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Romance, historical fiction

Three strong women survive the horrors of three wars all amidst the home of the famed Layfayette in “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” by Stephanie Dray. In 1774, Adrienne Lafayette stands up for her husband against her father and even royalty, as he leaves her to fight for American ...

Use your time to make magic

Working from home has its advantages. Our neighbor, Bradley, came over at lunch last week. He is still going to school virtually. Bradley is 8 years old. Lynnda answered the door. “Bradley wants to know if you can come out and catch football.” I figured it’s lunch time so I went out to ...

Happy Little Fun Run coming to downtown Parkersburg

Enjoy an outing in downtown Parkersburg courtesy of the Parkersburg Art Center. As a sponsor of this event, we are thrilled to be involved and want to help spread the word. We recently met up with Jessie Siefert, Managing Director/Education Director at the Parkersburg Art Center, to discuss ...

Recognizing a God With No Name

Note: The English translations of the Sacred Scriptures here are from the New Oxford Annotated Bible, unless noted, with some minor adaptations. *** One of the most important stories in the Hebrew Scriptures is found in the 3rd Chapter of Exodus (v. 1-15), in which Moses encounters the Living ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wrapping up in Charleston

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Relief of being vaccinated

I took the first step this week toward feeling more confident in an eventual return to whatever “normal” is going to look like. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and an appointment for my second in a few weeks. From the beginning, getting my place in line — filling out an online ...

Op-ed: No strange bedfellows — this tax cut isn’t about politics

We hear the talk about how politics makes for strange bedfellows. Maybe none stranger than the two of us now going all-in to support an income tax cut proposed by our former rival, Governor Jim Justice. But this really isn’t at all about politics. This is about West Virginia’s future. This ...

Look Back: Jackson County full of potential

Jackson County is improving, both in villages and farms; but not as rapidly as it ought to. We can see an improvement in Ravenswood where several houses have gone up and a new mill nearly completed. The splendid farms around it are being improved in a better manner than heretofore. Maj. Brown ...

Celebrating Easter

HAPPY EASTER!!! This week I had to give up my social activities and other things to prepare and concentrate on the family Easter dinner and get-together on Sunday. Easter celebration is a very important day for our family as it is for many Christians. Every year on Good Friday I always look ...

Showering April with mysteries, thrills

A mysterious spring that has the ability to heal and to give you what you wish for — but at a price — is at the heart of a chilling ghost story in “The Drowning Kind” by Jennifer McMahon. Jax has distanced herself a bit from her mentally ill sister and doesn’t pick up the phone for ...

Get stuff done

I was in my local grocery store and saw something I had not seen in over a year, four cartons of disinfectant wipes in one spot! These were not the name brand. I went over to check it out. I assumed they were probably made in China. I assumed wrong. They were made in the U.S. and were cheaper ...

About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established a $28.6 billion “Restaurant Revitalization Fund” to be administered through the Small Business Administration. The SBA is currently in the process of creating the grant funding website and has not released when the grant program will go live.* (*Just ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Countdown in Charleston

CHARLESTON — We are less than two weeks away from the end of the 2020 legislative session at midnight April 10 and already there is talk of a special session in the air. Gov. Jim Justice is furious that his bills are not moving in the House and Senate to cut the personal income tax rate by ...

The Tucker Carlson defense

Last week, former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell used an unusual legal defense in responding to Dominion Voting System’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against her. She did not provide facts to support the claims she made about Dominion or the November 2020 election. In fact she did rather the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: The real cost of plastics

Plastic manufacturers want us to believe that our lives would not be complete without plastics. While there are beneficial applications for plastics, our reliance on single-use plastics, which make up 40 percent of all plastics produced, has created a global crisis. Our planet is drowning in ...

Look Back: Writers take jab at government, taxes

An old-time office seeker Gov. Jack Tyler, of Virginia, and old Jack Dade had been chums and had “punished” a great deal of the “juice nectarous” together. If Dade was illiterate he was a good soul and companionable, and Tyler, one of the old time fellows and a man of great abilities, ...

With gratitude and appreciation

Today I am dedicating my entire article to thank each and everyone that took part in the 11th Annual Easter Parade, helping make it a huge success. Many times when we are so occupied and busy with a community project we forget to congratulate and thank everyone involved for they are the ones ...

Vegan food gets some kick

Two new cookbooks help spice up your vegan recipes with “The Spicy Plant-Based Cookbook” and “Hot for Food All Day.” “The Spicy Plant-Based Cookbook” collects more than 200 recipes for the plant-based lifestyle that has some kick to it. Recipes are divided into Breakfast and ...

Getting cozy with romance

Wrapping up a very mysterious March with a thriller and some cozy mysteries! An empty town and a documentary bring five 20-somethings into danger in an attempt to discover the truth in “The Lost Village” by Camila Stein. Alice has made the documentary on “the Lost Village” her dream ...