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West Virginia Lottery Director discusses sports betting revenue, lawsuit

CHARLESTON — March Madness was good for West Virginia’s new sports betting locations, but a lawsuit affecting wagering at casinos in Ohio and Kanawha counties kept it from being better. The West Virginia Lottery Commission met Wednesday for its monthly meeting in Charleston. Commissioners ...

Officials name woman killed in Parkersburg house fire

PARKERSBURG — Authorities have identified the woman who died in a house fire on Plum Street on April 18 as Miranda E. Echard, 29. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said the cause of the fire, which started in a bedroom, remains undetermined. Investigators are waiting on test results from ...

Marietta gets traffic signal update

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council’s Streets Committees met Wednesday to discuss fiberoptic traffic signals in the city, City Engineer Joe Tucker updated council on planning that has been in the works for many years. “Where this project is really coming from is (Utilities Maintenance ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival pageant winner dedicated to service

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival Forever Queen says she’s dedicating her career to service. Dana Johnson, 29, Davisville, was chosen during a pageant earlier this month. Johnson, who also models, competed in the pageant last year and finished as a ...

Parkersburg woman celebrates her 100th birthday

PARKERSBURG — Roxie Martin’s 100th birthday was Wednesday. Martin of Parkersburg was born on April 24,1919, in Floyd County, Va. She was born one year before women in the United States were given the right to vote. Martin’s life was celebrated Sunday at her birthday party in the ...

Warren High School senior publishes first book

VINCENT — A senior at Warren High School has written and published her first book. “The Forgotten Key” is a science fiction fantasy set in London, said Hannah McDole, 18, the daughter of Lori and Timothy McDole of Vincent. “It’s about a girl named Dove,” she said. Dove learns she ...

Parkersburg Choral Society concert set for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Choral Society will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg. Among songs to be performed will be the premiere of two new works commissioned by director Luke Zyla by California composer Brian Holmes. ...

Marietta College to hold Spring Choral Concert

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Department of Music will hold its Spring Choral Concert 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St. Performing will be the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and Floodstage, an a cappella group like the popular group Pentatonix. The ...

Mountwood Park to host Woof Fest on Sunday

VOLCANO — For more than a decade, Mountwood Park has been going to the dogs on a special Sunday each year. This year, the 11th annual Woof Fest will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Friends of Mountwood Park. Woof Fest features activities, contests, demonstrations, dock dogs, ...

Wood County 4-H Camp to hold fundraiser

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County 4-H Camp is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and will hold a fundraiser Saturday. The campgrounds belongs to the 4-H of Wood County for the purpose of 4-H camp and educational youth development. The 4-H Campgrounds is managed by an all-volunteer ...

Saxophonist to perform at Marietta College

MARIETTA —Saxophonist Jordan Reed, an instructor in Marietta College’s Department of Music, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. today in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. “This recital will feature the unusual combination of saxophone and double-neck guitar using effects and looping pedals,” ...

Child abuse awareness rally set for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in West Virginia and a rally will be held Saturday in Parkersburg to commemorate those affected and bring attention to these issues locally. Parkersburg resident Anna Cunningham helped organized the first Child Abuse and ...

Healthy Living on a Budget series set

PARKERSBURG — Healthy Living on a Budget, the second annual spring learning series sponsored by four local organizations, will be held in May. The five-week program will help low-income families learn to eat well, to feel mentally and physically well and to live well. The series is a ...

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Concert BARLOW — Roy Clark Jr. will perform traditional country and bluegrass music at 7 p.m. today at the Barlow Library on Ohio 339. The event is free and open to the public. *** Spaghetti Dinner WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kiwanis of Williamstown’s Spaghetti Dinner will be 4-7 p.m. today at ...

Wood County BOE talks energy savings

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education is looking for ways to save money and increase efficiency for energy utilities. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board heard a presentation by representatives of Energy Systems Group of Charleston who have been reviewing the district’s ...

FEMA official says state has stepped up relief

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is doing a better job monitoring disaster grant recipients after changes were made to the state agency monitoring those grants, an official with the Federal Emergency Management Administration Tuesday said. An informational meeting was held with members of the ...

GOP hopefuls address Republican Trump Dinner

PARKERSBURG — Two candidates running for West Virginia governor in 2020 spoke at the Republican Trump Dinner on Tuesday evening at the Dils Center. Woody Thrasher, a former state commerce secretary, and Mike Folk, a former member of the House of Delegates representing Berkeley County, spoke ...

McKinley: Remove focus from Trump

PARKERSBURG — Bills on major issues facing citizens are taking a back seat in the House where the Democratic leadership is focused on 2020 and defeating President Trump, a congressman from West Virginia said Tuesday. Despite the Mueller Report into the investigation of Russia interference ...

Ken Starr keynotes Washington County GOP dinner

MARIETTA — Former Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Investigation Ken Starr spoke about the lack of merit an impeachment of President Trump would have on Tuesday at the Washington County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Dinner. The 300 attendees of the dinner were treated not only ...