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People reach out to feed Wood County’s hungry

Organizations and individuals are working together to feed the hungry in Wood County. Fourteen food pantries are members of the Wood County Emergency Food Co-op, said Linda Crocker, president of the co-op and parish ministries coordinator at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in ...

Look Back: A day’s items from the Weekly Times

SOMETHING NEW — Every day brings something new to our city. W.E. Ripley has an instrument for taking pictures of children made expressly for the purpose, and can take an Ambrotype [sic] in one second and a Negative in five. No one need say that they cannot get pictures of their children. Give ...

How to ruin college football

Picture, if you will, an ad featuring a big picture of Austin Kendall and the large-type caption, “Before every big game, I rely on Acme Cleat Cleaners.” West Virginia University football team quarterback Austin Kendall getting paid to endorse a product? Not as ridiculous as you may ...

Lessons from W.Va.’s impeachment

After covering four months of last year’s impeachment of a majority of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, I feel like it prepared me for what’s going on at the national level with President Donald Trump and Congress’ impeachment process. While there are obvious differences, I do ...

No party like a cookbook party

It is an odd thing to gather with a group of some of the same people each year — most of whom see each other only that one time a year — and still feel as though you are among a gathering of true friends. That is the spirit, though, during our annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook ...

October is national Cyber Security Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October 2004, to remind organizations throughout the United States about the importance of cyber security in our everyday lives. In the Office of the ...

What’s up at Downtown PKB?

It’s been a while since we’ve given an update on what is going on at the Downtown PKB office, so in this weekend’s article we want to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. At the beginning of September, we enrolled in a Nonprofits LEAD Digital ...

$1.1 Trillion in savings

I remember one of the Sunday evening phone calls I had with my mother in Pittsburgh after “fracking” became a hot topic. Her comment was, “My gas bill is down $100 a month.” To a 90-year-old woman on a fixed income that was a lot of money. In addition, her air and water were the ...

Community Safety and Career Day held

Beverly-Center Elementary School held their annual Community Safety/Career Day October 11. Students in kindergarten, first, and second grade participated in Community Safety Day by visiting five different learning stations. Jim Ullman and Josh Kasun represented the Beverly Volunteer ...

The nature of Halloween critters

In 1974 Jim Stafford co-wrote and recorded a popular song called, “Spiders and Snakes.” At least part of its appeal was Mary Lou’s line, “I don’t like spiders and snakes…” because so many people shared her feelings. Sadly, forty-five years later, such attitudes remain. My younger ...

What does award winning look like?

Awards are great things! They are great because they give an organization external recognition for the hard work and effort that the team is doing day in and out. An award says that your peers are cognizant of the work you are doing and they are endorsing your efforts. Award presentations are ...

Young adult reads for teens, adults

Both teens and adults will enjoy these new young adult stories. First is a mystery that readers will never see coming in “I Know You Remember” by Jennifer Donaldson. All Ruthie wants is to move back to Anchorage and see her best friend again. Unfortunately, her mother’s deadly accident ...

Are fundraisers still worth having?

Are fundraisers worth the trouble and effort? In my opinion I will say “yes” because all fundraisers have a purpose to help raise money and aid various programs and organizations. It seems to me it is much more difficult if only one person by themselves or with a small group is trying ...

Get ready for baking season with new cookbooks

As we get closer to the holidays, many may start thinking of their holiday baking. There are several new cookbooks that can help home cooks with that and are available now! For those who have some baking experience and want to try something different is “Bigger Bolder Baking” by Gemma ...

Broadway show leaves impression

The Tony Award-winning performance of actress Lillias White in “The Life” is meaningful to West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer. Gilmer said he was at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in New York City in 1997 when he watched White play the role of Sonja in Cy ...

Look Back: Preserving food for winter

Plant Will Process 5,000 Cans Daily When in Full Operation. W.D. Munchmeyer, maintenance supervisor of the Wood County Board of Education announces that equipment is arriving for the Wood County canning plant in South Parkersburg. Early last spring H.N. Hansucker, state superintendent of ...

Back Yard Gardener: Jack-o’-lanterns and spring bulbs

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Halloween is next Thursday so make sure you have plenty of candy for our local little ghosts and goblins. Many people have already selected the perfect pumpkin for carving up as a jack-o’-lantern. If you have not, here are a few tips to make your ...

Back Issues: For better or worse, ‘Watchmen’ continues

For years, “Watchmen” stood alone as one of, if not the greatest comic series in history. Now it’s getting sequels on the page and screen. HBO’s “Watchmen” series premiered Sunday, about two months before DC’s 12-part “Doomsday Clock” series wraps up — more than two ...

Neely may underestimate voters

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

High school’s greatest hits

Parents worried about whether they should sign up their kids for youth sports have probably not gotten much encouragement from this year’s NFL news. Despite efforts to make the game safer, some pro football players still go at each other with what seems to be an intent to injure. Knocking ...