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Little support for West Virginia contribution to border wall

PARKERSBURG — There isn’t much interest among Mid-Ohio Valley legislators in a proposed bill to contribute $10 million of West Virginia’s $186 million budget surplus to President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I support President Trump’s border wall ...

West Virginia issuing S.N.A.P. benefits early amid federal government shutdown

CHARLESTON — A state agency is releasing next month’s S.N.A.P. benefits early because of the partial government shutdown. The Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families will issue February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to eligible clients on ...

Manchin has pre-existing condition protections on his mind

WHEELING — Legislation intended to preserve insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions will be re-introduced in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said. Manchin, the only Democrat in the West Virginia delegation in Congress, said the resolution ...

West Virginia ‘slowpoke bill’ targets left lane nuisance

CHARLESTON — A bill aimed at slowpokes driving in the left lane was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates. It’s a common frustration for West Virginia drivers, according to Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, the chairman of the House Government Organization Committee. House ...

Broadband expansion clears first hurdle

CHARLESTON — Piggy-backing off of last year’s efforts to promote expansion of high-speed internet in West Virginia, a new bill plans to help give financial incentives to companies to grow broadband into the state’s underserved rural regions. The newly renamed House Technology and ...

House Judiciary Committee approves court race run-offs

CHARLESTON — A new bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday could help narrow down crowded fields of candidates running for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. A committee substitute for House Bill 2008 would create a run-off system where the top two candidates in a ...

West Virginia Thespians Festival announces winners

RAVENSWOOD — Area students took to the stage Saturday to compete in the Area II West Virginia Thespians Festival. The event was hosted by Ripley High School but due to technical difficulties was moved to Ravenswood High School. Students competed in a variety of categories, ranging from ...

Scammer drops bid for early release

MARIETTA — A man who bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from residents in a local construction scam withdrew his request to be released early from prison on Wednesday, after being faced in court by several of his victims. Anthony Combs, 50, formerly of Lake Magnolia Way, N.C., removed ...

Guild Builders youth theatre program to present “Aladdin Jr.”

PARKERSBURG — The Guild Builders youth theatre program will be presenting “Aladdin Jr.” for the next two weekends at the Guild Playhouse in Parkersburg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Sunday ...

Events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

PARKERSBURG — Several programs and services honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in connection with the holiday in his honor will be held in the coming week. * Zion Baptist Church will be honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the church at the corner of Eighth and ...

Campus Martius Museum preps ‘Digging the Past’

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum is getting ready for its annual day-long celebration of the distant past. The museum’s “Digging the Past” Archaeology Day, centered mainly around artifacts and old civilizations of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4 ...

Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo set for Jan. 26

MARIETTA — A fun day of psychics, ghosts, monsters and the paranormal will be at the Hidden Marietta Paranormal Exposition at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom. In the ballroom of the haunted and historic Lafayette Hotel, the group will gather together all those who delight in ...

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I Did It My Way Tony DeSare, an award-winning composer and Top 10 Billboard jazz artist, will perform a tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Colebank Hall at Fairmont State University. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, ...

Tankers pass through Parkersburg on cross-country trek

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — The third massive tanker truck to come through downtown Parkersburg and slow traffic in a little more than a week is expected to be the last in the series of oversized vehicles on a cross-country journey. “Those are empty propane tanks,” Parkersburg ...

Wood County Schools to bid roof projects

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will replace more than 200,000 square feet of roofing this summer. At a recent meeting, Superintendent Will Hosaflook told the Wood County Board of Education the roof replacements at 10 facilities will be bid out this month. “We’re looking at about ...

Budget revisions include money to replace fountain

PARKERSBURG — Money to help replace the historic fountain in City Park damaged by heavy winds in October is among the mid-year budget revisions a Parkersburg City Council committee will consider Thursday. The Finance Committee is expected to vote on $794,339 in additional revenue and ...

Agency: Federal employees can apply for unemployment

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — Federal employees affected by the government shutdown in West Virginia can apply for unemployment benefits through WorkForce West Virginia, the agency announced on Tuesday. Workers are encouraged to apply by going online at workforcewv.org or going to a local ...

Wood County fire fee bills mailed this week

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Fire Services Board is getting ready to mail the new fire fee bills. “The 2019 fire fee invoices went out in the mail (Tuesday),” Board Chairman Kim Marshall said. ‘‘There were no changes to the bills this year.’’ The new bills are due back by ...

Orion releases second half of poll

Staff Report PARKERSBURG — Less than half of West Virginians think the state is going in the right direction, but 90 percent support the new football coach at West Virginia University, a poll by Orion Strategies said. The pollsters Tuesday released the second part of its most recent survey ...

Free community and technical college legislation passes first committee

CHARLESTON — An effort led by the president of the West Virginia Senate to make community and technical colleges free for in-state students was unanimously passed out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. A committee substitute making technical changes to Senate Bill 1, “increasing ...