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Opinion

Mid-Ohio Valley chamber award nominees named

Local columns

The annual Dinner and Awards Banquet is getting a refresh this year — a theme a new format. Instead of a sit-down dinner, we’ve expanded the networking, fun, food and activities to the entire night with a break in the middle where we will announce our award winners at The MOV Greatest ...

United Way is there

Local columns

Our community is facing many challenges. They’re daunting. They feel scary. They can feel so completely overwhelming. Your United Way is tackling these problems. Every day, in every corner of our community. We fight for the education, health, financial stability and well being of every ...

Thrill with mysteries

Local columns

Bestselling author A.J. Banner returns with a new thriller, “The Poison Garden.” Elise seems to have a perfect life with a lovely home, perfect marriage to a handsome doctor named Kieran, and a dream job running her late mother’s boutique. And then on the eve of her first wedding ...

Matching bird food to feeders this fall

Local columns

If fall temperatures arrive this weekend as predicted, it will feel like it’s time to fill the backyard bird feeders. Colder morning temperatures send hungry birds to well stocked feeders. Here are some tips to help make any backyard feeding station a success. Whether you’re new to feeding ...

October activities at the Beverly Public Library

Local columns

The Beverly Public Library has several activities for all ages scheduled for this week. Story Time for children ages 2-6 is scheduled for both Tuesday, October 8, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m. A participating adult must accompany the preschool children to story time. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the revitalization of an area at the Parkersburg Art Center now known as Melissa’s Garden, which will be used by the art center as a children’s garden — a play space for ArtStart Preschool students, an outdoor classroom for Camp Creativity, and perhaps eventually event rental ...

Movie, dinner help kids program

Local columns

How about watching a murder mystery while eating a meal from Outback Steakhouse — all to benefit neglected and abused children. That is what Voices for Children Foundation-CASA Program Director Margaret Burdette has planned for the 15th annual Mystery Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at ...

Look Back: Fire spells end for Terrapin Park

Local columns

Doubtful if the park will be rebuilt Another of the landmarks of Parkersburg was wiped out last night when the casino at Terrapin Park was burned to the ground, not a stick of the timber which formed the building being left when the fire which burned itself out at a late hour in the morning, ...

Life Through the Lens: MAN-ipulated for too long

Local columns

“I will rely on those closest to me, and I will share their burdens, as they share mine. I will live and love.” *** Every man has a vision of manliness in their mind. Where it comes from, I’ll never know. Tradition? Culture? Chuck Norris? This vision is full of strength, resilience, ...

Back Yard Gardener: Drought-stressed lawns

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! We welcome the first week of October as we end one of the hottest and driest Septembers on record. I believe fall is coming starting this weekend so we can enjoy outdoor activities without the heat and humidity. As our heat loving summer vegetable ...

Opioids: Summary shows DEA did not do its job

Editorials

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority

Editorials

For decades, the Gulf Coast has been the focal point of our nation’s petrochemical industry. Because much of the oil and natural gas produced in the United States came from that region, locating downstream plants there seemed to make sense. But, as three members of Congress from West ...

Public Water: Resources, not surveys, needed for improvement

Editorials

According to a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, approximately two-thirds of West Virginia counties receive poor marks for public water systems safety violations, and approximately three-quarters of them are slow to get those issues fixed. It is difficult to understand ...

Investment: West Virginia must diversify economy

Editorials

State officials are right to be pleased with improvements in West Virginia’s economy during the past few years. Unemployment, at a statewide average of 4.6 percent has not been lower in some time. But putting the number in context reveals this is a situation in which the grass really is ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Flipping the switch on AVR

Local columns

Social media anymore is so filled with misinformation that sometimes my tolerance for nonsense breaks. I’m at that point now with the falsehoods being spread by lawmakers, activists, and even some media in regard to Automatic Voter Registration, or AVR for short. First, the usual disclaimer: ...

Carmichael plan has little to do with dogs

Local columns

Four points about state Senate President Mitch Carmichael’s proposal, outlined in his op-ed earlier this month: * I think Carmichael, R-Jackson, likes $14 million at least as much as he likes dogs. * By January, some other legislators will share his feeling about $14 million. * Ohio County ...

Stewardship: Wood County Board of Education taking necessary action

Editorials

No one presented with the kinds of numbers heard during last week’s Wood County Board of Education meeting could have come away without the understanding something dramatic must be done (in fact, should have been done many years ago) to preserve the district’s financial stability. Wood ...

Personal insults in politics

Local columns

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and has pledged to “get to the bottom” of allegations associated with discussions President Donald Trump had with Ukrainian officials. He also is a descendant of the New Jersey/New York Burrs of the late 18th ...

Op-ed: Honoring Gold Star Families

Local columns

To military families, the gold star has a very special and hallowed meaning. It is a symbol that someone in the family has been killed while serving his or her country; that someone in the family has made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. The tradition of the Gold ...