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West Virginia’s beauty an inspiration to artist Killian

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PARKERSBURG — Artist Virginia Killian is inspired by all around her. Around 65 of her paintings titled, “Virginia Killian: Images Just Come To Me” opened Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibit will run through March 16 and is sponsored by the Tellus Consulting Group. ...

Cabin Fever heats up Riverfront Roar fans

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MARIETTA — In the middle of a long cold winter, everyone wants to get out and do something. What better timing for the Riverfront Roar to have it’s ROARin’ Cabin Fever Party. The first-time fundraising event was held Saturday evening at the Marietta Shrine Club. In an effort to raise ...

Wood County team to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County’s Darkside Robotics Team will compete next month in the Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The event takes place March 21-23 in Belle Vernon, Pa., and marks the first competition for the rookie team. The 11-members of Darkside Robotics hail from ...

Concerned Marietta residents tour Oriana House facility in Akron

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MARIETTA — A group of Washington County residents has gone to Akron to see the operations of a nonprofit drug rehabilitation facility operated by Oriana House Inc. The trip, planned by Marietta City Councilman Geoff Schenkel, was offered by Oriana in the hopes of calming fears voiced at a ...

Lawmakers keeping West Virginia Supreme Court in check

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, under new management, has worked hard to put rules and policies in place to fight the perceptions of corruption that plagued justices over the last year. But the recent sentencing of former chief justice Allen Loughry on Wednesday to ...

K9 Drago the paw-fect partner for Wood County deputy

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PARKERSBURG — There’s a new face at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. And a new tail and new paws to go with it. K9 Drago joined Deputy Taylor Phillips in early November for six weeks of training. The two were certified in mid-December and the pair has been inseparable since. “He ...

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley offers a window into the past

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PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its grand re-opening on Saturday offering a new window into the past. “Everything has been changed around and new items have been brought on,” said Candice Bennett, vice president of the board of directors. Bennett said the ...

Parkersburg residents seek enhancements for Market Street

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PARKERSBURG — A group of citizens has petitioned the city to extend streetscape improvements made more than a decade ago further up Market Street. In 2003, the City of Parkersburg added period lighting and benches and made sidewalk improvements along Market from Fourth to Ninth streets. ...

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offers job training

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MARIETTA — A federal program that few people have heard about provides funding for 35 to 40 percent of the adult technical trainees at the Washington County Career Center and offers people in poverty a route to a better job. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been around for ...

“Very Spectacular Arts” Festival to be held March 19

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PARKERSBURG — The 20th annual “Very Spectacular Arts” (VSA) Festival for school children with disabilities will be celebrating “Everyday Heroes!” The festival will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Officials said the planning ...

Belmont Community Hospital to close after 105 years

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BELLAIRE — Belmont Community Hospital, which has served the area for 105 years, will be closed permanently as of April 5. The 99-bed acute care hospital was acquired by Wheeling Hospital in 1996. Belmont Community Hospital employs 93 people and Wheeling Hospital will offer positions to those ...

Glenwood Community earns national recognition

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MARIETTA — Glenwood Community, a United Church Homes community, has been recognized by Holleran, the nation’s leading research firm specializing in senior living and community engagement. Glenwood was one of two communities nationwide to receive the Choice Community Award for both their ...

Fanta named chair for insurance committee

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PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg agent has been selected as a chairman of a committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia. John Fanta of the Waters Insurance Agency has been named chairman of the Young Agent Committee. The association has announced its slate of officers and ...

Marathon Petroleum Corp. turns to students

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MARIETTA — Marathon Petroleum Corp. turned to a team of Marietta College students to provide a fresh perspective on attracting new talent to the Findlay, Ohio-based company. The company’s goal is to get noticed by students in a variety of business fields such as marketing, accounting and ...

Glenville State College graduate appears on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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GLENVILLE — A Glenville State College alumna won big on a recent episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” Amy Perkins, a special education teacher at Flatwoods Elementary School, graduated from Glenville State in 2005 with a degree in elementary education. “It was such an amazing experience,” ...

Planned power outage to affect downtown Parkersburg Monday

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PARKERSBURG — A planned electrical outage Monday to allow for the repair of two distribution lines and other hardware will affect approximately 200 MonPower customers in the downtown Parkersburg area. Customers in the vicinity of Third, Fourth, Fifth, Avery and Market streets and Phillips ...