Local columns

Winter visitors are on the way

By the time you read this, there should be a chill in the air.  It will finally feel like fall.  And as days shorten and cooler temperatures prevail, it’s time to watch for some migrating birds to return for the winter. The earliest and most reliable of these winter visitors are ...

Downtown business supports our veterans

November is almost upon us and that means that it’s time for Veterans Day. It’s so refreshing to see so many businesses and organizations giving back to Veterans. Several national chains will have free meals and offers for Veterans, but there are some pretty neat things going on at a local ...

Snapshot of a Parkersburg September

Tidbits from the Daily State Journal, September 1890. Sept. 10:  Deaths, births and diseases There were six deaths, seven births and seventeen cases of infectious diseases in the city last month, according to the report of Health Officer Kendall submitted at the last regular meeting of the ...

Internet access necessary for growth

While the energy sector has served as a powerful engine of growth here in West Virginia since the Industrial Revolution, a new economic driver has made its way to the Mountain State: the internet. Not only has the internet changed the way West Virginians live and work, but it also has provided ...

Cole willing to work for W.Va.

One of the very few specific proposals gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice has made for West Virginia isn’t a bad idea. He likes it so well he brought it up during both his debates with state Senate President Bill Cole. But on neither occasion was Justice asked a logical question about his ...

Time for leadership in W.Va.

In this political season we all tend to focus on the wild and crazy race for President, with all its vicious overtones. But we all need to remember the critical importance of the “down ballot” state and local races for our communities, our state legislators and our statewide elected ...

Cooking at a higher level

What do you get when a couple of dozen of the best home cooks in the Mid-Ohio Valley (and beyond) bring their best dishes to one spot and present them for tasting and judging? A few very stuffed and somewhat immobile newsroom employees and helpers. At this year’s News and Sentinel Cookbook ...

W.Va. budget woes worse under GOP

Since the Republicans took over the State legislature in 2015, the Budget problem is getting worse. There was an $81 million shortfall in revenue over the last 3 months. Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss warned last week that he cannot imagine that WV will meet revenue projections. He will work with ...

Passing bond levy would reward failure

The latest standardized testing revealed the ugly truth for Wood County Schools. But in the midst of this deepening crisis of performance in the educational system, the Wood County School Board and Administration made a decision to ask taxpayers for more money. This request began as a real ...

Wood County school bond necessary

On Nov. 8, The Wood County Board of Education will provide an opportunity for our community to make a lasting difference for the students in Wood County. The Board voted on Aug. 29, 2016, to place a Bond on the ballot for Capital Improvements to our facilities. The Bond is for $41,140,000 and ...

Shades of blue

School had started.  Jimmy had watched the same kids – grades one through eight.  He stared at them through the slat in the fence as they made their daily journey to school.  In his mind, he was wishing he could be toting his books and laughing too.  Jimmy bore the label of retarded, or ...

Fire safety poster winners announced

The Beverly Volunteer Fire Department has announced the winners at Beverly-Center and Waterford Elementary Schools for their annual Fire Safety poster contest.  First and second place winners were chosen in grades 1-5 at Beverly and 1-6 at Waterford.  The winners were: At Beverly-Center:  ...

Holiday recipes for the season

What a beautiful October morning it is as this is written! This past Wednesday was the “tasting” part of the Cookbook contest and one of my “special” days of the year. All those who brought a dish were winners and the top of category they entered, so watch for the results. Try many of ...

Halloween time is for youngsters

Another year has passed and here we are decorating and getting ready for Halloween, which now has become the second largest celebrated event next to Christmas. I always love getting my mums to bloom and again this year, to my disappointment, every morning I find that the deers in our area had ...

Winter visitors are on the way

By the time you read this, there should be a chill in the air. It will finally feel like fall. And as days shorten and cooler temperatures prevail, it's time to watch for some migrating birds to return for the winter. The earliest and most reliable of these winter visitors are dark-eyed ...

Locals support Ramsey family

Parkersburg residents Linda McLean and Betty Smith remain steadfast in their support of the Ramsey family as additional television shows on the 20-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey prepare to air. JonBenet, the daughter of Parkersburg native Patsy Ramsey and John Ramsey, was 6 years old when ...

A record of results

It has been a privilege to serve our citizens as West Virginia’s Secretary of State. I am honored by their trust and confidence in my work and my record. This record of positive results is the reason I am running for re-election. We are making a difference like never before in the office, but ...

Look Back: Girls basketball, indoor baseball changes sports

The Girls’ Basketball Team A new phase in the Athletics of the High School is the organizing of a Girls’ Basket Ball team. A series of games is to be played between teams of the four classes. At present there are several teams from each class. From these the first and second class teams ...

Justice plan simple: Trust me

It has become clear that when West Virginia voters go to the polls Nov. 8, our choice for governor will be between a policy and a personality. Comments during the first televised debate between the two leading contenders reinforce that impression. People who have been paying attention to ...

Research, respect keys to seeking truth

Growing up, I remember in school we would always do an experiment to show how over time stories always got changed. This would start with the teacher telling one student a very short story. Then that student would tell another student in the classroom and this would continue until it finally ...