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Photo Gallery: Volunteers pitch in for Day of Action

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PARKERSBURG — Groups of volunteers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley mobilized Thursday as part of the United Way’s annual Day of Action. This marked the third year of the program, which seeks to complete public service projects throughout the area on the longest day of the year. More ...

West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules

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PARKERSBURG — The rules for sports betting in West Virginia were approved Thursday in an emergency meeting of the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The commission approved 20 pages of rules and regulations intended to allow wagering on sporting events such as football and basketball games ...

Brooks: PFAS advisory levels must drop

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PARKERSBURG — A local physician who was instrumental in the C8 health study and has warned of the dangers of it and related chemicals said he feels “vindicated” by the federal report on the substances released this week. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on Wednesday ...

More storms flood Mid-Ohio Valley roads, knock out power

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PARKERSBURG — Another round of heavy rainfall hit the Mid-Ohio Valley Thursday again getting summer off to a soggy start. A heavy downpour flooded roadways in various parts of Wood and surrounding counties. Roads in and around Parkersburg were flooded by the latest round of showers. By ...

Wood County Commission mulls internet access

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PARKERSBURG —The Wood County Commission is looking at internet access options at the Wood County Courthouse. Andrew Parker of Global Science and Technology Inc. and county IT Director Chris Whittaker appeared before the commission Thursday to discuss the internet service and ...

Marietta protesters take U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson to task

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MARIETTA — Passing motorists honked their horns in support Thursday morning as residents demonstrated against an administration immigration policy at the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, on Front Street. They were against President Trump’s position on removing children from ...

Golfers teeing up for Rotary Sour Mash Memorial

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VIENNA — The 47th Annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial will be held on July 9 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The field is filling up quickly but there is still time to sign-up to golf or be a corporate or individual sponsor of this unique playing experience, organizers said. It is the ...

Wood County Circuit Court holds sentencings

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PARKERSBURG — Two sentencings took place in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday. * Michael Lee Haught, 45, 197 Mike St., Washington, W.Va., was sentenced to one to five years in prison with credit for 185 days served after his guilty plea to a charge of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle ...

Two Parkersburg residents sentenced in federal heroin case

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PARKERSBURG — Three defendants including a man and woman from Parkersburg who where implicated in a federal heroin conspiracy were sentenced this week, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Jennifer Benson and Bernard Spann of Parkersburg on Thursday were sentenced to 71 and 60 months in ...

Mid-Ohio Valley sites part of 155 West Virginia tourism list

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PARKERSBURG — In honor of West Virginia’s 155th birthday Wednesday, the state Tourism Office released a list of 155 places to go and things to do, including more than a dozen in the Mid-Ohio Valley. West Virginia became a state June 20, 1863, and is celebrated annually as a state ...

Summer storms drench the Mid-Ohio Valley

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PARKERSBURG — For a second day in a row a summer storm complete with rain, thunder and lightning swept through the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday leaving high humidity in its wake. Wood County 911 reported no major storm-related damage out side of downed power lines. A large-area power outage was ...

Former Wood County Sheriff Lee Bechtold dies at 91

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PARKERSBURG — Former Wood County Sheriff Lee Bechtold, 91, died Tuesday and he leaves a legacy of turning the sheriff’s department into a professional force, former colleagues said. Bechtold was sheriff from 1969-1973 and 1977-1985. Those who knew and worked for him praised his ...

Feds release study about chemicals in water supply

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PARKERSBURG — A federal study on the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water supplies was released Wednesday and suggests lower exposure levels than recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two years ago. The draft toxicological profile of perfluoroalkyls — ...

Officials weigh in on Justice Allen H. Loughry II indictment

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CHARLESTON — Reaction Wednesday to the indictment of a suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice included calls for his immediate resignation. Justice Allen H. Loughry II, 47, of Charleston was accused by a federal grand jury in an indictment unsealed Wednesday with 16 counts of mail ...

Celebration offers glimpse of renovated Stephenson Mansion

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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Day on Wednesday was the backdrop for the dedication of a local home with ties to the history of the state and nation. The Stephenson Mansion on Seventh Street, also known as Oakland, has undergone two years of renovation by the West Virginia University at ...

Washington County Special Olympians, police carry torch

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MARIETTA — Running with faith over fear, a hardy group of Washington County residents is headed to Columbus this weekend to compete in the state Special Olympics, despite losing a core member of the team last week. “She passed away the day before our last practice,” said Coach Rachelle ...

United Way ‘Day of Action’ begins today

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PARKERSBURG — United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley today will rally hundreds of volunteers throughout the community for the Day of Action. The annual event brings together volunteers of all ages to create positive change for themselves, their families and their communities on the ...

Charges, trial date change for Dowler, Blosser

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MARIETTA — The state’s case against two Washington County residents alleged to have kept a sexually explicit and obscene journal about acts they might commit with their infant son has been transferred from Washington County Common Pleas Court to Marietta Municipal Court the week the two ...