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Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin addresses media Friday afternoon as Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, right, listens. Martin, speaking for the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, issued brief remarks about a series of arrests Friday with the cooperation of the FBI and the narcotics task force.

Suspects in three states arrested as part of heroin investigation

PARKERSBURG — Suspects in three states — including several in the Parkersburg area — were arrested Friday at the conclusion of a year-long investigation conducted by local, state and federal authorities. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said the investigation involving the ...

Flint: Williamstown High School stadium will be among projects

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown High School’s bleachers and running track will be included in a list of possible athletic facility projects presented to the Wood County Board of Education in December. Superintendent John Flint said initial information on the athletic facility needs of WHS were ...

News and Sentinel Thanksgiving early edition available Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — Readers wanting to get a jump on their Black Friday shopping will again be able to purchase the Thanksgiving edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel a day early. Joe Tranquill, director of circulation for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and Marietta Times, said the ...

Parkersburg Utility Board finishes with project funds

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board this week approved the final draw down of funds for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade completed last year. Although it’s been nearly a year since the main project wrapped up, the utility continued to use contingency funds to address other ...

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Five people were recognized Friday in a graduation ceremony for the Wood County Drug Court program. From left are Michael Akers, Justin Hill, Michael Cales, Amber Fraley and Karen Flowers.

Five graduate from Wood County Drug Court

PARKERSBURG — After more than a year of work to turn their lives around, five men and women graduated Friday from the Wood County Drug Court program. The graduation ceremony was held in the executive conference room and was conducted by adult probation officer Kat Boggs as family, friends ...

Alleged drug dealer among those indicted by Washington County grand jury

MARIETTA — Indictments this month from a Washington County grand jury include a man the prosecutor’s office calls a major drug dealer in the area. “We believe he’s one of the biggest drug suppliers in the area,” said Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin. Morgan B. Wynn, 24, of 115 N. ...

Parkersburg Poetry Series reading set for tonight

PARKERSBURG — This evening from 6-8 p.m., The Daily Grind at 619 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg will play host to the Fall 2017 Parkersburg Poetry Series event featuring readings by acclaimed poets Savannah Sipple, Ace Boggess and Elizabeth Savage. The event is free and open to the ...

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First Presbyterian Church’s mission was to help create a children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg and donate toys for young children. From left are Jessy Towner of House to Home, Dawn Eddy of House to Home and Kay Dunn and Barbara Lucas from First Presbyterian Church.

Church volunteers help House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg have remodeled and painted the children’s corner at House to Home, 413 Eighth St. The church volunteers also have delivered toys for young children staying at the day shelter. Barbara Lucas, from the mission and ...

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Three members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra French horn section play a special antiphonal section of “Rumpelstiltzkin,” featuring from left Tom Beal, Luke Zyla and Marsha Palmer.

Wood County students attend ‘Rumpelstiltzkin’ concert

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 1,000 Wood County fourth-grade students attended the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert “Rumpelstiltzkin” on Thursday at Blennerhassett School Auditorium. Presented by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Parkersburg in cooperation ...

Pedestrian struck by car in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A pedestrian was hit by a car while crossing Fifth Street in Parkersburg Thursday afternoon. Betty Brown, 44, no address available, was crossing the street from the area of Tim Hortons when she was struck by a car driven by Teresa Wells, 54, of Belpre, said Parkersburg Police ...

Christmas auction slated for today

MINERAL WELLS — The Blennerhassett FFA Alumni will hold a Christmas auction today at the Wood County 4-H Grounds on Butcher Bend Road at Mineral Wells. Doors open at 4 p.m. Concessions will be provided. There will be new tools, toys, housewares and other items provided by Charles Stephens. ...

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Parkersburg City Council President J.R. Carpenter asks questions about a proposal to raise police and fire fees during a council Finance Committee meeting Thursday at the Municipal Building.

Parkersburg committee recommends increasing fire, police fees

PARKERSBURG — City Council’s Finance Committee on Thursday unanimously referred to the full body a plan doubling police fees and raising fire fees by 115 percent to fund increased pension payments and construction of fire stations. But not all council members are sold on the ...

West Virginia DEP releases materials documents on IEI warehouse

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has posted online 551 pages of documents supplied by Intercontinental Export Import about the inventory of its warehouse that was destroyed in a fire last month. The information was provided by IEI in response to an order ...

Wood County Commission asks SWA’s Reed to explain his authority

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials want the director of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority to differentiate himself from the county and explain to people what his authority is when getting people to handle waste on their properties. The Wood County Commission met Thursday with John Reed, ...

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Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of WVU Medicine; Karen Bowling, interim chief executive officer for the Camden Clark Medical Center; Dr. David Gnegy, cardiologist with Parkersburg Cardiology Associates; and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce officially break ground for the cardiac services building at the Camden Clark Medical Center Thursday.

Camden Clark Medical Center breaks ground on new building

PARKERSBURG — Cardiac services at Camden Clark Medical Center will have a new home as work is underway on a cardiac services building. Over 100 people, including hospital officials, elected officials and community leaders, gathered Thursday for the official groundbreaking to commemorate ...

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Grady Smith, with the Marietta Tree Commission, offers suggestions during a public input session on the Start Westward Monument/East Muskingum Park project at the Lafayette Hotel Thursday.

Marietta monument’s future discussed at public meeting

MARIETTA — About two dozen people came out for the first of two public meetings to discuss the future of the Start Westward Monument and East Muskingum Park Thursday at the Lafayette Hotel. Anthony Durm, with the Ohio Department of Transportation Engineering and Planning Department, is ...

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Rich Fullmer, left, district manager for Dollar General, presents a $10,000 literacy grant check to Kanawha Elementary School Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s 5th-grader leadership team.

Dollar General gives Kanawha Elementary School $10K literacy grant

DAVISVILLE — Representatives of area Dollar General stores surprised Kanawha Elementary School staff and students Thursday with a $10,000 grant for literacy programs. Rich Fullmer, district manager for Dollar General, presented the check to Principal Matt Null and members of the school’s ...

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Instructor Roger Dick looks on as apprentice Kyle Wolfe applies a weld to a pipe on the training floor at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168. The union held an apprenticeship open house Thursday at its facility on Gilman Avenue in Marietta.

Apprenticeship open house offers options

MARIETTA — Behind heavy red clear plastic drapes, students in a dozen booths lining the walls shot out sparks and smoke as they practiced welding. The work went on at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168 training facility on Gilman Avenue Thursday while in an adjacent room, out of the ...

Wittberg weighs in on Ohio EPA dispute

MARIETTA — The health commissioner for Washington County weighed in on an ongoing dispute between the county and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during Thursday’s meeting of the Washington County Commissioners. Richard Wittberg spoke to commissioners Ron Feathers, David White and ...

Marietta City Council votes to rename Lookout Park

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council passed legislation by unanimous vote Thursday renaming Lookout Park on Harmar Hill in honor of Gold Star families. The moniker includes any relative who has sacrificed a loved one in the U.S. Armed Forces and will now be the title of the park: Gold Star Park. ...