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Op-ed: Focusing on new era in the life of the Diocese

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For better or worse — mostly for worse during the past year and a half — the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been in the news. The media reports about former Bishop Michael Bransfield have gone national and international. Pope Francis, acting on a lay commission’s report, which he ...

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Letters to the editor

The more one sincerely studies, honestly evaluates and compares, studiously verifies and consistently continues seeking truth, the more limitations are recognized. This then verifies that foundational understanding and application is imperative to conclusion. Key factors of any belief are ...

Hoping actions are right

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I don’t fear for my life. I fear for my children and grandchildren’s lives. I don’t know what to expect from what happened after the death of Qasem Soleimani. I hope and pray that all of the tension de-escalates. I don’t blame just one person. I don’t blame the President. He is ...

Wonderful surprise

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Recently I had a very blessed experience! I am a crossing guard for Williamstown Elementary and High School, and all of a sudden I saw the “Pride of Williamstown” marching band coming down the sidewalk from the high school! I figured they were going to the elementary school to play for ...

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2020 is here. We are a year older, but some of us have not really learned a whole lot and continue to mock other writers. One continues to berate people he disagrees with, calling them uninformed, uneducated and says their message is unreadable gibberish unsupported by any facts. Let us check ...

Welcome January with thanks

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The first few days of January of this new year, I think is trying to impress us weather wise. We can not complain about the weather this winter so far, because we actually have been having some very nice cool weather, but also sunny days and no snow as of yet. I am sure many of you probably ...

World has changed, what didn’t happen

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Everything is relative. Today was a big day. I walked a half mile without my walker. I still have my knee immobilizers on. For a guy who was been running half marathons, walking a half mile shouldn’t be a big deal. For a guy who was in a wheelchair three weeks ago it was huge. My success is ...

‘I have a problem’

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What would you do if you had an issue with a local business? Maybe the product or service you purchased wasn’t delivered or didn’t meet your expectations? Let’s use today’s column to review some options when you encounter this situation. (Notice I said “when” not “if” — ...

Who decides where the money goes?

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Every year your United Way works diligently to raise a hearty campaign that will help to support nonprofit organizations and initiatives in the coming year. We spend an inordinate amount of time conducting community needs assessments and determining the most acute and critical needs across the ...

Thrillers in small towns

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Thrillers set in small towns bring some scary thrills in several new books. A historical thriller follows two women as their lives evolve around an artistic mural in “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain. In 2018, Morgan is finishing up a three-year sentence in jail and looking ...

Birds of a feather

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On a cold March afternoon in 1983, I sat in a blind on the banks of the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska and watched seemingly endless lines of sandhill cranes, Canada geese, snow geese, and many species of ducks descend into the shallows to roost for the night. The parade continued well ...

Mom Prom tickets on sale

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Tickets for the 7th annual BrAva Mom Prom, scheduled for Friday, April 17, go on sale this Friday, January 17, at 7 p.m. Go to bravamomprom.com and click on the ‘tickets’ link and get ready to click! Tickets -either printed or mobile — are required this year. A printed ticket or an ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To a possible move by the Parkersburg Utility Board to consider using the Wood County 911 Center’s alert system for emergency notifications, rather than paying a private company an annual fee of nearly $5,000. “The Wood County 911 Center will do that for us at no charge,” Parkersburg ...

Junior League of Parkersburg to celebrate 95 years

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The Junior League of Parkersburg is bringing an “Anniversary Ball” to the Blennerhassett Hotel on Feb. 15. The semi-formal event will celebrate 95 years of community service performed by the Junior League of Parkersburg since 1925. The theme is “Love Is In The Air” to coincide with ...

Look Back: Trip across Ohio River concludes

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Part two of the trip across the Ohio River found the trio in the skiff directly in the wake of a huge steamboat. Their plight continues: “Our mirth was interrupted by a roaring and jarring downstream, and looking about in that direction, we perceived another large steamboat directly ...

Revenue: Despite upturn, cuts in spending still needed

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Gov. Jim Justice offered a late Christmas gift when he announced state revenue collections were good during December. As the legislative session begins, he and state legislators need to bear in mind that we are not out of the woods, yet. Going into the sixth month of the fiscal year, the ...

Crime Labs: Lawmakers must renew supplemental funds

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West Virginia is among states that have made gratifying progress in reducing backlogs in laboratory testing of evidence in criminal cases. Unfortunately, there still are waiting lists for law enforcement agencies. As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph recently pointed out, the backlog of DNA ...

Jail Bill: Wood County’s efforts should be replicated

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“We are probably the only county in the state that has really attacked the jail bill like we have,” said Wood County Administrator Marty Seufer, during a County Commission meeting Monday. During last week’s West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead members of the media and ...

Population Growth: Legislators must spur job growth

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If West Virginia legislators about to begin their annual regular session need any reason to pursue economic development initiatives, a new national population report provides it. From 2018 to 2019, the nation’s population increased by nearly 0.5 percent, or about 1.5 million people, the ...