Local columns

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reminds of permits

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of spring and summer fast approaching, home construction is beginning to pick up. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department would like to remind potential home builders that a permit is needed to install an individual septic system and/or individual water ...

60s novel looks at women’s magazine

Take a trip back to the 1960s with a new novel that focuses on a magazine editor’s assistant in “Park Avenue Summer” by Renee Rosen. Author Helen Gurley Brown has just been given the reigns to “Cosmopolitan” to take it to a new reader — “her girls” — single women who are ...

A few good books

If you’re looking for a good book, here are a few titles I’ve had a chance to review and enjoy recently. Kenn Kaufman has been obsessed with birds since he dropped out of high school and hitchhiked across the country pursuing his passion. He recounted that year in Kingbird Highway ...

Honor roll students for third nine weeks

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named to the honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Mastery of 15 Super Skills: Rowan Beasley, Blake Campbell, Adyen Gilbert, Madelyn Jackson, Gavin Kiggans, Delilah Kincaide, Owen Lockhart, Carter Smith, Ashton Wallace, ...

Wood County residents help reduce crime lab backlog

A Parkersburg connection has been working to reduce the backlog of cases at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in South Charleston. Among those involved in the crime lab case reduction effort are Parkersburg native Sheri Lemons, director of the State Police Forensic Laboratory; ...

Look Back: Community news means Belpre, too

Pretty lawns The residents of Belpre are beginning to become interested in their lawns, and the condition of the yards around their houses, and in many places the lawns are green, as the little green grass has already commenced to peep up from under the earth which was so long frozen and signs ...

Life Through the Lens: Still keeping it ‘cool’ after 30 years

“But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” *** There is no movie character as cool as Indiana Jones. There. I said it. The world of cinema is inundated with characters TRYING to be cool. Every superhero movie has a guy trying ...

Back Issues: Avengers roster always changing

One way or another, one of the most sucessful and unique franchises in the history of cinema is about to end. But I have little doubt the Avengers will live on in some form or fashion after “Avengers: Endgame” — arriving in theaters today — just as they have in the pages of Marvel ...

Reporter’s Notebook: My millionaire can beat up your billionaire

Over the next 12 months, expect to see a pretty epic race between Gov. Jim Justice and former Department of Commerce secretary Woody Thrasher. I predicted in December that Thrasher was thinking about getting in, though I had no way of knowing which party he’d pick. I knew he was a Democrat ...

Highways program not exactly good news

If you think the roads in West Virginia are bad now, you may not have seen anything yet. State Department of Transportation officials have released a draft of a report they’re required to file with the federal government. It is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or ...

Support each other

Goodness, it’s hard to sit down to write a column that will appear on Easter Sunday without turning it into a sermon. But I’ll leave that to the professionals this morning and focus instead on the idea that this day reminds us even in the darkest times — it doesn’t get much darker than ...

One Tiny Splinter — a News and Sentinel tradition

A poem I was gifted in a dream ... Happy Easter! *** I lay there in a meadow, My head upon a stone A million miles from anywhere Yet never felt alone. Summer clouds passed gently, Beneath a crystal sky, Unarmed by nature’s beauty I sought the answer why. Why me Lord, I ...

Rejoice and celebrate Easter

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! I am sure that after Sunrise Services, most of you have big plans for the day with major preparations for a big Easter lunch or Easter dinner. I am sure you have already chosen and planned the special meal for your family, friends and loved ones. I am ...

Givens speaks on treating depression

This week we invited the owners of MOV Chamber member, the Counseling and Wellness Center, to take over our column to share news of a new treatment they provide for treating depression. *** Counseling & Wellness Center Brings Groundbreaking New Treatment for Depression Stephen Givens ...

Nothing new in the Green New Deal

We are in Florida this week with our youngest son, Gregory, and his family of four children. Our course we went to Walt Disney World. At the Magic Kingdom one of the attractions is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This attraction was originally at the New York City World’s Fair in 1964. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley has a wealth of outdoor options

You find a lot of things along a trail. Sometimes they are tangible things, like a turtle. Sometimes they are a little more abstract, like a clear head. Sometimes you find yourself. A little over a year ago my doctor gave me a wake-up call to drop some pounds or face the consequences of ...

How do you raise a million dollars?

How do you raise a million dollars? Well that was a question our team had been kicking around for months. Last year’s United Way campaign broke a record at $920,000 and while that was an amazing accomplishment, we knew that there were unmet needs even at that elevated level. EACH year our ...

Suburban noir is back with vengeance

Suburban noir returns this spring with several new titles that will make you wonder what your neighbors are up to! Serial killers can be anyone — which is proven in the twisted debut “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing. Millicent seems like the picture perfect woman with two kids, a ...

Earth Day concerns

There are plenty of reasons to despair these days — mass shootings at public events and schools (from elementary schools to universities), plastics polluting oceans and killing whales and seabirds, communities that lack safe drinking water, and increasingly common catastrophic weather ...

Happy Easter

However you and yours may celebrate Easter day, may it be a memorable one. I’m sure the pictures of Easters past are flooding social media - little boys in their little suits, girls in their fancy dresses with hats and gloves and purses and patent leather shoes. (One of my favorite Easter ...