approach, I’m reminded that I always hope for the best. Perhaps I’ll see something I’ve never seen before or do something I’ve never done before. My motto is, “Where there’s hope, there’s adventure.” Two years ago, ...

Are we ever truly in charge?

Flashes of sunlight broke through the clouds at forty thousand feet.  He engaged the after burners and the powerful jet engine responded.  Not too many men, past or present, commanded as much power as he simply by pushing a throttle. It was a test flight with no stringent maneuvers or ...

Spelling champ is crowned at Fort Frye

Catie Sleek, a seventh grader at Fort Frye High School, won Fort Frye’s district spelling bee held Thursday, January 19 at Fort Frye High School.  Competing against twelve other spellers representing Beverly-Center, Lowell, and Salem-Liberty Elementary Schools as well as Fort Frye junior ...

State trooper enjoys barbecuing

Chris Jackson has a passion for barbecuing. Jackson and his wife, Erica, obtained their business license in November 2016 to operate Convicted Pigs BBQ LLC, which consists of a competition barbecue team and catering business. Chris noted the business’ name has a “comical” side — he ...

Look Back: Franklin School moves into new, improved building

An old landmark The old high school building now being removed by contractor Sam Keenan was built in 1865, and was, we understand, the first building erected for school purposes after this state was created, and was one of the largest in the state at that time.  It is now giving way to ...

Back Issues: If you think ‘Riverdale’ is strange…

If you think the commercials for the CW’s “Riverdale” look like a strange take on Archie and friends, you should check out the comics. That’s something I hadn’t really done until recently. When it comes to comics, I’ve mostly stuck to superheroes, or at least science ...