The Ohio Valley — Through the Ages

WHEELING – From the public parks and trails systems to the schools, social services networks and the area’s sports and cultural offerings, the Ohio Valley has much to offer for those who call it home. And the amenities don’t just focus on a particular age group; instead, from the beginning of life to the Golden Years, there is a solid mix of services and activities for all age groups.

That mix is the focus of “Through the Ages,” a comprehensive look at life in the Upper Ohio Valley. The six-section publication debuts in today’s newspaper.

Our reporters have been working hard over the past several weeks, talking with many of your friends and neighbors to find out just how life “Through the Ages” measures up in the local area. We also talked with business and industry leaders, educators and health care professionals, public officials and community leaders, all in an effort to inform you, the reader, about what’s available in the Ohio Valley.

Beginning today and continuing through Thursday, we’ll let you know what we found in “Through the Ages” with a special emphasis on the following age groups: Children; Teens/College; 20s/30s; 40s; Boomers; and Seniors. The first two sections are inside today’s newspaper, with the additional installments to follow on Wednesday and Thursday.

From coal mining and power company executives discussing the possible impact of federal regulations on coal and, therefore, on your family’s budget; to hospital leaders and doctors discussing how to exercise properly, or why vaccines are important; to how the growing Marcellus and Utica shale finds are changing the face of the Upper Ohio Valley, “Through the Ages” provides useable information on a variety of topics.

“Most newspapers annually publish a ‘Progress’ edition, which takes a look back at what’s happened over the past year in their communities,” said John McCabe, managing editor of The Intelligencer. “But for the past seven years we’ve focused our efforts on providing you, the reader, with a different type of publication – one that asks questions and provides answers as to where our region is headed.

“This year, we decided to take a look at the area ‘Through the Ages,’ with the focus on how life is being lived in the Upper Ohio Valley. Our findings show the local area has much to offer all age groups, and with the growth in natural gas drilling and some of the associated industries that could spin off from that, it appears the area has a bright future,” he said.