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When A Community Embraces One Of Their Own

You hear about it everyday. It happens all over the country. Growing up in a small community has it’s perks. With so few people around, gossip pretty much travels at the speed of light. but the best part is being raised in a tight-knit community often means feeling like your whole town is ...

Clean up Days

New Martinsville held two cleanup days over the past weekend with Dumpsters placed near the Hydro dam for citizens convenience. Other communities are working towards cleaning up blighted and dilapidated areas and buildings, and are asking residents to keep garbage off the streets and sidewalks ...

Clean And Safe Recreation Areas

The focus on clean and safe recreation areas in Wetzel and Tyler County and their communities has been a main topic of discussion among city, and county authorities. It is extremely important to provide these areas for all to enjoy and they are not cheap to maintain and operate. Recently ...

Appreciate Your Hometown!

Growing up in a small town, you get a sense of pride in where you live. You want to see the town look good and you want visitors to leave saying good things about it. It’s always been a way of life for yards to be neatly mowed and trimmed and everything put into place. Small towns are ...

Judging a youth is an absurd action

Judging young people, or any person for that matter on the notion that they come from a good family, may be the most absurd form of discrimination ever. It’s hard to fathom how someone can be classified as a good individual based on a coach, athletic director, sportswriter or employer’s ...

Fairs, Festivals and So Much More!

Wetzel County seems to be doing a lot of things right. Recent announcements from Safewise a company which collects information on communities and posts it for all to see on their website has New Martinsville listed as the safest city in West Virginia. While the community is not without it’s ...

Farmers Market Returns

Every Thursday at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM from May through September at the North parking lot of Bruce Park, the finest of fresh vegetables and fruits raised by local farmers can be found, with a wide variety to choose from. Shopping at the farmers market can be a fun experience, but more ...

Americans Deserve Access To Better Drinking Water

It may be safe to assume that since drinking water is regulated, it is safe for consumption. After all, there are EPA standards for chemicals in tap water; except West Virginia’s water quality is notoriously poor. Chemical plants along the Ohio Valley, such as DuPont, have polluted the Ohio ...

West Virginia’s Population Crisis

West Virginia has been on a concerning downward trend regarding population over the last decade. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, West Virginia lost 3.3% of its population since 2010; this was the greatest percentage of population loss out of every state in the nation. This resulted in the ...

The Legion of Forgotten Dead in Mist of Antiquity

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...