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Efforts aim to tip scales on Gov. Jim Justice

PARKERSBURG — They’re going at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice from different angles. The Republican Party in Wood County this week formalized its call for impeachment. A petition to order the governor to comply with the West Virginia Constitution and reside in Charleston was filed by the ...

High water from storms cresting across Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Local river levels have crested or will crest early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service river observation stations. At 9 p.m. Friday, the water level of the Ohio River at Parkersburg was 25.14 feet, well below the flood stage of 36 feet. Forecasts show the level ...

Parkersburg City Council to consider ban on motorized bicycles

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council on Tuesday will consider banning motorized bicycles on municipal streets and property, allowing residents of areas with time-limited parking to obtain passes for those spaces and offering a discount for paying annual city fees in advance. Council meets ...

McClain to retire from Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir post

PARKERSBURG — The director of the award-winning Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir is retiring this month, ending a career spanning 32 years that included a Carnegie Hall performance and being chosen as a 2017 Grammy Award Music Educator of the Year finalist. “There are no ...

West Virginia officials move to impeach Loughry

PARKERSBURG — Impeachment preparations over the controversy at the West Virginia Supreme Court started on Friday. The Joint Judiciary Committee was instructed to evaluate the possibility of impeachment proceedings in a letter Friday from Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker ...

Marietta City Council still mulling lease for Armory gym

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council will soon be making a decision on the lease of the Armory’s gymnasium. Council introduced legislation Thursday to enter into a 20-year lease with the Marietta City School District’s Board of Education but motions to suspend the second reading and both the ...

Parkersburg High school club donates to Women’s Care Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School Senior Women’s Club donated more than $500 to the Women’s Care Center this week. Representatives of the PHS Senior Women’s Club presented a check Thursday at the center. The Senior Women’s Club is a club for senior girls at Parkersburg High ...

Ripley High School student named West Virginia Scholar winner

BUCKHANNON — Ripley High School junior Easton Perry is the winner of the 11th annual West Virginia Scholar competition. Perry will receive a four-year full scholarship to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College beginning with the 2019 fall semester. The announcement was made at the annual ...

Fire hydrant testing slated to continue in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board and Parkersburg Fire Department will flow test fire hydrants June 27-29, weather permitting, in the following areas: * Wednesday — 23rd Street at Maxwell and Pearcy avenues; Cypress Street at 23rd, 25th and 26th streets * Friday — Harrison ...

Photo Gallery: Volunteers pitch in for Day of Action

PARKERSBURG — Groups of volunteers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley mobilized Thursday as part of the United Way’s annual Day of Action. This marked the third year of the program, which seeks to complete public service projects throughout the area on the longest day of the year. More ...

West Virginia Lottery Commission sets sports betting rules

PARKERSBURG — The rules for sports betting in West Virginia were approved Thursday in an emergency meeting of the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The commission approved 20 pages of rules and regulations intended to allow wagering on sporting events such as football and basketball games ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents discuss issues with West Virginia officials

PARKERSBURG — Residents discussed issues and problems they are facing in the community during the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs Listening Tour Thursday in the Fort Boreman Room of the Judge Black Annex in Parkersburg. Representatives from the Office of Minority Affairs and ...

Brooks: PFAS advisory levels must drop

PARKERSBURG — A local physician who was instrumental in the C8 health study and has warned of the dangers of it and related chemicals said he feels “vindicated” by the federal report on the substances released this week. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on Wednesday ...

More storms flood Mid-Ohio Valley roads, knock out power

PARKERSBURG — Another round of heavy rainfall hit the Mid-Ohio Valley Thursday again getting summer off to a soggy start. A heavy downpour flooded roadways in various parts of Wood and surrounding counties. Roads in and around Parkersburg were flooded by the latest round of showers. By ...

Wood County Commission mulls internet access

PARKERSBURG —The Wood County Commission is looking at internet access options at the Wood County Courthouse. Andrew Parker of Global Science and Technology Inc. and county IT Director Chris Whittaker appeared before the commission Thursday to discuss the internet service and ...

Marietta protesters take U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson to task

MARIETTA — Passing motorists honked their horns in support Thursday morning as residents demonstrated against an administration immigration policy at the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, on Front Street. They were against President Trump’s position on removing children from ...

Golfers teeing up for Rotary Sour Mash Memorial

VIENNA — The 47th Annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial will be held on July 9 at the Parkersburg Country Club. The field is filling up quickly but there is still time to sign-up to golf or be a corporate or individual sponsor of this unique playing experience, organizers said. It is the ...

Wood County Circuit Court holds sentencings

PARKERSBURG — Two sentencings took place in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday. * Michael Lee Haught, 45, 197 Mike St., Washington, W.Va., was sentenced to one to five years in prison with credit for 185 days served after his guilty plea to a charge of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle ...

Two Parkersburg residents sentenced in federal heroin case

PARKERSBURG — Three defendants including a man and woman from Parkersburg who where implicated in a federal heroin conspiracy were sentenced this week, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. Jennifer Benson and Bernard Spann of Parkersburg on Thursday were sentenced to 71 and 60 months in ...