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Mysteries to get cozy with

The month of May welcomes plenty of new books in the cozy mystery genre! A food columnist is invited to a swanky Fourth of July party only to overhear plans for a murder in “Death of a Cookbook Author” by Lee Hollis. Hayley is excited to be invited to author and TV celebrity Penelope ...

Youth fishing derby to be held

AEP ReCreation Land is hosting a “Hooked on Fishing…Not on Drugs” Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, May 19 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The derby will be held at Campsite A, or Hook Lake, and weigh-ins will take place all morning with trophies being handed out after lunch. ...

Look Back: Call to remember rural cemeteries not a new one

In 2013 at the request of the WCHPS the Wood County Commission declared May as Remember a Rural Cemetery Month. Since that date, the Wood County Rural Cemetery Alliance, a committee of the historical society, has worked to locate, identify and bring attention to the scores of rural cemeteries ...

Stopping violence before it starts

A funny thing happened on the way to the Board of Education election scheduled for May 8 in Ohio County: People started talking sense about school violence. Four candidates are vying for three spots on the school board. They participated in a public forum last Thursday, during which they were ...

Finding truth in numbers

Not too long ago, a West Virginia candidate for the U.S. Senate reminded me “West Virginia had the second-highest gross domestic product growth in the nation last year,” as he was discussing improvements in the state’s economic outlook since the 2016 presidential election. I raised my ...

It’s time to get in the game

The best game in town is about to start and it’s time to select your teams to cheer on. Give Local MOV 2018 has nearly fifty teams lined up and hoping to score big on this one day. Many of us regularly support professional sports teams for the sheer enjoyment of doing so, though little ...

Time is running down before school’s out

CELEBRATE SPRING! It is great to thaw out! Now, if old Jack Frost just stays away for a few months, it will be appreciated. He can’t be completely trusted, though. When we raised tomatoes commercially, Grandpa Nichols always waited until May 15th to set out the plants. Husband Norm likes ...

Community involvement is key

As I was driving on Garfield Ave. a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a billboard that read, “Volunteer in West Virginia,” and I didn’t realize that April was the month for volunteering and it really caught my attention. Our city and state need volunteers, and I am happy to be able to say ...

Springtime blooming in downtown Parkersburg

A city’s downtown area has an important and unique role in economic and social development. Downtowns create a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural, and civic activities are concentrated. Today, we are experiencing tremendous growth and the opportunities ahead are endless in ...

Bringing jobs back: The power of Internet

How does a small MOV-based organization get in front of over 17 million people around the world in a single week? We all know that the answer is “the internet.” This isn’t the first time Shale Crescent USA has had these kinds of numbers. We were able to get an article published in World ...

Get cozy with new mysteries

There’s plenty of cozy to be had in several new mysteries for readers! First is a new series, Rose City Mysteries, by Kate Dyer-Seeley in “Natural Thorn Killer.” Britta has just left her deadbeat husband and bad job to pursue a new life at her aunt’s boutique in Oregon. While life in ...

Species killed by APHIS

Last week a reader wrote, “Scott, I recently read a report that said the federal government killed 624,845 red-winged blackbirds, 357 gray wolves, and 69,041 adult coyotes last year.” That can’t be true, can it?” Sadly, it is. According to its website (aphis.usda.gov), the USDA’s ...

Beverly Lions Club rose sale ongoing

The Beverly Lions Club annual rose sale is now in progress. Roses are $15 a dozen. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 9 and delivery is Thursday, May 24. For more information or to place an order, contact 740-984-4572. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Beverly Lions community ...

Crossroads Camp upgrading facilities

Fundraising continues for facility improvements at Crossroads United Methodist Church Camp in Wood County. The camp, situated near the intersection of West Virginia 2 and 31 and Old St. Marys Pike, is scheduled to have a new bathroom/shower house completed by this summer. The bathhouse will be ...

Look Back: Going for a ride in Parkersburg

Cycling is back The bicycles are making their appearance and those who have these machines are once again enjoying them. A few young ladies indulged in this sport last season and the number should be increased this year, for it is a splendid amusement and one that the girls in cities take ...

Life Through the Lens: Everyone has a master to serve

“I don’t believe in Masters.” *** I work with a lot of kids, both in teaching and parenting. Heck, I used to be a kid ... although that may just be hearsay. Obedience is a reoccurring topic of discussion in my interactions. When it comes to children, obedience is equal to bondage or ...

Back Issues: The Avengers’ big bad — Thanos

After arriving out of left field (well, deep space) in the mid-credits scene in 2012’s “Avengers,” Thanos steps onto the main stage in “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening in theaters today. The purple-skinned despot’s first, brief appearance may have only made people unfamiliar with ...

Users allowed Facebook data collection

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to disabuse us of ...

Earth’s natural treasures

Mid-Ohio Valley residents will see reminders all over the place that today is Earth Day. Since 1970, people all over the world have taken part in what the Earth Day Network calls “the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation.” ...

Do not codify Parkersburg’s EEO policy

In a recent News and Sentinel op-ed a member of Fairness Parkersburg referenced an update made to the Parkersburg Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (EEO) in February 2017 to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The op-ed writer bemoans the fact that the Parkersburg City Council has ...