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A ghoulish clown poses for the camera at Ohio Valley University where the Student Athlete Advisory Committee will hold a Haunted Trail in the woods around the college 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Proceeds benefit the committee and Make A Wish.

OVU Haunted Trail event benefits Make A Wish

VIENNA — Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The shadows in the Ohio Valley University Haunted Trail know. Sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the trail will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in the woods around the ...

Halloween events slated

PARKERSBURG — Several Halloween-related activities are planned this weekend. In downtown Parkersburg, the annual Monster Mash on Market Street from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Market Street, with activities between Fourth and Fifth streets, as well as the parking lot of ...

James to play ‘Phantom of the Opera’

ATHENS, Ohio — Pipe organ music will fill the Southeast Ohio History Center from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in Athens. Renowned professional organist Dennis James will provide the sound backdrop to the 1925 silent film version of “Phantom of the Opera.” Tickets are $30 for non-members, $24 for ...

ArtsLink to present ‘Hansel & Gretel’ ballet

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink’s 2017-18 Concert Series continues Sunday with a performance of “Hansel & Gretel” by the Oglebay Institute Youth Ballet at 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. The show will feature opening numbers by the All Valley School of ...

From left, Dr. Paul Nony of CTEH, Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and Rusty Joins of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection at a press conference this morning at the Black Annex.

Officials: MSDS not accurate at IEI warehouse

PARKERSBURG — Officials say material safety data sheets for the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue, the former Ames shovel plant, are likely out of date and do not give an accurate view of what was stored in the building at the time of the fire. The IEI ...

The fourth annual Marie Antoinette Masquerade Ball will be held Nov. 4 at the Betsey Mills Club. Organizers said Monday that 225 tickets will be sold, with ticket sales already under way. (Photo courtesy of Powers Research)

Marie Antoinette Festival begins Nov. 3

MARIETTA — Seeking to prove again that history can be fun as well as enlightening, organizers of the fourth Marie Antoinette Festival have come up with six events in the space of a weekend dedicated to Marietta’s namesake. The festival is scheduled to mark Marie Antoinette’s birthday ...

Alexis Jones, a senior at Williamstown High School, is this week’s Teen of the Week. Jones plays the violin and other instruments and hopes to pursue a career in forensic accounting. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Jones pursues accounting, music

WILLIAMSTOWN — Alexis Jones, a senior at Williamstown High School, combines a love of music with a drive to excel academically. Jones, 17, is an active student at WHS and hopes to one day pursue a career in law enforcement and forensic accounting. “I want to work for the FBI and be the ...

West Virginia Gov.  Jim  Justice speaks at a press conference at the Black Annex about the fire at the IEI Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue.

“You’re fighting Godzilla,” governor says.

PARKERSBURG – The governor today pledged every resource available will be brought to bear in Wood County where a fire at a warehouse in south Parkersburg has burned since early Saturday. "I want you to be safe," Gov. Jim Justice said at a press conference after he toured the site of the IEI ...

Air sample data available online, DEP announces

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has posted online information about hundreds of air quality samples taken in the area surrounding the fire at the Intercontinental Export Import warehouse in Parkersburg. The information, which will be continuously ...

Smoke rises Tuesday from the smoldering remains of the IEI Plastics fire at a warehouse on Camden Avenue.

County EM to release, discuss air sampling results from separate testing

PARKERSBURG – A nationally recognized environmental science firm is finding steadily improving conditions since Wood County officials retained it to test air quality around the site of the warehouse fire in south Parkersburg, Wood County Emergency Management announced Tuesday night. The ...

Courthouse to remain closed on Wednesday

The Wood County Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday, Wood County E911 reported. County offices and downtown businesses have closed because of smoke from the fire from the IEI Plastics warehouse in south Parkersburg.

Boil water advisory lifted in Parkersburg

Boil water advisory lifted PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board has ended a boil water advisory along Ann Street in Parkersburg. The advisory for 3rd and Ann streets, from 1st to 4th streets, was issued yesterday due to a leak in a main line which caused a drop in water pressure. ...

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Habitat For Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its 100th house Sunday in Williamstown. Over 100 people attended the ceremony which presented the keys for the home to Ashley Sams and her son Jissai.

Habitat For Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley celebrates its 100th home

WILLIAMSTOWN — A Williamstown family will be moving into their new home, the 100th home built by Habitat For Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Over 100 people attended a dedication ceremony Sunday at the home, located at 815 West Fourth St. in Williamstown. The house, the first built by ...

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“One Night in Memphis” will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.

Peoples Bank Theatre, Smoot Theatre to host performances

PARKERSBURG — A wide variety of entertainment will be featured at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta and the historic Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg during the month of November. At Peoples Bank Theatre, on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta, two shows will be featured during ...

Kirkpatrick receives Helping Hands Award

GLENVILLE — For her many acts of kindness and service to others, Geneva (Genny) Kirkpatrick is the 2017 recipient of the Helping Hands Award bestowed by the women of Gilmer County’s Marthas and Marys, an ecumenical group of church women with members from 14 congregations. All are ...

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The smoke plume from the fire at the former Ames shovel plant in south Parkersburg is blown northward toward Williamstown, Marietta and points beyond. The photo was taken at the scenic overlook on Ohio 7 south of Marietta.

BREAKING NEWS: Fire postpones PC, WHS football game

Because of air quality concerns from the fire at the former Ames Plant in south Parkersburg, the high school football game between Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown High and the college women's soccer match between Ohio Valley University and Ursiline were postponed. Originally scheduled ...

Photo by Jess Mancini. A wall is back lit by the inferno at the former Ames shovel plant in south Parkersburg.

Fire ongoing at former shovel plant

PARKERSBURG — A former industrial site in south Parkersburg caught fire early Saturday morning with heavy flames through the night and a miles-long column of smoke through the day. According to a press release from the Wood County Unified Command, at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday fire ...

BREAKING NEWS: Ash non-toxic, agency says

Fallen ash from the smoke caused by the fire at the former Ames shovel plant has been determined to be non-toxic by a local lab, the Wood County Unified Command said in a statement issued at about 7:30 p.m. today.