August 21, 2005
MOUND CITY, Ill. - Barges lined up near here, like so many cargo planes awaiting takeoff, face a tough stretch of "runway" in the Ohio River, low in water and clotted with sand bars. Barge waiting time can be counted not in hours, but in days and thousands of dollars as towboats' huge engines run against the current going nowhere, as customers await coal, scrap iron, steel, chemicals, stone and oil and scramble to make do. The price of drought can be counted many ways in sections of the Midwest suffering the worst dry spell since the late 1980s.
July 25, 2004
Robert Wesley Lewis, a one-time deckhand and captain of an Ohio River ferry who later became an operator of heavy equipment, died of cancer Wednesday at his Highland home. He was 90. Mr. Lewis was born and raised in Great Bend, Ohio, a town that overlooks the Ohio River. As a young man, he worked as a deckhand on river steamers and dredges, and was captain of the ferry connecting Great Bend and Ravenswood, W.Va. After leaving the river, he operated heavy equipment on highway projects for Dravo Co., where he worked until his retirement in 1982.
October 22, 2003
PARKERSBURG, W.Va - What a curious spot for a scandal - an elaborate late-18th-century mansion on a wilderness island in the Ohio River, home to European aristocrats known for their fancy soirees. But here in this high-society homestead carved out of the western frontier by Irish-born businessman Harman Blennerhassett and his wife, Margaret, a plot took shape in 1806 that led to what many historians consider the greatest criminal trial in American history. Aaron Burr, who had just stepped down from the vice presidency under Thomas Jefferson (and who is perhaps best known for fatally shooting Alexander Hamilton in a duel)
November 24, 2002
Imagine John Denver on the radio: "Almost heaven," he sings, "Kanawha ..." Doesn't sound right, does it? How about, "Almost heaven, Allegheny?" Everyone knows the song is about West Virginia -- I've even heard it played at an outdoor market in Malaysia. But not until I visited Wheeling, W.Va., did I know that the name once chosen for the nation's 35th state was Kanawha, and that other nominees included Allegheny, Augusta and New Virginia. This is typical. Wheeling regularly provokes the reaction, "I didn't know that."
October 13, 2002
The number 234 Yards Emmitt Smith needs to break Walter Payton's career rush ing mark of 16,726. The quote "If we win, I will dive into the Ohio River." Bengals coach Dick LeBeau about today's home game against the Steelers.
September 18, 2002
THE B&O was the nation's first real railroad. Its undertaking was probably the greatest business decision ever made in Baltimore. The downtown emblem of that daring innovation, Camden Station, sits abandoned and unused, as it has since its exterior was restored 10 years ago to serve as the frontispiece for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The best way to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the B&O Railroad would be to return Camden Station to its traditional use. It's the oldest major metropolitan railroad station in the United States.