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Opinion

Make your family a cheesecake at home

Local columns

Now is the perfect time to try out a sweet treat that you’ve always wanted to make. And “The Cheesecake Bible: Second Edition” by George Geary has 300 recipes for you test! Included in the book are recipes for no-bake, vegan, gluten-free and more from the bestselling author and ...

What a team!

Local columns

This was an important week for Shale Crescent USA and our Region. We had our first company visit from our marketing efforts. We have had other companies visit from the leads of Jobs Ohio, AEP or the WV Development Office. They got the lead and we supported their efforts with our Study and other ...

Mysteries for holiday gifts

Local columns

For those who enjoy a good mystery, there are several new ones for gift giving! First Margot Hunt tells a chilling tale of a marriage and a family in “For Better and Worse.” Natalie and Will met back and law school and have had 15 years of marriage, some of them rocky. But their family ...

Shortest day of the year

Local columns

The first day of winter, December 21st, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night. The good news is that days get just a bit longer each day thereafter. The first day of winter is often called the winter solstice, but the solstice is actually a moment in time, not an entire ...

Second Polar Express Run deemed a success

Local columns

The second annual Polar Express 5k Fun Run and Walk was held Saturday, December 1. More than 100 racers braved the cold, rainy day to take place in the event. Winning racers were: Women to age 18: Denise Young, Ana-Sophia Beardsley and Emma Miller; Women 19 and over: Cathy Borich, Phyllis ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for American Troops), which, with the help of the Ladyburgs and some local Verizon employees, fill boxes to be donated to long-term patients at veterans’ facilities in Cleveland and Sandusky, Ohio, and Erie, Pa. As with many such organizations, founder ...

Teddy bears to be tossed at basketball game

Local columns

Fans are invited to throw new teddy bears and other stuffed toys onto the basketball court at the Parkersburg High School Fieldhouse on Dec. 22. The toys will be gathered up and given to children at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Parkersburg’s version of the teddy bear toss will ...

Look Back: On the hunt in Wood County

Local columns

Game is said to be very plentiful in the picturesque hills and vales of Wood County, and rabbits and possums tempt the rural youth in every copse and clearing. Both game and furs find ready sale at good prices in our market. The Parkersburg Orthopolitan Dec. 26, 1874 *** Sabbath ...

Dangerous: Entering abandoned mines is foolish, risky

Editorials

First responders, including mine rescue personnel, don’t ask questions when someone needs their help. They just go, often putting themselves in peril. When greed or plain old stupidity are what put those who need help in trouble, the rescuers have every right to be angry. Yet they still ...

Outreach: Shop With a Cop good for community

Editorials

Last weekend, approximately 100 kids had their Christmases made a little brighter thanks to the annual Shop With a Cop event organized by the Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79. Officers from law enforcement Parkersburg, Vienna, Williamstown, the Wood County Sheriff’s ...

Back Issues: ‘Spider-Verse’ infested with wall-crawlers

Local columns

How many Spider-Men and Women does it take to save the day? According to Sony’s new animated feature, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and recent Marvel comics, a lot. While Peter Parker will naturally play a major role, the film is shifting focus onto Miles Morales, a younger ...

PEIA: Task force must find real solutions

Editorials

Early last spring, thousands of West Virginia public school teachers stayed out of classrooms and took to the picket lines. They wanted and got higher pay. They also demanded someone “Fix PEIA.” Whether that will happen remains a question. Tens of thousands of working and retired state ...

Nonprofits: Local groups give needed boost to region

Editorials

When Mid-Ohio Valley residents think of the organizations that bring help and support to local folks in need, there are some names behind the scenes that do not always come to mind. For example, last week, the Sisters Health Foundation honored the 63 organizations, programs and agencies that ...

Drug Abuse: New campaign may help opioid epidemic

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice had it right last week in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He is ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Appointments and commissions

Local columns

It looks like with several appointments last week that Gov. Justice has mostly a full deck to play with now. Anyone who has been reading my work knows the topic of having a secretary for the state Department of Commerce has been a focus of mine. In a state with an abysmal, but improving ...

Release of names just beginning for church

Local columns

Among the tragedies of the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Roman Catholic Church is that trust in the institution can be restored only by adding names to the lists of predator priests being released all across the country. Undoubtedly, some of the clergy responsible for ...

Business: Gaunch can spearhead change for W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginia lawmakers did a lot of work when potential employers pointed out there was a chill against moving into any state designated a “Judicial Hellhole.” Regulations and laws were adjusted, progress was made. The Legislature wanted to give every appearance of being friendly toward ...

Rethinking Christmas gifts

Local columns

I had an idea the other day, as I was cleaning out a closet and found an unopened gift received probably more than a year ago. How much have Christmas and birthdays become about the gift-givers showering someone with more ... stuff ... than they could ever want or need? I started rooting around ...

MOVCA and Wood County Schools

Letters to the editor

As a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action (MOVCA) Educational Outreach Team, I was dismayed to read Mr. Mullen’s bombastic, disparaging editorial published on Nov. 25. I am responding to provide an accurate description of our organization and its relationship with Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Joyous Christmas to all

Letters to the editor

Last time I wrote a letter to the editor, I was on the verge of a beginning hope for violin lessons and programs to be offered in this area. Since then, I am aware of preliminary steps, which need addressed in making that a reality. I would like to share a thought that has come to me over the ...