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Mid-Ohio Valley stores ready for Small Business Saturday, Christmas

PARKERSBURG — Christmas is right around the corner, and local retailers are always an excellent option for both giving and receiving great gifts and supporting the local economy. One day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a perfect opportunity to participate in local ...

Lawsuit challenging parking lot gun bill can move forward

CHARLESTON — A federal judge said Wednesday a lawsuit brought by an organization representing domestic violence victims challenging a 2018 law prohibiting businesses from banning guns from parking lots can move forward. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver denied a motion brought by West ...

Mid-Ohio Valley health officials set times for more COVID-19 tests

PARKERSBURG — With Wood and Ritchie counties orange on West Virginia’s COVID-19 map and Wirt County red, free virus testing events have been announced. On Monday, tests will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Mineral Wells Elementary School and 1-4 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health ...

Parkersburg boy donates money to help with K-9 costs

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg boy delivered a donation for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9s this week, and even brought along something for their human counterparts. Ten-year-old Hunter Houston has been an enthusiastic supporter of the area’s four-legged officers ever since ...

Peoples Bank continues animated holiday window festivities

MARIETTA — Tiny versions of Santa and his helpers in the North Pole delightfully dance to Christmas music in the six front window vignettes of Peoples Bank in Marietta on Second Street, a tradition that continues to bring joy to residents of all ages in the community. For 17 years in a row, ...

Men write a book about Parkersburg’s pottery past

PARKERSBURG — A chance meeting by two people with a common interest in area potteries has led to a collaboration on a book. “Excelsior and Beyond: A History of Parkersburg Area Potteries” is the work of Mark Suek, a former newspaper reporter, and Jim Stage, a councilman in Williamstown ...

Memorial Health System building Cyberknife Center in Belpre

MARIETTA — Here’s the future of many surgeries at Memorial Health System: No scalpel, no incision, no blood, no anesthesia, no sutures, no scars. A Cyberknife Center will be part of the new Strecker Cancer Center being built by Memorial Health System in Belpre. The Strecker Cancer Center ...

Marietta hospitals bar visitors amid COVID outbreak

MARIETTA — Another consequence of rising coronavirus cases in the fall surge have hit the Mid-Ohio Valley. In Marietta, Memorial Health System has announced it is operating under new visitor restrictions and is allowing no visitors at this time, with few exceptions. Total hospitalizations ...

Oglebay Park turns on the Festival of Lights

WHEELING — Oglebay Park’s 35th annual Winter Festival of Lights “Sounds of the Season” is open for the yuletide season. This year’s show is an opportunity to do something fun while being socially distanced from the crowds, Oglebay Senior Vice President Rod Haley said. People can ...

Mid-Ohio Valley students in Glenville State College program

GLENVILLE — Four students from Elizabeth and Pennsboro are among the 11 completing their first semester at Glenville State College in the school’s Home Grown Program. The Home Grown Scholars for 2020-2021 include Nicole Bailey of Elizabeth, Brandon Bowie of Ellenboro, Rylee Copeland of ...

Glenville State College gets into the Christmas spirit

GLENVILLE — Campus decorations for the yuletide went up early this year at Glenville State College. The school made sure students will experience as many end-of-year holidays as possible before the in-person semester concluded. In-person classes ended Nov. 20 and students were on ...

Capito, Manchin nominate youth to service academies

WASHINGTON — Students from the region are among the nominees to U.S. service academies by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Manchin made 45 nominations from 16 counties to the academies. Local nominations from Manchin are: United States Military Academy at West ...

Salvation Army, American Legion feed hungry in Parkersburg, Williamstown

PARKERSBURG — Organizations in Williamstown and Parkersburg came together on Thanksgiving Day to safely give back to the community by providing warm meals and holiday cheer despite the coronavirus barring large gatherings. American Legion Post 159 in Williamstown kept busy by preparing and ...

Football series moved to UC

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state football championships, which have been held at Wheeling Island Stadium since 1994, will return to Charleston for 2020 because of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced Friday ...

Marietta church dishes out Thanksgiving meals

MARIETTA — Approximately 30 volunteers lined up with masks, gloves and jackets to distribute more than 500 meals Thursday in Marietta. But instead of tables filled with elderly couples, single neighbors and families seeking to serve inside, the pandemic forced some adaptation this year to ...

Parkersburg ministry hosts dinner for Recovery Point members

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 100 men were served an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at Recovery Point on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg. Momma T and the Warriors, a local street ministry that has served the community for two years and originates out of Parkersburg First Assembly of God, ...

Virus claims more lives in Jackson, Doddridge counties

CHARLESTON — Two men from Jackson and Doddridge counties are among the 17 confirmed deaths reported Thursday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The death toll in West Virginia since the pandemic began is 712, the department said in its daily pandemic update. The ...

USPS hopes to deliver holiday cheer with program

MARIETTA — People around the nation get their chance to be Santa and grant the Christmas wishes of children by buying items from their letters to Santa. For the past 108 years, the United States Postal Service has put on its Operation Santa event that helps children in need from all ...

The Arc cancels, changes concerts over pandemic worries

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley has canceled a December show with famed jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and rescheduled the 65th Anniversary Concert Extravaganza for December 2021. The date and location of the concert featuring Murphy, a West Virginia native who won the ...

Morrisey rep to visit the Mid-Ohio Valley

CHARLESTON — A representative of Attorney General Michael Morrisey will meet with residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley at three sites in December. Brooke Albright, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the office, will meet 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the Gilmer County Courthouse in ...