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Wood County Schools, program aids grandparents raising children

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools has teamed with nearly two-dozen agencies and community groups to offer a class for grandparents raising grandchildren. The Healthy Grandfamilies Program was created in Kanawha County through the West Virginia State Extension Service, but is working to ...

Fourth man identified in Clarksburg VA hospital deaths

PARKERSBURG — An 84-year-old man is the latest to be identified as dying under suspicious circumstances at the veterans hospital in Clarksburg. Army veteran Archie Dail Edgell, who lived most of his life in Doddridge County, died March 26, 2018, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, ...

Wood County Commission accepts grant for drone

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission unanimously voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase a drone to be used by local emergency personnel. It has been over a year since the county applied for the grant to purchase the unit for ...

Stanley Steamers drive interest in automotive history during Parkersburg stop

PARKERSBURG — The technology of steam cars may not have any practical modern applications, but the owners still like taking them out and showing how far technology has advanced since the early 20th century. More than a dozen Stanley Steamers in the Mid-West Steam Car tour parked at the Oil ...

16-year-old to be tried as adult for murder

A 16-year-old girl is charged as an adult in an arson that killed two family members in May, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon in Wood County Circuit Court. Madison Wine is accused of the murders of Robert and Charolette Taylor, who died in a fire on May 5 at their ...

Carmichael plans second attempt to end greyhound racing fund

CHARLESTON — After coming close to eliminating a $15 million fund for greyhound racing in 2017, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said it’s time for the legislature to give it another try. Speaking by phone Wednesday, Carmichael said he would bring another bill during the 2020 ...

Justice, business leaders praise West Virginia’s unemployment numbers

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and the state’s leading organization of business leaders praised the West Virginia’s August unemployment numbers -- the lowest in 11 years. According to Workforce West Virginia, the seasonally adjusted unemployment for West Virginia for the month of August ...

Morrisey sues Johnson & Johnson over pelvic mesh

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Wednesday his office is going after one of the major manufacturers of pelvic mesh that has caused numerous health issues. The Attorney General’s Office filed suit Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court against Johnson & Johnson ...

Cairo sewer plant construction nears completion

CAIRO — A new sewer plant is nearly finished in Cairo. According to Cairo Mayor Gary Haugh, the process of obtaining funding for the project began around seven years ago. Earlier this year, grants from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Community Block Grant program totaling ...

Parkersburg Utility Board approves pump repair

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board voted Wednesday to approve the repair of a pump at the wastewater treatment plant. Utility board Manager Eric Bennett said the pump is one of six 60-horsepower units that move effluent from the primary clarifiers into the aeration basin in the ...

Wild foods event opens at North Bend on Friday

CAIRO — Nature and food enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in North Bend State Park’s 52nd Nature Wonder Weekend starting Friday with events wrapping up Sunday morning. According to the West Virginia State Parks website, this event is “North America’s premier ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale underway

PARKERSBURG — The inaugural Mid-Ohio Valley Art Teacher Exhibit and Sale is underway at the Artsbridge Gallery at 925 Market St. The show and sale will run through the end of October and involves 10 art teachers from Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School, Belpre High ...

Blues in the Schools presentation available

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta is offering local educational institutions the opportunity to have another Blues in the Schools presentation provided free of charge. This program involves an educational and entertaining mix of music and information about the ...

Inaugural West Virginia Cider Fest set for this weekend

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — Swilled Dog Hard Cider, co-owned by Parkersburg native Brooke (Litton) Glover, is hosting the first West Virginia Cider Fest on Saturday in Pendleton County. The festival in the state’s eastern mountains will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to ...

Delicates with Dignity to raise money for charities

MARIETTA — Using humor and art to shed light on a sensitive and often forgotten women’s health issue, the local Zonta women’s club is launching a new fundraiser. “It’s very tongue in cheek, classy, but funny,” said Desni Crock, current president of the Zonta Club of the Mid-Ohio ...

Williamstown City Council votes to close alley

WILLIAMSTOWN — The plan to close the dead-end alley off Poplar Avenue, which was proposed at the Sept. 3 meeting by Wood County Board of Education attorney Tim Amos, passed on first reading at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “It is a 30-foot alley, which sounds big, but it is in the ...

Harvest Moon Festival ready to rise this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Harvest Moon Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is $3 with seniors 60 and over admitted for $2 and children 10 and under admitted free. The 57th annual event will feature live ...

Belpre Heritage Day scheduled for Saturday

BELPRE — The Belpre Historical Society will hold its annual Belpre Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Belpre’s Farmers Castle Museum at 509 Ridge St. Admission is free. The Belpre Area Veterans will hold the flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be a silent auction, ...

Belleville Homecoming Festival begins Friday

BELLEVILLE — The 2019 Belleville Homecoming Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the Belleville Community Center on West Virginia 68 South. The three-day festival will feature entertainment, activities, games and attractions, including music by this year’s headliner, the country ...

Glenville State College to present ‘She Kills Monsters’

GLENVILLE — Actors in the Glenville State College theater program are preparing for their first performance of the fall semester, “She Kills Monsters” 7 p.m. Sept. 26-28 in the Presidents’ Auditorium. “She Kills Monsters” is a tale of two sisters, Tilly and Agnes, that shows the ...