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Local Columns

Without public notices in newspapers, public the last to know

Did you ever wonder why government entities have to put a legal notice into the newspaper? For one, it is a method of properly notifying interested parties that something is about to happen. For instance, the city advertises for asphalt bids for the parking lot behind city hall. Any interested ...

Club provides safe space for all children

Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives in drastic ways, but even more so on our nation’s youth. It felt like one day everything was normal and then the next day we were stuck in our homes, no longer able to see friends or family. When schools first shut down and everything went online, it ...

Marital advice to newlyweds

Recently I asked several people, family and friends, to send me their marital advice. This advice was collected as a wedding present to my daughter who recently got married. I received many wonderful pearls of wisdom; lessons learned from first hand experience that were learned through ...

Take your children to parade

Tomorrow is the day of the annual Easter Parade in downtown Parkersburg. So this is your chance to get your children out of the house, away from the television and their cell phones for the afternoon. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at 13th and Market Street and goes all the way down Market ...

Faith will see us through

“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” reads Hebrews 11:1. I didn’t grow up in the church, but I was taught to believe in God. When I met my husband, I had been praying for God to bring someone like him into my life. Friends warned me away, ...

Is our resolve too shaken this time?

This time last year was the last normal week pre-pandemic and we didn’t know it. This time 10 years ago, a literal earthquake washed a wave over my shore and changed the trajectory of my life. Those 10 years have passed as swift as the great wave which tossed trucks like toys in a ...

Rewind to the last time

Thrice in recent days, I’ve been struck by the gravity of the words before me. The first occurred when I was watching an old episode of a series. I was caught off guard before the frame froze in black and white. The son is speaking with his father; they’d had their first straightforward ...

Building the strength to find peace

Last week, I knelt behind a pew and prayed. For clarity of mind. For strength of spirit. For the patience and compassion to teach with firm fairness, no matter the anxiety or irritation caused by my timely lesson or experienced myself while teaching. As the sermon echoed between the ...

A squirrelly look at what we think we know

If you've seen the movie "Up," you'll understand why a reporter and I were laughing at ourselves after having literally gotten distracted from what we were working on by a graphic about squirrels the other day. via GIPHY Somehow or other, she had stumbled across a graphic tweeted by the ...

Moving towards interfaith harmony

World Interfaith Harmony Week (Feb. 1-7) was established in 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to nurture a culture in which people of all faiths can live harmoniously. Within the shared context of love of the good and love of the neighbor, WIHW encourages leaders in ...

How do we heal?

This week was marked with historic events and quiet conversations. Many called for unity, citing the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s calls for nonviolence and peace on Monday’s holiday, sharing calls for Washington D.C. to see rural communities like ours as more than something to ...

New Year reflections; God is with us

As 2021 quickly approaches, I have heard many express this sentiment: “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over. 2021 has to be a better year.” We all pray this is so. This past year is likely the most difficult year that any of us have ever lived through. No one ever wants to have anything ...

Simple recipes to help lose weight

January is usually the start of new diets, and after 2020 and the pandemic weight we’ve all gained, now is especially the time! A popular diet has been the Keto diet, and there is a new cookbook out now to help those following it to have some food that is quick to make and tastes good ...

It’s not too late for New Year’s resolutions

There is still a week left in January for you all to decide and to implement a New Year’s resolution for 2021 . I’m going to list a few cute quotes on diets for your enjoyment. 1. I put my scale in the corner today and it’s going to stay there until he apologizes to me. 2. My ...

Keeping faith during dark times

January 2021 surely offers much to talk about. Do we start with the pandemic and all the friends and family we’ve lost from it? Do we discuss the COVID-19 vaccine or the new government administration? Or, do we go directly to the weather? There are lots of reasons to feel unsure and nervous ...

Matamoras Minute: Irish immigration

Attention will turn to the topic of the history of the Irish in the Matamoras area. That group of immigrants brought with them a colorful culture combined with a religious strength and the skill of storytelling. They often took farms near to town which were along the river or high on the ...

Matamoras Minute: Mail Delivery

We can all appreciate the delivery of mail and the hours necessary to complete the job of dispensing piles of envelopes and packages. But winter has to be the worst season of all in this profession. And complicate that with the conditions in bygone days. In a roaring winter storm, carrying mail ...

I sing this song for my grandfather

My heart is filled with anger. It’s as though every moment I am battered from another side, beaten with another blow. My chest feels like a tire is crushing it, my ribs are squeezed in a titan grip. “That’s why they call it heartbreak,” said my mom as we curled up side-by-side. On ...

Embrace Christmas spirit all year long

After the presents have been opened and the festivities of Christmas day are over, most of us pack away our Christmas spirit with the decorations. Our Christmas spirit- you know, that extra cheery, smile and be nice to everyone vibe that we embrace in the holiday season. It’s time to tuck it ...

Matamoras Minute: Winter of 1912

Continuing with the winter activity of the early years, note should be made of the welcomed cold temperatures in order for ice to form. This was true because it would be packed in sawdust for use in the summer since electricity for refrigeration was not widespread. This lack of electricity ...