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Bob Ashley, Gov. Jim Justice’s legislative director; Rusty Roten, West Virginia Division of Highways District 3 engineer, and Dave Burris, maintenance engineer for DOH District 3, discussed road projects with the Wood County Commission Thursday.

Road bond issue discussed at Wood County Commission meeting

PARKERSBURG — State officials said the special road bond issue people will be voting on will have many benefits for the state and Wood County. Rusty Roten, West Virginia Division of Highways District 3 engineer; Dave Burris, maintenance engineer for WVDOH District 3, and Bob Ashley, Gov. Jim ...

Senate develops health study amendment

PARKERSBURG — The first-ever nationwide study of the health impact from exposure into perfluorinated chemicals would be required under an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed the upper chamber on Monday. The amendment proposed by Sen. ...

Marietta City Council honors retired police officers

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council honored four retired police officers Thursday at its regular meeting. “These officers have all worked hard for this city in keeping us safe and I’m glad we can honor them tonight,” said Councilman Steve Thomas, chair of the Police and Fire ...

Wood County Schools says nearly all teaching positions filled

PARKERSBURG — Personnel Director Sean Francisco said while the school system still has some hard-to-fill positions, less than a dozen teaching positions remain open in Wood County Schools. The 2017-18 school year started at the end of August, with the Wood County Board of Education meeting ...

Washington County mulls merging EMA, 911 offices

MARIETTA — The appointment of a new director for the Washington County Emergency Management Agency, expected to be confirmed within the next week, could result in the consolidation of the county EMA and 911 offices. “The director post is not yet filled as we have to put together a package ...

Wood County Circuit Court begins arraignments

PARKERSBURG — Arraignments for those indicted by the September Wood County grand jury began Thursday with 24 defendants making their pleas and setting trial dates before Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane. In addition to the arraignments, warrants were continued for two sealed ...

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Officials gathered Wednesday in Jackson County to break ground on the site of the new Ravenswood Middle School. Attending (from left) were West Virginia School Building Authority Executive Director Frank Blackwell, Superintendent Blaine Hess, Jackson County Board of Education members Steve Wedge and Carroll Staats, board President Bobbi Ferrell, board member Steve Chancey, Ravenswood Middle School Principal Jeff Haskins, and Assistant Superintendent Keith Burdette.

Jackson County Schools digs into Ravenswood Middle School project

RAVENSWOOD — Jackson County Schools officials broke ground Wednesday on the site of the new Ravenswood Middle School. The $13.1 million project will build a new middle school and make enhancements to the current Ravenswood High School. Members of the Jackson County Board of Education, ...

Vienna man named West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival Man of the Year

SISTERSVILLE — Charlie Burd of Vienna said it was humbling to receive the honor of 2017 West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year. With this honor, Burd was parade marshal at last Saturday’s 49th annual Oil and Gas Festival parade in Sistersville. In the parade, Burd, executive director ...

Wood County Commission praises Sandy for work on jail bills

PARKERSBURG — Wood County commissioners are praising the efforts of West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy for his efforts in working with Wood County in addressing issues relating to the county’s jail bill. “We appreciate his cooperation and ...

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Shookstruck Trio members Robert Kistler, Dan Zawodniak and Matt Larson perform at Blennerhassett

Shookstruck Trio entertains Wood County third-graders

PARKERSBURG — “It sounds like a parade,” remarked one student as all Wood County third-graders attended a series of concerts by the Shookstruck Trio this week. The trio is comprised of three members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: principal percussionist Matt Larson, ...

Setron, Babcock to enter Parkersburg High School Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — Joe Setron and Bill Babcock will be honored tonight as the latest members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame. Setron was an all-state football player at Parkersburg High School in 1917. Babcock was a sportswriter for The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg ...

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City of Parkersburg employees assemble a post for the floodwall on Murdoch Avenue as David Humphreys, top, levee safety program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and city Public Works Director Everett Shears, right, record the process Wednesday morning. The exercise was part of the Corps’ inspection of the floodwall, which continues today.

Part of Parkersburg’s floodwall gate set up

PARKERSBURG — The city’s floodwall was built in 1950, but the gate across Murdoch Avenue was partially assembled for the first time on Wednesday. “This is history,” Parkersburg City Engineer Justin Smith said as nine buildings and grounds and floodwall workers placed stop logs in a ...

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Parkersburg Utility Board Manager Eric Bennett discusses an agenda item during Wednesday’s Parkersburg Utility Board meeting.

Parkersburg Utility Board OKs Marrtown sewer study

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board unanimously approved Wednesday an engineering agreement to provide preliminary cost estimates for a sewer extension in the Marrtown area. More than 90 customers could potentially be added in the area just west of U.S. 50, in the vicinity of ...

Brooks sees concern over chemical contamination

PARKERSBURG — A provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act may show a growing concern of the contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, called PFAS, a local authority said. “I believe there’s a coalition that’s going to demand these chemicals be evaluated ...

Keith Burdette named president, CEO of Polymer Alliance Zone

DAVISVILLE — Keith Burdette has been named president and CEO of the Polymer Alliance Zone Inc. in Wood County. Burdette joined regional law firm Bowles Rice earlier this year as its business development director and is a former cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of ...

Crews respond to fire in Deerwalk

DEERWALK — Firefighters from Deerwalk and Eastwood volunteer fire departments responded to a report of a structure fire on DonB Lane in Deerwalk Wednesday night. Deerwalk VFD Chief Kim Marshall said the structure was a shed that caught fire due to a malfunction in the electrical system of ...

Williamstown to add stop signs

WILLIAMSTOWN — Controlling traffic on a busy residential street and dealing with abandoned houses in the city were topics discussed Tuesday evening by Williamstown City Council. Mayor Jean Ford said about 20 residents on the Ninth Street area appeared before council to request help in ...

Wood County Circuit Court hears extradition cases

PARKERSBURG — A Vincent man indicted by the September grand jury appeared in Wood County Circuit Court Wednesday on a fugitive from justice charge. Thomas Christian Kaptis, 42, of Vincent, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, waived extradition before Judge Robert Waters to ...

ArtCart program expanding into more Wood County schools

PARKERSBURG — A mobile art program piloted last year at Vienna Elementary School will next month expand to three additional schools. The ArtCart Program is an in-school elementary art program administered by Artsbridge and funded through The Spartan Foundation and Artsbridge. Artistic ...