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Opinion

Highlights and accomplishments

Local columns

“There’s just 2 of you?” I get that question a lot when asked how many employees the MOV Chamber has in the office. (And many of you know that there were a couple months this fall when we only had ONE employee as we were in hiring mode to replace our Membership & Events Specialist. ...

Best books of 2019

Local columns

2019 is ending and we’re getting ready to welcome another set of Roaring 20s, so here are my favorite books of the year! SUBURBAN NOIR: (Tie) “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing (Berkley) and “Those People” by Louise Candlish (Berkley): In “My Lovely Wife,” Millicent and her ...

A tale of animal tails

Local columns

Animal tales often occupy this space. As the year comes to an end, thoughts of animal ends also come to mind — their tails. So, here’s a tale of tails. Animal tails are fascinating appendages that come in a variety of forms and serve a variety of functions. Tails help animals move, ...

Beverly-Center Elementary holds spelling bee

Local columns

Beverly-Center Elementary School held its annual school-wide spelling bee Friday, December 13. After winning their classroom bees, students from first through sixth grade participated in the grade-level school spelling bee. First, second, and third place winners in each grade were: First ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the many area churches and organizations that made sure there were Christmas dinners for everyone Wednesday. Thumbs up as well to the volunteers — workers and entertainers — who made the day truly a celebration. Hundreds of people had a merrier Christmas because of their efforts, and ...

Veteran visits Vietnam wall for Christmas

Local columns

One of Ralph “Gig” Morris’ Christmas presents this year was a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit to the memorial on Dec. 21 coincided with the 50th anniversary of Morris returning home after serving in the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1969. The Christmas ...

Look Back: Worries of a by-gone era

Local columns

Bird feathers The campaign against the slaughtering of birds for ladies hat ornaments is not a very profitable one. If the ladies yield an inch in this fight who can tell where it will stop? If they give up birds they will next be asked to give up feathers; for what can be said in regard to a ...

Waivers: Assistance process must be accelerated

Editorials

About 1,060 West Virginians entitled to state assistance with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities would like to receive that aid in their homes rather than institutions. Despite the fact that would save taxpayers’ money, those men, women and children have had to wait, some for ...

Education: ‘Flexibility’ must not water down results

Editorials

Some school systems in West Virginia offer reasonably good education to students. Others leave much to be desired. Yet state Board of Education members are considering a plan to, in officials’ word, provide more “flexibility.” For what? More mediocrity? Public high school students in ...

Christmas: Remembering the reason for the season

Editorials

About a month after we all gather to celebrate all for which we can be thankful in this country, most Christians today gather to celebrate a gift given to us for which we are most thankful of all. While it may take a little digging to get to the true reason for our joy this season — it is ...

Santa will come, he always will

Local columns

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

Gambling: If parlor operator broke rules, throw book at him

Editorials

West Virginia Lottery investigators are looking into alleged improprieties at a video gambling parlor in Huntington. That parlor allegedly extended credit to players and cashed checks for them. Both are violations of lottery rules, for the obvious reason that they could tend to encourage ...

Legal Notices: Government transparency is worth the cost

Editorials

Some West Virginia politicians are hoping you will fall for their claim that saving money for taxpayers is the reason they want to be less transparent about government. They would make it more difficult for Mountain State residents to learn of important matters ranging from coal mining near ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Some thoughts on Christmas

Local columns

Christmastime is here, helping usher in the end of the second decade on the 21st century. I've been thinking a lot about the traditions we keep, whether they be your standard Christmas traditions handed down from times of old, or simply personal traditions created with family, friends, and ...

Consequences of leaving history out of lesson plan

Local columns

Well, heck, World War II was a long time ago. Why do we even need to know about those “Nazi” people? Ask the 30 or so West Virginia prison guard trainees who are in trouble after touching a raw nerve regarding the Nazis. Some of them probably wish they’d learned more about the horror of ...

Blessed: Students give back to community

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know there is no shortage of people among us who just look for opportunities to do good things for other people. But during this season of giving, those folks are even more visible. Just last week, Vienna Elementary School and the Vienna Lions Club teamed up for a ...

The true Christmas story

Local columns

Wednesday most of us will be celebrating the birth of a baby more than 2,000 years ago. That baby was a refugee, whose parents lived in fear of the political regime at the time and moved to another country rather than returning to their homeland, where they believed they were in danger. His ...

Op-ed: 90 years serving Belpre businesses just the beginning

Local columns

Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) closes out its 90th year of service to the area business community this month, and what a year we have experienced! The number of businesses, organizations, and individuals choosing membership in our Chamber continues to grow. Their investments totally ...

Medical care takes many

Letters to the editor

During my professional career, I invested 14 years in the principal’s office of a local public school. Throughout all that time, I recall receiving one phone call — one — from a parent for no other reason than to tell me what a great job she thought I was doing. All of the numerous ...

Focus on forgiveness

Letters to the editor

Perhaps it was angels who prompted me to awake at 3 a.m. Dec. 16 to view the fresh, benevolent white earth. I sat on my front porch swing, contemplating a walk around the block; however decided just to sit and enjoy for a few minutes. A scripture came to mind — Isaiah 1:18 — Though your ...