Local News

Columbus grand jury indicts Elschlager

COLUMBUS — A former commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Columbus. William P. Elschlager, 48, Masonic Park Road, Devola, was charged with cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law, according to the ...

Second-grader Addison Fluharty launches herself on a mat across a row of pool noodles during Friday’s Field Day games at Gihon Elementary School. Students spent the last day of school participating in a variety of games and activities. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Wood County wraps up school year

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools held its last day of classes Friday for the 2016-17 school year. Schools throughout the county held end-of-year activities this week, many culminating in special events and activities to mark the last day of school. “We’ve had an awesome year,” said ...

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce dumps a netful of hybrid bluegill into the City Park pond Friday. The City and Southwood Park ponds were stocked with catfish and hybrid bluegill delivered by Rainbowhead Farms near Clarksburg. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Parkersburg ponds stocked with catfish, bluegill

PARKERSBURG — The ponds at City and Southwood Park were stocked with hybrid bluegill and catfish Friday. It’s the first time in years the ponds have been stocked with anything other than trout for the annual fishing derby. “There are a lot of people who do fish in City and Southwood ...

State honors Golden Horseshoe winners

CHARLESTON — Local eighth-graders are among the 218 from across the state receiving recognition as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The students received the award for their outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture. In Wood County, seven students received the ...

From left, Adem Hupp, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 4 hands $287.58 to Principal Allen Laugh of McKinley Elementary School, the location of Hupp’s project to become an Eagle Scout. The money is the remainder of the funds he collected for the project. (Photo Provided)

Eagle Scout donates remaining project funds to school

council representative. He planned the project in advance and worked with Principal Allen Laugh on the details. Fundraising included a GoFundme account and other methods of solicitation including email and the mail. Email responses were the swiftest. Adem also got donations for the ...

Combine to test student athletes

PARKERSBURG — The first Tri-State Athletic Combine in Parkersburg will be held June 10 when student athletes from the region will be measured in speed, strength and agility. Athletes will be put through 13 standardized tests, such as 20-, 40- and 60-yard dashes and vertical jumps, with the ...

Blennerhassett Middle School eighth-grader Avery Goldsmith, left, hands a stuffed animal to seventh-grader Ainsley Dixon, right, to be loaded into the back of a Camden Clark Medical Center ambulance. The students are members of the STARS club at Blennerhassett, which gathered more than 300 stuffed animals to be given out to young patients and children who are facing a family illness. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Blennerhassett STARS donates stuffed animals to CCMC

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Middle School’s STARS club donated more than 300 stuffed animals Friday to Camden Clark Medical Center. The donation was part of a year-long toy drive and community service project, said guidance counselor Michele Fling. “STARS stands for ‘Super Teens ...

The Veterans War Memorial at City Park will be rededicated Monday after extensive repair and renovation work. (Photo Provided)

Veterans War Memorial to be rededicated

PARKERSBURG — Following extensive repair and renovation work, the Veterans War Memorial at City Park in Parkersburg will be rededicated Monday. The rededication will be part of the Memorial Day Service organized by American Legion Post 15. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at City ...

R.S.V.P Americorps volunteer Stacey Steed teaches chair yoga to the Prevent T2 diabetes prevention class with the Washington County Health Department. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Washington County assesses its health

MARIETTA — What is the state of health in Washington County? This is the question local officials sought to answer in the most recent county health assessment released last week after a year of collaborative brainstorming, analysis and conversations between local health professionals and ...

Belpre Homecoming 2017 details announced

BELPRE — Belpre Homecoming Committee announces registration details for participation in events associated with 85th Belpre Homecoming to be held at Belpre’s Civitan Park Aug. 3-5. Registration forms for the annual parade, pageants, as well as display/vendor/crafter spaces, are ...

The United States Military Academy at West Point qualified for national Ultimate Frisbee tournament for the first time by winning in the regionals in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of Susan Hill)

Disc Jockeys: Hill, Army team reach Ultimate Frisbee nationals

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Hunter Hill of Parkersburg helped the United States Military Academy at West Point reach the national Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Lexington, Ky., last weekend. Hill, who just finished his sophomore year at West Point, was a handler on the cadets club sports team in ...

Meeting to discuss Belpre development

BELPRE — A public meeting has been set for the public release of the Economic Development Plan for the city of Belpre. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee is inviting residents, business owners and all interested persons to a community meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, ...

Parkersburg Catholic High School presents awards to students

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic High School has recognized students who have received awards. Michael Stuckert, class valedictorian, will attend Miami University of Ohio and major in chemistry. Salutatorian Chloe Kern will attend Ohio State University and major in biochemistry. ...

Wood County Circuit Court completes grand jury arraignments

PARKERSBURG — Arraignments from last week’s grand jury were completed Friday in Wood County Circuit Court. Appearing before Judge Jason Wharton: * Ahmed Omar Aden, 28, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail. He was charged with attempted obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, ...

Honorary Trooper Hallie Witte, 9, of Little Hocking, reconnects with Bart and his K-9 handler Trooper Brian Stackey Friday at the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Hallie Witte named honorary trooper

MARIETTA — Sharing a prayer with officers of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Friday, Hallie Witte, of Little Hocking, became an honorary trooper, recognized for her fighting spirit and kind heart. “I had no idea we were coming here, my mom just told me we needed to take ...

Mounds of construction materials, which have been contaminated by asbestos, are being removed from the former Johns Manville site along River Road. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Johns Manville debris removal nearing completion

VIENNA — City officials are predicting the work to remove debris from the former Johns Manville site in Vienna may be done in less than two weeks. During Thursday’s meeting of Vienna City Council, Mayor Randy Rapp said the mountains of asbestos-contaminated debris at the site are being ...

Researcher: No surprises in C8 report

PARKERSBURG — Residents from Huntington to Evansville, Ind., have higher-than-normal levels of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8, according to a study released this month from the University of Cincinnati. The report, based on the analyses of blood samples collected over 22 years, ...

Wood County commissioners discuss risk pool, Mountwood Park

By BRETT DUNLAP bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com PARKERSBURG — Officials with the West Virginia Association of Counties appeared before the Wood County Commission Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the West Virginia Counties Risk Pool of which Wood County was one of the founding ...

The methamphetamine recovered during a Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force investigation Thursday is shown. (Photo courtesy of 
Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin)

Parkersburg task force seizes 1 pound of meth

PARKERSBURG — A city man was arrested Thursday after Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force agents intercepted a package containing more than $45,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine. Anthony M. Rowell, 33, of 1403 Beaver St., Parkersburg, was arrested around 11 a.m. Thursday, Parkersburg ...

Doddridge County teen dies in accident

WEST UNION — A 17-year-old Doddridge County boy died Wednesday after his car collided with a dump truck on a wet road. The crash happened around 11 a.m. on West Virginia 18, about two miles north of West Union, Doddridge County Sheriff Michael Headley said. The youth was driving south in a ...