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Opinion

Is state Constitutional crisis brewing?

Local columns

Can the West Virginia Supreme Court order the state Senate to cancel an impeachment trial against a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court? Of course it can. The state’s highest court can issue just about any directive justices choose in regard to affairs within the state. But what ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Where’s the judicial restraint?

Local columns

As we start the first impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate this morning, I find it interesting the efforts some justices – one current and one former – of the state Supreme Court of Appeals are going to extract the court from the co-equal third branch of government it is supposed ...

Preservation: Public input needed to develop plan

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know our region is dotted with historical buildings and sites at nearly every turn. We also know that far too many of those sites are not receiving the attention they deserve. Too often, it is not until they are in danger — or have reached the point of no return — ...

With defenders like these…

Local columns

For goodness sake, men, stand up for yourselves. Defenders of Brett Kavanaugh — some of whom appear to be seriously hedging their bets — say he did not do what he is accused by Christine Blasey Ford (and maybe a few more women) of doing, in his younger days. BUT, they say, if he did, so ...

Unwanted contact a crime

Letters to the editor

Thanks for Mike Myer’s column on Sept. 24: “each and every priest guilty of harming children, or ... adults, should be punished. So should any church official who aided and abetted them” including prosecuting attorneys who failed to do their jobs. Any sexual contact with children or ...

Kavanaugh drug through mud

Letters to the editor

The media has once again failed to provide all the necessary information regarding Judge Kavanaugh in order for the public to form an educated opinion. There is absolutely no indication that this was a repeated pattern of behavior since the alleged event. Usually predators have a repeated ...

Best for senior citizens?

Letters to the editor

This is in reference to the newspaper article printed Wednesday, Sept. 19, concerning the Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Inc., seeking comments from the public about the pending change of the 911 Market St. congregate (group) meal site. The board of directors is planning to first ...

Thank you for Harvest Moon

Letters to the editor

I was writing to thank Vicki Marshall, Ray Campbell, Buck McCrowsky, City of Parkersburg electricians, Vicki Marshall’s assistants, John Marlow and everyone else that has a role in setting up the Harvest Moon Festival. McIntyre’s Country Crafts has set up at it for over 25 years and we ...

Thank you for track meet

Letters to the editor

On behalf of the Belpre Cross-Country Invitational Committee, I would like to thank all those individuals and organizations that made donations of time, energy, finances, and goods to the inaugural meet, held Sept. 15. The event was a total success. Not only was it a successful athletic ...

Taking cookbook contest judging seriously

Local columns

Every year around this time, I get excited to read all the many many recipes that all of you cooks (young and old) in the Mid Ohio Valley send to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel for the annual Thanksgiving Cook Book. Reading all of those many recipes is not an easy job, because I want first ...

Cookbook uses air-fryer

Local columns

An air-fryer is one of the latest kitchen gadgets that seems to be popping up everywhere. It’s great for heating up leftover pizza, and of course, cooking frozen fries, cheesesticks and anything else that is usually fried. But you can do more with it than just heating up things, you can ...

Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest exceeds expectations

Local columns

In its fifth year, the Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest filled the streets of 3rd and Market in Bicentennial Park. Downtown PKB partnered again this year with the Parkersburg Area Jaycees to co-host the event. The Jaycees brought the volunteer capacity this non-profit organization needs to ...

Protect your dreams

Local columns

This week our oldest grandson in Florida, Calin, was sworn into the US Marine Corps. He leaves for basic training at Paris Island in a few weeks. Calin just graduated from high school in June. His great grandfather (my Dad) was a Marine and fought in the Pacific during WWII. His grandmother (my ...

Making volunteer service real

Local columns

Volunteerism for high school students has become a very mainstream expectation. There is a growing assumption of civic involvement for our youth- whether it be serving in soup in kitchens, helping at a local animal shelter or fundraising for charities. In the most positive of lights, this kind ...

It’s time to molt

Local columns

Birds face three major energetic challenges over the course of a year. Nesting and all its associated behaviors dominate spring and early summer. Parents must build nests, defend territories, and feed their constantly hungry broods. Migratory species travel great distances, often over open ...

Hooked to a good book finishes up

Local columns

Beverly-Center students were issued a summer reading challenge by school principal Megan Miller. When school resumed this fall, those students completing the challenge received an award in recognition of reaching this challenge. Congratulations to everyone who “Hooked into a Good ...

The altar

Local columns

He knelt in the hot humid air of an Alabama morning. His tall, skinny frame shook with defeat. His sloped Ethiopian forehead, soft brown eyes, and gray stubble gave the appearance of a prophet straight from the pages of the Bible. The smoldering pile of rubble was all that remained of his ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the Wood County Board of Education’s approval of funding to purchase 325 new laptops, to be distributed to all administrators and high school teachers. The idea is to eliminate the challenges created by what Superintendent Will Hosaflook calls a “hodgepodge of technology;” to ...

Alderman praises Wood County Schools

Local columns

Betsy (Barger) Alderman credits Wood County Schools with preparing her for the success she would achieve later in life as a journalist, professor and Marshall University Hall of Fame inductee. Alderman, a 1976 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was one of five graduates of Marshall ...

Look Back: Music fills the air in Parkersburg

Local columns

Editor’s note: The following newspaper excerpts contain descriptions of people that would not be used in print today. *** A notable event The unanimous opinion of those who had the pleasure of being present is that the dance given Monday night, at the Academy of Music dancing hall, by ...