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Wood County Sheriff’s deputies walk down the driveway to Pleasant Air at 5200 Emerson Ave. just north of Parkersburg while investigating a homicide Friday morning. Employees of the business discovered the body of a white male there around 7:30 a.m.

Parkersburg death labeled homicide

Local News

PARKERSBURG — The death of a man found Friday behind an Emerson Avenue business is being investigated as a homicide. The body of Kevin Adam King, 38, of 280 Forest Ave., Mineral Wells, was discovered by employees of Pleasant Air, 5200 Emerson Ave., around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Wood County ...

St. Marys' Zac Long tries to break lose from a South Harrison player's shoestring tackle Friday night during the Hawks' 43-15 win over the Blue Devils at Bill Hanlin Stadium. Photo by Joe Albright

South Harrison beats St. Marys

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ST. MARYS — Class A top-ranked South Harrison improved to 2-0 on a tough four-game gauntlet to end the season after the Hawks snapped 2016 state champion St. Marys' 20 game-winning streak Friday night in Pleasants County. Brad Jett's Hawks rolled into Bill Hanlin Stadium, now 8-0, and left ...

Parkersburg City Council to vote on pension measures

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PARKERSBURG — City Council will consider closing the current police and fire pension funds to new hires and allocating funds to pay increased pension costs when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting includes six resolutions forwarded to the full council by the ...

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Washington County Commissioners Ron Feathers, left, and Rick Walters cut the ribbon at the entrance to the OhioMeansJobs Center during an open house at the center on Friday.

OhioMeansJobs Center holds grand opening in Marietta

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MARIETTA — An open house and ribbon-cutting event marked the official grand opening of the OhioMeansJobs Center at 1115 Gilman Ave. Friday, although the center has been open for business in the Washington County Job and Family Services building since July 1. “The whole purpose of this is ...

Budget proposal gets Capito yay, Manchin nay

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WASHINGTON — A budget resolution passed Thursday night in the U.S. Senate doesn’t “reflect conversations” with the president, a senator from West Virginia said. “In my conversations with President Trump we have discussed our shared goal of ensuring any tax reform package passes with ...

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The Low Gap Christian Union Church sits  above Ohio 26 in Cline. The church marks its 200th anniversary this year.

Low Gap Christian Union preps bicentennial

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MARIETTA — Anyone who wants to get to Cline in a hurry is probably going to the wrong place. The 30-mile drive up the smooth but unforgiving Ohio 26 takes an hour from Marietta, passing Sitka, Dart, Wingett Run and finally Cline, situated across the Monroe County border. Two miles past that ...

Parkersburg Police: Reported shooting a suicide

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PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday afternoon at a residence in south Parkersburg. Units of the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Parkersburg Fire Department and St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service converged on ...

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Wood County Commission President Blair Couch discusses potential consolidation of public service districts during the commission’s meeting Thursday.

Wood County Commission talks PSD consolidations

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PARKERSBURG — Members of the Union Williams Public Service District said they’d be willing to look at consolidation with other utilities if it helps those they serve. “If it’s beneficial to the customers, to the service and their well-being, we would be in favor of it,” said Steve ...

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From left, Wood County Assistant Prosecutor Russell Skogstad, Prosecutor Pat Lefebure and Sheriff Steve Stephens confer this morning at Pleasants Air at 5200 Emerson Ave., where the body of a white male was discovered. Stephens said the death is suspicious.

Man’s death ruled homicide

Local News

PARKERSBURG – Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens has identified the victim of an apparent homicide. Kevin Adam King, 38, of 280 Forest Ave., Mineral Wells, was pronounced dead at the scene where employees of Pleasant Air, 5200 Emerson Ave., discovered him this morning. After initially ...

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Ogi, a law enforcement dog of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, will receive body armor through Vested Interest in K9s Inc. and an anonymous sponsor. The dog was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in the department in May.

Wood County Sheriff’s Office K9 to receive protective vest

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PARKERSBURG — A law enforcement dog with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will receive a new bullet and stab protective vest through an anonymous sponsor and a donation from a non-profit group. Ogi, a German shepherd, will receive the body armor through the charitable donation from Vested ...

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Author Kathy Brodsky visited students at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School Thursday, talking about her various children’s book and how she finds inspiration in everyday things.

Children’s author visits Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School

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PARKERSBURG — A children’s author spoke to students at Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School Thursday, talking about her work, her inspiration and reading from her books. Kathy Brodsky, a graduate of Marietta College, returned to the area this week for her graduating class reunion, but ...

Newspaper seeks stories, photos from Mid-Ohio Valley veterans

Community News

PARKERSBURG — Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of ...

Marietta joining class action suit against Ohio

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MARIETTA — Marietta City Council passed legislations Thursday authorizing the city to join a class-action lawsuit against the state Legislature and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for allegedly violating both home rule and the single subject rule in the passage of House Bills 5 and 49. The two bills ...

Washington County seeks grant for sewer project

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MARIETTA — Washington County is not now seeking another $400,000 grant to help sewer the communities of Devola and Oak Grove, although that’s an option as mediation efforts continue between the county and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency next week. During Thursday’s county ...

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Wood County Schools bus driver Ron Seebaugh weaves through a series of barrels Thursday during the Transportation Department’s annual Bus Roadeo. Drivers test their skills as well as brush up on driving techniques and safety issues.

Wood County Schools bus drivers test skills at ‘Roadeo’

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PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools bus drivers put their skills to the test Thursday as part of the Transportation Department’s annual Bus Roadeo. Schools were closed Thursday for parent-teacher conferences, and bus drivers took the opportunity to brush up on driving and safety skills ...

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Cody Keene appears in Washington County Common Pleas Court for resentencing on a rape and drugs case Thursday.

Marietta man sentenced again in rape and drugs case

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MARIETTA — The Marietta man convicted in 2016 of raping an 11-year-old and giving heroin to a 12-year-old was given a lesser sentence Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Cody Keene, 21, who previously lived at 501 1/2 Warren St., Marietta, had been sentenced to an indefinite ...

Simmons Post Office plans Passport Fair

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PARKERSBURG — The Simmons Post Office on Market Street will hold a Passport Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday to help families prepare for travel and make it easier to obtain a passport Although walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the Passport Fair, appointments for photos and passport ...