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Davis, Mincks testify in Rings sexual imposition trial

MARIETTA — The second day of Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings’ trial was dominated by the emotional testimony of Amy Davis. Rings is accused of using his power as prosecuting attorney to coerce Davis into a sexual encounter. Davis pleaded guilty in June 2017 to drug trafficking ...

Smoot to show ‘What About Auburn?’

AUBURN — Filmmaker Richard Anderson will premiere his latest film “What About Auburn?” at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg on May 10 at 7 p.m. Anderson, of Baltimore, combines location footage, historic photos, aerial photography and personal interviews to paint a portrait of a ...

Conley plans town hall with Gov. Justice

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man who believes a minority is driving the party confidence votes on Gov. Jim Justice is organizing a town-hall style meeting with the governor. Roger Conley, a Vienna city councilman who owns Conley Fabrication off West Virginia 14 south of Parkersburg, met with ...

Spring Easter Celebration will be Thursday at PHS

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Parkersburg Spring Easter Celebration will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the horseshoe at Parkersburg High School. West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer will welcome attendees. Entertainment will be provided by the Parkersburg High School ...

Wood County Schools holds second dental insurance forum

PARKERSBURG — Attendance at Wood County Schools’ second and final public forum on employee dental insurance nearly doubled from last week’s session. Close to 60 current and past employees as well as a few community members gathered Monday evening at Jefferson Elementary Center to ...

Wood BOE to discuss mental health, dental insurance today

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet in regular session this evening to discuss elementary school mental health and preliminary information on the the district’s dental insurance forums. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. today at the Wood County Schools central office ...

Parkersburg funds assessment of Sumnerite Museum

PARKERSBURG — An assessment began Monday to determine what it would take, and how much it would cost, to restore and preserve the Sumnerite Museum on Avery Street. Located in the renovated gymnasium of the first free school for African Americans south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the museum ...

Belpre council hears senior center update

BELPRE — Belpre City Council received an update on activities at the Belpre Senior Center during its meeting Monday night. Council approved the second and third readings of a resolution on a contract for the senior center’s management through the O’Neill Center in Marietta. The contract ...

Volunteer cleanup projects set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — At least two cleanup projects will be held Saturday in Parkersburg. The Neighborhood Spring Cleanup hosted by the Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd on Charles Street will start at 9 a.m. with work focused on the area near the church. Volunteers from the Warehouse Church on ...

ODOT cautions drivers to be careful

MARIETTA  — Slow down, move over, please stay off your cell phone and drive like you work here. Those are the pleas of crews working in roadways like Pike Street in Marietta Monday. “I’ve seen people eating, on their cell phones, putting on makeup and even reading files while ...

Hearing scheduled on Gov. Justice’s residency

CHARLESTON — The legal case to determine whether the West Virginia Constitution requires the governor to live in the state capital continues on. The Kanawha County Circuit Court, the venue for cases brought against the state, scheduled a hearing between Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, ...

Rings trial begins in Marietta

MARIETTA  — Ohio Attorney General prosecutors said Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings used his position to exploit vulnerable women on Monday during opening statements in Rings’ trial. The defense said Rings was just doing his job by trying to help a victim put her abusive ...

Commissioners mark National Boys and Girls Club Week

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commission is recognizing this week as Boys and Girls Club Week with the national efforts to recognize the organization and what it does in communities across the country. The commission unanimously passed a proclamation Monday recognizing the week. Parkersburg ...

Community baby shower distributes items

PARKERSBURG — The Healthy Community Coalition of Wood County held a community baby shower Saturday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church. Participating moms received a homemade quilt from Quilts for Kids, resources from more than 25 agencies and had lunch with other moms. They listened to ...

Race through Mountwood pumps up cyclists, park

VOLCANO — Although it ended up raining for a little bit during Sunday’s 2019 Marietta Brewing Co. Challenge at Mountwood, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the mountain bike riders who came out to challenge themselves on the course. Around 175 mountain bikers of various skills ...

Republican committees divided over Gov. Justice

CHARLESTON — With West Virginia’s Republican primary for governor 11 months away, GOP leaders at the county level are making their feelings known for Jim Justice, the Democrat-turned-Republican governor of the state. The Mineral County Republican Executive Committee released a statement ...

Washington County Democrats gather for Marietta dinner

MARIETTA — Washington County’s annual Democratic Party Spring Dinner was held Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Harmar and offered a chance for all of the local Democrats to come together, socialize and meet those running for office. “There actually is no Democratic Primary ...

Belpre man sentenced for domestic violence

MARIETTA — A Belpre man was ordered Friday to spend 30 days in the county jail and two years community control after a domestic violence incident with his wife and daughter. Joshua Fortney, 33, of 1902 Way Road, Belpre, was arrested on Oct. 21 after Washington County Sheriff’s Office ...

Parkersburg church to host women’s revival conference

PARKERSBURG — It’s a day for the ladies April 13 at the 14th Ave. Gospel Mission in Parkersburg. A women’s revival conference is scheduled at the church from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., according to conference organizer Kim Rittenhouse. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and women can walk-in register ...

Wood County Democrats helping with Neighborhood Spring Cleanup Day

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Democratic Party will be participating in the annual Neighborhood Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday at 9 a.m. Cleanup is planned for the area along Seventh Street in Parkersburg. The local Democratic Party members will join the Memorial Church of the Good ...