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Reporter’s Notebook: The COVID-19 blues

Here we are almost through the month of July and I was hoping that as we continued through the rest of summer and into the fall I wouldn’t be writing as much about COVID-19, but here we are. By July 9, West Virginia’s active COVID-19 case number dropped below 1,000 for the first time ...

The heroes of the day

It’s not every day a news item sparks both memories of riding around listening to music we weren’t supposed to in high school, and thoughts on the future of higher education in this country. But last week, our newsroom got a press release from West Virginia University at Parkersburg that ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Talking to kids about climate change

“Never shelter children from the world.” — Roald Dahl *** Whether you think our changing climate is a man-made situation or just part of a natural cycle, there is no denying that there are increasing numbers of record-breaking high temperatures, low temperatures, hurricanes, droughts, ...

Look Back: A City Building in the works

A [Parkersburg] CITY BUILDING Mayor Gibbens is the originator of an idea for the construction of a building for the use of the city which would save the rent now paid. His plan is something like this: Let the city issue bonds to the limit allowed by law, which would put into its treasury about ...

What is keeping you from dieting?

We all are different - built differently, some tall, some short, some skinny and some chubby but does that really make a difference? We are all God’s creations and each and everyone of us are very special. To me the real beauty comes from the inside of a person and how sincere a person ...

Make the most out of air fryer with new cookbook

Get out that air fryer for more than just reheating pizza and making french fries like me with the new cookbook “The ‘I Love My Air Fryer’ 5-Ingredient Recipe Book” by Robin Fields. Fields, a food blogger, brings 175 quick and easy recipes that will tempt the whole family’s ...