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Opinion

Fireflies: Researchers need your help with study

Editorials

If you are a Mountain State resident who during recent years has decided to show your children or grandchildren the wonderful, beautiful spectacle of fireflies, you may have been disappointed. There are significantly fewer of the delightful bugs in our state. Full-blown backyard light shows are ...

Furloughs: WVU’s action painful, but the right decision

Editorials

We know of no employer who does not agonize about laying off workers. Yet throughout West Virginia, thousands of companies small and large have had to do that during recent weeks, because of the COVID-19 epidemic. In fact, the Mountain State’s unemployment rate was near 22% for April — the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To statewide mandatory testing of those in assisted living facilities and daycare staff. If we are to truly reopen our economy while schools are closed, parents will be left with few options unless they are confident their kids are safe in daycare facilities. (Of course, there still must be ...

Reporter’s Notebook: What’s the excuse?

Local columns

Sometimes, it’s far easier to fess up to a mistake than to keep changing the story. It’s painful at first, but the long-term effects diminish very quickly. State government decided to take the more painful route last week. First, state officials have changed their story regarding a ...

What happens in November is still anybody’s guess

Local columns

More than 1.5 million Ohio voters were “disenfranchised” during the primary election this year. Don’t blame Republicans or Democrats, though. Blame COVID-19. Just 1.76 million people cast ballots in the election, the official date of which was April 28, according to unofficial returns ...

Hunger: Summer Food Service Program needs help

Editorials

Though this summer will be like none before it, as we make our way through the best ways to reopen our economy while remaining vigilant for a potential second wave of COVID-19, one thing will remain the same: There will be children in our midst who are hungry. West Virginia’s Summer Food ...

Mothers are extraordinary

Local columns

What a strange Mother’s Day this will be. For many of us whose parents are in the (ahem) vulnerable age bracket — sorry, Mom — the past few weeks have been spent worrying about our mothers in a way they normally worry about us. And unless our mothers are in our households, we’re not ...

Look Back: Rural cemeteries were overgrown a century ago

Local columns

As was seen in last week’s Lookback, in 2013 the month of May was declared “Remember a Rural Cemetery” by the Wood County Commission. Thus, for the remainder of May, Look Back will feature bits and pieces about early cemeteries, based on records of personal visits by genealogist and ...

Op-ed: Investigations Division rooting out election fraud

Local columns

Election fraud is unacceptable. Plain and simple. Whether you believe voter fraud is rampant or rare, there is no denying that the possibility exists. So when it occurs, who should investigate allegations of these types of crimes? Municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices, state police? ...

Don’t do more damage

Letters to the editor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently issued a Public Notice (20-07), which states that Deeprock Disposal Solutions LLC has submitted an application under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 to construct a waterfront barge loading and offloading facility on the Ohio River by Rt. 7 to ...

Salango right for the job

Letters to the editor

We have a candidate for governor that Wood Countians can enthusiastically support. Ben Salango is that candidate. Ben is a West Virginia success story. He is a product of our public school system and a graduate of West Virginia University and the WVU College of Law who paid his own way through ...

Celebrating a mother’s love

Local columns

As we celebrate a very important holiday on Sunday for mothers, I would like to wish all you mothers everywhere a very “HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.” This is a very special day for all of you who are mothers and even the ones that are not mothers yet they have a mother. You need to make sure that ...

Visit Southern cooking with ‘Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen’

Local columns

We can’t travel at all now, so do what you can and visit different with regions with cookbooks. Atlanta cooking is displayed in the new book, “Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen” by Suzanne Vizethann (Gibbs Smith, $30.) Vizethann who trained with “Iron Chef” star Richard Blais and has ...

Not if, but how!

Local columns

Sitting in my wheelchair last December not being able to put pressure on either leg, it was difficult to visualize running again. My goal wasn’t to just to walk. It was to run again. The ultimate goal is to run a half marathon in December 2020. My surgeon said there wasn’t anything I ...

Lessons learned amid COVID-19

Local columns

Over the past two months we’ve experienced a time that none of us could have ever imagined. While there was no way to have prepared for it, many downtown businesses made quick decisions and accommodations to keep their doors open and serve their customers. Some of our downtown restaurants ...

Women’s fiction for Mother’s Day

Local columns

In honor of Mother’s Day, here are a few new releases in women’s fiction that can help entertain Mom during social distancing. First is “Faithful Daughter” a collection of true stories celebrating a mother’s love by Ami McConnell and friends. This is a collection of essays that look ...

Backyard Gardener: Master Gardeners set webinar

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. Locally and across West Virginia residents have shown a renewed interest in home gardening. Gardening season is here but social distancing rules still in place for community gatherings. However, the Wood County Master Gardner’s will not be ...

Necessity: Substance abuse fight requires adaptation

Editorials

Lest we forget, during this pandemic that has so dramatically changed our lives, there is another crisis affecting too many around us. It is a crisis that has been playing out for many years, and certainly did not disappear just because a new one took the spotlight. COVID-19 may have changed ...

Bankroll: West Virginia’s coffers need the return of gambling

Editorials

Getting legalized gambling back up and running in West Virginia may not seem a high priority as we prepare to “reopen” our state. But when we’re talking about our state’s economy, it should be. Gov. Jim Justice’s order a few weeks ago to close casinos and limited video lottery ...

Prevention: Follow the guidelines and stay safe for restart

Editorials

Though we have said it before, it bears repeating: Removal of the “hotspot” designation for Wood County and permission to reopen some businesses in our region do NOT mean it is safe to ditch social distancing and prevention measures. Warnings about the perils of ignoring a second wave of ...