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June 10, 2015 Wood County’s Democratic Party Executive Committee has a difficult task on its hands. On Thursday, members must choose three candidates from which Parkersburg City Council will choose our new mayo. more »»


June 9, 2015 American Electric Power’s Muskingum River Plant is winding down, and as it does, the consequences of the war on coal and affordable electricity are more visible than the folks in Washington, D.C. more »»


June 8, 2015 West Virginia public schools do not always compare well with those in other states, when ranked based on one piece of data or anothe. more »»

In Need

June 7, 2015 When an organization announces it is short of funding, maybe, even, in need of help, it is natural to ask whether that organization is deserving of the money donors might consider givin. more »»

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June 6, 2015 UP: To the folks at Broughton Foods, who named the Armory Square Inc. restoration project as the recipient of its annual ice cream social this year. more »»


June 5, 2015 Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

Moving On

June 4, 2015 After months of very public drama that has been slowly chipping away at the image of the city of Parkersburg, Bob Newell finally made the right decision Wednesday and announced his retirement from... more »»


June 3, 2015 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest crowing, its proposed Clean Power Plan would cut carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025. more »»


June 2, 2015 Those in Marietta who have been ignoring laws banning the use of hand-held devices while driving may be in for a shock as the police department intends to increase enforcement of those laws. more »»


June 1, 2015 The Bernard McDonough Foundation is a vital part of the support network for the nonprofit community in both West Virginia and Ohio. And for 10 years, Robert Stephens served as its president. more »»


May 31, 2015 Two students at Marietta High School are facing some serious consequences after an incident last week in which verbal threats against the school were allegedly made. more »»

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May 30, 2015 UP: To Jackson Middle School student Marilyn Santo of Vienna who advanced to the third round in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, in National Harbor, Md. more »»

Public Transit

May 29, 2015 A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of funds available for public transportation in the state; but, two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports. Go. more »»


May 28, 2015 City council members must rise above the ill feelings, animosities and division caused by the situation involving Mayor Bob Newell, the reported affair with Finance Director Ashley Flowers and the... more »»

Road Work

May 27, 2015 For more than a year-and-a-half, lawmakers in West Virginia have been able to avoid the question of just how to fix our crumbling roads, bridges and tunnels by claiming they were waiting for the... more »»


May 26, 2015 If spring cleaning has extended to the outdoors, residents inside the city of Parkersburg must bear in mind a few rules if they intend to get rid of landscaping waste by burning. more »»

Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 Few people refer to today’s celebration as “Decoration Day,” anymore, but the roots of the Memorial Day holiday that has become the unofficial kickoff to summer lie in efforts to honor those who fel... more »»

Clean Energy

May 24, 2015 A wind- and solar- energy advocacy group released a report last week claiming Ohio’s freeze of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards is damaging the industry. more »»

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May 23, 2015 UP: To local high school graduates celebrating the turning of a page in their academic careers over the next few weekends. more »»


May 22, 2015 Scam stories are so common these days many of us have become either numb to it all or too frightened of potential thieves to carry on charitable giving the way we used t. more »»



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