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Vienna City Councilman Roger Conley talks about spending in Vienna over the past five years during a town hall meeting about Vienna’s budget. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Conley: Vienna needs to get its financial house in order

VIENNA — About 80 people gathered Monday night to ask questions and vent about how Vienna’s city government has been spending money over the last few years. During a meeting at the Vienna Community Building, Councilman Roger Conley said he wanted to get out information about city ...

Wood County Commission seeks Home Rule sales tax

PARKERSBURG — Wood County officials are supporting a bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would establish a Home Rule county sales tax. The bill, HB 3099, was introduced by Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, on Jan. 10. The bill was co-sponsored by Delegates Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock; Zack ...

Former Parkersburg City Councilwoman Nancy Wilcox, right, speaks during the public forum portion of council’s Nov. 14, 2017, meeting. Under a resolution approved earlier this month, the public forum will be limited to discussion of items on the meeting’s agenda. (File Photo)

Public forum formats differ

PARKERSBURG — Following an amendment at its January meeting, people speaking during the public forum at tonight’s Parkersburg City Council meeting will only be able to address items on the meeting’s agenda. It’s the third change to the format in the last year and one of multiple ways ...

Wood County Board of Education member Ron Tice stands with Martin Elementary School first-grader Emery Robinson, who last week was presented with a 32-inch television after his name was drawn from a pool of students recognized for good attendance. Tice donated the television, as well as gift cards for weekly attendance drawings. (Photo Provided)

Martin Elementary School program rewards attendance

PARKERSBURG — With the help of a Wood County Board of Education member, Martin Elementary School is working to improve student attendance with a series of incentives. Principal Julie Gibson said for the past nine weeks the school has offered a weekly drawing for two gift cards for students ...

More than 100 Washington County residents gather in a special meeting of the Washington County commissioners to air their concerns over Ohio EPA orders to sewer Devola Monday at the county’s Emergency Operations Center. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Washington County Commission rejects OEPA sewer offer

MARIETTA — Tears and cheers broke out Monday as a swing vote officially pitted the Washington County commissioners against the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Attorney General’s Office in a dispute over sewering Devola. “I believe now is not the time to surrender,” ...

Marietta BOE votes to delay discussion of elementary school changes

MARIETTA — The issue of elementary school realignment continues to draw interest and some anxiety. Local parents packed the room at a regular meeting of the Marietta City Schools Board of Education Monday night, with about 50 people in attendance, most of them concerned about the proposal ...

Wood County returning $53K to state

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will be giving the state over $53,000 back for money paid to cover the expense of fighting the IEI Plastics fire after one of the contractors refunded the county the money after auditing its bill. The commission received a check for $53,289.76 from ...

House of Delegates passes single representative district proposal

CHARLESTON — A bill passed the House of Delegates calling for the establishment of 100 single representative delegate districts in West Virginia. House Bill 4002 passed the House Monday in a 72-25 vote. If approved and signed into law, Wood County’s 10th District would be split into ...

Belpre High School students participated in Student Government Day on Monday for the city of Belpre, shadowing elected officials, council members and department heads. The students were, front from left, Kaitlin Richards, Nicole Berg and Trinity Daugherty, and back from left, Elizabeth Cockerham, Katie Foster, Tristen Lockhart, Briah Kerns, Abbee Kapple, Malcolm Striblin and Gabby Blaschke. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Belpre High School students participate in council meeting

BELPRE — A number of Belpre High School students spent Monday shadowing Belpre’s administration and elected officials as they worked. The annual Belpre Student Government Day ended Monday evening with a meeting of Belpre City Council conducted by the students as their real-life ...

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, accompanied by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday after senators reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown. (AP Photo)

Manchin: McConnell’s promise broke impasse

PARKERSBURG — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pledge that the plight of the Dreamers would be addressed was enough to get enough Senate Democrats to vote ending the impasse that shut down the federal government, a West Virginia senator said. Sen. Joe Manchin, who on Friday voted ...

John, left, and David Morris, of the Morris Brothers, perform at the West Virginia State Folk Festival at Glenville in 1974. (Photo by Carl Fleischhauer)

Six to join W.Va. music hall of fame

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will induct six members in February. The six inductees are Hasil Adkins, Ann Magnuson, Frank Hutchison, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith and Michael W. Smith. Magnuson’s career has included the cult favorite combo ...

Photo provided by Joey Herron of Fairmont, W.Va.
Dr. Jesse Fallon, director of veterinary medicine at the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia in Morgantown, releases the snow owl on Saturday at Presque Isle State Park on the shore of Lake Erie near Erie, Pa. The owl was found injured in Vienna in late December, treated for a shoulder injury, strengthened back up and released back into the wild over the weekend.

Snowy owl caught in Vienna released back into the wild

MORGANTOWN — The snowy owl that was found injured in Wood County about a month ago was released back into the wild on Saturday. Officials with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia in Morgantown confirmed the young male owl, believed to be 7 to 8 months old, was released over the ...

The dome of the Capitol Building is visible behind a closure sign that is posted outside of the Library of Congress in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The federal government shut down last Friday, halting all but the most essential operations. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Agreement near to end shut down, AP says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S Senate advanced a bill to fund government through Feb. 8, signaling end of the federal shutdown is near. The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16. Democrats wanted to pressure the ...

West Virginia reps, Brown say shutdown is dirty politics

WASHINGTON D.C. — West Virginia’s Congressional members are saying people playing partisan politics are the reason why federal lawmakers were not able to agree on a funding bill leading to the federal government shutting down this weekend. Many of the Republican lawmakers from West ...

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Sophia Linscott, 10, of Marietta, pats her dog Olive, a Black English Labrador, on the head after completing a trick.

Pets audition to be part of Ely Chapman Foundation fundraiser

MARIETTA — A variety of clever tricks were displayed Saturday as pets and their owners auditioned for the pet trick portion of the upcoming “Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade” event. Man’s best friend, cats, other furry pets and possibly a few feathered ...

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Andrea Weaver, an employee in the Wood County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, reviews a document she scanned into the court’s Courtplus scanning system.

Wood County Circuit Court in the process of going paperless

PARKERSBURG — Since the first case was filed with the Wood County Circuit Court in 1799, a lot of paper has been used to document every order, motion and decision, but that era is over. Carole Jones, clerk of Wood County Circuit Court, said on Dec. 20, 2017, the order came from the ...

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Drivers try to navigate potholes and loose gravel on Ohio 60. Several complaints have been made to ODOT regarding damage done to people’s vehicles when driving through the state’s microsurfacing project that stretches from Devola to the Morgan County line.

Gravel, potholes help make for bumpy ride on Ohio 60

MARIETTA — Dozens of drivers who have to travel Ohio 60 between Devola and Beverly have noticed damage to their vehicles they say is due to an ongoing construction project. “It just feels like you’re driving on a gravel road, the whole way from the bottom of Marsh Run Hill to ...

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Shop Clinics by adventure experts at the Marietta Adventure Company are free to the public and will cover a range of topics from bicycle maintenance and repairs to kayak fishing, nutrition, triathlon training and other outdoor activities.

Marietta cycling enthusiasts hope to gain traction with informational series

MARIETTA — Local adventure enthusiasts have kicked off a series of shop talks to encourage new activity on the local trails and rivers. “We’re calling it ‘The More You Know,’” said Lincoln Smith, service manager of the Marietta Adventure Company. “I’m doing the flat fix class ...

Officials identify man killed in Parkersburg fire

PARKERSBURG — Authorities have identified the man who died Friday as a result of a fire. Fire Chief Jason Matthews said Sunday the victim was identified as Darius G. McCumbers, 47, of 1208 Camden Ave., Apt. A, Parkersburg. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. Friday and the Parkersburg Fire ...

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West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Demeyer, standing, watches as Parkersburg Police Detective Travis Wolfe works on a computer in the office they share at the Parkersburg Police Department.

Parkersburg detective, state trooper hunt child predators across West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Travis Wolfe had been a Parkersburg Police patrolman for about two years in 2001 when he overheard detectives talking about a case involving computer hard drives. They told their superior it would cost about $800 apiece for a private company to forensically search the drives ...