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Gov. Justice calls special session for budget

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday called state lawmakers back to Charleston next week for a special session on the budget, and he challenged the legislators to vote “yes” on the proposal that will be before them. The special session is set to begin one week from today, on May ...

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Sean Francisco, director of personnel and legal counsel for Wood County Schools, stands while addressing the Wood County Board of Education during Tuesday’s transfer hearings in front of the Wood County Board of Education while Superintendent John Flint, left, West Virginia Education Association representative Ben Barkey, center, and Parkersburg High School social studies teacher Brian Kesterson listen to Francisco’s opening statements.

Wood County Board of Education holds transfer hearings

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held two hearings Tuesday for Parkersburg High School teachers contesting their transfers to other schools. In both cases the school board voted to continue the transfers, saying a decline in student enrollment and a drop in state funding made ...

Manchin: Trump supports health care for coal miners

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WASHINGTON — A national lawmaker from West Virginia said the president of the United States is supporting efforts to supply retired coal miners with health care coverage. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke with reporters from around the state Wednesday by phone about efforts to extend ...

Hearing held in Michael Ihle case

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CHARLESTON — A former legislator and mayor of Ravenswood had a hearing Wednesday before the West Virginia Ethics Commission, but a ruling was not made. Michael Ihle had been accused of using his city-provided cell phone while serving as mayor in his 2014 campaign for the House of ...

Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale today

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale will be 6 p.m. today at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. People with an interest in gardening, whether experienced or inexperienced, who want to learn more and talk with people with a wide range of experiences can ...

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Three Vienna Police officers were promoted in a ceremony Wednesday at Vienna City Hall. Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer, left, and Mayor Randy Rapp, right, with Lt. Kevin Parrish promoted from sergeant, and sergeants Rob Cox and Josh Cole  promoted from patrolmen.

Vienna promotes three police officers

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VIENNA — Three officers in the Vienna Police Department were officially promoted Wednesday in a ceremony in city hall. Lt. Kevin Parrish was promoted from sergeant, and sergeants Rob Cox and Josh Cole were promoted from patrolmen. Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said the ceremony was an ...

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Fenton Art Glass is welcoming back former employees of the plant and gift shop this Saturday for a reunion. The building will be demolished to make way for a new elementary school, and officials say this is the last chance to say goodbye.

Fenton Art Glass to hold employee reunion Saturday

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Fenton Art Glass plant and gift shop will hold a reunion Saturday for former employees and their families. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with tours of the factory available. Cake and punch will be served and the gift shop will be open. Those wanting to ...

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Beginning May 2, the Island Belle sternwheeler will transport visitors between Point Park and Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park on Tuesday through Sunday.

Blennerhassett Island open for season

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PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2017 season next Tuesday as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. With the opening of the island on May 2, visitors can board the Island Belle ...

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Parkersburg Choral Society will hold its spring concert Sunday.

Parkersburg Choral Society Spring Concert slated for Sunday

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PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Choral Society will host its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg. The concert will be free and open to the public due in part to a grant from Artsbridge. Donations will be accepted at the door. There will be ...

Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk to be held

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PARKERSBURG — The first Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk in downtown Parkersburg will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, featuring over 20 retail shops, restaurants, offices and services along with local and regional artists. Downtown PKB and Artsbridge are partners in sponsoring the event and ...

Jackson Middle School put on lockdown

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VIENNA — For about 30 minutes Wednesday Jackson Middle School was on lockdown after a staff member reported hearing a sound like a gun firing. “At about 11:45 a.m. a staff member reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot from an adjacent piece of property,” said Vienna Police Chief ...

Wood County Schools Finance Director Connie Roberts presents a draft 2018 budget Tuesday to the Wood County Board of Education. The board also approved the sale of $41 million in bonds, which will be used for construction projects throughout the district. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Wood County Board of Education approves bond sales

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday awarded Wells Fargo Bank the bid for more than $41 million in school bonds for construction and facility improvements throughout the district. Wells Fargo was selected out of seven bidders, offering an interest rate of less than 2.7 ...

Don Reeves stepped down as Parkersburg High School’s head football coach Wednesday.

Don Reeves steps down as PHS head football coach

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Don Reeves stepped down as Parkersburg High School’s head football coach earlier today. Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint confirmed Reeves had resigned his position as PHS football coach and said no hearing would be scheduled for Monday. The community had speculated an ...

Dustin Ray Kinney, 24, was arrested on warrants for malicious assault and use of a weapon during the commission of a felony after being located between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Tuesday in a residence at 10959 Southern Highway, Rockport.

Shooting suspect caught in Wirt County

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ROCKPORT — The search for a suspect in last week’s shooting in Walker ended Tuesday with an arrest in Wirt County. Dustin Ray Kinney, 24, was arrested on warrants for malicious assault and use of a weapon during the commission of a felony after being located between 10:30 and 11 a.m. ...

Williamstown Elementary School fourth-graders Brody Bowyer, Navaeh Hansen and Parker Schramm were given a ride in a Williamstown Fire Department fire truck Tuesday for winning a first place prize at the West Virginia Social Studies Fair. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Williamstown honors winners of West Virginia Social Studies Fair

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Three Williamstown Elementary School students were honored Tuesday for winning a first place prize at the West Virginia Social Studies Fair. Navaeh Hansen, Brody Bowyer and Parker Schramm were honored by riding in a Williamstown Fire Department fire truck from the Welcome ...

On Tuesday, the Williamstown Police Department, in conjunction with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, filed a charge of first-degree murder against Christopher Scott Murvine, 27, of Parkersburg.

Murvine charged with murder in overdose death

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WILLIAMSTOWN — For the second time in recent weeks, a Wood County law enforcement agency has filed a murder charge against a suspect in connection with a drug overdose death. On Tuesday, the Williamstown Police Department, in conjunction with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task ...