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UP: To Parkersburg South High School math teacher Sara Klesel, who was named Wood County Schools Teacher of the Year at last week’s board of education meeting. “This is quite an honor, especially in a year when every teacher has truly gone above and beyond. I couldn’t do it without my ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Mr. Adams goes to Washington

Local columns

Last week, I spent two days in our nation’s capital shadowing Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and it was an eye-opening and enlightening experience. I was asked by my friend Ric DeRubeis, afternoon host of Real Big Talk with Big Ric WKKX-WVLY, why I made ...

Overreach: Supreme Court should weigh in on EPA power

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was back on the case last week as he led a 19-state coalition in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an appeals court ruling that would give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to “decarbonize virtually any sector of the ...

Getting the second shot

Local columns

By the time my appointment for the second COVID-19 vaccine shot rolled around, I’ll admit I was a little nervous. There had been enough time to hear the stories of those who experienced unpleasant side effects for a day or two after the injection. It has become a bit of a scheduling fixture ...

Look Back: Remembering, recovering our rural cemeteries

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May is Remember a Rural Cemetery Month. In 2013, in an effort to help the Wood County Rural Cemetery Alliance and the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society preserve and restore rural cemeteries, the Wood County Commission resolved that the month of May would be “Rural Cemetery ...

Help students get experience in field

Letters to the editor

Reading a letter to the editor on April 4, submitted by Lewis Rutherford and titled “Three-year Bachelor’s Degrees” prompted me to respond. The part of his letter regarding graduates receiving degrees who are unemployed with student loans debt to repay stirred things up again for me ...

Help from good people is appreciated

Letters to the editor

On Jan. 13, I was at Rural King in Parkersburg with my dog Kojack. I was returning to my truck and as I started up the driver side, I noticed my right foot was soaked and looked down and saw a vein had burst. I called 911 and put my dog in the front seat and turned around to sit against the ...

Narcan handouts part of the problem

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about the people handing out Narcan for the drug users here in Parkersburg. That just shows me that it’s OK to do the drugs and take a chance of overdosing because they hand out Narcan for the users. The paramedics have Narcan and the firefighters have Narcan. What I want ...

A nation divided

Letters to the editor

The United States of America, the greatest country in the history of the world where many brave heroes have died to protect our God-given freedoms for future generations, and founded by brilliant men of foresight in 1776, is unfortunately greatly divided and at a crossroads. The two sides ...

Church, state must remain separate

Letters to the editor

Most Christians want their religion represented in public schools and throughout our governments. But with so many denominations, which ones will be represented? Some of them will have a conflict. I personally could tolerate the Unitarian Church in public life but there would be a national ...

Cooking Tournament of Champions

Local columns

A couple weeks ago I decided one day not to do anything and take a little break, relax and on my relaxation time to either cook, bake, read recipes or watch the cooking channel on television. When I learned that the “Tournament of Champions” featuring some of the best chefs in the country ...

Vegetarian at its best

Local columns

New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson has recently released a new cookbook that celebrates whole-food vegetarian recipes with “Super Natural Simple.” Swanson, the author of “Super Natural Cooking,” “Super Natural Every Day” and “Near & Far,” is also a two-time ...

Thrillers to chill this May

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A historical novel looks into domestic violence, rights of women, and the witch hunts in “Hour of the Witch” by Chris Bohjalian. Mary is a young wife in Boston in the mid 1600s. Married off to a widowed man double her age, all she was hoping for was a child of her own one day. Instead, ...

Beating our fears

Local columns

Lynnda and I took our first airplane trip in over a year this week. We took some long trips to places like the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving with family and Kiawah Island, S.C., for a half marathon with our daughter. We even went to Disney in Florida with our youngest and his family. All of ...

Prevention: Spend money wisely to battle disease spread

Editorials

West Virginia has suffered greatly under the weight of the substance abuse epidemic that has found more than one way to claim lives. The Mountain State is dealing with the highest spike of HIV cases related to intravenous drug use in the country. But there are other infectious diseases ...

Education: WVU makes right call with relaxed standards

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West Virginia University has made a good decision in extending the relaxed requirements for test scores for students applying for admission. In fact, if they have not already done so, other institutions of higher learning should follow suit. At WVU, the extension will carry through the ...

New Maps: Ohio redistricting must be fair, nonpartisan

Editorials

We know now Ohio will lose a seat in Congress after the 2020 Census tally has been completed. That’s 60 years now in which Ohio has lost a representative in Washington, D.C., every decade. The Buckeye State clearly has some work to do if it is to sustain population growth to the degree that ...

Timeframe: Cutting emissions faces roadblocks

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It must have been quite a victory for President Joe Biden to receive the backing of the United Mine Workers in his plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition” Biden says includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on ...

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UP: To the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley once again exceeding its fundraising campaign goals. In its 2020-21 campaign, the organization raised $1,150,000. That is stunning given the pandemic atmosphere during which the money was raised. “This was the year that we had to do ...