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Carmichael: Gov. Justice should not resign

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has the president of the West Virginia Senate on his side over calls for his resignation. “In this case I wholeheartedly agree with the governor,” President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Friday. The Democratic Caucus on Thursday issued a statement ...

Parkersburg City Council adds forum for members

PARKERSBURG — When Parkersburg City Council meets on June 26, the usual public forum will be followed by time for council members to address items not on the agenda. As originally written, the resolution approved at Tuesday’s meeting would have given each council member up to two minutes ...

Committee to investigate RISE flood relief program

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature’s joint Committee on Flooding will begin its examination of the RISE West Virginia flood relief program during next week’s interim meetings in Charleston. In a memo to House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, committee ...

Municipal Planning Commission OKs easement release

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission on Friday approved a request to vacate utility easements on an 18th Street parcel so the property owners can build a garage. Parkersburg City Planner Sam Tuten said he could not recommend vacating the easements because a sanitary sewer lateral ...

Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg helps with hospitals

PARKERSBURG — The Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg is dedicated to helping Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals for Children staff are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric ...

Vienna City Council continues debate over Spencer’s Landing

VIENNA — During Thursday’s Vienna City Council meeting, the status of the project to convert the former Johns Manville site to Spencer’s Landing took much of the time under the new council comments section of the meeting. Councilman Roger Conley asked if there was an update on the risk ...

Jerry Traylor, motivational speaker and author, dies in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jerry Traylor, motivational speaker, author and an inspiration to many for his determination in overcoming physical challenges, died Sunday in a Phoenix Hospice center. Traylor, 63, was diagnosed a year ago with cancer. He fought his cancer up to the end with his signature ...

Parkersburg High School graduate Diana De Rose, Rose Garden part of new CD

LOS ANGELES — The Rose Garden’s album from 1967 and 14 previously unissued songs by the band were recently “restored and remastered” into “A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection” CD. The lead singer/guitarist/background singer for The Rose Garden, a folk rock ...

Ravenswood police officer involved in shooting

RAVENSWOOD — Police say a Jackson County law enforcement officer was involved in a shooting Friday evening. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the shooting at the intersection of West Virginia Routes 2 and 56 stemmed from a traffic incident Friday evening. Boggs said the officer was ...

West Virginia DOH moving Superload through Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Highways announced an 18-foot wide by 248-foot long Superload will be moving through the area today, according to David C. Smith, District Three traffic engineer. The route will begin around 8 a.m. today at the West Virginia/Ohio state line at ...

Ground broken for new Williamstown school

WILLIAMSTOWN — It’s been a long journey from a group of Wood County Schools employees, parents and community members gathering to talk about ideas for a new Williamstown elementary school to Thursday’s groundbreaking for the project at the former Fenton Art Glass site. Past Wood County ...

No appeal of Citizens Bank demolition in downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The path appears clear for the former Citizens National Bank building in downtown Parkersburg to come down. Monday was the deadline to file an appeal of the ruling by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals upholding approval of the demolition of the historic structure. While Dils ...

Council debates Vienna Utility Board budget

VIENNA — In a sometimes heated discussion, the decision to not have the city council approve the Vienna Utility Board budget came under fire Thursday with one council member saying it was a way to keep the budget from being scrutinized by council. However, the city attorney said the ...

Photo Gallery: Flag retirement in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg on Thursday held its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. Old and tattered flags are retired in a manner according to accepted protocol, which involves an honor guard, a ceremonial inspection of the flags to be retired and their destruction ...

Assessor, deputy discuss assessment approach with Wood County Commission

PARKERSBURG — July 1 is approaching for Wood County Assessor David Nohe and Chief Deputy Andy Hartleben. It’s the day of assessment for the coming fiscal year. It’s the date when property is placed on the books for the coming year. “It’s the date we have been working toward for ...

Parkersburg woman’s letter read on floor of U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — A letter from a Parkersburg resident about eliminating pre-existing conditions from the health care law was among those read on the Senate floor by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. “Again I find myself writing to plea for a sane policy related to health care for my family, my ...

Janet Kerr named Wood County Belle

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Belle will represent the Wood County Community Educational Outreach Service June 23-24 at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville. Janet Kerr is a homemaker and mother, having three children, Scott, Amanda and Jessica, and two grandchildren, Riley and ...

Movies in the Park summer series scheduled

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Family Resource Network and the volunteer organization Friends of Parkersburg’s Parks will host their second annual Movies in the Park summer series this year. Three animated titles will rotate throughout the city’s parks during the summer. All movies are ...

Washington County Commission moving to new location

MARIETTA — The Washington County Commissioners will soon be moving to a new location in an effort to save taxpayers money. It was reported at the weekly meeting Thursday that beginning June 28, meetings will be held at the new home of the board of commissioners at 204 Davis Ave. The current ...

Volunteers prepare for Ohio River Sweep in Marietta

MARIETTA — The Ohio and Muskingum rivers and all their tributaries are of great importance to residents of the River City. Keeping the waters clean has been the goal of the Ohio River Sweep since 1989 and volunteers will have the chance to pitch in on Saturday to keep the effort ...