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Davis presses motion to stop impeachment

CHARLESTON — Even while impeachment trials are on hiatus after a decision by an all-appointed panel of justices, the federal case brought by Robin Davis — the former justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — moves forward. Attorneys for Davis filed a reply in federal court ...

Parkersburg Finance Committee to consider $2M fund balance

PARKERSBURG — City Council’s Finance Committee will meet today to discuss how to allocate more than $2 million in unexpended funds from the 2017-18 fiscal year. Among the revisions are $534,041 for rehabilitation of stormwater drainage systems and construction of new ones, $454,470 for ...

U.S. Senate, House candidates turn in finance reports

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are gaining national attention and raking in thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Federal candidates had until Monday to file their October quarterly statements with the Federal Election ...

Washington County Health Department has mass immunization drill

MARIETTA — It’s the same cycle every year. School starts, temperatures drop, flu shots are administered. But the Washington County Health Department took advantage of those last two things Monday with an exercise in mass immunization. “The last time this area would have needed ...

Wood County Schools has short schedule this week

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will begin today with a two-hour delay and there will no classes the remainder of the week for parent-teacher conferences and teacher training sessions. Schools will open this morning two hours later than usual, allowing time for faculty senates to meet at ...

Williamstown to close two alleys near new school

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council Tuesday passed an ordinance to close off the two alleys where the new school will be located, between Henderson Avenue and Caroline Avenue and the other between Caroline Avenue and Cherry Avenue. Councilman Marty Seufer said the alleys run onto ...

Third annual regatta celebrates Morgan Grimm

PARKERSBURG — The life and passion of rowing was celebrated this past Saturday at the third annual Morgan Grimm Memorial Regatta at the Parkersburg High School Crew/ Ohio Valley Rowing Club boathouse at 2201 Keever Ave. One of the oldest high school rowing teams in West Virginia, ...

Worthington women present golf awards

PARKERSBURG — The Worthington Women’s Golf Association (WWGA) closed its 2018 season with a luncheon and presentation of awards at the clubhouse. A rainy September forced cancellation of the annual 18-hole and 9-hole club tournaments. Therefore, the Executive Committee honored all of ...

Style Show raises money for several causes

MARIETTA — Boisterous laughter and many rounds of applause filled the Knights of Columbus Hall in Harmar Tuesday at an event with an important goal in mind. “Much of what we raise goes to a mental health research center,” explained Pioneer Ladies Civitan Club President Diane Fox. ...

Businesses hiring away WSCC students

MARIETTA — Workforce demand for some career programs offered by Washington State Community College is so acute that students are being hired away before completing their studies. Sarah Parker-Clever, the vice president for academic affairs, told the college board of trustees Monday ...

Governor’s grant causes county concerns

PARKERSBURG — A proposed state grant to increase highway safety led to a debate among officials Monday about who would be paid for administrative costs. Bob Tipton, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Grant program, spoke to the Wood County Commission Monday morning concerning an ...

Wood BOE holds first ‘LSIC Fair’

PARKERSBURG — Administrators, teachers, parents and students gathered Monday at Parkersburg High School for the first of three Local School Improvement Council presentation fairs. Local School Improvement Councils, also known as LSICs, are required to annually present updates on their ...

Today is final day to register to vote

CHARLESTON — With all eyes on West Virginia for the upcoming midterm elections, elections officials and the two major political parties are encouraging anyone who hasn’t registered to vote to do so by 5 p.m. today. Registered voters are also being encouraged to contact their county clerks ...

Senate asks Supreme Court to reconsider Workman decision

CHARLESTON — What was supposed to be the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Margaret Workman Monday screeched to a halt after Acting Chief Justice Paul Farrell was absent after an appointed panel of justices ruled that impeachment procedures could not continue. The response Monday morning ...

Belpre BOE discusses state report card results

BELPRE — The Belpre City Schools Board of Education continued its discussion of the state report card results for Belpre City Schools at its meeting Monday night. Bernie Boice, the district’s director of instruction, went over the district report card with board members and reviewed ...

Man charged after police chase in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A man from South Dakota was charged with fleeing from police and carrying a firearm while prohibited after a car chase in Parkersburg on Sunday. Leon Eugene Wiggins, 30, Cavour, S.D., was released on $35,000 bond posted in Wood County Magistrate Court. Court documents said ...

Marietta chooses firm for traffic study

MARIETTA — The firm slated to perform a traffic impact study surrounding Butler Street has been selected. Marietta College proposed to Marietta City Council earlier this year an idea to close Butler Street between Seventh and Fourth streets so the college can upgrade buildings and build a ...

RightCycle partnership making a difference for persons with disabilities

PARKERSBURG — A nonprofit Parkersburg organization is making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities while benefiting the environment at the same time. The Jackson County Developmental Center (JCDC) embarked on a partnership with RightCycle, a recycling program for ...

Frontier kindergarten system draws concerns

NEW MATAMORAS — Parents continue to express concerns about the kindergarten system in Frontier Local Schools. At a board meeting Monday night, Kylee Haught, after hearing another parent question the size of classes – the kindergartens have more than 20 students in each class – and ...

Festivities add color to Washington County foliage tour

DART, Ohio — The 29th annual Little Muskingum Watershed Fall Foliage Tour was held Saturday and Sunday with 16 stops along the winding Ohio 26 north of Marietta. Stops included the Hidden Hills Orchard, several local churches, R.S.V. Art & Frames, Wonder of Wood Cabinet Shop, the ...