Local columns

Stealthy nesting with cowbirds

Many biologists have a love/hate relationship with brown-headed cowbirds. We love their ecological and behavioral ingenuity, but we hate the impact they have on a variety of native nesting song birds. Cowbirds are stealthy nesters — they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Biologists ...

April Fool’s Day and history of it

Several years ago I read an article about the history of April Fool’s Day. Of course, now that I’d like to cite the article, I cannot find it. But, History.com has interesting information about the origins of the ‘holiday’ to share. The day has been celebrated for centuries, and ...

Martin to celebrate 100th birthday

First Christian Church in Parkersburg is an appropriate place for Roxie Jane Martin to celebrate her 100th birthday on Easter Sunday, April 21. Roxie has been attending First Christian Church on Washington Avenue since she and her husband, Roy, moved to Parkersburg in 1958. The Martins joined ...

Look Back: Adjusting to new vehicles

New ambulance purchased by Parkersburg Transfer Company A new ambulance for use in this city has been procured by the Parkersburg Transfer Company. The wagon is drawn by one horse and is of the variety used in all large cities. The wagon will be stationed in the Transfer Company’s stables ...

Back Issues: Doomed to repeat history

Comic book characters get restarted or rebooted all the time, but the Doom Patrol may hold the record. The latest iteration of the team of bizarre, often tragic heroes debuted in February in a live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service. It features the original lineup that first ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding roads and letters

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Opening round in Manchin, Justice political matchup?

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...

Leading a mobile revolution

West Virginians are so used to hearing that we are “dead last” — a reminder that comes too often from politicians who want us to believe we are, and that THEY have the solution — that it might come as a shock to some to know we are first in the nation at something. We are the go-to ...

Op-ed: Division does nothing for education

I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the other one. It’s bad for our community, and it’s bad ...

March has International Women’s Day

March is a very busy month with March 8 set aside for the celebration of “International Women's Day.” Well, ladies we are getting up in the world I guess…?? Can you believe that we now actually have a day named for all of us women in the world, which I think is fascinating. I am not sure ...

Visit the world with cookbook

30 international dishes are presented in both English and Spanish with the new book, "Famous Dishes from Around the World / Platos famosos de todo el mundo" The recipes are presented with photos, as well as the dish in English on one page and in Spanish on the opposite. Along with some ...

Chamber events to make businesses stronger

It is our goal at the MOV Chamber to offer programming to make our business community as vibrant and strong as possible. Below is a sampling of upcoming events that we hope you will take advantage of during the month of April. *** Breakfast Workshop: Understanding Financial Statements * ...

Future is ahead of us day by day

As I’m writing this I’m in San Antonio, Texas with the Shale Crescent USA Team at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC). This conference has over 1,500+ attendees from 40 countries. It is truly a “World” conference. There is a lot of ethnic diversity. No one cares about gender, race, ...

Suspense will keep you guessing

An actor gets the role of a lifetime in “The Last Act” by Brad Parks. Once upon a time, Tommy Jump was a child actor earning acclaim. Now, as an adult, he is facing some trouble trying to keep afloat. Now that his fiancee is pregnant, it looks like he may have to give up the acting side ...

Biological spring is weeks away

It seems the older I get, the longer winter lasts. So, I was thrilled when the vernal equinox arrived last week. The sun has already begun rising a few minutes earlier and setting a few minutes later each day. My bones are beginning to warm up. However, the calendar does not guarantee blue ...

Safety Town sign-up

Attention parents of children who will be registering for kindergarten in the fall of 2019 at either Fort Frye of Wolf Creek School Districts! It’s time to consider signing up for this summer’s Safety Town program. Safety Town offers a comprehensive program of safety training for each ...

Morehouse to speak at Marshall alumni dinner

Keith Morehouse is humbled and looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s scholarship fundraiser dinner April 11 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. “It is an honor to be asked. I appreciate it,” said Morehouse, WSAZ ...

Look Back: Team of horses gives way to vehicle

Faithful team leaves service Mark and Ben, the two faithful old horses that have served the city well for many years, but who by decree of the city council entered some months ago, will give way to more modern methods of travel, were removed from their old quarters at the city building ...

Reporter’s Notebook: A rocky road for W.Va.

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

West Virginia budget includes eye-brow raising line items

As West Virginia legislators were sending a state budget for the coming fiscal year to Gov. Jim Justice last weekend, it presented an opportunity to reflect on this: They approved a plan to spend $7,579 for every man, woman and child in our state during the 12 months that begin July 1. If ...