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Judge reschedules trial for man accused of killing toddler

PARKERSBURG — The trial of a man accused of killing a 16-month-old boy has been delayed by a month. Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters on Thursday rescheduled the trial of William Travis Schoonover, 40, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, for Feb. ...

Manchin backs Kavanaugh investigation

WASHINGTON – At least one of West Virginia’s two U.S. senators supports the FBI probe of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Associated Press Friday reported Senate Republicans reached a deal to delay the confirmation vote for a week while an FBI investigation is ...

Former World War II nurse turns 95 today

PADEN CITY — Rose (Sue) Crookshanks of Paden City turned 95 years old today. Patty Wright, a daughter and full-time caregiver of Rose, will be having a small birthday party for her mom, but the gift she would love for her mother to have is the gift of birthday cards. If you would like to ...

Christian activities set for Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — Two days of youth-driven, Christian-oriented activities begin noon today at Parkersburg City Park for the second annual Party in the Park. The five-hour event features a 2 p.m. concert at the band shell by Chrematizo Label Group band Jason Lovins Band. The second part is ...

Twin Rivers Baptist begins Sunday School

WHIPPLE, Ohio — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, began its Fall Sunday School campaign Sept. 23 with a balloon launch. The campaign will continue through Oct. 21 with Sunday school beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. A brief opening assembly is scheduled in the church ...

Fairgrounds big topic at Wood County Commission meeting

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission met Thursday with members of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition Board and a group of citizens concerned about the condition of the fairgrounds and its finances. The citizens had approached the commission earlier this month to discuss ...

South student with gun arrested

PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg police say a student arrested this morning for bringing a handgun to Parkersburg South High School did not intend to use the weapon. Officials received a tip around 7:30 this morning and by 7:50 had the male juvenile in custody. Police Chief Joe Martin said police ...

Parkersburg City Council committee to consider police raise

PARKERSBURG — A $1.83-an-hour raise for police officers will be considered when Parkersburg City Council’s Personnel Committee meets Tuesday. Since 2014, 16 officers have left the department for other employment, nine with other law enforcement agencies, Mayor Tom Joyce said Thursday. ...

Traveling Vietnam Wall makes stop in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A little rain did not stop the Traveling Vietnam Wall from being opened to the public on Thursday in City Park. Dedication ceremonies began at 6 p.m. inside the pavilion with Larry “Mad Max” Maxwell as master of ceremonies welcoming everyone in attendance. “I lost ...

Parkersburg man describes bond with fellow Vietnam veteran

PARKERSBURG — David Huffman sat under the roof of a shelter at City Park. A few hundred yards away, the final touches were being put on the Traveling Vietnam Wall, which is situated in the area where the stage for the Relay for Life is usually placed. Huffman is sitting with members of the ...

West Virginia Senate pushes back against Workman

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for the West Virginia Senate are pushing back hard against an effort by Chief Justice Margaret Workman to put a stop to her Oct. 15 impeachment trial, as well as raising questions about the impartiality of one of the acting justices. The Senate, represented by the ...

Parkersburg High School lockdown drill, rumors cause concerns

PARKERSBURG — A lockdown drill at Parkersburg High School along with rumors of a student threat caused concerns among parents Thursday. Principal Kenny DeMoss posted a statement on the school’s Facebook page and sent a call to all parents telling them the rumors were false and there was ...

Gold Star Family Monument in works for Parkersburg park

PARKERSBURG — A Gold Star Family Monument is planned for construction in City Park, alongside other military memorials. Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce announced the effort Thursday afternoon in the fifth-floor conference room at the Municipal Building, alongside West Virginia resident Hershel ...

Barlow Fair opens with rain, livestock

BARLOW — Steady rain and mud around the barns and pathways might have discouraged some, but not the McCarthy family. The group of two adults and four children strolled past vendor stalls at the top of the hill on the Barlow fairgrounds toward the carnival rides Thursday afternoon, an ...

Washington County Republicans meets for Reagan Dinner

MARIETTA — The Washington County Republican Party gathered on Thursday evening for the 2018 Reagan Dinner. The dinner is the second major fundraiser of the year for the organization. Money raised will be used to help fund the Republican Party headquarters in Washington County and help ...

Hupp gets 17 months behind bars for theft

MARIETTA — The former Washington County Board of Elections director will spend the next 17 months behind bars. Tara Hupp, 55, of 5250 State Route 26, Marietta, was sentenced by visiting Judge Linton Lewis Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court. The maximum she faced was 18 ...

Funds sought to preserve Washington County documents

MARIETTA — In 1992, Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane wanted to do research on the history of his family. He went to the fourth floor of the Washington County Courthouse and discovered the county’s history turning to dust, he said. “Some of it is deteriorated beyond use,” Lane ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg station to celebrate College Radio Day

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg next week will join in on a national celebration of college radio. College Radio Day will be held Oct. 5, but WVU-P and its radio station WPKM 96.3 The Beet will offer activities and special content throughout the week. “College ...

Christmas raffle supports West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg is sponsoring the Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle to raise money in support of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Tickets will be sold for the raffle beginning Sept. 30 and continuing through Dec. 11. Prizes will be drawn each ...

Sweetapple Family Farm opens for season

VINCENT — Mona Barrett and her family are on the go from dawn to dusk and beyond at this time of year. The Sweetapple Family Farm covers rolling ground north of a road of the same name just off State Route 339 in Washington County. From the road, it’s a picture of farm nostalgia, with ...