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Vienna Recorder Cathy Smith, left, outlines her support for the police fee as Councilman Roger Bibbee, right, listens on Thursday.

Vienna City Council discusses police fee

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VIENNA — A proposal to lower or eliminate the police service fee in Vienna was discussed at Thursday’s city council meeting. Cathy Smith, Vienna recorder, said the fee went into effect in 1974 to generate revenue for the police department. “That was a long time ago,” she said. ...

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PHS100 books available for sale and pick-up

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PARKERSBURG — “PHS100: A Pictorial History of the Centennial of the Parkersburg High School Building” is now available for pick-up at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s office at 519 Juliana St. Books for customers who wanted their copies shipped were mailed this morning. The book ...

Authorities arrest Taylor County fugitive in Vienna

Local News

VIENNA — A call about a possible shooting in Vienna resulted in the capture of a Parkersburg man who was a fugitive from Taylor County on Thursday, police said. Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said the calls about a shooting in the 3700 block of 12th Avenue came in around 8:07 p.m. ...

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Elizabeth “Liz” Green, environmental health director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, appeared before the Wood County Commission Thursday to discuss regulations governing water wells.

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department pushes well testing

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PARKERSBURG — Local residential water wells need regular testing to make sure they remain safe, a representative from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department told the Wood County Commission Thursday. Elizabeth “Liz” Green, environmental health director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health ...

Parkersburg High School drug sweep comes up clean

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PARKERSBURG — A surprise sweep of Parkersburg High School Thursday found no drugs and only one violation for tobacco. Principal Kenny DeMoss said eight dogs from local law enforcement agencies were brought in to sweep the school and look for illegal substances. The students were placed on ...

Hope for the Holidays vigil set for Sunday in Marietta

Community News

MARIETTA — When a loved one has died from suicide the grief touches every aspect of life for surviving family and friends. “The reasons, the loss itself and the unexpectedness make it especially hard to move away from that grief, especially around the holidays,” said Miriam Keith, a ...

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The Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request to allow a senior living facility at 2301 Kennedy St. The applicant was Mark Swann.

Parkersburg BZA rejects senior living facility

Business

PARKERSBURG — A request to turn a former nursing home into a senior living facility was rejected Wednesday by the Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals. The board also approved measures allowing a bed and breakfast on Market Street and an detached garage for an auto detailing operation on ...

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Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody McClung with a few of the children who participated in the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart in Wood County on Sunday.

150 children receive gifts at Shop with a Cop event

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VIENNA — There were a lot of smiling faces at two local stores this past Sunday. One-hundred and 50 children received Christmas presents during the Shop with a Cop program at the Vienna and Parkersburg Wal-Mart stores. Sixty law enforcement officers volunteered their time to help the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots collecting toys today

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Today is the “all day” toy drive for the Mid-Ohio Valley Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots volunteers will be collecting toys to give to local children for Christmas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today along Pike Street in south Parkersburg in front of the Southgate Shopping ...

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Old Man Rivers Mission has received equipment to refrigerate and transport food through a $50,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to the Mountaineer Food Bank. From left, Kevin Ohse, manager of the south Parkersburg Wal-Mart; Becky Conrad, grants coordinator for the food bank; Jeanette Pursley of Old Man Rivers and Jesse Turner-Cooper, store donation coordinator for Mountaineer Food Bank.

Old Man Rivers Mission receives items from grant

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PARKERSBURG — Old Man Rivers Mission in Parkersburg is among 32 recipients benefiting from a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to the Mountaineer Food Bank. The food bank recently received $50,000 from the foundation for the purchase of equipment required to store and transport perishable ...

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Cannon Thomas, 4, of Newport, talks with his mother Linsee about his coloring of a reindeer after getting his face painted at the Newport Hometown Christmas event Thursday.

Newport celebrates Hometown Christmas

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NEWPORT — For the 10th year Newport area residents gathered for a little holiday cheer Thursday in the community room of the volunteer fire department. “We’ve had 14 stops with all of the merchants every year before this,” said Newport Hometown Christmas organizer Becky Felton. ...

Ohio Department of Health says flu hospitalizations on the rise

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MARIETTA — If you haven’t been impacted by the flu this season, chances are you know someone who has been. The Ohio Department of Health says flu hospitalizations across the state are higher than usual and much worse than a year ago. “Now is a great time to get your flu shot. It takes ...

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Lillian Webb, daughter of Melissa Webb, this year was the first child to pick from the Hat and Mitten Tree. The tree is sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Valley WIC.

Mid-Ohio Valley WIC offers hats, mittens

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PARKERSBURG — Last year Mid-Ohio Valley WIC started a tradition of offering children a free hat or a pair of mittens during the holidays. Each child visiting the Parkersburg WIC clinic for an appointment can choose an item from the Christmas tree. The annual Hat and Mitten Tree started on ...

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The Bankshot Pub at 405 Market St. will close at the end of the year. WesBanco, which has its commercial loan offices next door, plans to purchase the building and eventually demolish it to make room for a 
renovation expected to include an elevator 
and additional exit.

Bankshot Pub closing, downtown Parkersburg building to come down

Business

PARKERSBURG — The Bankshot Pub on Market Street will close it doors at the end of the year, with the nearly 120-year-old building it occupies eventually headed for demolition. Bankshot owner Joe DeHaven said he’s agreed to sell the building to neighboring WesBanco. WesBanco Market ...

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Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, spoke at the Shale Energy Alliance meeting at the Blennerhassett Hotel Wednesday night.

Shale Energy Alliance touts ways to build the oil and gas industry

Business

PARKERSBURG — Area oil and gas company representatives gathered Wednesday at the Blennerhassett Hotel to learn how the Shale Energy Alliance can make a difference and make the industry grow. Dave Caliguiri, with the Shale Energy Alliance, said the alliance is dedicated to the development of ...

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Kristy Cramlet and Meggan Merritt of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield load gifts 
Highmark employees got for 45 less-fortunate area seniors that will be distributed by the Salvation Army of Parkersburg through its Meals on Wheels program.

Highmark employees bring Christmas cheer to senior citizens

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Highmark employees helped brighten the holiday season for local seniors by collecting and distributing wrapped gifts as part of its “Presents for Seniors” program. Highmark employees presented the gifts for 45 less-fortunate area seniors to Major Matt Riley of the ...

Sen. Manchin sets his sights on gabapentin

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WASHINGTON — A West Virginia senator is seeking the rescheduling of gabapentin, which was labeled as a “drug of concern” by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Sen. Joe Manchin asked Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Robert Patterson, acting ...