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Parkersburg High’s Madi Mace blocks out Parkersburg South’s Rylee Harner after a pass by the Patriot during South’s 68-59 Class AAA Region IV, Section 1 final victory over the Big Reds Friday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility.

South conquers PHS in the sectional final

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PARKERSBURG — A strong defense. Parkersburg South head coach Ed Davis has preached the need for a tough point-stopping unit all year long as there would be nights where shots weren’t falling and the Patriots had to get stops to stay in games. One of those contests happened during the ...

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Jackson County Schools teachers and service personnel stand along a street in Ripley Thursday holding signs while picketing as part of a statewide work stoppage.

West Virginia educator walkout to continue, unions say

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PARKERSBURG — The walkout by school teachers and service personnel will continue until Monday, according to announcements on Friday. Whether Wood County Schools will be open on Monday was unclear on Friday. Employees “are not prepared to go back to work yet,” President Dale Lee of ...

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Clockwise from left, Ryan Mink with Suttle & Stalnaker goes over the audit report for the City of Parkersburg as Suttle & Stalnaker member Chris Lambert, Parkersburg City Councilman Zach Stanley, Mayor Tom Joyce, City Clerk Connie Shaffer, Assistant Finance Director Angie Smith, Finance Director Eric Jiles and Parkersburg Audit Committee member Ed McDonough listen Friday in the executive conference room a the Municipal Building.

Parkersburg gets positive 2016-17 audit

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PARKERSBURG — An audit of the City of Parkersburg’s finances for the 2016-17 fiscal year revealed just two findings and resulted in the best possible assessment. An audit exit conference was held by representatives of West Virginia accounting firm Suttle & Stalnaker Friday in the ...

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Officials Friday encouraged residents to be prepared for the possibility of high water in the coming days. The National Weather Service is predicting the Ohio River to crest higher than it did on Feb. 18. From left, 911 Director Rick Woodyard, Wood County Commission President Blair Couch, Todd Wines of the American Red Cross and Sgt. Joshua Allen of the West Virginia Army National Guard watch the Ohio River levels web page from the National Weather Service.

Wood County, West Virginia officials prep for flooding

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PARKERSBURG — Emergency officials are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best these next few days when the Ohio River is forecast to flood for the second time in 10 days. Residents are being urged to make preparations, either by moving property to higher ground or making arrangements ...

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Employees of JaniSource load cubicle pieces from Peoples Insurance Friday in preparation for high water as local traffic passes by.

Marietta braces for new flooding

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MARIETTA — Living close to the Muskingum River in the Marietta RV Park, Michael Murray stocked up on supplies Friday. “Last weekend I was stuck here for two days,” he said. “Sunday I woke up and the whole campground was flooded and when I tried to wade up to the front that was a bad ...

Attempted murder case among Washington County indictments

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MARIETTA — Allegations against two men accused of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder were among 26 indictments handed down by the February sitting of the Washington County grand jury. Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings said Friday that Robert Lohr, 26, of New Matamoras ...

Armstrong murder trial set for August

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PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man charged with murder by allegedly supplying a drug was in Wood County Circuit Court for a status hearing Friday. David Scott Armstrong, 27, in custody at North Central Regional Jail, was set for trial Aug. 21 on counts of murder and delivery of a controlled ...

Parkersburg mayor slated to present 2018-19 budget

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PARKERSBURG — Mayor Tom Joyce will present the 2018-19 budget proposal to Parkersburg City Council at its meeting Tuesday. Joyce said he and Finance Director Eric Jiles have been working on the budget since late December, communicating with department heads and members of council as they ...

Wood Board of Education to conduct superintendent evaluation

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PARKERSBURG — Only a week after voting to not renew Superintendent John Flint’s contract, the Wood County Board of Education will gather Tuesday to approve Flint’s annual evaluation. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Wood County Schools central office at the corner of 13th and Plum ...

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Scott Collins, 33, of 3180 Tieber Road, Stockport, was sentenced for burglary, a fourth-degree felony.

Marietta man sentenced for bath salts-fueled incident

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MARIETTA — The man who broke into a Marietta home in October waving around an imaginary deed and telling residents to get out was sentenced Friday. Scott Collins, 33, of 3180 Tieber Road, Stockport, was sentenced for burglary, a fourth-degree felony. He broke into the home of Kathy Jo ...

Johnny Cash Tribute Show to benefit Children’s Home Society

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PARKERSBURG — Children’s Home Society of West Virginia will be hosting a Johnny Cash Tribute Show today at VFW Post 1212, 1630 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 7:30. A $10 donation will be taken at the door with all proceeds to benefit ...

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Tyler Hines, a member of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors program, talks with Belpre High School students on Friday about the space agency’s Orion spacecraft program.

NASA ambassador talks space program with Belpre High School students

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BELPRE — Students at Belpre High School got a glimpse into the future of space exploration during a presentation Friday by a representative of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors program. Tyler Hines, a member of the program, spoke to seventh through 12th graders Friday afternoon during an ...

IOGA: Changes could doom West Virginia co-tenancy bill

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PARKERSBURG — The co-tenancy bill pending in the West Virginia Senate is the oil and gas industry’s top priority, but changes could doom it, according to a trade association. One of the changes would be to amend the bill and increase the severance tax on natural gas to 2.5 percent, Brett ...

Lecture, performance set at Blennerhassett Museum

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PARKERSBURG — Sunday’s presentation in the 2018 Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series will include performances by the Smoot Boys Ensemble, the music of West Virginia and readings of the poems by a state poet laureate. The event starts at 2 p.m. and features Scott Cain on the ...

Glenville State College celebrates Founders Day

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GLENVILLE — Glenville State College celebrated Founders Day on Monday, marking 146 years of serving central West Virginia as an institution of higher education. Students, faculty and staff joined President Tracy L. Pellett and first lady Heidi Henschel Pellett in the Mollohan Campus ...

Stormtroopers to invade Parkersburg comic shop

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PARKERSBURG — Multiverse Comics in the SouthGate shopping plaza will welcome Chewbacca and a group of Stormtroopers Sunday. The costumed characters from the 501st Legion, Garrison Corellia, a volunteer-led, charity focused costuming group, will be part of the store’s Hero Initiative ...

Marietta high School students arrive downtown to help businesses.

Marietta preparing for high water, again

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UPDATE: Downtown Marietta streets that were closed today were to be reopened at 5 p.m. in support of downtown restaurants. City officials said they want to thank the downtown community and others for “their patience and flexibility today in an effort to protect our volunteers, mostly ...