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Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicates house in Marietta

MARIETTA — Tiffanee Phillips and her 8-year-old daughter will be spending their holidays in a new home with the dedication Sunday of their new Habitat for Humanity house on Green Hill Road in Marietta. A large crowd was on hand as Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley dedicated its ...

Marietta vigil offers light in the dark of suicide, depression

MARIETTA — The holidays are filled with traditions for most families. Yearly activities like opening one gift on Christmas Eve, sharing Grandma’s secret egg nog recipe and singing carols make each household’s season unique. But when a family is recovering from a loved one’s suicide, ...

Photo Gallery: Home Sweet Home — 2018 Gingerbread Festival Winners

PARKERSBURG — All of the gingerbread creations will remain on display through Dec. 26 at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Child Division — First: Jacklyn Cheuvront (age 12) of Elizabeth, (Barn with Farm Animals & Siloh). Second: Gabriella Holl (age 12) of Williamstown, (Retro Camper Tree ...

Gov. Justice honors 31 West Virginia businesses

CHARLESTON — In a ceremony Friday, 31 West Virginia companies, including one in Wood County and four in Jackson County, were presented with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award. The commendation recognizes businesses that exported to a new country for the first ...

Athens County to hold meeting regarding injection well permit

ATHENS — The Athens County commissioners will host a public meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Athens Community Center to hear citizens’ concerns on an injection well permit and submit them to ODNR during the comment period. K&H Partners of Parkersburg has applied for an injection ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg holds winter commencement ceremony

PARKERSBURG — During its winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, West Virginia University at Parkersburg presented 367 certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees to 320 students. “None of us reached this moment alone,” said WVU-P President Chris Gilmer in his welcoming ...

Wreaths Across America honors Mid-Ohio Valley’s fallen heroes

PARKERSBURG — Several local organizations participated Saturday in a yearly nationwide program to honor and remember fallen servicemembers with a decorative wreath marking the holiday season. Wreaths Across America began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and ...

Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

PARKERSBURG — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it’s her front porch. “I love my front porch,” she said. “It’s a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I write. “I have this open-porch policy,” Parker said. ...

Christmas dinners set across the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...

Career help reaches across the Ohio River

WILLIAMSTOWN—Concrete block walls are rising up out of the mud at the construction site for the new Williamstown Elementary School. Cranes, dozers and heavy forklifts moved around the small site on Henderson Street Wednesday morning as masons laid block and supervisors consulted with one ...

Elizabeth Sudgen Broughton Community Building project kicks off

MARIETTA — The foundation is laid for the Elizabeth Sudgen Broughton Community Building, but for George Broughton it’s a foundation for much more than a structure. Set in the privately owned, publicly used Broughton nature preserve just off Interstate 77 the building will not only fill a ...

Superior Toyota-Hyundai supports Grant Your Grant challenge

MARIETTA — Superior Toyota-Hyundai has been the lead sponsor for the past four years for the Marietta Community Foundation’s “Grant Your Grant” non-profit challenge. Locally owned businesses play a major role in the vitality of the communities in which they are situated, said Heather ...

Dr. Deric Bryant named hospitalist director at Camden Clark Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — A new director of the hospitalist program has been named at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Dr. Deric Bryant, D.O., will be the full time director of Camden Clark’s hospitalist program and will lead the hospitalists’ team of 14 full time physicians and six ...

Calhoun Banks to open new Grantsville site

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun Banks on Monday will cut the ribbon on a new, 8,000 square foot bank in Grantsville. An opening day celebration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with refreshments continuing the entire day. In 2015, the board of directors assessed the current location to determine its ...

Cintas Corp. announces Parkersburg location’s certification

PARKERSBURG — Cintas Corp. announced that its Parkersburg location received Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The announcement took place during a recent ceremony in Mineral Wells. Special guests included Blake McEnany, ...

Southeast Ohio Foodbank looks to enroll more seniors

MARIETTA — The Southeast Ohio Foodbank, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, is looking to enroll additional seniors living in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties for its Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). ...

Camden Clark Medical Center holds active shooter drill

PARKERSBURG — Into the course of normal business Friday morning at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center walked security lead Paul Beaty, wearing a toboggan cap and reflective vest and holding a flashing blue light. The light identified him as a gunman in a drill designed to evaluate ...

Reynolds likely next Parkersburg City Council president

PARKERSBURG — City Council’s longest-serving member appears poised to be its presiding officer in 2019. Councilman Mike Reynolds, who has served on the city’s legislative body since winning a special election in 2004, is the choice of multiple members of council contacted about the ...

New guidelines spark debate over clubs in Wood County schools

PARKERSBURG — New guidelines for governing non-curricular clubs in Wood County schools have caused concerns that Christian student groups are being driven out of area schools. Superintendent Will Hosaflook said Friday he gave the guidelines to administrators this week and will present them ...

Kids in Crisis: High cost of placing children to be examined

MARIETTA — As the Washington County Department of Jobs and Family Services merges with the county’s Children Services, the plan is to audit at least once a year whether children placed in high-dollar care still need those treatment settings. This intention was explained to the ...