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Opinion

DOH Funds: Lawmakers should avoid project backlog

Editorials

Give West Virginia Division of Highways employees credit. They have been working hard during the past few months to clear up a routine maintenance backlog estimated by some at about 10 years. It should be cut in half by next summer, DOH Commissioner Jimmy Wriston estimates. What then? Will the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The quiet countdown

Local columns

January 2020 might be when the actual candidate filings start, but I feel we’re all waiting on Sept. 2, 2019. That’s when my sources say U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is expected to announce whether he plans to run for governor again or not. Manchin could still decide not to, but I do feel like ...

Would bids be better if estimates had not been made?

Local columns

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Economy: Good things happening in Wood County

Editorials

Forget about the “big deal” announcements that lead to nowhere, Wood County’s economy is not built on mega-projects funded by investors who take their profits right back out of the Mid-Ohio Valley as fast as they can. As West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch learned last week, much ...

Nonsense that never dies

Local columns

Warning: I’m back on my soap box for this one. I had a chance last weekend to spend an evening with some of my favorite people in the world, the members of the West Virginia Press Association. And, in his speech at our annual banquet, the organization’s president noted the increased ...

Op-ed: Coming together during a crisis

Local columns

The saying goes that you are your brother’s keeper. There is also an idiom about turning a blind eye. Out of sight out of mind. I experienced firsthand all of these things recently and the experience was shocking, scary, life-affirming, head-scratching, sad and eye-opening all at once. On ...

Op-ed: Education bill will strengthen schools

Local columns

As students go back to their classrooms in the coming weeks, they are going to be walking into school systems that have been significantly strengthened thanks to recent actions by the state Legislature. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed House Bill 206, a comprehensive education reform ...

Op-ed: A thank you to West Virginia for H.B. 207

Local columns

Thank you! These are such simple words but so often they are never said. Thank you, Gov. Justice, President Carmichael, Speaker Hanshaw and Minority Leaders Miley and Prezioso. Thank you for showing what true leadership is and putting aside all political differences, to pass legislation that ...

Op-ed: Getting to know the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council

Local columns

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of the WV Legislature, the MOVRC works to promote, advance and improve the community and economic well-being of the region. They have multiple programs focusing on community development, ...

Take care of our veterans, too

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about Congress passing a bill for the first responders in NYC for the 911 attack on the World Trade Center. It’s been 19 years since the attack on the World Trade Center and Congress already passed a bill for compensation for the first responders for medical care for their ...

Once a Big Red, always a Big Red

Local columns

The 2nd Annual Once a Big Red Always a Big Red, was held Aug.1 at Buzzy Dils park in Vienna. The event was the brain child of Dick McCoy, a Parkersburg High School graduate with the class of 1960. It was orchestrated by PHS graduate John Coe and Wood County Schools employee. Coe’s former ...

Several new cookbooks for dietary needs

Local columns

Sometimes when you are on a specific way of eating, it can be hard to find new recipes. That’s where these new cookbooks come in! First, for those who follow a vegan way of eating, or those who just want to eat more vegetables, there is “30-Minute Frugal Vegan Recipes” by Melissa ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber renew crew

Local columns

Most of our MOV Chamber Members have come to recognize the Chamber Champions Committee. If you don’t know them just yet, our Chamber Champions serve as representatives (or ambassadors) of the Chamber. The goal of the Chamber Champions is to facilitate contact with existing Chamber members and ...

Power of hope

Local columns

At the National Speakers Association’s (NSA) Influence 2019 conference in Denver, Colorado a couple of weeks ago the leadership expert, John Maxwell was one of our speakers. Mr. Maxwell says, “Leaders are dealers in hope. If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.” I ...

Hummingbirds will be leaving soon

Local columns

If you feed hummingbirds, you should be seeing lots of activity right now. Ruby-throated hummingbird numbers peak in August. Young of the year have left the nest (fledged) so late summer populations easily double. Whether you see two or three hummers visiting a single feeder or can brag about ...

Thrillers put readers on the edge of seats

Local columns

There are new thrillers out there that will keep readers hooked. It’s not all fun and games in “The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin. Four Wall Street rising stars show up for a special team-building exercise at an escape room. But once Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam get to their ...

Family pool party tonight

Local columns

Make plans now to join family and friends for an end-of-season community evening at the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool from 6-8 p.m. today. Admission is $5, and children ages 3 and under are free. Concessions will be available. In case of inclement weather, check the pool’s website or ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Artsbridge’s ArtCart program, coming into Wood County elementary schools for a fourth school year. Though only Jefferson Elementary Center has its own art teacher, this program ensures that fourth graders get free, in-school art instruction from the program’s four teachers. That kind ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Reentry Council to help former offenders

Local columns

“They are going to be our neighbors no matter what. Let’s help them be the best they can be.” These words from Dominique Kirl sum up the mission of the Mid-Ohio Valley Reentry Council of Parkersburg. The area reentry council, part of a statewide network of councils formed by the West ...

Look Back: Logan was Parkersburg’s first noted philanthropist

Local columns

Editor’s note: As a reproduction of historical newspaper items, this column contains language that, while considered appropriate at the time, would not be used in print today. *** Parkersburg Can Boast of ‘Uncle Boss’ Logan as Its Earliest Philanthropist In the life of Henry “Uncle ...