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Ohio, West Virginia receive funds for state parks, outdoor recreation

WASHINGTON — Ohio and West Virginia will receive allocations through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. West Virginia will receive $1,068,456 and Ohio will receive $$2.95 million, the Department of the Interior said on ...

Parkersburg Big Reds pull away from Marietta Tigers, 41-28

MARIETTA — In a game that saw 12 offensive plays from scrimmage go for at least 25 yards, it was a defensive play that may well have been the difference in Friday night’s showdown between visiting Parkersburg and host Marietta at Don Drumm Stadium. Jeremy Walls’ 87-yard interception ...

Edison Middle School students walk for suicide awareness

PARKERSBURG — Edison Middle School students rallied Friday to help bring awareness to the issue of suicide. Hundreds of students marched Friday in the Out of the Darkness Edison Middle School Community Walk, some carrying signs and balloons, and all calling for a greater understanding of ...

Workman challenges impeachment proceedings

CHARLESTON — A justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court Friday challenged the impeachment proceedings against her. Justice Margaret Workman petitioned the Supreme Court to delay and eventally stop the Senate proceedings, saying in the request for a writ of mandamus that the articles of ...

School custodian arrested on child porn charge waives preliminary hearing

VIENNA — A former Vienna Elementary School custodian who was arrested and arraigned on Sept. 4 on a child pornography charge had his preliminary hearing waived and his case has been bound over to Wood County Circuit Court for grand jury consideration. Justin Ray Hoover, 36, 2840 Middle ...

Wood County Circuit Court arraignments continue

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man accused of sexually assaulting a younger family member was among dozens of suspects arraigned in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday and Friday. Michael Scott Rittenhouse, 26, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, entered a plea of ...

Plaintiffs continue push for Parkersburg City Council prayer injunction

PARKERSBURG — Plaintiffs seeking an injunction against Parkersburg City Council’s recitation of the Lord’s Prayer prior to the start of meetings say the practice does not fit within the nation’s long tradition of legislative prayer. Attorneys representing Parkersburg residents Daryl ...

Parkersburg City Council to consider police bonus item

PARKERSBURG — An amendment to ensure no one receives a newly increased hiring bonus for certified police officers more than once is on a rather light Parkersburg City Council agenda Tuesday. Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on the second floor of the Municipal ...

West Virginia Supreme Court challenge set for Monday

CHARLESTON — Arguments will be heard Monday before the West Virginia Supreme Court on the challenges to the qualifications of two people on the high court. Wayne King of Clay County and William K. Schwartz of Kanawha County, both attorneys, have challenged U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins’ ...

Photo Gallery: All That Jazz

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia University Jazz Ensemble performed at Worthington Elementary School Friday.

New Matamoras Elementary School students, veterans honor POW/MIA Day

NEW MATAMORAS — Veterans, faculty and students gathered at New Matamoras Elementary School on Friday for the 29th annual POW/MIA Day. The event featured speakers and music in order for the students and community to honor veterans. Students were also informed of the sacrifices people in ...

Faith panel discusses issues at Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action meeting

PARKERSBURG — Five local faith leaders described their denominations’ call for responsible stewardship of the earth 15 days after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas at a meeting Thursday of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action. The pastors and lay leaders said they were called by God ...

Three businesses hope to create downtown Parkersburg hub

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 122 years after opening as the Auditorium Theatre, the former Parkersburg Office Supply building at Fifth and Avery streets began a new chapter Thursday as a planned technology center in downtown Parkersburg. “We’re excited to (help) revitalize downtown Parkersburg ...

Woman released in Ohio before West Virginia sentence up

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman was apparently released on a personal recognizance bond in Athens County, Ohio, despite having six months to a year left to serve on a jail sentence for child neglect. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 26-year-old Nichole Danielle Kelley after she did ...

WVU Medicine to perform heart transplants in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — People in West Virginia will no longer have to travel out of state to have a heart transplant. WVU Medicine recently announced its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown which will benefit people all ...

Multiple suspects arraigned in Wood County Circuit Court

PARKERSBURG — A mental competency hearing was scheduled Thursday for a Parkersburg man accused of killing his father as suspects indicted by the September 2018 grand jury were arraigned in Wood County Circuit Court. James Thomas Hendershot, 35, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority seeks comment on Saturday changes

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority is seeking public comment about proposed changes to its Saturday services. Officials are looking at changing the way buses run on Saturdays, including going from the current routes to providing a commuter style service that is in use during ...

Heart guides Ohio mural artist to Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Jordan Serpentini says she follows her heart in life’s journey. Guiding like a GPS, Serpentini said, her heart led her on a mural tour across the country this summer that included two art projects in Parkersburg. Serpentini, 24, of Akron is a Reiki master, artist, ...

Junior League of Parkersburg signs contract to repair Cook House roof

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg has signed a contract to repair the roof of its historic headquarters on Murdoch Avenue. The Junior League earlier this year embarked on a capital campaign drive to raise $30,000 to repair the wood shakes roof of the Cook House at 13th Street ...