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Opinion

Charity Fraud: Know where your money is going

Editorials

West Virginians are generous folks. When we are able, we give what we can to help our neighbors in need. But, while there are many responsible charitable organizations in our region, there are also those willing to take advantage of that generosity for their own benefit. That is why West ...

WVSOP: Volunteers bring music to MOV

Editorials

Parkersburg may be “like their second home,” as West Virginia Symphony Orchestra — Parkersburg board of directors chairman Mary Ann Osborne put it, but the WVSOP delivers a first-class experience to music lovers here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. For 32 years, WVSOP has left its Charleston ...

Oblivious: Parole officer’s termination was proper

Editorials

Many of us have been startled from time to time by revelations about people with whom we were close. We didn’t really know them at all. Simona Southall insisted that was the situation with her boyfriend in June 2017, Jonathan Brockman. The two, along with their son, lived in Fayette County, ...

Neely may underestimate voters

Local columns

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Oversight: Cutting VA’s budget may wake them up

Editorials

If allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs are valid, Congress should take a hard look at the approximately $220 billion in taxpayer dollars the VA requested from this year’s budget. A department that cannot be trusted even to verify whether it is hiring people who are ...

High school’s greatest hits

Local columns

Parents worried about whether they should sign up their kids for youth sports have probably not gotten much encouragement from this year’s NFL news. Despite efforts to make the game safer, some pro football players still go at each other with what seems to be an intent to injure. Knocking ...

Op-ed: Confessions of an absentee teacher

Local columns

It’s that time of year again — election season, also known as teacher-bashing season. Have you noticed that in the last few years every time an election is pending teachers are once again painted as villains and leeches of the public coffers? This cycle has happened with such predictability ...

Say no to storage hub

Letters to the editor

An Oct. 2 editorial, “Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority,” states West Virginia’s congressional delegation should continue making the Appalachian Storage Hub a top priority and supports recent legislation from West Virginia’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation to direct ...

Wrong on teacher absenteeism

Letters to the editor

Christina Myer had a column in the Oct. 13. newspaper. She lists a bunch of statistics on teacher absenteeism and then throws the teachers under the school bus for missing days that by contract they are allowed to use saying, “If teachers abusing the system do not see the value in avoiding ...

Thank you from Belpre Lions

Letters to the editor

The Belpre Lions Club would like to give a huge thank you to the Dollar Tree in Belpre. They were kind enough to collect items needed for us to send care packages to local men and women stationed overseas. We were also told we could have a fundraiser in front of their store. The MOV showed ...

Restoring natural curriculum

Letters to the editor

A new educational paradigm was suggested in this paper Sept. 29. The new paradigm addressed four basic problems. The natural construction of the curriculum is one. “Keeping Score” reported that of “116 high schools, 89 are in the yellow category for only partially meeting (English ...

October is breast cancer awareness month

Local columns

October has been the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” for several years. Cancer is a deadly disease and unfortunately hits any and every age at any time. I am sure that all of us have a relative or friend that has had to deal with breast cancer and for that reason, we set October aside to ...

Attitude is everything

Local columns

I was at our local grocery store this week and saw Rick, one of my former employees from over 25 years ago when I was a Regional Manager. Rick used to drive truck for me. He was a good worker and a friend. Rick has been retired for several years and took this part time job as a stocker to have ...

Spooky thrills in cozies

Local columns

Find some spooky seasonal treats with new cozy mysteries! Catering a bookstore opening brings the death of a customer in “Crypt Suzette” by Maya Corrigan, as part of her Five-Ingredient Mystery series. Val already has plenty on her plate, and dealing with the mysterious Suzette living in ...

Watch out for deer on roads

Local columns

If you live in deer country, you know that autumn can be a dangerous season to be on the road. It’s when deer-vehicle collisions peak. In many areas, it’s not if you hit a deer, it’s when. Over the last 30 years I’ve hit six deer. I completely totaled one car and suffered more than ...

Antiques appraisal scheduled

Local columns

Oliver Tucker Museum is sponsoring an Antique Appraisal this Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Waterford Elementary School. The school, located on State Route 339 in Waterford, OH, is one level and assistance will be provided at the door if needed. Donation fee is $5 for the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those who gathered this week during a public forum on the state’s Substance Use Response Plan. Among the important points made is that prevention efforts should begin much earlier than the middle school years. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens and others are correct that education ...

Parkersburg Art Center brings festival to Market Street

Local columns

Today’s ArtOberfest in downtown Parkersburg has the ingredients to be a fun event. There will be art, music, food, cars and a forecast calling for sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures. Activities will be centered in the 700 and 800 blocks of Market Street around the Parkersburg Art ...

Look Back: Weather wreaks havoc on region

Local columns

WINTER seldom presents itself in this section in a more ragged aspect than on Sunday last. During Saturday night the Mercury fell to 12 degrees. A biting north wind prevailed throughout Sunday and the sky was full of fine snow. The temperature only rose 2 degrees, the mercury standing at 14 ...

Traffic Deaths: Make good decisions to stay safe on road

Editorials

Last year, Ohio saw a dip in the number of traffic deaths. But the improvement was short-lived. The number of traffic death so far this year is approximately 20 more than at this time last year, at 880, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. While the Ohio Department of Transportation has ...