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Opinion

What are your food expectations?

Local columns

I must say that we all are different and of course at the same time have different taste buds. Our palate gets excited when we try different foods that we think we might like and you can compare it when you go shopping and see a dress or shirt that you would like to have. Let’s start today ...

Amish-style cookbook released by author

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For those who like homestyle country cooking, New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter brings another collection of Amish-inspired recipes with “Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook.” Amish and Mennonite cooks have contributed more than 200 recipes to Brunstetter’s ...

Women’s fiction with romance, family

Local columns

Kathleen Fuller tells four stories of Amish families in “Amish Generations.” In four novellas, Fuller looks at different generations overcome obstacles and discovering new faith and love. In “Young Love,” Fern who has an autoimmune disease, doesn’t think she will ever be able to get ...

Vote! Primary election must not be ignored

Editorials

Tuesday is primary election day in West Virginia. Given the numbers Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes told us he is seeing, it seems as though quite a few people are either unaware or do not care. “In 2016 we were averaging 445 voters a day; we are averaging 177 a day right now,” Rhodes said ...

Safety: Bad police make job harder for good ones

Editorials

West Virginia National Guard and Winfield, W.Va., Police Department Officials have a bit of a problem on their hands. One of their own showed his true colors a few days ago. Guardsman and Winfield police officer Noah Garcelon posted on social media that he would “start firing live rounds” ...

COVID-19: Testing campaign for prisons is vital

Editorials

It appears nearly all the COVID-19 cases in Randolph County are at the state prison in Huttonsville. Keeping it that way — that is, preventing the disease from spreading into communities around the corrections center — must still be a priority for Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials ...

Healthcare: Hospital closures need legislators’ attention

Editorials

Last week, Bluefield Regional Medical Center became a shell of its former self as officials announced it would close down all inpatient and ancillary services by July 30. It will, for now, continue to offer an emergency department, a lab and x-rays. That is quite a blow to the area, though ...

Backyard Gardener: Peonies are an old favorite

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and Gardeners. Here on the farm it is always around Memorial Day that my grandmothers’ peonies are blooming. Most garden peonies grow two to three feet tall and mature plants may be three to five feet wide. Peonies bear three to six-inch diameter, fragrant ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Dr. Clay Marsh who has served so well as West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar, but is now transitioning back into his role as Vice President and Executive Dean of West Virginia University’s Health Sciences department. Marsh has been a calm, steady, well-informed voice of reason during ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia election potpourri

Local columns

CHARLESTON — Here we are, eight days out from the June 9 primary election and it’s crunch time for statewide candidates still trying to still influence voters who are marking absentee ballots, taking part in early voting or waiting to vote a week from Tuesday. I traditionally vote on the ...

Lawsuit industry may mean we never go back to ‘normal’

Local columns

Look for another epidemic, not long after the one involving COVID-19. The new one will feature lawsuits linked, of course, to the coronavirus. It may begin when a restaurant owner is sued by a former customer who insists he wasn’t seated far enough away from others to avoid contracting the ...

Precautions: Gambling establishments must reopen safely

Editorials

Bean counters in Charleston now have a realistic idea of how the closure of casinos and limited video lottery outlets during this pandemic has affected revenue. According to Lottery Deputy Director Dean Patrick, the West Virginia Lottery missed revenue estimates by $64 million in April. There ...

The strength to take action

Local columns

Several days ago, I thought I was going to write this column about the purported Patriot Day Rally to exercise Second Amendment Rights in Kentucky. During the rally, some whack job drove up in a pickup truck, brought out an effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and hung it from a tree, with a ...

Look Back: Parkersburg boasts competitive walking champ

Local columns

Our champion walkers Thomas Cox, of this city, and C. Hendricks, of Lauckport, are at Wheeling, participating in the thirty-six hour go-as-you-please walking match. Cox is the champion of West Virginia and seems likely to win the Wheeling prize. This is the second time that Hendricks was ever ...

Poisonous Kool-Aid

Letters to the editor

It seems painfully clear that many Kool-Aid addicted millennials have chosen to believe that if socialism, aka communism, were instituted that no one would be poor and no one rich. A great equalizer, no? Might we hypothetically experiment with a class of these Kool-Aiders? Inform them that the ...

Don’t throw away history

Letters to the editor

Much of our history is being tossed! Boomers and other seniors are “down-sizing,” or their children are being left with the task of doing something with their possessions. Too often, family photos, old documents, maps, school yearbooks and even good furnishings end up on the curb. Other ...

We need to support local businesses now

Local columns

Way before the coronavirus started we use to see advertisements everywhere to support our local business in the area. Now that the stores and businesses are re-opening, supporting them has become more important that ever. With people being confined to their homes because of the virus ordering ...

Our turn to do our part for our country

Local columns

Last weekend we celebrated our heroes who died for our liberty. In World War II my father was a Marine fighting in the Pacific. Like most combat veterans he never talked about combat. Dad told us about crossing the equator and his time in Australia and New Zealand. As we got older he would ...

Women’s fiction to read while stuck at home

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Private school admissions will give plenty of laughs and drama in ‘Tiny Imperfections” by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans. Josie is working as director of admissions at a prestigious day school in San Francisco to provide a good life for her daughter. Her alma mater, Josie was a scholarship ...

The Soul Traveler

Local columns

The water in Charleston Harbor was still. It reflected the cotton candy clouds hanging in a clear summer sky. The breeze was pleasant as it softly cooled people working in the harbor. The Portuguese ship, known as the slave ship, sat unmoving on the giant mirror. Bit John Martin was in ...