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West Virginia teachers on strike

PARKERSBURG — Local teachers and service personnel will not be at school today due to a statewide strike. The announcement was made Monday evening in Charleston by representatives of the West Virginia Education Association, West Virginia American Federation of Teachers and the West ...

Senate amends education reform package

CHARLESTON — Remaining defiant until the end in the face of an impending teacher strike, the West Virginia Senate amended back into its education reform package controversial items the House specifically removed or decreased. The Senate amended Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, ...

Police: Roommate fight leaves one man dead

PARKERSBURG — A fight between two roommates in Parkersburg has left one man dead and the other facing charges. On Friday, the Parkersburg Police Department responded to 809 Edgelawn St. in reference to a battery complaint. Officers arrived on scene along with EMS personnel and located a ...

Volunteers help Senior Stitchers group relocate to new home

PARKERSBURG — The Senior Stitchers have a new home. After being told in December they would have to vacate their space at the Wood County Senior Citizen Association building in downtown Parkersburg, the group will be moving to the new Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop at 2595 DuPont Road, ...

Marietta Family YMCA closing most programs

MARIETTA — The financial burden of operating a 60-year-old building far bigger than it needs has forced the Marietta Family YMCA to announce closure of nearly all its programs except those involving child care or children’s camps. The organization, founded in Marietta in 1909, has ...

Intermediate appeals court bill passes W.Va. Senate

CHARLESTON — The nearly decade-long effort to create an intermediate appeals court underneath the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals took one step closer to creation Monday. The state Senate passed Senate Bill 266, the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, 17-16 Monday ...

Oil and gas bribery at center of mock trial case

MARIETTA — Bribery, government scandal and the petroleum industry were at the center of a reenactment in the Washington County Courthouse Monday. Though some creative license was taken to place the mock trial in Marietta, retired Washington County Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane explained to ...

West Virginia’s beauty an inspiration to artist Killian

PARKERSBURG — Artist Virginia Killian is inspired by all around her. Around 65 of her paintings titled, “Virginia Killian: Images Just Come To Me” opened Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibit will run through March 16 and is sponsored by the Tellus Consulting Group. ...

Cabin Fever heats up Riverfront Roar fans

MARIETTA — In the middle of a long cold winter, everyone wants to get out and do something. What better timing for the Riverfront Roar to have it’s ROARin’ Cabin Fever Party. The first-time fundraising event was held Saturday evening at the Marietta Shrine Club. In an effort to raise ...

Wood County team to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition

PARKERSBURG — Wood County’s Darkside Robotics Team will compete next month in the Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The event takes place March 21-23 in Belle Vernon, Pa., and marks the first competition for the rookie team. The 11-members of Darkside Robotics hail from ...

Concerned Marietta residents tour Oriana House facility in Akron

MARIETTA — A group of Washington County residents has gone to Akron to see the operations of a nonprofit drug rehabilitation facility operated by Oriana House Inc. The trip, planned by Marietta City Councilman Geoff Schenkel, was offered by Oriana in the hopes of calming fears voiced at a ...

Author to discuss keys to fundraising at Wood County Public Library

PARKERSBURG — Susan Cole Urano, an author who has directed four nonprofit organizations and has served on numerous nonprofit and statewide boards, will be the guest speaker at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library, 3100 Emerson Ave. In a free program open to the ...

Lawmakers keeping West Virginia Supreme Court in check

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, under new management, has worked hard to put rules and policies in place to fight the perceptions of corruption that plagued justices over the last year. But the recent sentencing of former chief justice Allen Loughry on Wednesday to ...

K9 Drago the paw-fect partner for Wood County deputy

PARKERSBURG — There’s a new face at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. And a new tail and new paws to go with it. K9 Drago joined Deputy Taylor Phillips in early November for six weeks of training. The two were certified in mid-December and the pair has been inseparable since. “He ...

Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley offers a window into the past

PARKERSBURG — The Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its grand re-opening on Saturday offering a new window into the past. “Everything has been changed around and new items have been brought on,” said Candice Bennett, vice president of the board of directors. Bennett said the ...

Farrars mark one year as owners of Murray’s Glass and Automotive Paints

MARIETTA — When Dennis and Ron Farrar decided to purchase Murray’s Glass and Automotive Paints on Front Street last year, they did it not only to provide people and businesses in Washington County with premiere glass service, but to help revitalize an establishment with which they have had ...

Parkersburg residents seek enhancements for Market Street

PARKERSBURG — A group of citizens has petitioned the city to extend streetscape improvements made more than a decade ago further up Market Street. In 2003, the City of Parkersburg added period lighting and benches and made sidewalk improvements along Market from Fourth to Ninth streets. ...

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offers job training

MARIETTA — A federal program that few people have heard about provides funding for 35 to 40 percent of the adult technical trainees at the Washington County Career Center and offers people in poverty a route to a better job. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been around for ...

Watertown Auditorium still standing after nearly a century of changes

WATERTOWN — In the 1920s the population of Watertown Township already had begun to decline, from 1,318 in 1900 to 1,200 20 years later. Local historians say it was a thriving community in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with well-groomed streets and houses, a flour mill, a hotel, a bank, ...

“Very Spectacular Arts” Festival to be held March 19

PARKERSBURG — The 20th annual “Very Spectacular Arts” (VSA) Festival for school children with disabilities will be celebrating “Everyday Heroes!” The festival will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Officials said the planning ...