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Opinion

Memories of Market Street remain

Local columns

As I was going through my books, I ran into something that I think old timers like me may appreciate. I have lived here for 53 years and Parkersburg is my home and I am sure many of you that were born and raised here can not only remember the places I will mention, but many others dating ...

Cookbook a love letter to South

Local columns

In her new cookbook, Amber Wilson brings recipes and stories from the South to home cooks with “For The Love of the South.” Wilson, the creator and author of a food blog of the same name, collects 100 recipes and stories of her life in Louisiana along with color photos that will you ...

Get ready for changes in work force

Local columns

Last Saturday my daughter, Dannielle and I ran the 2nd Annual Half Marathon (13.1 miles) at The Greenbrier Resort. Dannielle, lives in Maryland with her husband. She is also my running coach. During the past 10 years we have run over 30 Half Marathons together. We don’t just go out and run ...

Mystery in space, history in new books

Local columns

Mysteries run the gamut from historical, to modern to even outer space in several new books! First a woman escapes her husband in 1930s California and attempts to reinvent herself only to get caught up in a murder investigation in “The Other Lady Vanishes” by New York Times bestselling ...

Fishing line trapping birds

Local columns

A few days ago a post on the Pennsylvania birding list serve caught my eye. It read: Late this afternoon I decided to take one last walk down to the creek at the back of the yard. There I spotted a female Baltimore Oriole dangling from a tree branch struggling to free itself from a tangle of ...

Fort Frye High School art show winners announced

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The Fort Frye High School art department recently held their annual art show in the school’s small gym. Under the direction of art teacher Kathy Allen-Bidwell, students displayed work showing various art media, with judging of projects by Fort Frye elementary art teacher Eric Henniger. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To selection of Christopher Gilmer to be the new president for West Virginia University — Parkersburg. Though members of the Board of Governors acknowledged the choice was not an easy one, and the quality of the four finalists made it a tough decision, Gilmer appears to be an excellent ...

Golf challenge helps Parkersburg High School students

Local columns

The team of Tom Evans, Bill Mathers, Danny Waterman and Dave Righter, from the Parkersburg High School Class of 1972, won the Parkersburg Area School Boy Golf Challenge May 11 with a 9-under par score at Worthington Golf Club. But the real winners from this 10th annual golf scramble are the ...

Look Back: Marking graves and making room for more

Local columns

Marble works We were invited into the marble works of our townsman, Mr. Andrew Young, on Market street to examine the beautiful Italian Marble monument prepared for perpetuating the memory and virtues of Mr. A.M. Sterrett, deceased, whose gentlemanly bearing, in other days, won the esteem of ...

North Korea: There can be no trust with Kim Jong Un

Editorials

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia earlier this month, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete ...

Compensation: Bureau may have more money to return

Editorials

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation does not receive much criticism these days. Though there will always be complaints from injured workers who claim they did not get fair shakes from workers’ compensation programs, it appears the BWC is doing well for itself. Employers who pay ...

Redefine: Kudos to ad campaign for responsible drinking

Editorials

Despite television, movies and an aggressive effort by alcoholic beverage companies to target younger folks by insisting a good time is not a good time until someone breaks out the drinks, most adults reach a point in their lives where they realize alcohol is not necessary for leading a fun, ...

Education: Wood BOE could use a change of pace

Editorials

Newly elected members of the Wood County Schools Board of Education will take office July 1. They likely spent most of last weekend’s special meeting of the board wishing that current members would pump the brakes. In what seemed like a confused, hurried and divided attempt to leave no ...

Stereotypes: West Virginia voters defy pundits again

Editorials

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead up to last week’s primary election here. They do not. Political arrogance, snark, belittling or downright nasty activity on social media ... ...

Political comedy doesn’t have to be crude

Local columns

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of their ...

Accidents: Drivers must pay attention to safety

Editorials

“Put the phone down and just slow down,” was the simple message from West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith, as he spoke last week during the announcement of a zero tolerance policy for those speeding through road construction zones. This time, the impetus may have been multiple ...

Some Mother’s Day advice

Local columns

If you forgot today is Mother’s Day, I hope you are reading this early enough in the day to do something about it. For most of us, this is not a holiday to skip. Think of the over-commercialization of this one as simply making it more convenient for you to find something that will help you ...

Science in action

Letters to the editor

Although evolution is an accepted scientific fact, most readers reject it as being opposed to their religious beliefs. So, attempting to prove its validity here would be wasted effort, but, as a mental exercise for the open-minded, it can prove enlightening to consider how evolution’s lessons ...

Morrisey has tall task

Letters to the editor

So after a lot of hoopla, Patrick Morrisey won the Republican nod for the WV Senate race. But there is a harsh reality that he needs to face; 22,000 more Democrats voted in the primary than Republicans. So how will Morrisey turn enough Dems over to his side? It won’t be from praising our ...