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Carolers give voice to Christmas spirit in Marietta

MARIETTA — Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop on Front Street gradually filled as the carolers arrived, and at 6:45 p.m. the chorus sang the opening melody of “Away in a Manger” and poured out the door. Friday night was caroling night downtown, the fifth annual such event. More than two dozen ...

Washington County drug culture hooked on crime

MARIETTA — The use of illegal drugs, their sale and crimes associated with their activity is the main concern for both of Washington County’s head law enforcement officials as 2017 draws to a close. And both Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks and Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp noted ...

Documentary examines era of ‘Screenagers’

BEVERLY — Does the pervasive use of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices have an impact on developing minds? Do those bright screens have a dark side? A documentary film shown to more than 100 Fort Frye junior high and high school students, along with faculty, staff and board of ...

Subjects sought in Belpre theft

BELPRE — Police in Belpre are looking for two subjects in a theft from an individual in Peddler’s Junction, 1818 Washington Blvd., Friday. Belpre Police Sgt. T.G. Heddleston said the item stolen was a wallet and police were called to the scene at 5:20 p.m. “It had cash, debit and ...

Marietta City Council says farewell to Vukovic, Snow

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council bid adieu to its longest standing member and its youngest member Thursday during the final regular meeting of the 2016-17 term. Councilman Tom Vukovic, who has served since Oct. 14, 1998, as representative of the Fourth Ward, and Councilwoman Sarah Snow, who ...

Feds, Stonerise Healthcare reach labor deal

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Department of Labor and a West Virginia nursing home and rehabilitation company have reached an agreement to resolve alleged overtime violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Stonerise Healthcare LLC will pay $61,840 in back wages and an equal amount ...

Ripley man pleads to federal weapons charge

CHARLESTON — A Ripley man pleaded guilty Friday to a federal weapons charge, United States Attorney Carol Casto said. Steven Jones, 31, entered his guilty plea to possession of an unregistered weapon. Jones admitted that on Nov. 6, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at his ...

Waterford Church of the Nazarene commissions mural for Christmas

WATERFORD — The mural shines down on the sanctuary as if generating its own light. The eye follows a road through snowy downs into a village in the distance, passing children and a snowman, around through a valley and up to a church, then fArther up a dark, ice-clad mountain range topped ...

First Lutheran Church to have Candlelight Christmas Eve services

PARKERSBURG —Everyone is invited to the traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. The services are anticipated each year as a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, Jesus, said First ...

West Virginia names first round of high school awards

CHARLESTON — Secretary of State Mac Warner on Friday announced the first round of West Virginia high schools to qualify as Jennings Randolph Award-winning schools for the 2017-18 school year. The Jennings Randolph Award honors high schools that engage their students into participating in the ...

West Virginia Poison Center always available to help

CHARLESTON — What would you do if your toddler gets up early in the morning and gets into cleaning supplies? What if you take too much medicine in the middle of the night? Some people say they would check the Internet for poison information as they do not want to “bother” the West ...

West Virginia DOH to hold meeting in Cairo

CAIRO — The West Virginia Division of Highways will hold an informational public meeting in January to discuss construction of a bridge on West Virginia 31. The meeting will be held Jan. 25 at the Cairo Community Building, at No. 2 Town Square, Cairo, in Ritchie County. The project proposes ...

North Bend rail trail plans change

PARKERSBURG — A deal to buy a section of land so the North Bend Rail Trail can be connected and run into Parkersburg has changed, the Wood County Commission was told Thursday. Representatives from the North Bend Rails To Trails Foundation appeared before the commission to discuss the ...

Lost arctic owl moved to care at Morgantown facility

VIENNA — After a week in unfamiliar territory in Wood County, a snowy owl from the Arctic Circle has been rescued to get some care for the injuries it suffered. Julie Zickefoose, a contributing editor to “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and a freelance writer and naturalist, said the bird, ...

Conley: Fee cut will not hurt Vienna police

VIENNA — A Vienna city councilman said misleading information has incorrectly made it sound like a police fee reduction would hurt the department. Councilman Roger Conley said he was compelled to follow up on the Dec. 14 council meeting and discussion about the police fee ...

Mon Power cutting bills by $2 in 2018

FAIRMONT — Mon Power and Potomac Edison, subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corp., announced residential customers will see about a $2 decrease in their monthly bill beginning in 2018. This is a result of Public Service Commission of West Virginia orders regarding enhanced tree trimming and energy ...

Children learn important skills at Washington County Public Library events

BEVERLY — Fine motor skills, pre-math skills and early literacy are part of the package when you take your toddler to story time. “And it’s important to get them excited about reading and also get to interact with other kids,” said Shelley Morgenstern, of Beverly. Morgenstern’s ...

Volunteers prep Marietta Christmas Feast

MARIETTA — On Saturday, organizers will start preparing the room at First Presbyterian Church. A crew led by Joe Matthews II will attack a mountain of fresh potatoes — 350 pounds of spuds — with peelers, then cut and soak them. The next day, work on the food will begin in earnest as ...

Washington County Commission revokes Marietta River Trail easement

MARIETTA — Washington County Commissioners voted Thursday to revoke an easement for the Marietta River Trail, purchased a building and additional parking, and approved the placement of a children services levy on the May 2018 ballot. A disputed 385 linear feet on county property southeast of ...