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Joe and Cheryl Lycan presented “Frontier Living with Daniel and Rebecca Boone” as the final entry in the 2017 Blennerhassett Winter Lecture Series on Sunday at the Blennerhassett Museum. The couple talked about the life and times of the Boones and the challenges they faced on the frontier.

Boones come back to life to close out historical lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The life and times of Daniel and Rebecca Boone came to life Sunday at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in downtown Parkersburg. Joe and Cheryl Lycan presented “Frontier Living with Daniel and Rebecca Boone” as the final entry in the 2017 Blennerhassett Winter ...

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David Graham, NRA Southern Ohio Field Representative, announces some winners at the Friends of NRA Banquet on Saturday.

Banquet right on mark for NRA fundraiser

MARIETTA — It was a packed house for the 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Friends of NRA Banquet on Saturday at the Churchtown K of C Hall. The annual event helps the NRA Foundation raise money that benefits area shooting sports programs through grants. The banquet consistently draws around 300 ...

Ohio officials seek input on hunting changes

MARIETTA — The Ohio Division of Natural Resources released its 2017-2018 hunting season proposal in February and is asking for the public’s opinion on changes that may be made. One of the new proposals is increasing the bag limit from two deer to three. This proposed change is designed to ...

Nine hopefuls vying to fill vacancy on Marietta Board of Education

MARIETTA — Nine people have expressed interest in the open seat on the Marietta City Schools Board of Education with a decision expected today. Board Member Greg Gault resigned due to health concerns. Gault previously served on the board from 2008 until the end of 2015 and was only back on ...

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Jake Eddy, left, and Steve Hussey, right, collaborated on a single and album, “The Miller Girl.”

Jake Eddy shows creative spark in music and fashion

PARKERSBURG — Jake Eddy is a talented musician with an entrepreneurial and creative spirit. And he is only 17 years old. Eddy, a junior at Parkersburg South High School, is a musician, songwriter, fashion designer, entertainment booking agent and, most of all, he says, a creative ...

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Members of the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force neutralize lithium from a methamphetamine lab in 2016.

Authorities seeing upswing in meth abuse

MARIETTA — An increase in availability of methamphetamine has been linked to the nation’s heroin epidemic and local officials say the rise in accessibility to the stimulant is evident in more investigations and drug seizures. Methamphetamine and heroin provide two different kinds of ...

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Students board a bus at Marietta Middle School after classes Friday afternoon.

Move Over effort stresses safety near school buses, emergency vehicles

MARIETTA — It happens daily that when an area bus driver is stopping to load or unload students, a car zooms right by. “We will get one or two bus drivers a day who see this happen where drivers aren’t paying attention to the stopped bus,” said John Schwendeman, bus driver for Marietta ...

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From left are Carla Robinson, marketing manager, Veolia; Michael Pietropaoli, project manager, Veolia; Jim Vogt, Hughes River Water Board; Gary Haugh, Hughes River Water Board; Alan Haught, president, Hughes River Water Board; Conrad Baston, general manager of civil engineering, Antero Resources; and Kevin Ellis, vice president of government relations, Antero Resources.

Antero, Veolia donate to Hughes River Water Board

HARRISVILLE — Antero Resources and its partner in the Antero Clearwater advanced treatment facility, Veolia Water Technologies, on Friday donated $72,640 to the Hughes River Water Board to fund the purchase, operation and maintenance of a new monitoring system at its Ritchie County water ...

Artsbridge readies Arts Encounter

PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual Arts Encounter, sponsored by Artsbridge, is a special day of arts experiences for middle school students in Washington County in Ohio and Wood County in West Virginia on March 3 and March 10. The goal of the event is to introduce students to the artistic and ...

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Wayne Bennett, back, goes over a brochure with Maria Rinaldi, front, covering different products from Builder’s Choice Vinyl Fencing.

Construction trends focus of Great American Home Show

PARKERSBURG — For more than 30 years The Great American Home Show has been an annual event to introduce the public to the latest in home building, maintenance and furnishing. For the third year the show is being held this weekend at the National Guard Armory on Blizzard Drive in south ...

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Jim Rapp, at right, of Marietta, addresses the crowd on health care issues at Muskingum Park, next to a chair reserved for Rep. Bill Johnson who organizers said was invited but did not attend.

Marietta rally takes President Trump to task

MARIETTA — About 200 people protesting the policies of President Donald Trump gathered at the Start Westward monument at Muskingum Park on Saturday in Marietta. Amid calls for no changes to the Affordable Care Act, the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, immigration and administration ...

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers discuss key issues W.Va. is facing

CHARLESTON —­ While most of the headlines have been about the budget and money, health care, education, energy and drug addiction are among other issues local lawmakers are addressing during the 2017 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. From bills to help Wirt County get a ...

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Brendon Stout, of Weston, a senior at Lewis County High School, stands with the sculpture he submitted for the West 
Virginia Art Educators Association display at the Parkersburg Art Center.

Parkersburg Art Center shines light on young talent

PARKERSBURG — A total of 80 pieces of student artwork — from kindergarteners up to seniors — are on display at the Parkersburg Art Center through mid-April. The annual West Virginia Art Educators Association held its annual exhibit and awards presentation Saturday at the art center in ...

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A view of  the approach to Lemon’s Farm Equipment from Larkmead Road. Lemon’s began selling Massey Ferguson tractors in 1987.

Lemon’s Farm Equipment treats customers like family

PARKERSBURG — The directions were simple to Lemon’s Farm Equipment. “Go to Larkmead Road and turn. About a mile up the road, we’ll be on your left,” said Marilyn Lemon Matheny, who runs the small office which had $3 million in sales pass through it in 2016. That $3 million total had ...

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Fruth Pharmacy launches Rxight pharmacogenetic program

PARKERSBURG — A local pharmacy has launched a new program that uses a person’s genetic profile to help identify medications that will work best for them. Fruth Pharmacy offers Rxight, a pharmacogenetic program developed by MD Labs, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments certified ...

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Pioneer Trails recently took over the former Coach USA motorcoach hub in Parkersburg. The terminal, located on Camden Ave. near the Erickson All-Sports Facility, has 20 employees who were hired by the new company and will continue on.

Pioneer Trails takes over former Coach USA terminal in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A new company is taking over operations of the former Coach USA terminal in Parkersburg. Pioneer Trails Inc. of Millersburg, Ohio, is expanding its deluxe motorcoach operations to Parkersburg, filling a void left by the exit of Coach USA at the end of last year. Pioneer ...

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Terah Klein, left, president and chief executive officer at SW Resources, and Annetta Douglas, sales and marketing manager at SW Resources, stand in the warehouse at SW Resources. Both said United Way funds provide for job and vocational rehabilitation of clients.

United Way funds boost organizations throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The 211 phone extension constantly rang in 2016 at the United Way Alliance offices. So much so, Interim Director Stacy Decicco said “we were getting on average 46 calls a week for assistance and 75 percent of those calls were utility assistance related. “When Tyler, ...

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City Code Enforcement Official Wayne Rinehart staples a structural notice on the  outside walls of 410 Fearing St. in Marietta because of the risk to public health the home poses due to trash in the yard and because the building, destroyed by fire within the past year, has not been secured by the property owner.

Committee aims to help spruce up Marietta

MARIETTA — Though grass is not yet at the forefront of Marietta nuisance complaints this year, trash, unsecured homes taken by fire, tires, junk cars and decaying furniture on lawns still act as eyesores and health risks on properties across the city. More than 50 homes are consistently ...

Washington County Commission receives update on health department

MARIETTA — Commissioners heard about the state of the county health department during Thursday’s meeting and said they were pleased with the progress. Washington County Health Commissioner Dick Wittberg presented the annual report for 2016 and revealed that the general fund balance is on a ...