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Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Cleaning up from the past

One of the most daunting tasks confronting those areas that comprise the Appalachian region is the repair of damage caused by the unfettered extraction of oil and gas that took place since 1860. Abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells are an environmental and safety hazard that leach ...

Look Back: Williamstown news and notes

Smallpox In The Country A mild case of smallpox is reported from Williamstown. A son of Chas. Uhl, living about three miles below town, was taken sick and had symptoms of smallpox. Dr. Cotton was called and pronounced it a light case of smallpox. It is claimed that the young man contracted ...

Op-ed: Vote – your freedom depends on it

If you have a uterus and live in the state of West Virginia, the state legislature has just made clear that your reproductive organs are no longer yours to control exclusively. Your bodily autonomy and personal sovereignty are no longer protected by the laws of this state. Extremist Christians ...

The power of real leadership

On Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms died. She had been queen since Feb. 6, 1952. A reign of over of 70 years. She became queen at the age of 26. Interesting that I don’t know the name of a monarch of any other country. She has been a queen ...

MOV Parent: In marriage, commitment is the key

There is a lot of information out there about why marriages fail. A quick search of the internet turns up articles on how communication is the key to marital success. I don’t buy it, and neither should you. Communication is important, but what many don’t realize is that we are always ...

MOV Parent: Significance of preschooler reading readiness activities

The purpose of reading readiness activities is to provide your preschooler with a variety of “prior knowledge” experiences. In fact, the more exposure to the environment a child encounters before entering school, the better equipped he or she will be to begin reading instruction. Research ...