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Local columns

Mysteries to keep you guessing

There’s plenty of mystery to be had with several new releases. USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower continues her Amish Candy Shop cozy mystery series with “Marshmallow Malice.” This time, Bailey’s boyfriend’s mother, Julia, is marrying her love, Rev. Brook. A heat wave ...

Backyard Gardener: Cucumbers in the garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. Home food preservation is expected to be very popular this year as more people are turning to gardening. Media outlets are reporting up to 300% increases in vegetable seed sales this spring. Everyone enjoys tomato juice, frozen corn, and canned ...

Be ready for next time

COVID-19 could have been far worse in West Virginia, though 74 deaths and a ravaged economy are bad enough. What about next time? How do we prepare for the next biological invader? One thing we don’t do is make the mistake the military so often is accused of, which is planning to fight the ...

Op-ed: A first-hand view of march, community

(Editor’s note: This column was originally submitted May 31, but due to some technical issues, was edited for timeliness and re-submitted.) *** I had to go. When I heard that there was going to be a rally-protest-march in downtown Parkersburg on Sunday afternoon, May 31, due to the death ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Thoughts on Minneapolis

With the primary tomorrow, I figured I’d be writing one last column about the election, but the events in Minneapolis and the resulting peaceful protests and violent riots have been heavily weighing on my mind. This column can’t do any justice to what happened to George Floyd. I simply ...

Op-ed: Respect our freedoms; work to be better

When the Star Spangled Banner is played at public events, I automatically stand, remove my hat and place my hand over my heart. It has just been ingrained in me since childhood. It isn’t so much a political statement as it is simply that I am so thankful to have been born here! However, ...

Step outside of comfort zones

As Americans struggle to find the right way to move forward — to work toward justice, peace, understanding, mutual respect and treating others as they wish to be treated — the challenge starts with opening our eyes WIDE to what has remained part of our society for hundreds of years, even if ...

Op-ed: Change must come

This weekend a large number of churches from various Christian traditions will observe Trinity Sunday; a celebration of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are one God yet three distinct Persons. One of the sacred texts that will be read and/or preached from on this holy day will be the ...

Op-ed: Giving in to government

“Government is not reason. It is not eloquence — it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” — George Washington *** The uniqueness of our great country lies in the minds and hearts of our ...

Look Back: At Seventh and Market streets

Street railway accident What might have been a very serious accident occurred on Market Street about 6 o’clock last evening. Outer loop [street] car No.18 swung around the corner of Seventh into Market and had started down the hill. At the same time Bert Brookover, driving one of John ...

United Way commits to justice for all

We fight for the education, health, and financial stability of an entire community. When we say that, it is actually what we mean, in the fullest, most sincere sense of the words. To some it might just sound like a warm and fuzzy statement. Some might hear that and think it is a lofty and even ...

Diversity is a strength

Much is going on for us to process. We have endured 3 months of COVID-19 and lockdowns. Schools have been closed. Many have lost jobs. Businesses shut down. Some may never reopen. There is talk of a second wave of COVID-19. Vacations, meetings, return to school and fall sports seasons are in ...

#ShopPKB promotes shop local initiative

Supporting our local downtown businesses is something that we do on a daily basis. We value strong partnerships with the business community, and as an organization that promotes positive change, we enrich that partnership through incentives, entrepreneurship development, events and other ...

What are your food expectations?

I must say that we all are different and of course at the same time have different taste buds. Our palate gets excited when we try different foods that we think we might like and you can compare it when you go shopping and see a dress or shirt that you would like to have. Let’s start today ...

Amish-style cookbook released by author

For those who like homestyle country cooking, New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter brings another collection of Amish-inspired recipes with “Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook.” Amish and Mennonite cooks have contributed more than 200 recipes to Brunstetter’s ...

Women’s fiction with romance, family

Kathleen Fuller tells four stories of Amish families in “Amish Generations.” In four novellas, Fuller looks at different generations overcome obstacles and discovering new faith and love. In “Young Love,” Fern who has an autoimmune disease, doesn’t think she will ever be able to get ...

Backyard Gardener: Peonies are an old favorite

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and Gardeners. Here on the farm it is always around Memorial Day that my grandmothers’ peonies are blooming. Most garden peonies grow two to three feet tall and mature plants may be three to five feet wide. Peonies bear three to six-inch diameter, fragrant ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia election potpourri

CHARLESTON — Here we are, eight days out from the June 9 primary election and it’s crunch time for statewide candidates still trying to still influence voters who are marking absentee ballots, taking part in early voting or waiting to vote a week from Tuesday. I traditionally vote on the ...

Lawsuit industry may mean we never go back to ‘normal’

Look for another epidemic, not long after the one involving COVID-19. The new one will feature lawsuits linked, of course, to the coronavirus. It may begin when a restaurant owner is sued by a former customer who insists he wasn’t seated far enough away from others to avoid contracting the ...

The strength to take action

Several days ago, I thought I was going to write this column about the purported Patriot Day Rally to exercise Second Amendment Rights in Kentucky. During the rally, some whack job drove up in a pickup truck, brought out an effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and hung it from a tree, with a ...