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Up-cycling store opens in downtown Marietta

MARIETTA — Tables and other furniture with clean, elegant lines, unusual lamps, mirrors and wall plaques, decorative candles and other home decor articles have taken up residence with skateboarding clothing and gear in an uncommon combination of merchandise at 179 Front St. Tayla Lerch ...

Oil, natural gas severance tax revenue up in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Natural gas is having an impact on the state budget and in local economies throughout West Virginia, a trade association said. The oil and natural gas industry paid more than $138 million in severance taxes in fiscal year 2018, an increase of 4.3 percent or more than $5 million ...

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center named in top 100 for stroke care

PARKERSBURG —WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was named among the 100 best hospitals for stroke care and rated in the top 100 in the nation for patient safety in the categories of cardiac and orthopedic care, according to two national studies Camden Clark was rated in reports ...

Dancers to perform for holidays in Parkersburg, Marietta

PARKERSBURG — A number of holiday dance performances will be featured during December in Parkersburg and Marietta. * The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at the Blennerhassett School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 ...

Warren Local Board of Education approves next project phase

VINCENT — The Warren Local Schools Board of Education approved the next phase of the elementary school project. “It’s perfectly designed to what the teachers asked for,” Superintendent Kyle Newton said Monday as he presented a model of the school by Fanning Howey, an architecture, ...

One Stop Business Portal opens in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — People looking to form a new West Virginia business or to register an existing out-of-state business in West Virginia can use the new online One Stop Business Portal at business4wv.com unveiled by the Secretary of State. “The new portal was designed to emulate our brick and ...

Parkersburg firefighters pull couple out of burning house

PARKERSBURG — Three family members escaped without serious injury from a fire that destroyed their house early Friday morning. The Parkersburg Fire Department was dispatched to 1613 Pearcy Ave. at 11:33 p.m. Thursday and firefighters found a boy outside the house, Chief Jason Matthews ...

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, who ...

Contour to take flight at Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Wednesday

WILLIAMSTOWN — The drought of commercial flights at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is scheduled to end Wednesday morning when new carrier Contour makes its inaugural flight to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Tennessee-based company has been slated to start then since the ...

Kids in Crisis: Officials answer the call in child emergencies

MARIETTA — On average, one night a week he receives a call past midnight. Others come mid-hearing and Judge Timothy Williams is passed a note asking him to call a recess. But regardless of the time, that phone call starts the process of removing a child from their parent or guardian and ...

Diocese: Bransfield investigation continues

PARKERSBURG — A support group for victims abused by priests says the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston omitted the bishop who resigned earlier this year. However, the case on Bishop Michael Bransfield is a separate investigation, Tim Bishop, director of marketing and communications for the ...

Smith kicks off gubernatorial campaign in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A man running for governor hopes to bring values like service and generosity to the statehouse in West Virginia. Stephen N. Smith, who until last month ran the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, kicked off the campaign with a reception Thursday in Parkersburg. ...

Allohak Council of Boy Scouts approves merger

PARKERSBURG — The Allohak Council of the Boy Scouts of America has decided to merge to better service all members, an official said. Thursday night, the Allohak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, including representatives and key officers of all five councils, met and decided on the ...

Christmas in the Village a present to Washington County businesses

BARLOW—Prepped for the influx of shoppers for Barlow’s Christmas in the Village, both homemade crafts and delicious treats appeared on shelves and tables Friday. “I just love all of the people that come into our village and see what we have here,” said Cindy Mallahan, owner of the ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg wins theater awards

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg recently won two awards for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)” at the 2018 West Virginia Theatre Association Inc.’s Community Theatre Festival at West Liberty University near Wheeling. Tasha Spencer won the Outstanding ...

Parkersburg Catholic Schools announces new advancement director

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic Schools Thursday named a new advancement director. Kelli Lewis, who began on Monday, has more than 10 years in marketing and communications with an emphasis on non-profits. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Parkersburg Catholic family. I look ...

Police arrest third suspect in New Matamoras home invasion

MARIETTA — One of two people the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was seeking in connection to a violent home invasion Tuesday in New Matamoras was apprehended on Friday. With the assistance of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Parkersburg Police Department, the sheriff’s ...

Marietta man receives prison sentence for child porn

MARIETTA — A Marietta man will serve four years in prison for possessing sexually explicit material of minor children. On Oct. 3, Gerald P. Hasley, 49, of 615 Mt. Tom Road, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor, and two ...

South Carolina man charged with drug trafficking in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — A man from South Carolina was charged with felony drug trafficking on Friday by the Williamstown Police Department. Quanterio Deangelo Sitton, 33, Greenville, was arrested by Williamstown Police following a traffic stop in the 300 block of Highland Avenue. The stop occurred ...

Firefighters clean spill at gas station in Belpre

BELPRE — Belpre firefighters stopped the flow of gasoline that spilled from a pump at the Speedway on Farson Street before it reached a storm drain early Friday morning. Belpre Volunteer Fire Chief Tony Cronin said the spill happened around 1:30 a.m. “A lady was putting fuel in her car ...