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Historical front pages from The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Front Page News
Newspapers provide a valuable record of the events that shape our lives. Years later they are virtual time machines into how events were perceived as they occurred.

The Marietta Times has also been publishing since the 1800s. View news from Ohio by visiting the Historical Front Page section for The Marietta Times

Below are many of the front pages that helped to shape the lives of Parkersburg residents. The pages range from the second edition of The Parkersburg Sentinel in 1875 through the very first edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel formed when The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel merged printing on Aug. 25, 2009. All pages have a link to a pdf copy of the page. The pdf will open in a new window and allow you to read stories that are on the page.

1890- 1949 | 1950- 1989 | 1990 - present

1990

Dates: August 3, 1990,
March 1, 1991
and March 3, 1991

Gulf War

“Iraqi Forces Occupy Kuwait, Set up Own Government”
“Iraq Warned About POWs”
“146th Med Had Front Row Seat”

When Iraq invaded Kuwait after weeks of threats to do so, the United States went into action, warning Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein if Americans in Kuwait were harmed, the president would take action. Iraq’s assets were frozen and President Bush condemned Iraq’s aggression against its neighbor. The Persian Gulf War lasted for a year when a cease fire was declared by the President.

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Date: March 1, 1991

Gulf War

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Date: March 1, 1991

Gulf War

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Date: Jan. 27, 1993
Trade Center bombing

"Trade Center Blast Kills Seven"

A gaint blast rocked New York's World Trade Center, killing seven. Years later both buildings would be brought down when terrorist flew jets into the towers.

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2000

Date: September 11, 2001
Terrorist attacks

“Second Pearl Harbor - Horror Escalates as Towers Collapse”

The nation was horrified as they watched two hijacked planes filled with people crash into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The horror continued when another plane crashed into the Pentagon and one was found crashed in Pennslyvania after the passengers rebelled against
the terrorists controlling it. A local family was hard hit by the tragedy when their daughter, Mary Lou Hague who worked at the World Trade Center, became one of the victims.

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Date: September 11, 2001
Terrorist attacks

The Parkersburg News published an Extra the afternoon of the attacks. The section was available throughout the area and was included in the newspaper on Sept. 12.

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Date: September 12, 2001
Terrorist attacks

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Date: September 12, 2001
Terrorist attacks

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Date: Feb. 3, 2003
Shuttle

"Shuttle Disaster, Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas"

The entire crew was lost as the shuttle tore apart as it prepared to land. It was later determined that a piece of foam hit the wing as the spacecraft blasted into space at the start of the flight.

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Date: Feb. 4, 2003
Shuttle

"Shuttle Disaster, Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas"

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Date: March 20, 2003

Gulf War II

“U.S., Iraq at War”
"War Begins"

U.S. forces hit against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after reports came out the country was harboring weapons of mass destruction. While
the war may have ended, the U.S. kept peacekeeping forces in the country while it rebuilt.

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Date: March 20, 2003

Gulf War II

“U.S., Iraq at War”
"War Begins"

 

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Date: April 2, 2003
Jessica Lynch

“Lynch Rescued”

Wirt County native Jessica Lynch made headlines when she was taken as a prisoner of war during the Iraq War when her troop was ambushed. The local community held a vigil for her and when she was rescued by special ops forces, rejoiced along with her family.

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Date: April 2, 2003
Jessica Lynch

“Lynch Rescued”

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Date: April 6, 2005
Bush
"Bush visits Public Debt, WVU-P"


President Bush made several visits to the area during his eight years in office, including this one in 2005.

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Date: April 6, 2005
Bush
"He came. He Saw, He Conquered?"

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Dates: November 5, 2008
January 20 & 21, 2009

Obama elected

“Obama Beats McCain”
“Unity of Purpose - Obama Appeals for ‘Hope Over Fear’”
“President Obama - Obama Takes Historic Spot as First Black Commander-
In-Chief”

Election Night 2008 took a historic turn when Barack Obama beat John McCain, becoming the first black president-elect. Millions tuned in on television to watch the events of Inauguration Day, as a crowd of thousands gathered at the National Mall to watch in person. Even as Obama’s Inauguration Day took place, the day took a turn when Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Robert Byrd were both rushed to the hospital.

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Date: January 20, 2009

Obama elected
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Date: January 21, 2009

Obama elected
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Date: April 25, 2009

A new beginning

Vol. 1, Issue 1 of the combined Parkersburg News and Sentinel

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