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Growing Up Out Proctor, By Gary Eller: Floods

Most large and small creeks in West Virginia are subject to floods after heavy rains. Flood levels can be reached in several hours or less, but not in minutes as can happen in western canyons. Because much of West Virginia’s level ground is on flood plains and often used for houses and other ...

Growing Up Out Proctor – June 9, 2021

Pap. My Dad, Thad Eller (1921-1999), was the youngest of nine children born to Charlie and Lizzie Eller at their homestead near Highland School where, like brother Fred and me, he attended elementary school. And as did Fred and me, Pap graduated from Magnolia High School. Family lore says that ...

Growing up Out Proctor: My Introduction to Politicians

By Gary Eller My Dad was a solid Roosevelt/Kennedy Democrat with distinctly middle of the road politics. He was a Chemical Union member since he worked as a pipefitter at the PPG plant that made chlorine a few miles up the Ohio River from Grandpap Frohnapfel’s bottomland farm. I am quite ...

A Mother’s Day Tribute

Our Aunt Mom is like a second mother. We are sisters and brothers. Fifty-six years has past Since that terrible tragedy! Alas!* To raise her Brother’s children – A Must!* Her decision never to be questioned – It’s Just!* Aunt Mom’s future changed at “this” fork in ...

Sunday Afternoon Briefing

Good afternoon Tyler County.Posted was a photo of Middlebourne's parade. Thanks Lauren Matthews.Well, if you don't already know, St. Marys defeated East Hardy --23-8 -- in the West Virginia Class A State Championship Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium. After 104 years of school history, the ...

Sistersville finalizes ballot for March election

As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, the deadline for citizens to enter their names for Sistersville's March 27 election has expired. The City of Sistersville announced the following:Bill Rice and Beri Jean Fox will vie for the seat of mayor.In the First Ward, Harold Dally and incumbent Councilman Richard ...

Wreck blocks W.Va. Route 2

A Schneider National Inc. 18-wheeler hauling 3,500 gallons of liquid sodium hydroxide wrecked Jan. 21 within feet of the Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick Bridge in Sistersville, spilling about half of its contents down an embankment.Although a small amount of the substance made it into a ...

Sistersville’s new Park and Pool Board gathers for first meeting

BY ALEX KINGStaff WriterThe City of Sistersville's newly formed Park and Pool Board gathered for its first meeting Jan. 21 in City Hall, generating ideas and passing motions for upcoming projects.The following board members were approved at the Jan. 13 Sistersville Council meeting: Audist and ...

Shriver trial is delayed

The trial of Howard Paul Shriver, 34, was set to begin on Jan. 21. However, it was postponed after a sufficient jury could not be seated.Shriver, indicted by the February 2013 grand jury on 11 separate counts, appeared on Tuesday alongside his attorney, Jay Gerber, prepared for trial. ...

Lenz creates Times cover

Tyler County resident Jesse Lenz, a 2010 alumnus of West Liberty University, created a cover for the New York Times Magazine, published Jan. 24 in the online edition, that features Hillary Clinton as a planet. It accompanies an article written by Amy Chozick, political reporter for the New York ...