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Downtown Parkersburg beautification projects in the works

Did you know that a city’s downtown area has an important and unique role in the community’s economic and social development? According to ICMA (the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers), revitalizing downtowns must be preceded by, or at the very least, go ...

Discuss, but don’t argue

A few weeks ago, I did a radio show and podcast with Egberto Willies Politics Done Right on KPFT in Houston. Egberto is from Porta Rico and calls himself a progressive activist. We probably disagree on some issues. In our 30-minute interview we talked about creating jobs, the environment, ...

Back Issues: Many have wielded Captain America’s shield through the years

The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced a new Captain America for the first time in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+, but there have been plenty of interruptions in Steve Rogers’ service as the star-spangled hero in comics. Although the official story is that Cap was ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week six at the West Virginia Legislature

We are less than 20 days away from the end of the 60-day legislative session, or more than two-thirds through and what I predicted last week is happening. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. With really the only big agenda items left being Gov. Jim Justice’s tax ...

Op-ed: Smarter development would benefit West Virginia’s economy

Today, West Virginia natural gas powers millions of American homes and businesses, and natural gas has been very good for our economy. We can do better. Taking a few commonsense steps now would lead to increased production that would be a powerful and much-needed economic boost for the ...

Normalcy at a spelling bee

A little more than a week ago, 36 students from across the Mid-Ohio Valley got a chance to do something that was taken away from many of them the previous March. We had a spelling bee. A nice, (almost) normal spelling bee. It was fantastic. Last year would have been only my second shot at ...

Op-ed: Hard choices to make

As a fiscal conservative, I strongly believe government should strive to keep budgets in check, find efficiencies and use taxpayers’ dollars wisely in our efforts to keep tax burdens low. When governments act in good faith, markets can flourish, and the citizenry can be lifted into ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Climate myths and misconceptions

Several months ago I participated in a public outdoor event with Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action. At some point in the afternoon, a gentleman walking his very lovely dog through the area stopped by our display and confronted me with a rapid-fire barrage of questions about climate change. The ...

Look Back: Women faced a different world in 18th, 19th centuries

Editor’s note: As the following is a reprinting of historical newspapers excerpts, it contains the use of some words and reflects an attitude that is understood to be inappropriate today. It shows, however, just how far we have come. *** Volunteer drill for single men Fall in love with ...

Wishing you a very happy spring!

Yea!!! Spring is finally here ... That does not mean that the weather will change drastically from the cold, snow and sleet to being gorgeous days. A few days ago some states and especially Colorado had one of the worst snow blizzards they had ever experienced. I am so happy that it happened ...

Variations on simple recipes using Instant Pot

Everyone has been doing more cooking at home due to the pandemic and the coronavirus. And many may not want to go shopping all the time for ingredients. A new cookbook, “The No-Shop Instant Pot” by Meg Dow, gives variations on simple recipes using ingredients from a staple pantry that will ...

A year of working hard for the community

Here we are a little more than a year into this strange new world. It’s been on all of our minds the last couple of weeks — “where were we when ...” “what was the last day of normalcy that ...” “remember when the governor said ...” “has it been a year since? ....” All of the ...

What the Texas freeze means for you

My wife, Lynnda and I don’t have our $1,400 stimulus checks yet, but we already spent the money stimulating the economy. We were getting supplies to treat the water in our 10-plus year old hot tub. It is what they call a soft tub. Fine for two people and crowded for four. The lining is worn ...

Site readiness and the importance of property inventory

Note from Jill: Our Guest Columnist today is Lindsey Piersol from the Wood County Economic Development Authority. As property development and interest in our area continues, I thought it would be helpful to have Lindsey share the process they go through when a site consultant starts seeking ...

MOV Parent: Marital advice to newlyweds

Recently I asked several people, family and friends, to send me their marital advice. This advice was collected as a wedding present to my daughter who recently got married. I received many wonderful pearls of wisdom; lessons learned from first hand experience that were learned through ...

MOV Parent: Take your children to the Easter Parade

Tomorrow is the day of the annual Easter Parade in downtown Parkersburg. So this is your chance to get your children out of the house, away from the television and their cell phones for the afternoon. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at 13th and Market Street and goes all the way down Market ...

Week five at the West Virginia Legislature

Last Thursday was the 30-day mark of the 60-day legislative session for 2021, so it’s all downhill from here. Of the 1,767 bills that have been introduced this session, 65 bills have passed the House of Delegates, 93 bills have passed the state Senate, 21 bills have completed legislation, ...

Op-ed: A caring and benevolent industry? Hardly

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel publishes a piece every week from Greg Kozera, director of marketing and sales for Shale Crescent USA. Shale Crescent USA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to oil and gas and petrochemical expansion in the Ohio River Valley around the states of ...

Op-ed: ‘Forced pooling’ bills should be rejected

In 1866 Gideon Tucker, a lawyer and newspaper editor in New York, famously wrote, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” This year the West Virginia Legislature is proving his point. Our lawmakers in Charleston are considering HB 2583 and SB ...

Legislating ego protection

We elect lawmakers in West Virginia to be good stewards of OUR money and ensure the government is efficiently and transparently serving the needs we cannot meet for ourselves. We need their help with good roads, good schools, job growth ... that kind of thing. What are some working on this ...