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Pittsburgh Dad Will Entertain

Attendees at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, set for Oct. 4, are in for a rollicking good time. The guest speaker for this year’s event is Pittsburgh Dad, the alter ego of actor Curt Wootton, who creates hilarious videos and offers wry commentary on a variety of ...

Best Way to Stop a Snoop Is to Get the Scoop

Dear Annie: I have a friend who I think is a snoop, though she’s otherwise a very nice person. She has admitted to looking in her sister-in-law’s closet when said sister-in-law was not home. I haven’t actually seen her looking through my stuff, but I once found her with her hand on the ...

School Supplies Up For Grabs In Marshall County

Whether you love it or hate it, back-to-school shopping season has arrived. Last week, Amazon announced the opening of its Back to School and Off to College stores, and Staples unveiled its 2018 back-to-school collection. Browse the aisles of Walmart and Target and you will find notebooks and ...

Basis of Diabetes Treatment? Diet and Exercise

I once had a physician mentor who taught me in medical school the top three treatments for diabetes were: 1) diet and exercise, 2) diet and exercise and 3) diet and exercise. Despite the advances in medical therapies and an explosion of oral and injectable medications for diabetes, the basis ...

It Was The Summer of ’85

As my daughter enters the rocky fray of adolescence, I find myself reminiscing constantly about that period of my life. Memories from my childhood mostly are culled from snapshots and oft-repeated family lore. Unlike some of my favorite memoirists, Frank McCourt and Jeannette Walls for ...

Harshman To Share Expertise at Writers’ Workshop

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling will be an instructor for the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop this month. The workshop, in its 22nd year, will be held on West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown July 19-22. Harshman and author Leslie Pietrzyk will ...

Mourning a Loss, Welcoming Heroes

She had been breaking through the wireless fence with more frequency. She would patrol the neighborhood, meet some friends and normally return as soon as I opened the garage door to go find her. On Sunday night Hershey didn’t come home. The girls stayed close to home in case she returned, and ...

We Are Annapolis

I was sitting in the downtown Wheeling newsroom Thursday afternoon when the reporter sitting at the desk to my left, Joselyn King, uttered the words “newsroom shooting.” She had glanced over at the TV tuned to a national news outlet. She turned up the sound. My stomach plummeted and I held ...

Byrd Calls Gardeners To Compete

Gardeners, pick up your trowels and get to work! With the summer growing season in full progress, the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance is making plans for its fourth annual “Golden Trowel” competition for South Wheeling residents and businesses. Brother John Byrd, a founding organizer ...

Grafting Into New Family Tree Threatens To Destroy Roots

Dear Annie: My mother had a workplace affair back in the 1960s that lasted for approximately 10 years. My dad knew about it, but God rest his soul, he remained with my mom and our family until he died. The affair resulted in the fourth child in our family, with a 10-year gap between me and the ...

How to Fertilize Your Garden Organically

In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived ...

The Baby Imposition

Dear Annie: I find myself in an uncomfortable situation with a friend who just moved to our town this year with her husband and baby. Besides her two sisters who live here, we’re the only friends they have so far. I feel that she’s been taking advantage of me by asking for constant help ...

To my mom friend who always seems self-conscious

To my friend who always seems self-conscious: I don’t care if you are dressed to kill or wearing pajama bottoms in public. I don’t care if your hair is salon-coiffed or your roots are showing. I don’t care if you are made up like a TV anchor or if your recent sleepless nights are ...

Hargro To Offer His View 

Edward Hargro, a former Wheeling resident and the son of a Tuskegee airman, is slated to speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The title of his presentation is “African American Life: A Personal Perspective.” The program is ...

Mental Health Issues in College Students on Rise

Last semester another professor and I were talking about how student needs and expectations have changed over our 20-plus years of college teaching. We both agreed that the single biggest difference is the need for mental health support and intervention, something neither of us had been ...

Forced to Quit?

Dear Annie: My girlfriend (of a year) and I are both in our mid-20s and are both smokers. In fact, that’s how we met — on the smoking patio of a bar, both out there alone because none of the friends we were there with smoked. We’ve both always talked tentatively about quitting, but in a ...

Try a Little Kindness and Discover Benefits

I saw a billboard with a message, the gist of which was this: “Life is too stressful. Let another driver in ahead of you.” Not rocket science, but it had an impact. Don’t you remember the driver in a long line of traffic who let you go in front of him? Or the person who held the door ...

Man Learns He’s Not First

DEAR ABBY: I met the love of my life eight months ago. Everything about our relationship is perfect. We both love our families, fine food, games and, most importantly, each other. We met at an antique store and now have an extensive stamp collection together. Wanting this joy to last ...

Unsavory Health Issue On Display

DEAR ABBY: A dear friend has been battling cervical cancer. Her condition has left her dependent on a colostomy bag. She’s not shy about discussing it on Facebook and in public, where she speaks loudly. I have tried to be understanding and supportive, but there are limits. My problem is, ...

Couple Disagree About Adoption

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been happily married for two years. We both want biological children later, when the timing is right. A while ago, some friends adopted a little girl from Russia. The girl was orphaned and badly in need of medical treatment. Our friends got her everything ...