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About 50 people attended a “Barrier Busters” forum to learn about issues involving poverty and ways to address those issues in a program organized by Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley and Our Children Our Future. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Forum discusses poverty barriers

PARKERSBURG — The problem of poverty is an immense barrier for many people and families in West Virginia, in part because of the smaller barriers which can make up and reinforce the problems caused by poverty. The Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley held a public forum Monday called ...

Two talent events dropped from Parkersburg Homecoming

PARKERSBURG — Two talent events which have been fixtures with the Parkersburg Homecoming will not be a part of the event in August. President of the Homecoming Board of Directors Sherry Valentine and Homecoming Entertainment Coordinator Chuck Lipps confirmed Monday the Country Showdown and ...

Manchin opposes repeal of Affordable Care Act

PARKERSBURG — A senator from West Virginia again Monday urged colleagues to work together to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act rather than repeal the Obama-era health care plan. “Come on guys, lets sit down and fix it,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. The Senate returned to ...

Wood County Building Authority Chairman Steven Shaffer, center, and Vice-Chairman Tim Northrup, right, take the oath of office Monday as administered by Wood County Commission President Blair Couch, left. Cathleen Roedersheimer, not pictured, also was sworn in Monday.  (Photo by Michael Erb)

Wood Commission hears economic development update

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission Monday received an update on economic development and appointed three new members to the Wood County Building Authority. Lindsey Kerr Piersol, director of the Wood County Economic Development Office, said her office has been approached by a company ...

Wood BOE to discuss student attendance rates

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. today to receive a presentation on student attendance rates for Wood County Schools. The board meets at the 13th and Plum streets offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public. The board will hold a discussion ...

Three charged in Red Roof Inn shooting

MARIETTA — Two of the three Mississippi men involved in a shooting at Marietta’s Red Roof Inn early Sunday remained behind bars at the Washington County Jail on Monday. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Fredrick Dewayne Poole, 31, of 2483 Shiloh Road, Newton, Miss., ...

Belpre City Council members Elmer Lee Shutts, left, and Donna Miller, right, listen to reports at Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Belpre Council expands parking violations ordinance

BELPRE — A change in the city of Belpre’s parking ordinance will soon go into effect after the final reading of an ordinance updating the list of violations for which police can issue citations. At Monday’s meeting, Belpre City Council approved the third reading of a resolution ...

Frontier discusses safer school entrances

NEW MATAMORAS — A new front entrance layout for the district’s schools was introduced to the Frontier Local Schools Board of Education during its regular meeting on Monday night. Superintendent Brian Rentsch told the board to begin thinking about a safer entrance for all the school ...

Myers won’t seek re-election to Marietta Board of Education

MARIETTA — A long-time Marietta City Schools Board of Education member announced Monday that she won’t be running for the position again this year. Wendy Myers has been with the district since 2007 and on Dec. 31 when her term ends, she won’t be returning to the board. “I’m ...

Region’s oil, gas boom slows down

MARIETTA — One of the first oil and gas companies to come to Southeastern Ohio may be pulling out of the area but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the oil and gas boom. “Recent Ohio production trends are in line with what has occurred nationwide, particularly with regard to declines ...

Nuns to U.S. Senate: Reject repeal of Affordable Care Act

PARKERSBURG — More than 7,100 nuns, including 10 from West Virginia, signed a letter Monday urging the U.S. Senate to reject any proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid. “We, 7,150 Catholic Sisters in the United States, write to urge you to cast a life-affirming ...

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, R-Green, right, speaks to Republicans Monday at the Betsey Mills Club in Marietta. Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, left, announced his endorsement of Taylor during the event. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Thompson endorses Taylor for Ohio gubernatorial race

MARIETTA — Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, announced his endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Monday before Taylor fielded questions and listened to residents’ concerns about education, the opioid epidemic and energy in Marietta. “She’s the most ...

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Deb Root Shell, holding paper, gives a presentation about the Root Covered Bridge before the unveiling of the historic marker.

Root Covered Bridge receives marker

CUTLER — The Root Covered Bridge is 139 years old and now has a permanent historical marker explaining its history and significance for generations to come. A celebration and picnic on the bridge was held Saturday to unveil the marker. Built in 1878 over the West Branch of the Little ...

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Erin McKown, of Ravenswood, shows the three ballpoint pen drawings she entered in the exhibit.

‘Wild at Art’ on display at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — A total of 163 various and sundry art works by 63 local artists — both professional and amateur — are on display through mid-September at the Parkersburg Art Center. The Regional exhibit is titled “Wild at Art” and was open to West Virginia and Ohio artists who live ...

Heavy rains and a broken water line contributed to this scene on Camden Avenue in south Parkersburg on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Storm causes flooding, power outages

PARKERSBURG — After several downpours through the day on Saturday, the local area is under a flash flood watch until 8 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston. While the water came down hard three times Saturday a dispatcher at the Wood County 911 said there were ...

Police: Traffic stop leads to two drug arrests

PARKERSBURG — Two Parkersburg residents were arrested Friday after a canine unit for the Parkersburg Police Department allegedly discovered drugs in their vehicle. Police Chief Joe Martin said the incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. Friday when a uniformed officer and his K9, Hawk, stopped a ...

Belpre man accused of tampering with evidence

MARIETTA — A Belpre man was incarcerated in the Washington County Jail after authorities arrested him for tampering with evidence Thursday. Graeme Philip Alexander, 27, of 814 Leonard Ave., Belpre, faces the third-degree felony in addition to a previous charge for child endangering, a ...

Spats Food and Beverage Manager Jami Board, left, and Spats Food and Beverage Director Yancy Roush stand in the winer cellar of the Blennerhassett Hotel. Board said the basement wine cellar is capable of storing 4,000 bottles of wine. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Spats recognized for wine excellence

PARKERSBURG — In one corner of Spats in the Blennerhassett Hotel hangs a 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. It’s about to get company. But Spats is no stranger to the award. Spats has received the award for the 12th consecutive year. Spats has been awarded a 2017 Wine Spectator ...

Dark skies and rain forced rides at the carnival at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition to close around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Foul weather dampens last day of Interstate Fair

MINERAL WELLS — Three storms put a damp end on the 45th annual West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Saturday. Some vendors said the 2017 edition was one of the lesser attended fairs due in part to three days of rain at the fairgrounds off Butcher Bend Road. Officials said they had ...

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Monroe officials learn about oil and gas industry

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County officials and business leaders learned more about the oil and gas industry and its plans for the area at the “What’s in the Pipeline for Monroe County” informational forum on Thursday. The event, held at the Brown Community Center in Woodsfield, was hosted by ...