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West Virginia DEP recognizes Downtown PKB

PARKERSBURG — Dedicated to improving downtown Parkersburg, Downtown PKB was recognized Wednesday with an Education and Community Involvement award from state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton. The Department of Environmental Protection’s annual environmental ...

Parkersburg High School’s Tooker recipient of Ami-John Prize

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg High School student has been named the 2019 recipient of the Ami-John Crawford West Prize. Tiffany Tooker, a senior at Parkersburg High School, was awarded the Ami-John Crawford and Harriet C. West Prize at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wood County Board of ...

Alzheimer’s Association receives grant

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates held its Spring Grant Award Program on May 15. During the ceremony, the PACF awarded the Alzheimer’s Association a grant of $6,500. The grant will expand Alzheimer’s Association care and support services in ...

Former Washington County prosecutor Kevin Rings receives 60-day sentence

MARIETTA — Former Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings was sentenced to 60 days in the Monroe County Jail and ordered to pay for the cost of his confinement on Thursday after being convicted in April of coercion. In June and July of 2017 Rings tried to coerce Amy Davis, 33, of Belpre, ...

Most Wood County Relay activities postponed due to weather

PARKERSBURG — Most of the events for the Wood County Relay for Life at City Park have been postponed until Saturday afternoon and evening due to concerns over the weather. "It's not an easy decision but the safety of everyone in attendance is No. 1 priority," said Carmen Hathaway, senior ...

Democrats announce education bills ahead of special session

CHARLESTON — Despite word a special session on state education reform will be delayed until next month, Democrats with the West Virginia Senate announced Thursday they would submit new education bills next week. Democrats unveiled eight bills addressing different aspects of state education ...

Wood County joins Census New Construction program

PARKERSBURG — Wood County is participating in a program aimed at ensuring the most accurate returns for the 2020 U.S. Census. County commissioners agreed Thursday to join in the Census Bureau’s New Construction Program, according to a press release from Pam Brust, Wood County courts ...

Photo Gallery: Driving the Lesson Home

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School drivers education students participated in a series of activities Thursday designed to highlight the dangers of impaired or distracted driving. The annual program challenged the students to maneuver golf carts on the track at Stadium Field through a ...

Former Vienna Elementary School custodian receives probation

PARKERSBURG — A former Vienna Elementary School custodian was sentenced to five years probation Thursday on charges related to viewing pornographic images of children on a school computer. Defense attorney Ginny Conley said her client — Justin Ray Hoover, 37, of 2840 Middle Fork Lee Road, ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation announces spring grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates this week awarded $243,171 to 42 organizations for the spring grant cycle. “We had a really strong, and also diverse, pool of grant applicants this cycle,” said Marian Clowes, PACF associate director for ...

Wood County Relay for Life begins today at City Park

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 edition of the Relay for Life, a nationwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, begins today at City Park in Parkersburg and at Civitan Park in Belpre. The Wood County Relay for Life is held at City Park while the Washington County Relay for Life is held at ...

Capito bill seeks safe drinking water

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., acted on legislation Wednesday that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the Superfund law. The legislation also ...

Washington County Commission backs Coil as temporary prosecutor

MARIETTA — Commissioners unanimously approved Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Coil to be the temporary replacement for former Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings on Thursday. Rings began serving a 60-day sentence for coercion on the same day. After the commissioners ...

Marietta Family YMCA on track for new location

MARIETTA — The Marietta Family YMCA is on track to move its child care services into the new Colegate Drive facility by the end of the month. “Licensing inspections are scheduled to be done next week, and we’re going to begin moving the day care stuff over,” said Miranda Ickler at the ...

Marietta wreath ceremony honors law enforcement

MARIETTA — A ceremony marking National Police Week was held Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery. Attended by law enforcement officers and residents, the ceremony started with Sheriff Larry Mincks reading a history of former sheriffs Augustus Winsor 1827 to 1905, Junia Jennings 1800 to 1871, ...

Handley spruces up McDonough Park for Eagle Scout project

VIENNA — After watching McDonough Park’s Shelter B fall into disrepair, Austin Handley, a Boy Scout with Troop 20 in Vienna, decided to do something about it. “I have been going to that park since I was in first grade for Scout meetings, and I felt it needed to be renovated and ...

Wood County grand jury indicts murder suspect, dozens of others

PARKERSBURG — A man accused of killing his roommate after a fight and a suspect in a 2017 bank robbery are among 51 people indicted this week by the Wood County Grand Jury. Joshua Emery Greene, 34, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, was charged with one count ...

Parkersburg Utility Board approves $17M budget

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board unanimously approved the proposed $17 million 2019-20 budget Wednesday. The spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1 passed on a 4-0 vote, with board member Paul Hoblitzell absent. The only changes made were a handful of ...

Sara Taylor enjoys directing pageants

PARKERSBURG — Sara Taylor has found her niche in life. As a pageant coach and director, she wants to help girls and young women to develop confidence in themselves and help their communities. Taylor is director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival pageant. This year’s festival ...

Former Washington County Prosecutor gets 60 days

Former Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, 56, sat emotionless as he was sentenced to 60 days in the Monroe County jail and to pay the costs of his incarceration by Judge Patricia Cosgrove in Washington County Common Pleas Court Thursday. Cosgrove is a retired Summit County Common ...