Local columns

People are people around the world

Shale Crescent USA was at Select USA this week in Washington, D.C. This is an event put on annually by the U.S. Commerce Department. Companies from all over the globe are invited by Commerce Department representatives in U.S. embassies around the world. Over 3,000 people from all over the world ...

Downtown PKB ribbon cutting, open house scheduled

The community is invited to attend a joint ribbon cutting and open house at the offices of the Wood County Economic Development and Downtown PKB, Parkersburg’s Main Street Community. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday in our new office space at 400 Market Street, Parkersburg ...

Helping others benefits us all

Helping others generally makes a person feel good in the moment, but have you considered that the experience may go beyond just the feel-good glow of altruism. Studies have found that helping others has real and tangible benefits- both mental and physical; from lowering your blood pressure to ...

Life on a sandy beach continues

Cool sea breezes... Breaking waves playing tag with shorebirds on sandy beaches… Laughing gulls braying like hyenas… Sandy feet… These are a few of the images that dominate memories from long ago summer vacations at the Jersey shore. Near constant winds shape the seashore’s physical ...

Mysteries will keep readers guessing

There’s plenty of new books out for mystery fans. International bestselling author Louise Candlish looks at a situation many can relate to — bad neighbors — in “Those People.” The small neighborhood of Lowland Way looks like a dream place, with lovely homes, neighbors that say hello ...

Safetytown wraps up

Pedestrian! Electrocuted! Words like these were learned and practiced at this year’s Muskingum Valley Safety Town program. Safety rules like ‘The only thing you put in an outlet is a plug!” and “Always swim with a buddy!” were also heard throughout the week, although one little ...

Parallels

The year was 1950, the first year that many people called the decade of innocence. It seems there is always an exception to a perfect situation. Amy was fifteen and homeless. After being abused by three stepfathers, the street did not seem very bad. She was smart enough to know that ...

Henderson Hall adds trolley rides

Henderson Hall has added land and water transportation. On June 4, the Valley Gem Sternwheeler began transporting passengers from its Marietta home on Front Street to the boat landing built by Mark Mondo along the Ohio River in Wood County. The landing at the marina is part of Mondo’s ...

Look Back: Little Kanawha Railroad a vital Mid-Ohio Valley artery

Work to begin Monday; south side presents a busy scene — alive with laborers and active with preparations — demand for houses A large load of scrapers, etc., to be used by Contractor Fuccey in grading the L.K.V.R.R. [Little Kanawha Valley Railroad], arrived last evening from up the ...

Back Issues: Doomsday, Lobo coming to ‘Krypton’

SyFy’s “Krypton” returned Wednesday, and the second season exploring Superman’s native planet before his birth will feature familiar comic foes Doomsday and Lobo. Outside of Lex Luthor, Superman doesn’t have the most dynamic rogues gallery, but even casual fans may recognize the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Justice, Carmichael and bad blood

There was a time when it was believed that Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, were close. After last week, I’d say those days are very much over. How that plays out for the Republican Party’s control of most of state government in 2020 remains to be ...

Fewer young people choosing serve-and-protect professions

If you watch the television “reality shows” featuring law enforcement personnel (I did, once), you may come to the conclusion that being a cop is one long, exciting adrenaline rush. It isn’t. But one has to wonder how many officers, deputies and troopers are in the profession for the ...

Honoring D-Day’s heroes

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy that launched the Allies on their path to victory in World War II. It is one of those days most Americans know less about than they think. Most of us have seen a movie or two; read a couple of paragraphs in high school ...

Summer has arrived

If you are a late night owl like me, turn your TV to channel 19 at 11 p.m. to pass a half hour of entertainment and laughs. You can enjoy nightly the old re-run episodes of the Carol Burnett Show and her guests will bring back good ol’ clean cut shows where they didn’t have to be half ...

The power of speech

Nathan and I just returned from the Global Plastics Summit in Houston this week. Attendees were there from all over the world. We heard a lot about market trends, trade & tariffs and especially sustainability. (How can plastics be kept out of the environment.) We heard a lot about reduce, ...

Cozy mysteries for fans

There are several new cozy mysteries to thrill this summer. Bethany Blake returns to her Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series with “Something Borrowed, Something Mewed.” When Daphne’s sister is getting married, there seems to be plenty of drama, including the wedding planner coming up ...

Monitoring nest boxes

About a month ago I described an active nest box in my grandson’s backyard. A pair of tufted titmice had built a nest and incubated and hatched five eggs. I promised an update on the nest’s fate; all five young titmice fledged successfully. That’s the definition of “nest ...

Beverly-Center sixth graders graduate

Beverly-Center celebrated their Sixth Grade Graduation May 24. Honored for perfect attendance during the 2018-2019 school year were Katie Coleman and Chayton McCoy. Almost-perfect attendance awards for those missing two days or less were presented to Baylee Campbell, Kyla Duskey, Tyler ...

Parkersburg YMCA membership on the rise

The Parkersburg YMCA has increased its membership numbers, added programs and hired staff in recent months, according to the new director/chief executive officer. Jeff Olson, chief operating officer since Feb. 1, will assume the new title at the YMCA on Broad Street on July 1. Olson is ...

Look Back: Dangerous life on the rails

Work has been begun Work has been begun towards raising the engine on the Little Kanawha railroad that ran into the river on Saturday morning. It will take considerable time and labor to raise the engine and get it back on the track. It will in all probability be necessary to erect a ...