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Opinion

The time for truth is now

Local columns

Thursday evening, I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. For me it was an honor. Back in the days when I spent a lot of time in the field, I listened to Jim’s show late at night while traveling. He kept me awake. On Thursday we discussed gasoline prices, energy, ...

Downtown PKB holds annual meeting

Local columns

Every year in February, Downtown PKB holds our annual board of directors meeting. This meeting brings together our board, members of our Partner Program and sponsors from our 2019 events to hear about the accomplishments of the previous year to and plans for the current year. The meeting was ...

United Way serving in difficult times

Local columns

How does United Way serve a community in times of increased stress or even uncertain times? Very much in the way that they serve a community every single day. Our United Way is a collector, curator, and disseminator of critical information. We work hard every day to ensure that we have a finger ...

Mysteries to make you think

Local columns

There are plenty of new mysteries that will keep readers on their toes. First is a story of Munchausen by Proxy syndrome with a twist of revenge in “Darling Rose Gold.” Patty Watts was seen as the devoted single mother of a chronically-ill daughter Rose Gold. But Rose Gold wasn’t really ...

Beverly-Center students show their kindness

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These students at Beverly-Center were chosen Student of the Month for February. February’s Cadet Pride goal was ‘showing kindness to others.’ Those students chosen were: Kindergarten — Janaya Erb and Audrey Kesselring; First Grade — Seth Merritt and Bristol Sajdak-Lapan; Second ...

A New Tide Coming In

Local columns

A left-over slave shack — left over from a time in our nation’s past that most would rather forget. One could stand on the back porch and view the Atlantic Ocean. The ships, like tiny toys, were lining up with the buoys coming in and out of the port. The two looked strictly out of place ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To all our local first responders, but particularly to members of the Parkersburg Fire Department who gave us an unsettling reminder of just how dangerous their jobs can be this week. When two were injured during what should have been a routine house fire call, Capt. Brian Drake said “We ...

Local residents enjoy military events

Local columns

Local residents enjoyed attending recent events featuring military leaders in Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va. Mary Anne Ketelsen, majority owner and chief executive officer of Mister Bee Potato Chips of Parkersburg, and family members attended Tuesday’s 38th annual awards dinner to ...

Look Back: Volleyball a popular pasttime

Local columns

Martin team won three games In the volley ball match at the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium on Wednesday evening between the Martin and Kramer teams of the volley ball league, the former proved too much for their opponents on that occasion and won all three of the games played. On Saturday evening the ...

Predators: Justice should sign bill protecting children

Editorials

For generations, the easy way for county school systems to deal with faculty and staff members accused of abusing children is to allow them to resign. Make the problem quietly go away; end of story (for the school system anyway) — unless, as has happened, the predator moves elsewhere and ...

Safety: Drivers must stay alert for children

Editorials

As school starts each year, warning abound about drivers being alert for children who are more likely to be out and about — perhaps walking to and from school. Two recent incidents remind us drivers must by hypervigilant as the weather warms up, too. Sunday, a Belpre 6-year-old was in front ...

Back Issues: Diesel brings Bloodshot to life

Local columns

Known to comic book enthusiasts as the voice of Groot and movie-goers in general as the star of a small, indie drama series “The Fast and The Furious,” Vin Diesel looks to launch another franchise this week as Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot. Introduced in 1992 to a shared universe of original ...

Bipartisanship: Lawmakers deserve praise for crafting budget

Editorials

West Virginia politicians can fight like cats and dogs — or, perhaps more apt these days, like Democrats and Republicans at the national level. But events of the past week in Charleston have given Mountain State residents reason for confidence that when it is crucial, thoughtful, ...

COVID-19: Transparency will be important for public safety

Editorials

Though two cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, have been identified in Pennsylvania, residents of the state’s western counties know they have little immediate cause for concern. That is because Gov. Tom Wolf, in revealing the information Friday, noted the two cases are in Delaware and Wayne ...

Safety First: Despite rain, stick to the rules on burning

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents with soggy yards and damp basements might be forgiven for grumbling “enough with the rain already” when the skies open up these days. It has been a wet winter, there is no doubt. But that doesn’t mean we can throw caution to the wind as spring approaches. Ohio ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week nine at the Legislature

Local columns

CHARLESTON — Here we are, at the end of another legislative session and looking back, I have to say it wasn’t too bad. Sure, I’ve noted various issues and dramas over the last nine weeks. As I’ve said before, when you lock in maybe 300 people (lawmakers, staff, other government ...

Don’t ignore the silent majority

Local columns

I suspect Mayor Glenn Elliott is right: There are three types of people in Wheeling, as he explained in his State of the City address [Feb. 25]. It isn’t difficult to see that. What is more of a challenge, however, is knowing how many people fit into each of the three categories — and what ...

Bureaucracy: Flood victims still waiting for help

Editorials

Given the number of natural disasters that have struck West Virginia since then, it is easy to forget we are approaching the four-year mark since massive flooding devastated communities in June 2016. Perhaps officials are counting on that collective memory loss. Certainly the federal ...

West Virginia has plenty to see

Local columns

Restless yet? Our clocks have sprung forward (you remembered, right?), and the sun has been teasing us once in a while with brilliant blue skies and the hope of warmer temperatures. Some folks are starting to make summer vacation plans, some are just excited spring is on its way. The annual ...

Op-ed: In West Virginia, every voter counts

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It is often said, “every vote counts.” In West Virginia, every voter counts, too. For too long, segments of voters have been disenfranchised from our democratic process through no fault of their own. Deployed armed services members often lack access to mail, printers, and scanners — ...