Sixth-grade students at Belpre Elementary School gather outside to view the 2017 solar eclipse while using special protective eyewear. Belpre City Schools extended the school day by 20 minutes Monday to give students and staff the chance to safely witness the celestial event. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Mid-Ohio Valley schools witness solar eclipse

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BELPRE — More than a thousand Belpre City Schools students, teachers and staff gathered Monday to watch the 2017 eclipse. The total solar eclipse took about three hours, with the height of the eclipse lasting only a few minutes and with 90 percent of the sun obscured in this region. States ...

Students stop to take photos of the solar eclipse through viewing glasses Monday at Washington State Community College. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Marietta residents gather for solar eclipse

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MARIETTA — Observers of all ages gathered Monday, ready with eye protection, to learn of a phenomena that is not often experienced in the area: a solar eclipse. In the Mid-Ohio Valley, 86 percent coverage was witnessed at 2:34 p.m., as the moon passed in front of the sun’s light, blocking ...

The moon takes a bite out of the sun during the eclipse Monday in Parkersburg while being framed by the cross on top of the Trinity Hall on Fifth Street. The path of totality spanned across the U.S. with the area of totality several hundred miles south of Parkersburg. (Photo by Art Smith)

Photo Gallery: Views of the solar eclipse

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PARKERSBURG -- The moon took a bite out of the sun during the eclipse Monday in Parkersburg. The path of totality spanned across the U.S. with the area of totality several hundred miles south of Parkersburg. Contraptions ranging from the disposable eclipse glasses available for sale to a pair ...

Firefighters’ pension board endorses plan closure

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PARKERSBURG — The city of Parkersburg’s Fireman’s Pension and Relief Board unanimously endorsed the administration’s plan to close the current pension program to future hires. The vote was taken with little discussion during the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday. “I think ...

Bushes spelling out PHS, roses and metal Indian heads on columns are part of the new landscaping in front of Parkersburg High School. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

PHS landscaped in time for centennial celebration

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ally wanted to do something to improve and beautify the campus, and knowing the centennial was coming up I took on a project to do some landscaping on the front campus” of Parkersburg High School, Angelos said. She said the project was done with the support and cooperation of Wood County ...

Wood County Board of Education to discuss contracts, construction

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the superintendent’s contract and receive an update on construction projects. The board meets at the district’s 13th and Plum streets offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. Only ...

On the Record

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Wood Magistrate PARKERSBURG — Wood County Magistrate Court released the following reports Aug. 21: * Nicholas A. Snider, 28, of 665 East Eighth St., Parkersburg, was arraigned on a charge of wanton endangerment with a firearm and bond was set at $100,000 surety. * Angela Mae Hanscome, ...

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Around 45 people attended a prayer gathering Sunday at the Wood County Justice Center to pray for the well-being and safety of local law-enforcement officers. Around 147 people attended a series of prayer events held throughout the day Sunday in Williamstown, Vienna and Parkersburg near local police agencies.

Wood County residents offer prayer, support for law enforcement

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PARKERSBURG — People took time to come out Sunday and pray for local law enforcement officers during the Wood County Law Enforcement Officer Prayer Walk. The second annual event, organized by Greg Hoover of Parkersburg, was originally scheduled in mid-July but had to be postponed. Around ...

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Tunnel Hill performed Saturday during the 16th annual Johnny Staats Bluegrass Festival held at the Point Park Amphitheater.

Officials happy with Parkersburg Homecoming changes, results

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PARKERSBURG — The 2017 Parkersburg Homecoming came to an end without any major problems or concerns, officials said Sunday. In going from a three-day event to a two-day event this year, officials said they were able to better concentrate events. The location of the Main Stage area was ...

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This pothole is located in the center of the roadway at the parking lot of the municipal office building at 304 Putnam St. in Marietta.

Potholes plague Marietta parking lot

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MARIETTA — It’s not the city’s largest parking facility, but the tiny lot that serves the municipal building at 304 Putnam St. gets plenty of daily traffic, and it’s showing some definite wear and tear with cracked pavement and potholes. But no repairs are currently scheduled for the ...

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Lyla Grell, 8, rides Rocky and gets ready to participate in the horse show at the Waterford Fair.

Smiles, praise as Waterford Community Fair wraps up

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WATERFORD — The Waterford Community Fair concluded Sunday. The four-day event has always been well known for its hog sales and tractor pulls, but it also offers rides, exhibits, a motorcycle and ATV Rodeo, games, a horse show, entertainment and a lot of tasty food. There was something for ...

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Hook Lake at ReCreation Campground A is located in the heart of 60,000 acres of reclaimed strip-mined land that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is in negotiations to purchase from AEP.

ODNR, AEP negotiating 60,000 acre recreational land purchase


CUMBERLAND, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is now in negotiations with American Electric Power to acquire 60,000 acres of reclaimed strip-mined land at the intersection of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties in southeastern Ohio. ODNR Director James Zehringer ...

Injuries reported in Athens County accidents

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ATHENS, Ohio — Troopers from the Athens Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were investigating a pair of injury accidents over the weekend in Athens County. In the first, a single vehicle injury crash occurred Friday night on U.S. 50 east of the city of Athens. At approximately 11:58 ...

Cairo officials issue boil water advisory

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CAIRO, W.Va. — The town of Cairo announced a boil water advisory Sunday to run until further notice. Residents of Cairo are advised to boil their water for any use other than bathing. Customers who experience very low pressure lasting 15 minutes or more ore cloudy or dirty water which ...

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Closing out the 2017 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival’s entertainment lineup was Donnie Iris and The Cruisers on the main stage.

Public turns out for parade, end of Parkersburg Homecoming Festival

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PARKERSBURG — Another Parkersburg Homecoming Festival is in the books. Despite cutting the event from three days to two days, the crowds came out in force Saturday night, organizers said. Sherry Valentine, chairwoman of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival Committee, said the 2017 edition ...

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Julius Kogo races in the News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday in Parkersburg. Kogo won his seventh race in eight years with a winning time of 1:03.09.

Julius Kogo wins News and Sentinel Half Marathon for seventh time

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PARKERSBURG — Julius Kogo did it again. The Kenyan captured his seventh career crown in Parkersburg on Saturday during the 31st running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Following a five-peat from 2010-2014, Kogo missed the race in 2015, but after clocking in Saturday with a ...

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The Parkersburg South High School Marching Band was among the unites moving along Market Street on Saturday afternoon during the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade.

Scenes from the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival

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PARKERSBURG — In its new two-day format, the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival had an activity-filled Saturday, from the morning runners and walkers of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon event to Saturday night’s fireworks to end this year’s festival. Homecoming also ...

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Brad Smith, right, looks over an aluminum marker for West Virginia after men in his foundry remove the sand Wednesday.

Sewah Studios continues with third generation in Marietta


MARIETTA — Sewah Studios is one company with many moving parts. “It’s like having four or five different companies all together,” said owner Brad Smith. “Each of these jobs is so specialized to a part of the process that it takes different skill sets to bring it all ...