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Passing the Obamacare IQ exam

March 3, 2014 It has become clear within the past couple of weeks that universities such as Harvard and Yale ought to be sending legions of recruiters to West Virginia. more »»

Music education opens doors

March 2, 2014 March is Music in Our Schools month, according to the National Association for Music Education. The group’s effort is meant to highlight the importance of music education to all students. more »»

Downtown benefits from volunteering

March 2, 2014 My mother had a great saying about voting. She said she always voted every time she could in order to have the right to gripe about decisions elected officials mad. more »»

Several new Amish romances to enjoy

March 2, 2014 Bestselling author Leslie Gould returns to her Courtships of Lancaster County” series with “Minding Molly. more »»

Fort Frye names regional spellers in bee

March 2, 2014 Fort Frye held its district spelling bee on Feb. 12 at Lowell Elementary School. more »»

Getting ready for spring

March 2, 2014 Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickade. more »»

Taking a look at retirement time

March 2, 2014 Toys in the attic An empty swing in the yard A boss man that worked him Just a little too hard Calloused and broken He rocks in his chair The morning sun touches His thinning gray hair Like... more »»

Doughnuts to enjoy before Lent

March 2, 2014 This is the start of the third month of the year. Have you accomplished one-sixth of what you had planned for 2014? If you have, you are away ahead of me. We aren’t the only ones off schedule. more »»

Pennsville VFD Ladies to discuss Basket Bingo

March 2, 2014 Penn Township Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. at the town hall on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Pennsville VFD Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 3, at the home of Rose Welsh. more »»

Art teacher preps for Earth Day

March 1, 2014 Heather Royer is throwing a large Earth Day celebration in Parkersburg. And she is looking for children and adults to participate in the family even. more »»

Civil War: Burning Springs oil and raids

March 1, 2014 Over the last three years several of these columns have mentioned events at Burning Springs in Wirt County. more »»

A foundation for the future

February 28, 2014 Sometimes we don’t learn from the lessons of others; we must have our own experiences in order to begin our understanding of how actions affect our environment and our children. more »»

The emperor has no clothes

February 24, 2014 It is becoming crystal clear that the emperor has no clothes — and has run out of ways to disguise his nakedness. Unless I miss my guess, he will be entirely out of ideas by late this summer. more »»

Kids should get ‘stuck in a book’

February 23, 2014 Anyone who has ever helped me move — and it’s happened more times than I want to think about — ends up at some point during the day asking me why in the world I own so many books. more »»

March and April madness at the Chamber

February 23, 2014 As the weather continues to creep into more spring-like temperatures, the pace of activities and events at the Chamber has gone into Mach 10 mode as we look at the calendar for March and Apri. more »»

Basket bingo scheduled

February 23, 2014 Banquet reservations were due by Feb. 21 and are to be sent to Kelly Fisher. Basket Bingo is on March 7 at the Riecker Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. more »»

Local author speaks

February 23, 2014 Several local residents braved a chilly Saturday afternoon to hear local author Cathy Mowrer and illustrator Emily Bonnette Hendershot speak about their new book “Young Thomas Ewing and the Coonski... more »»

Amish, fantasy books for teens

February 23, 2014 A young woman connects with her sick mother’s Amish family in “My Amish Boyfriend” by bestselling author Melody Carlson. more »»

End of February looms

February 23, 2014 The last week of February is starting today. This is a happy event for most of the people in all the state. more »»

300 calorie comfort food

February 23, 2014 Betty Crocker releases a feel-good cookbook of favorites in “300 Calorie Comfort Food. more »»



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