Wood County Commissioners, from left, Bob Tebay, Jimmy Colombo and Blair Couch reviewed bids for infrastructure projects at the Emerson Commons tax increment financing (TIF) district during Monday’s meeting as County Administrator Marty Seufer answered procedural questions and concerns. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Wood County Commission opens Infrastructure project bid

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission reviewed a number of bids for infrastructure work that will occur within the Emerson Commons tax increment financing (TIF) district. The commission opened three construction bids for infrastructure work, including water, sewer, roads, lighting and ...

Belpre City Councilmembers Donna Miller, left, and Susan Abdella talk during Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Belpre Council approves first reading of tax levy

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BELPRE — Belpre officials are taking steps to place a levy on the November ballot in Belpre to help support emergency services in the city. At Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council, councilmembers unanimously approved the first reading of a resolution for a 1.75 mill additional tax levy ...

Parkersburg Police Patrolman 1st Class Doug McLain, center, is shown with Police Chief Joe Martin, left, and then-Mayor Jimmy Colombo at McLain’s retirement celebration in February 2016. McLain, who served the department for 41 years as an officer and went back to work for the city as a civilian fleet maintenance coordinator, died Saturday at the age of 66. (File Photo)

Veteran Parkersburg PD officer McLain remembered

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PARKERSBURG — Joe Martin was 11 or 12 years old when he first got to know Parkersburg Police Officer Doug McLain. Decades later, Martin as chief of the Parkersburg Police Department, he became, technically, McLain’s boss, something his younger self never imagined. “He was always someone ...

Vienna says FOIA lawsuit has no merit

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VIENNA — Officials say a lawsuit filed against the City of Vienna and it’s mayor is without merit and patently wrong. Vienna resident Lawrence Wilson filed a civil suit June 7 against Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and other city officials, alleging a conspiracy to deny him information sought ...

Info, comments sought for PHS book

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PARKERSBURG — Do you know of a notable graduate of Parkersburg High School? Let us know. The newspaper is compiling a list of alumni with notable and distinguished careers in politics, business, military and public service, sports or any other endeavor of note. Send the information to Jess ...

The Queen of the Mississippi docks at Ohio River levee in Marietta Monday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Queen of the Mississippi makes tourist stop in Marietta

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MARIETTA — Welcomed by a crowd lining the Ohio River Levee on Monday, 125 passengers and 50 crew from the Queen of the Mississippi riverboat slipped into Marietta for an afternoon and evening of exploration. “We’ve traveled to all seven continents on those big cruise liners and figured ...

Participants in Camp ECHO 2017 pose for a photo at the annual camp held June 4-7 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Camp ECHO is a program of the Wood County Society. (Photo Provided)

Annual Camp ECHO held at Cedar Lakes

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Society, a local non-profit organization that offers 11 programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities, held Camp ECHO on June 4-7 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Camp ECHO, short for Every Camper Has Opportunity, is the largest of ...

Helen Ridgway, 93, sits on the sun porch next to her bedroom in the Woman’s Home in Marietta Monday, counting the cars as they go by. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Woman’s Home in Marietta closing

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MARIETTA — After 132 years the final days of the Woman’s Home in Marietta are numbered. “This is a very sad day for the home,” said Debbie Stengel, manager of the residential care facility, who has worked at the 812 Third St. site for 27 years. “To know my little ladies will have to ...

Marietta BOE hears report on energy savings

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MARIETTA — More than $973,000 has been saved over the last six years, thanks to better monitoring of energy usage throughout the Marietta City school district. Chad Rinard, Marietta High principal and energy education specialist, provided a brief report on the energy savings during ...

On the Record

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Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — The following cases appeared in Wood County Magistrate Court on June 26: * April Ann Ellis, 42, of 506 34th St., Vienna, was arraigned on charges of first-offense shoplifting, battery and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and released on a $1,400 ...

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Control Room Operator Steven Anderson takes a call from contractors working on maintenance within the Dynegy energy plant in Beverly Friday.

Dynegy power plant in Beverly helps keep the lights on


BEVERLY — Sold on the energy market daily, up to 650 megawatts of electricity generated by two gas and one steam turbine in Beverly join the ranks of hundreds of plants supplying reliable power across the country daily. “That 650 megawatts of power would power the city of Marietta for a ...

Quinn Hartleroad

Wood County woman to study in Jordan

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PARKERSBURG — Quinn Hartleroad of Wood County is one of seven West Virginia University students who have been awarded the Boren Scholarship, enabling them to study languages in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, according to WVU. Hartleroad, of Walker, a 2012 graduate of ...

Program aims to ‘Build Up’ downtown Marietta


MARIETTA — Enhancing the appeal of downtown Marietta is the goal of “Build Up Marietta,” a new facade improvement program from Marietta Main Street and the Marietta Community Foundation. “This program is due in part to the hard work of our Design Committee and their focus on ...

Ebert Brothers slated to join Wetzel County Hall of Fame

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NEW MARTINSVILLE — The Ebert Brothers band will be inducted into the Wetzel County Hall of Fall on Friday in New Martinsville. Pat Ebert Heslep and her son, Todd Heslep, who both live in Parkersburg, are members of this country music band that was founded 50 years ago. The band will be ...

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Richard Miller, President of the Marietta Amateur Radio Club watches club member Matt Pooler making contact with another station.

Ham radio enthusiasts connect in Marietta

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MARIETTA — The Marietta Amateur Radio Club participated in the 24-hour Annual American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Field Day event over the weekend. Held from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday, ARRL’s Field Day was a national event in which amateur radio operators (better known as ham ...

Washington County Behavioral Health Board urges levy support

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MARIETTA — In response to Washington County’s mental health crisis, the Washington County Behavioral Health Board unanimously approved a resolution at its regular meeting urging voters on November 7 to pass an additional levy of 0.5 mills for five years. The levy would generate $737,000 ...

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Sharon Lin, a four-grade student from Mineral Wells Elementary School, won first place in the West Virginia Farm Bureau’s “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest.

Mineral Wells Elementary School student wins poster contest

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PARKERSBURG — A student from Mineral Wells Elementary School won first place in the West Virginia Farm Bureau’s “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest. Sharon Lin is a fourth-grade student in Daneen Moore’s class at the school. Lin received $25 for winning the county ...

SCOTUS: Limited travel ban can proceed

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The justices will hear full ...

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Larry Smith of the Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub makes contact with other ham radio operators from Fort Boreman Park.

Ham radio operators gather for annual field day in Wood County

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County amateur radio enthusiasts gathered for the annual ARRL Field Day, which began Saturday afternoon and will conclude today. Members of Wood County Emergency Communications Inc. gathered at Hendershot Farm Drive off Laurel Creek Road while members of the Parkersburg ...

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David McClure to leave Camden Clark Medical Center by the end of 2017


PARKERSBURG — David McClure, president and CEO of Camden Clark Medical Center, has announced he will be leaving the Parkersburg facility by the end of the current year. McClure, who has headed CCMC since 2014, made the announcement on Friday. “It is with a heavy heart and much respect for ...