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Be careful what you wish for

High school soccer practice started this week. Our head coach asked the boys to write their personal and team goals for the season. I challenged them to have goals that are higher and harder to achieve. Easy goals don’t help the individual or the team. I cautioned, “Your goals don’t just ...

Backyard Gardener: Growing turnips in your garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Start planning now for your fall garden. Many of our cool season vegetable can be planted in the upcoming weeks for harvest into early winter. Vegetable such as kale, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts do great in cool weather. A fall favorite in the ...

Op-ed: Securing a bright future for West Virginia’s communities, economy

The clean energy provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 are the step forward that West Virginia and the nation need to address many of the economic challenges we face today and set us on a path to deliver the next generation of energy with a simple, common-sense ...

Life Through the Lens: Is a heart made for sparing or sharing?

“I hope one day you can feel this sh***y.” *** Introducing Thor: big, blond, thundery god. He can win them over with him charm ... or just pulverize them with his magical ax forged from a star. You know, either way works. Although his muscles have muscles, although his power rivals all ...

Reporter’s Notebook: A not-so-special legislative session

This time last week, the West Virginia Legislature was beginning its special session for Gov. Jim Justice’s 10% personal income tax cut plan, which also turned into a special session to update the state’s abortion laws. One week later, we have neither a tax cut nor an abortion bill. By ...

Look Back: Civil War veterans converge on Parkersburg

The Reunion: Even the Weather Brightens Up — President Hayes and Other Distinguished Guests Arrive The opening of the Reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia was under doubtful skies. All Monday night a slow but extremely wet rain fell that forgot to cease when daylight ...