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Back Issues: Cheetah, Maxwell Lord to menace ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

The world’s greatest superheroine takes on two new foes when “Wonder Woman 1984” debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day. After getting delayed multiple times by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sequel jumps forward in time from World War I to the loaded title year and pits Diana of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Christmas odds and ends

Last week, I pointed out an angle of attack the Democrats could use in 2022 against Republican lawmakers and 2020 candidates who stood on the steps of the Capitol and pledged $1 billion for broadband expansion. Again, they got to that $1 billion number by including the up to $766 million the ...

Shift money away to those who need it

Millions of American families and scores of thousands of businesses are nearing the ends of their financial ropes because of COVID-19. Yet I have heard of not a single local or state government in desperate financial straits because of the epidemic. Liberals in Congress continue to insist that ...

‘Go build a snowman’

Fair warning if you are the kind of person for whom it would be easy to plant a “Frozen” earworm. I’ve had one since I read Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson’s letter to her school community Tuesday. I remember a couple of months ago hearing young people slowly ...

Op-ed: An age of climate, capture and COVID-19

I was startled out of the lull of nightly streaming with my fiancee last night when news broke on my iPhone about an explosion and fire at a Chemours facility. At first I thought it was the Washington Works plant near my home in Parkersburg. I was not at all relieved to learn that it was in ...

Look Back: Police matters and ‘nuisances’

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following historical excerpts contain descriptive language that would be understood today to be offensive and would not be printed. *** A little fresh A young man from Ritchie County got beastly drunk last night and was promptly put in the county cooler until he could ...

Best Christmas wishes to everyone

Dear readers, as we approach them on the most important holiday, I would like to wish you and all of your family, from the bottom of my heart, Merry Christmas. And always with health and happiness. Being the last week before Christmas, I’m sure everybody is running full speed to finish their ...

New cookbooks make savory holiday gifts

There are always plenty of cookbooks to choose from to give as gifts at anytime. Here are a few you might consider picking up for someone on your Christmas list! From bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter is “Amish Friends From Scratch Cookbook” (Barbour Publishing, $16.99.) This ...

A dream and a team

Since my soccer injury last October my long-range goal was to run the Kiawah Island Half Marathon with my daughter again. We started running that race in 2015. We were scheduled to run last December but I was in a wheelchair following surgery for two ruptured quads. My initial goal was to get ...

One last column

It has been more than nine months since my last column, so I owe my readers an explanation. Back in February I had major back surgery and was told my recovery and rehab would take at least 10 months. My progress has been steady, but very slow. Between the surgery and the pandemic, I’ve had ...

Downtown PKB year in review

Downtown PKB would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, sponsors, Partners, board and committee members, downtown businesses, collaborative partners, volunteers, and the community for their support in 2020. One of my duties as the executive director of this organization is to ...

A mixed bag of books

Right now is a perfect time to visit a local bookstore or go online and express order some books for everyone on your list. For the person who works in the office is a perfect poetry book! The author of several humorous poetry books follows up his “Love Poems for Anxious People” (which ...

MOV Parent: A Christmas visit with Santa

As parents and grandparents we know our children pretty much what they will put on their Christmas list except may be a few things that they may surprise us with when we see their list. How innocent and pure their little minds are and their Christmas lists are priceless. Oh, how I wish they ...

MOV Parent: Get kids in kitchen with new cookbooks!

Now might be a great time to look for a kids’ cookbook as a present that will teach kids an important life skill and have fun at home as well! “The Everything Kids’ Cookbook” by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD, (Adams Media, $14.99) is an updated version that contains more than 90 ...

MOV Parent: More than one Grinch out there

Several Christmases ago I wrote an article “Why the Grinch Stole Christmas.” As we wrap up this year of 2020 I think there are actually many “Grinches” that are trying to steal Christmas. The “Grinch” stands for anything that is threatening to sabotage Christmas or otherwise steal ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia political potpourri

Republicans might have swept the state legislative races, but they may have just handed Democrats some easy campaign ads for the 2022 midterm election. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission selected nine companies as winning bidders for broadband expansion projects as part of the ...

Hometown businesses have earned a Merry Christmas

Here’s an idea: Let’s call billionaire Jeff Bezos at his Beverly Hills, California, home and ask him to hire a couple of Wheeling residents to work remotely for his online Amazon empire. While we’re at it, let’s ask Jeff for a donation to the youth baseball program in St. Clairsville. ...

Finding ways to give back

A pretty cool thing happened last week. I stopped by a store thinking I would grab a Salvation Army Angel Tree tag and do a little shopping in time to drop off the gifts before the deadline ... and the tree was bare. (I got real close and thought I saw a tag, but it was just the label on the ...

Op-ed: West Virginia must help end stigma against migraine sufferers

For the nearly 39 million Americans who suffer from debilitating migraines, stigma is nothing new. Despite the fact that they struggle with a chronic neurological disease that is the sixth-most disabling illness in the world and is more common than asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy combined, ...

Look Back: Happenings around Parkersburg

Home again The wild west is again saved from an inundation of young Parkersburg talent. On Sunday night three young boys, whom we will call Will, Pete and Ez., started for the West to grow up with the country, shoot Indians, etc. They had fifteen cents worth of crackers as the basis of their ...