Former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt, left, shown here with deputy tax chief Bob Tranquill, has died.

Former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt dies at 81

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PARKERSBURG — Former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt died Tuesday afternoon at age 81. Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham, a former chief sheriff’s deputy, confirmed the former sheriff’s death. Graham said Merritt’s family said he died at the Carehaven nursing home in Belmont, ...

Parkersburg Homecoming board member Chuck Lipps, right, speaks during Tuesday’s budget hearing in Parkersburg City Council chambers at the Municipal Building as Homecoming President Sherry Valentine listens. The festival would receive $10,000 under the proposed 2017-18 budget, and Homecoming Board members were asked about planned changes to the event during the hearing. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Parkersburg City Council asks Homecoming questions

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PARKERSBURG — City Council wrapped up discussion of the various municipal departments and funds Tuesday, but voted to wait until Friday to consider amendments to and finalize the 2017-18 budget. Council members spent the first 45 minutes of Tuesday’s hearing asking members of the ...

Fentanyl-related murder charges sent to circuit court

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Charges against David Scott Armstrong, 26, 500 13th St., Apt. 33, Parkersburg, accused of murder for allegedly supplying the fentanyl that killed a 28-year-old man, were bound over to circuit court. Magistrate Robin Waters in a hearing this afternoon found probable cause. Armstrong was ...

Parkersburg High School student and volunteer Madi Gribble paints the face of Timmy Roberts, 12, a student from Edison Middle School, at an activity station Tuesday during the Artsbridge Very Spectacular Arts Festival at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Artsbridge holds 19th annual Very Spectacular Arts Festival

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PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge held its 19th annual Very Spectacular Arts Festival for school children with disabilities on Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and saw some of its highest event attendance in years. Artsbridge Executive Director Jane Irvine said in years past the ...

An architectural rendering of the renovated Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s theater at Eighth and Market streets. (Photo Provided)

Actors Guild plans renovations in three phases

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PARKERSBURG — A three-phase project to renovate the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s theater at 724 Market St. will begin this year. Last month, the Actors Guild was awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to begin work on phase one of the ...

Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, attended Tuesday’s Williamstown City Council meeting to announce the organization will build its 100th house in Williamstown this spring. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Williamstown to be the site of 100th Habitat house

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Welcoming Habitat for Humanity to town and setting the 2017-2018 budget were the top topics at the Willamstown City Council meeting Tuesday. Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, said the organization will begin work on a house in ...

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Director Ben Bradley moves a table Tuesday as he makes final arrangements before the start of today’s ReStore contest. Entrants take part by having purchased an item from ReStore and refurbishing into another piece of usable furniture. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

ReStore creates benefit contest

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VIENNA — Habitiat for Humanity has taken the concept from HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip,” given it a bit of a fundraising twist and will unveil it today with its 9 a.m. opening, according to ReStore Director Ben Bradley. “It is very similar,” said Bradley Tuesday about the contest. ...

Belpre to discuss economic development

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BELPRE — Belpre residents will have a chance to voice their hopes and concerns for the future of the city. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce and the Voinovich School of Public Affairs at Ohio University invite residents, business leaders and the public to a community meeting Thursday from ...

Cathy Bauman at the Good Samaritan Center, one of three food pantries receiving donations through the Community Bank Stock the Shelves program. Also receiving a share of the contributions are the Friendship Kitchen at North Parkersburg Baptist Church and Old Man Rivers. (Photo Provided)

Community Bank plans food pantry benefit

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PARKERSBURG — Community Bank in Parkersburg is leading up to its 100th anniversary with a community benefit for local food pantries. The Stock the Shelves promotion through May 31 will collect non-perishable food and other needed items for Old Man Rivers, the Friendship Kitchen at North ...

Police: Man charged after car chase

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PARKERSBURG — Michael Dale Cain, 41, of 1936 Barth Road, Belpre, was charged with fleeing and eluding after the car he was a passenger in Tuesday fled from police in Wood County, an official said. The incident began around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday when a 1999 Honda sedan, traveling at a high rate ...

Frontier BOE talks class schedules

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NEW MATAMORAS — Discussion of realignment for the elementary schools in the Frontier Local Schools District brought a room full of about 40 parents to the Board of Education meeting on Monday night. Parents are worried about the new class sizes that have been set forth by the ...

Robert Huffman, right, sits with his defense attorney Ray Smith during his sentencing in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Huffman sentenced for motorist abduction, parole violation

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MARIETTA — A Marietta registered sex offender who threw cinder blocks at motorists and jumped on their vehicles last May was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday. Robert Jonathan Huffman, 36, of 797 Channel Lane, was sentenced to nine months in prison for one count of abduction, a ...

May sentencing scheduled for Baskerville

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PARKERSBURG — A May sentencing date was set Tuesday for one of three people indicted by the January 2017 Wood County grand jury. Yasssir Rashaan Baskerville, also known as Yoti, 31, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to two counts of ...

Trade group targets consumption tax

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PARKERSBURG — A trade group in West Virginia believes a tax reform bill will drive customers across state lines while a sponsor says counties in states without an income tax outperform their cross-state neighbors. West Virginia Senate Bill 335 creates an 8 percent consumption tax to replace ...

Lighting of emergency lantern raises concerns

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CHARLESTON — Actions taken by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday in regard to lighting the emergency lantern on the top of the Capitol dome for the duration of the current budget crisis have rubbed the Republican leadership the wrong way. The light has traditionally been used in ...

Keith  Burdette, at right, a former commerce secretary in West Virginia, with Cam Huffman, a former director of the Wood County Development Authority, next to Burdette, attend the West Virginia Jobs and Energy Rally Tuesday morning at the Capitol. The crowd wants legislation creating jobs in oil and gas and promoting economic development. (Photo Provided)

Rally held for oil and natural gas jobs

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CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Jobs and Energy Rally promoting jobs in the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia drew the governor and legislative leaders Tuesday morning to the steps of the Capitol. Oil and gas workers and advocates were at the rally attended by about 1,000 people ...

For the first time in 35 years, the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival in August will be held on only two days, on Friday and Saturday. Sunday has been dropped from the schedule, officials said. This photo is from the Friday opening night in 2013. (File Photo)

Parkersburg Homecoming drops Sunday from schedule

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Homecoming Festival will drop to two days this year, officials said Monday, citing the sparse attendance on Sunday afternoon. “Homecoming this year will only be on Friday and Saturday,” said Sherry Valentine, homecoming president. The dates are Aug. ...

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, second from right, speaks during Monday’s City Council Personnel Committee meeting as, from left, Development Director Rickie Yeager, Personnel Director Sondra Wallace and Public Works Director Everett Shears listen. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Parkersburg City Council’s Personnel Committee approves 3 requests

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PARKERSBURG — City Council’s Personnel Committee approved a trio of requests from the administration Monday. The first would change the rate of pay for the chief fire inspector from an annual salary of $46,176, with no eligibility for overtime, to an overtime-eligible $21.59 an hour. The ...

Budget talk with ex-finance director questioned

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PARKERSBURG — Some city officials are questioning the presence of a former finance director convicted of embezzling municipal funds at an informal gathering of some council members to discuss the budget process. Parkersburg City Council President J.R. Carpenter confirmed Monday that he and ...

Wood County Commissioners Robert Tebay, Jimmy Colombo and Blair Couch discuss on Monday ways the county can deal with its rising jail bill, including controlling purchases made by county departments. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Wood County Commission looks for ways to save money in budget

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission is continuing to tighten its belt as it tries to formulate a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The commission unanimously approved a measure Monday to only allow all purchases from various county offices to be made with the commission’s approval ...