Local News

Troop 207 welcomes first female members to BSA

MARIETTA — The historic nature of Tuesday night was impressed upon the members of Troop 207 at the American Legion in Marietta. Part of the group gathered there, as charter members, were the first female additions to the age group. Natalie Makuch, 12, Hope Purkey, 15, Adreama Freeland, ...

Woman pleads guilty in home invasion

From staff reports MARIETTA — A Parkersburg woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in common pleas court to her role in a Nov. 27 home invasion in New Matamoras. Gabriella Iva Chaffin, 19, of 2603 16th Ave., was one of six people involved in the incident, according to police and ...

Parkersburg City Council reviews salaries report

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council of the Whole met in special session Monday to review a report concerning employee salaries, sending several recommendations on to the full council for consideration. The 60-page Comprehensive Salary/Market Review was completed by HR Consulting ...

Wood County AFT gathers to discuss education bill

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Wood County chapter of the American Federation of Teachers gathered Monday with state representatives to discuss the state’s education omnibus bill and the possibility of a statewide teacher walkout. More than a hundred teachers and administrators gathered ...

W.Va. Senate passes education reform package

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate has passed signature education legislation that divided the body along mostly party lines. Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed out of the Senate Monday in a 18-16 vote. Two Senate Republicans — Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, and Bill Hamilton, ...

January state tax revenue numbers lower than expected

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s streak of monthly revenue surpluses came to a halt in January, though officials remain optimistic about revenue projections going forward. Gov. Jim Justice and officials with the state Department of Revenue held a press conference Monday to announce the latest ...

Former police chief, magistrate William ‘Bill’ Rhodes dies at 78

PARKERSBURG — A former Parkersburg Police chief and Wood County magistrate died Sunday after a battle with cancer. William “Bill” Rhodes, 78, served as chief from 1978 to 1982. After retiring, he was elected twice as a magistrate and worked as a private investigator. “He had a life ...

Wood County Commission seeks info on warehouse inventories

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission wants an accounting of warehouses in the area that may be subject to the inventory taxes that are not reporting the full value of what they have. Wood County Assessor David Nohe and Chief Deputy Assessor Andy Hartleben appeared before the commission ...

Junior League members make positive impact

PARKERSBURG — Each month during 2019, the Junior League of Parkersburg will be celebrating a part of its 95th birthday heritage. Recognition will be made of community efforts and partnerships throughout the county. The Junior League has been a catalyst to initiate many projects that ...

Evaluation ordered for murder suspect

PARKERSBURG — An additional competency evaluation was ordered Monday for a man accused of murdering his father. James Thomas Hendershot, 35, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County on charges of second-degree murder and concealing a deceased human body, appeared ...

O’Neill Center celebrates with Valentine’s party

MARIETTA — Listening to two violins and a cello fill the room with classical love songs, a crowd of local senior citizens celebrated love and friendship Monday. “Both my parents were musicians,” said Dawne Vernon, of Reno, as she nodded along to the music with her father Bob Vernon ...

Parkersburg man arrested on sexual assault charge

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested by federal authorities on charges of sexually assaulting a child more than two years ago in Roane County. Joshua Shawn Justice, 21, of 1721 Oak St., Parkersburg, is being held on a $300,000 bond in the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge ...

Blennerhassett Museum kicks off lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The first of four lectures by Vandalia Award winners in the 2019 Blennerhassett Museum Winter Lecture Series with 2003 recipient Mack Samples left Scott Cain a happy man. “To say we were pleased with the turnout, well, yes, you could say that,” Cain, the organizer of the ...

Crystal Gayle to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta

MARIETTA — Crystal Gayle will be singing songs from her new album of classic country tunes, “You Don’t Know Me,” at her Peoples Bank Theatre concert on Saturday night. These songs held a special meaning for Gayle in her youth and early music career, she said in a recent telephone ...

Dinner raises funds for St. Mary Catholic School

MARIETTA — The 27th Annual St. Mary Catholic School Foundation Dinner was held Saturday evening in the Monsignor Kakascik Parish Center in Marietta. Upward of 500 people attended the event that raises money to benefit St. Mary Catholic School, which teaches students through eighth grade. ...

Sixth-grader donates birthday money to ‘Anna’s Army’

PARKERSBURG — Brody Allman, an Edison Middle School sixth-grade basketball player, recently presented Anna Gordon with $350 at the “Anna’s Army” basketball game at Parkersburg South High School. Allman has been attending Parkersburg South High School basketball coach Mike Fallon’s ...

Delegates prepare for Senate passage of West Virginia education omnibus

CHARLESTON — As members of the West Virginia Senate met into the early evening Friday, voting amendments up and down for their sweeping education reform package, the speaker of the House of Delegates was watching and listening from the back of the Senate chambers. If Senate Bill 451, the ...

Students show serious side at Wood County Social Studies Fair

PARKERSBURG — Students delved into numerous issues including autism and the opioid epidemic in exhibits Saturday at the annual Wood County Social Studies Fair. Elementary, middle and high school students from across Wood County competed in the annual fair held at Blennerhassett Middle ...

Belpre woman has ties to English royal frenzy

PARKERSBURG — A Belpre woman who follows the royal family is connected to a fan frenzy in England. Lisa Collins is a Twitter friend of Karen Anvil, the Norfolk mother who snapped a photo of Prince William, his wife Catherine, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle while they were walking ...