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MOV Parent: Talk to your kids about coronavirus

Two weeks ago your children were in school and going about their daily routines, and the next thing they knew, was that there would be no school for three weeks or more. As a parent how do you explain that to a little one? Some were very excited because they would not have to get up early, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Virus response ramps up

I fully expected to write something about the various statewide races, or some of the after-effects of the 2020 legislative session. I didn’t expect I’d be writing about a virus pandemic. But the novel (new) coronavirus, or COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 2019) has swept the ...

Watching the Democratic primary in the Mountain State

What’s scariest about Bernie Sanders is how many voters support him, not whether he’ll win the presidency. He won’t. But how close he comes will give us an idea of how far along the path to full socialism — and thus, repression of our liberties — many people are eager to go. How many ...

A good judge of character

I know this column is supposed to be about COVID-19 — everyone is writing about it. But frankly, I’ve had enough talking about it. I hope the measures put in place to try to stop the spread are effective, and that we can all get through the very unusual next few weeks in one piece. I ...

Op-ed: Counting on West Virginia

It’s 2020, and while most minds might be on the upcoming elections, there’s another way you can have your voice heard and make a difference in government: take the census. Every single West Virginian needs to take the census for two critical reasons: First, census data helps determine the ...

Coronavirus becoming a worldwide scare

This new virus has became a world wide problem for many countries and people putting the entire world on alert. It has also changed many people’s plans and is presently having a negative effect on the stock market in many countries, including the USA. It is also taking thousands of lives ...

Keto cookbooks for those on diet

While the Keto diet continues to be popular, there has been a new range of cookbooks out to aid those following it. Three more new ones have hit shelves recently. For those couples doing the diet together is “The Keto For Two Cookbook” by Lindsay Boyers, CHNC (Adams Media, $16.99). This ...

The time for truth is now

Thursday evening, I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. For me it was an honor. Back in the days when I spent a lot of time in the field, I listened to Jim’s show late at night while traveling. He kept me awake. On Thursday we discussed gasoline prices, energy, ...

Downtown PKB holds annual meeting

Every year in February, Downtown PKB holds our annual board of directors meeting. This meeting brings together our board, members of our Partner Program and sponsors from our 2019 events to hear about the accomplishments of the previous year to and plans for the current year. The meeting was ...

United Way serving in difficult times

How does United Way serve a community in times of increased stress or even uncertain times? Very much in the way that they serve a community every single day. Our United Way is a collector, curator, and disseminator of critical information. We work hard every day to ensure that we have a finger ...

Mysteries to make you think

There are plenty of new mysteries that will keep readers on their toes. First is a story of Munchausen by Proxy syndrome with a twist of revenge in “Darling Rose Gold.” Patty Watts was seen as the devoted single mother of a chronically-ill daughter Rose Gold. But Rose Gold wasn’t really ...

Beverly-Center students show their kindness

These students at Beverly-Center were chosen Student of the Month for February. February’s Cadet Pride goal was ‘showing kindness to others.’ Those students chosen were: Kindergarten — Janaya Erb and Audrey Kesselring; First Grade — Seth Merritt and Bristol Sajdak-Lapan; Second ...

A New Tide Coming In

A left-over slave shack — left over from a time in our nation’s past that most would rather forget. One could stand on the back porch and view the Atlantic Ocean. The ships, like tiny toys, were lining up with the buoys coming in and out of the port. The two looked strictly out of place ...

Local residents enjoy military events

Local residents enjoyed attending recent events featuring military leaders in Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va. Mary Anne Ketelsen, majority owner and chief executive officer of Mister Bee Potato Chips of Parkersburg, and family members attended Tuesday’s 38th annual awards dinner to ...

Look Back: Volleyball a popular pasttime

Martin team won three games In the volley ball match at the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium on Wednesday evening between the Martin and Kramer teams of the volley ball league, the former proved too much for their opponents on that occasion and won all three of the games played. On Saturday evening the ...

Back Issues: Diesel brings Bloodshot to life

Known to comic book enthusiasts as the voice of Groot and movie-goers in general as the star of a small, indie drama series “The Fast and The Furious,” Vin Diesel looks to launch another franchise this week as Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot. Introduced in 1992 to a shared universe of original ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week nine at the Legislature

CHARLESTON — Here we are, at the end of another legislative session and looking back, I have to say it wasn’t too bad. Sure, I’ve noted various issues and dramas over the last nine weeks. As I’ve said before, when you lock in maybe 300 people (lawmakers, staff, other government ...

Don’t ignore the silent majority

I suspect Mayor Glenn Elliott is right: There are three types of people in Wheeling, as he explained in his State of the City address [Feb. 25]. It isn’t difficult to see that. What is more of a challenge, however, is knowing how many people fit into each of the three categories — and what ...

West Virginia has plenty to see

Restless yet? Our clocks have sprung forward (you remembered, right?), and the sun has been teasing us once in a while with brilliant blue skies and the hope of warmer temperatures. Some folks are starting to make summer vacation plans, some are just excited spring is on its way. The annual ...

Op-ed: In West Virginia, every voter counts

It is often said, “every vote counts.” In West Virginia, every voter counts, too. For too long, segments of voters have been disenfranchised from our democratic process through no fault of their own. Deployed armed services members often lack access to mail, printers, and scanners — ...