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Family relationships told in fiction

Southern fiction meets with the elite world of affluence and PTA moms in “The Night The Lights Went Out” by New York Times bestselling author Karen White. Merilee has moved her children to the Atlanta suburb Sweet Apple after her divorce. She finds her new landlord, 93-year-old Sugar ...

Hummingbirds are coming to area soon

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, tiny wonders of nature that weigh less than a nickel, will soon return to a backyard near you. Perhaps you’ve already seen one of the early returnees. The first hummers usually arrive on the Gulf Coast in February. This year the first hummingbird arrived in south ...

Happy Easter MOV!

Did Peter Cottontail find his way to your home? Were there dyed eggs and baskets brimming with candy waiting? Are your shoes polished and waiting with your new Easter outfit? Did you have to worry about freezing in your new Easter clothes because Easter came ‘early’ and your clothes said ...

Poem to share on Easter Sunday

“This beautiful poem was given to me in a dream. It was not mine to keep, rather it was meant to be shared with as many people as possible. As we celebrate this Easter morning, let us remember the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and share the great message of His love for all”. ...

Market Street Merchants, Artists Walk slated

Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk is slated for Friday, April 28. A collaborative event between Artsbridge and Downtown PKB, the first-ever Market Street Merchants & Artists Walk will bring together local downtown merchants, arts groups and area artists in an effort to continue ...

Marietta College alumni meeting at NET

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Association of Marietta College alumni is kicking off another year of activities with a happy hour mixer from 6-8 p.m. April 27 at the North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg. The free event provides an opportunity for all local Marietta College alumni “to ...

Look Back: Potteries fire up Sand Plains

Sand Plains news Mr. Dan Mercer, the new potter, is spending the holidays at his home in Green County, Penn., and will remain a few days. The boys are all anxious for him to return. Messrs. Henry Behen and Frank Higginbotham, of Porterfield, Ohio pottery, made a flying visit to their old ...

Learning to make do with less

During the past few years, officials in the executive branch of West Virginia state government have been remarkably successful in avoiding real spending cuts — while convincing Mountain State residents the reins were being pulled in. They have, but not to the extent you may believe. Last ...

Motivation to get moving

April is the unofficial start of training season, for me. By training, I mean order a new pair of shoes, go for a walk in the woods, start thinking about ways to move around and be outside a little more. Maybe not eat half a pizza in one sitting. Eventually I will rev up to spend May through ...

Palm Sunday has arrived with recipes

Blessed Palm Sunday to you! I miss the church in Florida where the congregation joyfully walked around our church, waving palm branches and singing while the organ played loudly to keep us on key. It was always warm enough there to be wearing spring clothing and not needing coats. Ah — such ...

Our community deserves the best

I like and try to have the appropriate title for my column every week and this week more than ever. Yes! I love our town and the entire Mid Ohio Valley and that is why I do what I do. Last week we finished a beautiful event, The Easter Bonnet Contest, in conjunction with the Easter Parade. ...

Family mysteries bring thrills to spring reads

There are several new books out that deal with secrets and mysteries in families and how it impacts everyone. First is the delightfully twisty “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline. At the beginning of the book Chris Brennan is applying for a job as a high school government teacher and ...

Understanding the mystery of bird song

The hills are alive with the sound of music. And it’s only just begun. Familiar voices of spring announce that the annual bird migration is underway. Because spring migrants return slowly in early spring, maybe two or three species per week, it’s a great time to learn new bird songs. It ...

Honor roll announced

These students were named to the honor roll at Beverly-Center Elementary School for the third nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills — Mrs. Fryman’s class: Nathan Adams, Sophia Campbell, Bella Carpenter, Madison Greene, Abbi Hesson, Skylynne Lauderman, Spencer Long, Anthony ...

Chamber Challenge Cup kicks off

Even though the spring weather is still slowly starting to make its peak in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Chamber has stayed motivated as we reach the second quarter of our yearly programming. Last month, I hit my six month anniversary being a part of the Chamber team. I am excited for what lies ...

Parkersburg benefit set for Eli Clark

Many people are pulling for Eli Clark in his battle against cancer. Clark, of Walker, celebrated his 13th birthday on March 7 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. A seventh-grade student at Hamilton Middle School, Clark has been a patient at the Columbus hospital since having ...

Look Back: Horsing around in Parkersburg

Editor’s Note: Today’s installment includes an item containing language that would not be used by a newspaper today, and which could be offensive to some. It is, however, an accurate reprinting of the way such a report would have appeared in a newspaper more than 110 years ago. *** Run ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Boss Baby’ brings the love

“Let’s just say ... I’m the boss.” *** Every first-time-parent has this thought, “How could I love anything more than I love you, child?” The new parent has experienced this overwhelming love, a love unlike anything they’ve ever seen. It is a new type of love: ...

Moving West Virginia forward

During this 2017 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has identified a bold initiative to lead West Virginia on the path to prosperity. His initiative will stimulate our economy and provide the tools necessary to support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. The ...

Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives

The Mid-Ohio Valley will always be home to me and I am honored at the opportunity to return home to practice pediatrics in July 2018. However, with the recent news of my home considering changing vaccine legislation that protects children, I am troubled. Reading that one of the authors and ...