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Opinion

Era of activist judges may be ending

Local columns

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia can learn from the Wasteland

Local columns

Normally, this space is where I brief you on the whispers inside the state Capitol, but this week is the Thanksgiving holiday and you’ll get enough politics around your dining room table on Thursday. Now it’s time for something completely different. For the last few weeks I’ve been one ...

Truth Seeker: Learn more about paranormal at Parkersburg event

Local columns

When talking about the paranormal there is a wide range of subjects that can and are included in this category. Normally I write about the haunted side talking about ghosts and my personal experiences. I do not get into talking about cryptids and psychics but these are still part of the ...

Fundraising: Hosaflook deserves praise for safeguards

Editorials

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook is absolutely correct to want to have all Is dotted and Ts crossed when it comes to the various community organizations that raise money to help our schools. Last week, he reminded board of education members that any such group should be ...

West Virginia must diversify

Local columns

West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research tends not to sugar coat or spin the reports it releases. That means those reports are not always filled with simple answers or observations. There is often a catch. Last week, the BBER’s director, John Deskins, spoke ...

Put energy into renewables

Letters to the editor

The economic reality is that the full transition to renewables just makes sense. Asset management company Lazard, LTD has just released its annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) study. Lazard “surveys energy buildouts that occurred in the previous year and divides the estimated cost of ...

Thank you to Edison Middle School

Letters to the editor

Many thanks to the Edison Middle School students, teachers and staff for the patriotic display honoring veterans on Monday morning at the corner of Rayon Drive and Gihon Road. It was inspiring to see their banner thanking veterans, waving flags and waving to the traffic. Also, it was ...

Just stick to the facts

Letters to the editor

This is in reference to comments made by Mr. Michael Seely, president of the board of directors of the Wood County Senior Citizen Association, Inc. On Thursday, Nov. 8, members brought concerns to the Wood County Commissioners in hopes that a suitable agreement could be reached with the board ...

Being thankful for what we have

Local columns

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday and before you make plans for your annual dinner, visit to the grocery store with your long list of items to purchase, select who is invited for dinner and who is bringing what and have enough for everyone attending. Let’s stop and think for a moment of ...

SkinnyTaste simplifies

Local columns

For those who want a healthier or light version of many comfort food dishes, and want to use their Instant Pot, slow cooker, air-fryer to cook it in, or even a sheet pan, skillet or dutch oven, check out “Skinnytaste One and Done” by Gina Homolka. The book touts 140 “no-fuss” dinners ...

2018 quickly coming to an end

Local columns

This past Tuesday evening the Chamber held its 2018 Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet. The event sold out with 301 members and guests in attendance! Attendees enjoyed a social hour thanks to our friends at Brick Insurance Group, a delicious meal from Valley Catering, networking, and our ...

Thoughts to ponder

Local columns

One of the first rules of marketing is to be where your prospects are. What do they read? What do they watch or listen to? Where do they live and work? Where do they hang out or spend time? What websites do they frequent? What Social Media are they part of? What organizations do they belong to? ...

Thrillers will take readers’ breath away

Local columns

There are several new thrillers that readers will never see coming! First is a story of a long-held grudge in “The Spite Game” by Anna Snoekstra. High school bullying follows Ava through her adult life. Back when she was part of the in-crowd, Saanvi, Cass and Mel were her friends. They ...

What does award winning really look like?

Local columns

Awards are great things! They are great because they give an organization external recognition for the hard work and effort that the team is doing day in and out. An award says that your peers are cognizant of the work you are doing and they are endorsing your efforts. Award presentations are ...

Beverly-Center students learn about Veterans Day

Local columns

Members of Russell Chadwick American Legion Post 389 visited students at Beverly-Center on Friday, November 9, to present their Veterans Day program. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Led by Steve Wainwright, the program began with the ...

My first and last chestnut tree

Local columns

When I was a boy, my father and I hiked country roads on autumn afternoons collecting hickory nuts, a favorite snack. One memorable fall day, my dad hopped into our ‘57 Chevy and said, “Let’s take a ride.” It was 1959. I was seven years old. As we drove, my dad explained, “I’m ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news of a clean and “exceptional” audit report on West Virginia University at Parkersburg. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, WVU-P Executive Vice President Alice Harris deserves an enormous amount of credit for making changes that led to such results. “We worked hard ...

Oakland Mansion hosts party for Gilmer’s inauguration

Local columns

The historic Oakland Mansion was spiffed up for its first party in a while on Friday, Nov. 9. The occasion was a private reception for Chris Gilmer, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, as part of his inauguration activities. The Friends of West Virginia ...

Look Back: Car crazy in Parkersburg

Local columns

The first automobile to be owned by a Parkersburger arrived here today The first automobile to enter the city and to be owned by a Parkersburger, arrived here to-day at noon, and this city has risen to the dignity of a metropolis by the acquisition. The machine is a fine one and came in over ...

Workman: Delegates should move on, drop impeachment

Editorials

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...