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Opinion

Happy Labor Day

Local columns

In a couple days, we will once again be celebrating “Labor Day” as we always do but this year with some restrictions. This year, we will be celebrating by wearing masks, keeping our distances from others and attending limited people gatherings. Unfortunately, of course, we have the ones ...

The event I really missed in 2020

Local columns

I’m sure I am not alone when I say that there are several community events that I’ve missed not attending over the past 6 months. But one stands out more than others. And the event I’m speaking of is… The Parkersburg Half Marathon. So right now, there are those that are saying, ...

Backyard Gardener: Making jams and jellies

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and Gardeners. Labor Day weekend is upon us. We are officially saying goodbye to one of the hottest summers in memory and welcoming fall. Needed rains and cooler temperatures are here so enjoy. Many home gardeners and others are making homemade jams and jellies ...

Lest we forget

Local columns

This week was the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is hard for me to imagine what it was like to live through a war where the very existence of our country is at stake. My understanding of that time comes from my parents. My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific. He was ...

Facing campaign launch jitters

Local columns

Do you remember the early morning, night before the first day of school, nervous stomach feeling? That feeling of jitters in the pit of my stomach. A hybrid of excitement and edgy anticipation. An eagerness to return yet the slightly apprehensive feeling that you weren’t sure exactly how this ...

Romance novels as pick-me-up

Local columns

A librarian discovers a baby in a bathroom stall and puts her in the path of the town’s handsome sheriff in “No Offense” by Meg Cabot. Molly is enjoying her new life as the children’s librarian in a small town in the Florida Keys after her breakup with her ex-fiance. Whether its ...

Littering: Proper disposal of masks is important

Editorials

It’s a shame to see a pandemic reveal the worst in people, but among the instances in which we have seen an uptick in behavior that ignores common sense and decency is littering. Right in plain site is the number of people who feel no compunction about tossing masks, gloves and wipes just ...

Back Issues: ‘Bill and Ted’s’ excellent comics journey

Local columns

Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan return to theaters (and at home on demand) last week with “Bill and Ted Face the Music.” But this isn’t the first time in nearly 30 years the time-traveling duo has continued their excellent adventures and bogus journeys. The others happened ...

Prisons: Officials must keep virus from spreading

Editorials

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is good at keeping human beings inside jails and prisons. Now, the agency needs to do all it can to keep the COVID-19 virus from escaping, too. Last Friday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail in ...

Transparency: Schools must keep public informed on COVID-19

Editorials

No doubt most parents and guardians who have decided to send their children back to public schools in West Virginia, beginning Sept. 8, did so with some trepidation. What if COVID-19 breaks out in a child’s school? Educators have been given detailed guidance on what to do if even one case of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news that the New Era One Room School Museum in Mineral Wells will get a facelift thanks to the involvement of the New Era Kite Club, Tri State Roofing and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tours and programs will be available again soon, too — with the proper precautions of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Two months until the election

Local columns

CHARLESTON — As of this writing, we are 64 days from the Nov. 3 general election, with the traditional start of campaign season coming next week on Labor Day. Of course, candidates have been trying to get out and around the state now for weeks since they mostly couldn’t do it during the ...

Let go of Bransfield anger

Local columns

It’s time to move on. Former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield is not worth a single second more of aggravation. Bransfield was booted out of his position as leader of the church’s Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in 2018. That happened after his wild spending and sexual ...

Successful, fair voting requires planning

Letters to the editor

This year’s election is unusual because COVID-19 has made holding public meetings difficult. For this reason many of us are opting to get absentee ballots. At the same time we are concerned that the Post Office will not handle the election material quickly enough to prevent some of us being ...

Challenges: Wood County BOE should not let delay be exploited

Editorials

“We’re pushing the envelope,” said Wood County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, in discussing the “COVID delay” that has struck construction suppliers as they deliver what is needed to complete several district projects. While all schools are still expected to open on ...

Speaking up when it counts

Local columns

Those determined to make a difference through peaceful protest could learn a lot from the National Basketball Association— its players, most of the team owners and Commissioner Adam Silver. Having already led the league through its return amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver is now leading it ...

Look Back: Cook family fills Parkersburg park

Local columns

EDITOR’S NOTE: As this column is a reproduction of historical newspaper excerpts, the following item contains language that would not be used and is understood to be inappropriate today. *** Caterer’s Camp Celebrated Cook Conclave For some time it has been an open secret that the Cook ...

Clearing the air pollution

Letters to the editor

In the Aug. 23 edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, a local right-wing letter-writer decided to respond to a response I had published to Congressman David McKinley on Aug. 9. This is not surprising. He seems to be an avid reader of mine and to often feel the need to respond. But he, as ...

Help much appreciated

Letters to the editor

We would like to thank the many residents, businesses and church/civic groups who stepped up to sponsor hanging baskets, containers, trees and watering for our parks and entry areas in and around the city of Belpre. Civitan Park has seen an increase in use this year, and the support of our ...