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Opinion

Bringing young people back home

Local columns

If we West Virginians can just find a way to solve the riddle U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey put into words, we’ll be all right. Anyone want to take a shot at it? Bailey, of Wheeling, sat down for a long interview with the Wheeling newspaper. One question was why he has remained in ...

Drug Tests: School program must be realistic and fair

Editorials

As two local organizations announce a change in focus for this school year, Wood County Schools bears even more responsibility to run its own similar program properly and fairly. Parkersburg Drug Free Clubs of America at Parkersburg and Parkersburg South high schools and Drug Free Jackets at ...

Football is back, so be adults

Local columns

Football season is upon us — thank goodness. And whether you enjoy this time of year for the sports or simply the soon-to-arrive cooler temperatures, there are plenty of good things on their way: changing leaves, Halloween, pumpkin spice everything (if you’re into that). Let’s not ruin ...

Explaining Parkersburg Homecoming

Letters to the editor

I am responding to John D. McIntyre’s recent letter “Return Homecoming to Glory,” and will give the reasons why we would like to but cannot without major sponsorships and funding. I totally understand the PTSD issue but the laser show was an idea brought to Homecoming as an alternative ...

A nation dying by the sword

Letters to the editor

When Dick’s Sporting Goods revealed that a 17-year-old shooter in the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting purchased his gun at one of its stores, they experimented with ending firearm sales. They announced on Thursday that sales rose 3.2 percent the second quarter. NASCAR is no longer accepting ...

Climate action is necessary

Letters to the editor

As a resident of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley, I am greatly concerned about our planet’s life. I am disturbed that the president of Brazil does not seem to be concerned that the lungs of our world are burning. He will not accept help from other nations. As a person who has COPD, I ...

Hope we’re not there yet

Letters to the editor

While listening to the new rhetoric on the campaign trail, I looked up the following: “How to create a Socialist State” by Saul Alinsky. 1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people. 2) Poverty — Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier ...

Casseroles for company dinners

Local columns

Casseroles are dishes that you can prepare ahead of time and bake them an hour or so before you plan to serve them. That makes it easy for a person and a casserole with a side salad, veggie you have a meal ready to serve. Depending on the cook and time you have, you can make a dinner simple or ...

Work with bread at home

Local columns

Two new books are coming out Sept. 10 that will get you making bread at home for different lifestyles. For those following the Keto diet but still want some delicious bread there is “Keto Bread” by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger. There are seven chapters in the book, including an ...

Let your light shine

Local columns

It was 20 years ago this month that we began teaching leadership to the seniors on our high school soccer team. We always talked about “senior leadership”. We assumed somehow when our boys became seniors they would figure out how to lead. I approached Bruce, the head coach at the time, with ...

Point Park concert series in review

Local columns

With our last concert on the horizon, Downtown PKB will be wrapping up the 2019 Point Park Concert Series this coming Friday on September 6. Tom Watt, The Buffettman m the icon himself has been entertaining audiences around the U.S. and Canada, Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas for more than 20 ...

United Way set to launch campaign

Local columns

Do you remember the early morning, night before the first day of school, nervous stomach feeling? I sure do! That feeling of jitters in the pit of my stomach. A hybrid of excitement and edgy anticipation. An eagerness to return yet the slightly apprehensive feeling that you weren’t sure ...

Cozy mysteries for September reading

Local columns

As we begin to welcome fall, let’s welcome in some new cozy mysteries! J.C. Eaton continues the Sophie Kimball mysteries with “Molded 4 Murder.” The husband and wife team once again delves into the life of Sophie “Phee” Kimball as she works as a bookkeeper for a private investigator ...

Music of summer nights is provided by nature

Local columns

Now that summer is winding down and temperatures have begun to moderate, it’s a joy to sleep with a cool, gentle breeze wafting through open windows. The sounds of nature make a perfect lullaby. The voices of owls and frogs subside in September, allowing insect sounds to dominate summer ...

Sharing the road with school buses

Local columns

Area schools have been in session for a week or two, but it never hurts to be reminded of the basic ‘rules’ for school bus safety when you’re sharing the road with them. These tips are courtesy of Air Evac Lifeteam and worth the reminder: If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the creation of a Downstream Jobs Task Force meant to facilitate development of downstream manufacturing resulting from the production of natural gas — primarily chemical and plastics manufacturing. Frankly, one wonders why it took ten years from the start of our most recent “boom” ...

Ex-NBA player to discuss substance use

Local columns

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton hopes the Parkersburg High School Memorial Fieldhouse is filled with people next Tuesday night. Wharton is inviting the community to a presentation by Chris Herren, former NBA player who battled back from substance use addiction and reached 11 ...

Look Back: School news from Wood County’s past

Local columns

School news The Board of Education has purchased Recreation Park in Elberon for school purposes. The lot is a fine one, 200x280 feet with a serviceable building. The price paid was $4,800. The building will be remodeled and made into three large school rooms. Work will begin at once and the ...

Oral Health: Affordability, access must be addressed

Editorials

We’ve all heard the old “jokes” told mostly by those from outside West Virginia about the condition of our teeth. Nasty as they might have been, there was a grain of truth to them in terms of the need for better oral health for many families in our state. Progress has been made, but room ...

Backyard Gardener: Cracking in tomatoes

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Labor Day Weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial end of summer. Get out the grill and celebrate! Make sure you grill some fresh corn on the cob with those burgers and hot dogs. Summer may be fading but that also means fall is around the corner, ...