Local columns

Being proud of our city and community

Last week I talked about Glenville but this week I want to talk about our town and the entire Mid Ohio Valley. While traveling in Europe and the United States this year and seeing all the large cities with fancy big buildings, theaters, museums and shopping areas, etc., which is all great, ...

Dogs with jobs and far off sites in books

Return to Prince Edward Island with Liz Johnson’s “Where Two Hearts Meet.” Executive chef Caden Holt is in command in her kitchen. But she is solely out of her element when she is asked by her boss to play along and impress a travel writer coming to Rose’s Red Door Inn. A positive ...

First nine weeks honor roll announced

These Beverly-Center students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills:  Nathan Adams, Deeken Combs, Sophie Campbell, Madison Greene, Abbi Hesson, Spencer Long, Skylynne Lauderman, Payton McCurdy, Madeline Morgenstern, Jayci Spurr, Katie ...

Downtown PKB planning for Small Business Saturday

Shoppers are being asked to make a big difference to small businesses by spending at least one day supporting their local communities. Small Business Saturday takes place November 26, 2016. Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American Express founded the event ...

Drive-ins change Mid-Ohio Valley entertainment scene

Prior  to 1949, movie-goers of the area attended one of the many theaters then available. In May of that year another option was offered. The advertisement for the grand-opening of the Belpre Open-Air Theater, gave movie goers the opportunity to “Relax, Smoke and enjoy the Movies in Your Own ...

Tennant’s office wrong again

It has been a strange year in politics. But it has not been as weird as a visit to West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s website might lead you to believe. Political Action Committees and others involved in independent political expenditures are required to file reports with ...

Observatory needs help

West Virginia is full of hidden gems that sometimes even those whose families have lived in the state for generations never realize. For example, the world’s largest teapot is in Chester, W.Va., at the very northern tip of the state, placed there in 1938 as a symbol of the region’s ...

Enjoy the days of fall that are here now

In two weeks, you will get the yearly News and Sentinel Cookbook. It is full of wonderful recipes from the great cooks in our area. Try lots of those tasty dishes, but pick one special one to add to your Thanksgiving menu. Most of us will follow our family’s traditional dishes for most of the ...

Almost heaven, West Virginia and country roads

“Country Roads Take Me Home...” John Denver, who wrote this song, gave the most appropriate name and correct song for our wonderful, beautiful state. A couple weeks ago, I read in the paper that it would soon be homecoming for Glenville State College and since the weather was nice, I ...

Books from pop culture

Pop culture comes alive with several new books out now! First, for those who may not enjoy coloring but still want an enjoyable and relaxing activity with a bit of pop culture influence is the new “Doctor Who Dot-To-Doc” dot-to-dot activity book. The book has 45 portraits of the Doctor ...

The nature of Halloween’s icons

Halloween, as I recall, was a day for friends to scare each other with nature’s creepy crawlies — spiders, snakes, and bats. And often those fears lasted a lifetime. We all know people who recoil at the sight of these critters. Spiders are probably the most notorious of the three because ...

Remember our veterans

This Friday, November 11, veterans across the country will be honored on Veteran’s Day.  I found this piece in a newsletter I receive that gives voice to our veterans.   The author is unknown. “It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.  It is the ...

A one-eyed biscuit

It had been ten years since his dad passed…an old truck driver until his dying day.  Not a day went by, as he drove up and down the interstate, back roads, and side roads, that he did not think of Pop.  He went to kindergarten in the front seat of his Pop’s “Big Red” and spent every ...

Grocery shopping was different in the old days

Piggly Wiggly The first Piggly Wiggly Store opens in Parkersburg, Wednesday, February 1st, 1922. Piggly Wiggly stores are now in operation in two hundred and eighty-six cities in forty states. A basket is loaned for use while in the store. All packages are wrapped at the checking ...

Back Issues: Doctor Strange is in (theaters)

Doctor Strange is one of the bedrock characters of the Marvel Universe, but if it wasn’t for the track record of the company’s films, I’d be pretty skeptical about him carrying his own movie. Opening in theaters tonight, “Doctor Strange” is poised to be the next big hit for the ...

Obama and executive overreach

“The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all,” Barack Obama told a town hall audience in 2008, when he was running for president. The personable young ...

Inspiring secrets of success

When Lynne Fruth spoke to the Belpre Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner last week, she talked a lot about reaping what had been sown. In her case, as president of Fruth Pharmacy, she realized how much the quiet good works (and hard work) of her father had set the stage for the company to ...

Fall recipes to enjoy during the holidays

Halloween weekend! Wow! How this month has flown! Only two more left in this year, so enjoy every day of them — they won’t come around again. We should enjoy every day, anyway. Sometimes we think we have lots of time to do the things of which we dream and it is only when we realize the time ...

Searching for the grand prize winner

“Life is a Kitchen — put on your prettiest apron and whip up something incredible!” I thought  that was a perfect saying for today’s article. It was a big day for all the judges judging the 62nd Annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cookbook Contest. I always look forward to this ...

Kids books are a treat

Trick or treat has come and gone in most of our area, so here are a few books that will a treat for your kids! New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller finish their “Nightmares!” trilogy with “The Lost Lullaby” (Delacorte Press, $16.99, ages ...