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Moving In With Dirty Guys

Dear Annie: Next month, I will be moving into my boyfriend’s apartment, which he shares with two other guys. They’ve been living together for about two years, and everyone gets along without issue. They all have their own space and work different hours, so depending on the time, it’s kind ...

Cox, Dippold ‘Emerging’ In Art Circle

Two women from the Northern Panhandle are participating in the 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibitors include Betsy Cox of Glen Dale and Elizabeth Ann Dippold of Pine Grove. Cox, who is well known for her pottery, has two pieces, “Forest ...

Senior Year Is Stressful Time as Students Make Big Decisions

I teach high school seniors, those lucky students who are finally standing at the apex of their long 13 years of schooling. At the beginning of every school year, I watch excited seniors enter my room, declaring this will be their best, most memorable year of school. They soon realize this ...

Getting Kids R.E.S.T. Important for Back-to-School Success

Summer is a wonderful time for kids. They have more freedom to play, explore and swim — but they are also out of their normal school routines by staying up late and sleeping in late. Parents dread the first week of school for many reasons, but one big reason is the difficulty in getting them ...

Cottage Guests Short on Thanks

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, I bought a beautiful little cottage in the North Carolina mountains as a second home. I feel very lucky to be able to afford such a luxury and have always been generous, sharing it with family and friends. However, it has reached the point where people constantly ask to ...

Don’t Skip The Specialist

DEAR DR. ROACH: My significant other and I are debating whether I should pursue follow-up testing with a rheumatologist for the possibility of ankylosing spondylitis. I say no, and she says yes, because things could be worse down the road if do have AS and don’t deal with it starting now. I ...

Questions To Ask a Landscape Firm

In my first installment published in this space on June 20, I provided tips on what steps to take before hiring a landscape contractor. Now it is time for you to find the best contractor for your job. Here are some tips and suggestions to consider during the consultation: 1. What is the ...

He Wonders If Using Rough Talk Is Wrong

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married 25 years and have three adult children who no longer live with us. We are religious and belong to a conservative church. We have a satisfying sex life. About 15 years ago we started using graphic language during our lovemaking. We find it exhilarates ...

Planned Baby Name Renews Pain of Loss

DEAR ABBY: I come from a small, close family. Last year, we suffered a devastating loss. My cousin and her two children were killed in a car accident. We have all been profoundly affected by this loss, especially my aunt and uncle. Fast forward: Another cousin is pregnant with her second ...

Parent Shaming and Blaming; Two-mile Hill

OK. Here goes. Can we please stop the parent shaming? I am soul-weary when it comes to this subject. Every time I log on, tune in or go out, I hear people slamming parents. There are parents complaining about other parents who don’t do things the way they would do them. There are grandparents ...

Old Friend Seeks Encouraging Word For Mom of Perp

DEAR ABBY: What do you say when a friend’s son has committed a horrific crime? Does one say, “I’m sorry” or “Call me,” or merely pat them on the shoulder and move on? Or, what? I know she is suffering and blames herself for his crime. How do I even approach her? I knew her quite ...

Old Garibaldi, Old Stone Now United

A pre-Civil War cannon now has a new/old display base in the courtyard at West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling. The cannon, known as “Old Garibaldi” in honor of 19th-century Italian Gen. Giuseppe Garibaldi, was cast at the LaBelle Iron Works in Wheeling circa 1860. After ...

Daughter’s Birth Reawakens Memories of Abuse in Dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are proud parents of our first child, a girl. Despite his excitement and pride, her arrival has caused his childhood sexual abuse by his stepfather to resurface with more detail than he previously remembered. It has reached the point that if he isn’t thinking about ...

The Wolf That Grows Is The One We Feed

As the summer draws to a close and our children head back to school, we each prepare for a new season in our lives. More than Jan. 1, this is the start of the new year for so many of us parents, teachers and students. A fresh school year is a blank slate. What will I make of it? I gave the ...

Woman’s Former Beau Still Can’t Win Dad’s Approval

DEAR ABBY: I’m dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, “Gary.” We’ve known each other since I was 6. (I’m 33 now.) In high school we dated for nine months and were in love, but he told lies to my dad, so Dad ordered him to stay away. Now, 16 years later, after being only ...

Job Loss Also Puts End to Affair

DEAR ABBY: Back in 2013, a co-worker, “Jamie,” and I fell in love. Both of us were married to other people, but everything felt perfect. It was a feeling I never had for anyone in my life before. Three years later, I lost my job. The day I was terminated, my wife found out I had been ...

Rose of Sharon Boasts Late Season Blooms

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub’s branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave it unfazed. Despite its tolerance for ...

Boyfriend Deaf To Her Asexual Assertions

DEAR ABBY: I’m 22, and my boyfriend wants sex, but I absolutely do not. I don’t feel sexual desire — not at all. I’m asexual, but he refuses to believe me and insists my “past relations have scarred me” and that I “need to get over it.” When I was 17, I was raped by my ...

Friendship With Woman Makes Waves

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years. During the last year, my significant other, “Grady,” has grown very close with a female co-worker of mine he met at my office party. (I’ll call her Tina.) They have become inseparable, and when ...

Wood Gets His Own Asteroid

Not everyone can say they have an asteroid bearing their name, but a Wheeling man has earned that distinction. Planetary scientist and author Charles “Chuck” Wood said he was surprised to learn Thursday morning that an asteroid has been named in his honor. An official citation from the ...