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Opinion

Winter in Downtown Parkersburg

Local columns

Although the season of cooler weather is upon us, Downtown PKB is still working on events to bring people downtown to visit, shop and dine at our wonderful and unique businesses. Next on our calendar of events is Small Business Saturday. The idea of Small Business Saturday was created by the ...

Op-ed: Everyday leadership

Local columns

In 1978, I was a foreman at a coal mine east of Beallsville, Ohio. I enjoyed my weekends off because I was required to work a number of them. It’s a Sunday afternoon and I am relaxing with my family when the phone rings. I answer the phone expecting to hear the voice of a family member. ...

Getting to know the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council

Local columns

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

Fan favorites return with new Amish books

Local columns

Two fan favorite Amish writers return with new books just in time for the holidays. From New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with her daughter-in-law, Jean Brunstetter and granddaughter Richelle Brunstetter, writes 18 short stories in “Amish Front Porch ...

November links the old to the new

Local columns

November. Each day the sun rises a few minutes later and sets a few minutes earlier. Days grow chilly. Nightly frosts become the rule. It’s just a matter of time until the first snow falls. Yes, it’s November. By month’s end, the whole world seems on the brink of death. The few brown ...

Raffle tickets on sale for pool fundraiser

Local columns

The annual 12 Days of Christmas fundraising raffle benefiting the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool has begun. Tickets are now on sale for $25 each at any of these local merchants: B & W Pharmacy, Lisa’s Sweet Stop, Wainwright’s Jewelry, and the Waterford Commercial and Savings Bank. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those who took time to vote on social media for K9 Drago, who received honorable mention in the run for the Aftermath K9 Grant national award this year. The $500 prize combined with a matching gift from an anonymous donor means $1,000 will be headed to the Wood County K9 unit. That is in ...

Smoot show honors John Lee

Local columns

Josh Martin, R.J. Lowe, Peter Sour and the Smoot Theatre staff deserve applause for last Saturday night’s presentation of “The Story of My Life.” The wonderful show at the Smoot honored John Lee, longtime theater director in Parkersburg who died in 2016. Lee had directed Martin and Lowe ...

Look Back: Pottery works provide tidbits

Local columns

Sand Plains news Mr. Dan Mercer, the new potter, is spending the holidays at his home in Green County, Penn., and will remain a few days; the boys are all anxious for him to return. It is reported that one of the Riverside police has been tried, convicted, dismissed and blacklisted for ...

Prezioso: Minority leader’s voice will be missed

Editorials

Politics in West Virginia is not like that at the national level. Here, Democrats and Republicans can argue about policy like, well, ladies and gentlemen. Or they used to be able to, anyway. One of the most effective Democrat leaders in that regard has been state Senate Minority Leader Roman ...

Hero: Pinkerton deserves praise for saving life

Editorials

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said he was grateful someone was on scene before the fire department’s arrival, after Jo Pinkerton was able to help get a woman out of a house fire in time to save her life. Surely Linda Carter, who has mobility issues and was calling out for help when ...

Foster Care: We must do better for the children

Editorials

Nearly 2 percent of children under 18 years of age in West Virginia are in foster care. That is roughly three times the national rate, and it explains a lot about failings within our state’s foster care system. Officials say the substance abuse epidemic and our continued flailing economy are ...

Transparency: Church leaders have far to go to regain trust

Editorials

Very, very few people receive $79,000 pay raises in a year. But Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, did. Financial records indicate in 2015, Bransfield’s salary as bishop was $136,488. But in 2016, he was paid $215,571. In 2017, his last ...

al-Baghdadi: Solidarity vital against ISIS, Al-Qaida

Editorials

It is doubtful ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place before al-Baghdadi ...

Reporter’s Notebook: From math to economics

Local columns

Teachers were able to play off news a few weeks ago showing a major problem with teacher absenteeism as “teacher bashing” before leading up to the 2020 election. I’m unsure how they explain away the most recent national reading and math scores. According to test scores from the 2019 ...

Severance tax crash a real problem

Local columns

You aren’t encountering as many of those gas industry trucks on the back roads as you did for a long time, are you? That may make for a less stressful drive to work, but it’s a bad sign for West Virginia’s economy and the state budget. Once again this month, Workforce West Virginia’s ...

‘Good Water’: Vienna officials deserve praise for work

Editorials

It took more than three years, but last week, Vienna was able to complete a project prompted by news in May 2016 that higher-than-acceptable levels of C8 had been detected in its well water. Among the reasons for the amount of time needed was the construction of new carbon filter facilities ...

Entering the giving season

Local columns

Did anyone else wait until Nov. 1 to turn on the heat? I did — but just barely. With the way that wind whipped in last week, I very much considered staying up till midnight and turning on the heat the second Nov. 1 arrived. I didn’t. I got out an extra blanket and dealt with it. (Although ...

Op-ed: ‘Rise Up’ above the fray

Local columns

I sit in my office at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, photos with students hanging on the walls, homemade cards colored by children and good wishes of every persuasion lining the book shelves, a copy of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider catching my eye from the corner of the desk in ...

Nothing sinister in red flag laws

Letters to the editor

The Oct. 27 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor protesting efforts to reduce gun violence. That letter was titled “Red flag laws not the answer.” That letter was a hodgepodge collection of buzz-words borrowed from conservative media, expressing a love for guns and a total ...