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Sunny weather graces Marietta environmental celebration

MARIETTA — The 19th annual Marietta Community Earth Day Celebration was held Saturday with beautiful weather on the Armory lawn in downtown Marietta. The celebration, which is sponsored by Peoples Bank and the Marietta Recycling Center, is always scheduled the same week as Earth Day, an ...

Residents help clean Parkersburg neighborhoods

PARKERSBURG — A number of people commemorated Earth Day on Sunday with a community clean-up event. Around 25 people, including a number of candidates running for local and state offices, gathered at First Presbyterian Church at the end of Juliana Street and broke up into smaller groups to ...

Law enforcement weighs in on Washington County pursuits

MARIETTA — In less than a week, two high-speed chases have led local law enforcement through county roads and city streets. The pursuits that begin when a driver failed to pull over for an officer cause concern among many area residents, who worry about pedestrians and other drivers on the ...

Strecker Cancer Center may move all its resources to Belpre location

MARIETTA — As part of its long-term strategy to become a regional care provider, the Memorial Health System is considering moving its Strecker Cancer Center operations in Marietta to the Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. Memorial’s Belpre campus Strecker Cancer Center already offers ...

Effort to save Barker House gains ground

LOWER NEWPORT—On Friday, leaders of the Save the Barker House movement unveiled major breakthroughs in the effort to salvage the historic home. About one-eighth of a mile from the current location of the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House, a new sign sits on land recently purchased by ...

Veteran receives proper burial in Wetzel County

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A deceased veteran was laid to rest with respect thanks to the Wetzel County Democratic Executive Committee Veterans and Military Families Council and fellow residents. In a social media post, Frances Headley, chair of the WCDEC Veterans and Military Council, reported she ...

Triplets celebrate 60th birthday together at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — A sister and two brothers — triplets — celebrated their 60th birthday Saturday in a joint party organized by family members who tried — unsuccessfully — to make a surprise. Pat and Perry McDonald, along with Pam McDonald Cowan, gathered with friends and family, ...

Hooked!: Parkersburg Fishing Derby nets hundreds of young anglers

PARKERSBURG — Despite the cool temperatures, hundreds of area children turned out Saturday morning for the 38th annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby. Vicki Marshall, director of the Wood County Recreation Commission, said while they didn’t have an official tally, the turnout for the 2018 ...

Wood County ready for early voting, primary election

PARKERSBURG — Wood County is ready for the primary election and early voting that begins Wednesday. The Wood County Commission conducted the public inspection of the voting machines Thursday, Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes said. “All of the equipment is ready,” Rhodes said. “The ...

Parkersburg festival celebrates Scottish, Celtic roots and traditions

PARKERSBURG — All things Scottish and Celtic filled the City Park Pavilion on Saturday for the 13th annual Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival. Crafts, food, music, dance and genealogy research were part of the festival. Organizer Pam Brust said the festival has been at the City Park ...

New boutique to open in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — For Emma Blaney, opening a business in Marietta has grown out of family involvements. EmLeigh’s and Mama B’s boutique is relocating to downtown Marietta from High Point, N.C. “I’ve been in North Carolina most of my life, but now I live in Vienna with my fiance,” Blaney ...

Natural gas storage for winter underway

PARKERSBURG — Although spring has allegedly sprung and temperatures are expected to start rising and staying warmer, this is the time of year natural gas suppliers start preparing for the winter heating season. “Typically, we use the period from April 1 to Oct. 31 to inject the natural ...

Marietta College wellhead memorializes late student

MARIETTA — On April 14, Marietta College junior Derek Krieg spotted members of Joel Wunnenberg’s family walking up The Christy Mall, and promptly stopped what he was doing to greet Joel’s mother with a welcoming hug. “Thank you for coming,” he said. “Thank you for everything,” ...

Wide reach, drive-thru help Washington County Public Library thrive

MARIETTA — Built a century ago in Marietta, the Washington County Public Library is doing well. Circulation of print materials is up 9 percent from 2016 to 2017, digital material circulation has gone up 12.3 percent, use of the computers available at the library’s six branches increased ...

Eight vying for three seats in House of Delegates’ 10th District

PARKERSBURG — Eight candidates are running in the primary election for their party’s nomination to run in the general election for three seats in the House of Delegates’ 10th District race. The candidates include three Democrats and five Republicans, including the three Republican ...

Eight seek West Virginia U.S. Senate seat

PARKERSBURG — Eight people are seeking the United States Senate seat, including incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin III , one of two Democrats in the primary. Six Republicans are running including Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The candidates in the ...

Three running for 3rd District chair

PARKERSBURG — Two Democrats are making their first run for state office with an eye toward unseating Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wood. Azinger is seeking a full term as one of two senators from the 3rd District, which includes Wood, Pleasants and Wirt Counties plus a portion of Roane County. He won ...

District 9 delegate race to be uncontested in primary

PARKERSBURG — The May 8 primary election for West Virginia House of Delegates District 9 will feature two uncontested races. In the Republican primary, first-time incumbent Ray Hollen is running for re-election while Jim Marion is the lone Democratic candidate in his primary race. Marion, ...

McKinley, three Democrats in bid for U.S. House seat

PARKERSBURG — Four people are seeking the United States House of Representative District 1 seat in West Virginia, including incumbent David McKinley, R-W.Va. McKinley is unopposed. There are three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination, all having legal backgrounds. They are Ralph ...

Two Democrats vying to run against Mooney

PARKERSBURG — Two-term U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., will seek to defend his seat in Congress this fall against the winner of the Democratic primary between first-time candidates Aaron Scheinberg and Talley Sergent. *** Aaron Scheinberg * Age: 36 * Residence: Hedgesville * Occupation: ...