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Festival-goers visit the two dozen artists and crafters inside City Park Pavilion Saturday. (Photo by Christina Myer)

Gallery: Harvest Moon Arts and Crafts Festival

Visitors flocked to City Park this weekend for the 55th annual Harvest Moon Arts and Crafts Festival, presented by the Wood County Recreation Commission. Nearly 100 artists, crafters and vendors set up shop on the park grounds or inside City Park Pavilion. Proceeds from the event help fund the ...

Ralph Baxter running for 1st Congressional District

PARKERSBURG — Wheeling-based Democrat Ralph Baxter will seek to unseat Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., for West Virginia’s 1st District House of Representatives seat in 2018. Baxter made the announcement in Wheeling earlier this week and stopped in Parkersburg on Thursday to talk about his ...

Design Challenge looking for inventors

HUNTINGTON — Calling all makers: the Robert C. Byrd Institute is accepting entries in the Design Challenge at the West Virginia Makes Festival which celebrates ingenuity and creativity. The annual Design Challenge provides hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages ...

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River Dogs brings local flavor

BELMONT — In the shadows of the Willow Island Power Plant steam towers... well, a lot of Belmont sits in the shadows of the steam towers at sometime during the day, sits River Dogs of Belmont. “Make the world a better place - have a dog!” reads the print under the logo, which features a ...

Linda Schaad, chairman of the Knights of Columbus community meals in Marietta, discusses food insecurity with employees of Antero Resources. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Antero donates to food pantries

MARIETTA — An oil and gas company with operations across the region has donated $13,000 Tuesday to food pantries and soup kitchens in Southeast Ohio. Sixteen operations from Cambridge to Marietta received saw donations between $500 and $1,000 to go toward the purchase of food and supplies ...

Entrepreneurship expo set for Marietta College

MARIETTA — The ways of the entrepreneur is a path to success. “It’s not just about small business owning and managing, it’s a mindset, something we think everyone should have to succeed in life, whether they own a business or not,” she said. Khorassani, director of entrepreneurship ...

Madonna Buegel, 23, center, runs Carson Urban, 15, of Marietta, left,  through a concussion test at Marietta High School Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Athletic trainers important at school

MARIETTA — With more knowledge than ever before on the impact of concussions on athletes, having fully qualified athletic trainers consistently on the field is in growing demand. “We don’t want coaches having to make medical decisions,” said Tom Bartsokas, a sports medicine doctor ...

Playing a game of volley square during the Youth Fest were, from left, Timothy Cronin, Nate Pullman, Parker Glodowski and Jacob Baker. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Two festivals make debut in downtown Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — It was the opening night for two new fesitvals in downtown Parkersburg Friday night as the Riverfest and Youth Fest opened for their weekend run. Carrie Adams, vice president of Manufactured Dreams, said Friday was the kickoff for the Riverfest that featured a flag raising and ...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice spoke Friday in Parkersburg, drumming up support for the Roads to Prosperity bond which goes before voters in October. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Gov. Justice promotes roads bond in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice stopped in Parkersburg Friday to drum up support for the Roads to Prosperity bond call. Justice was joined Friday by state and local officials in the Parkersburg City Council Chambers in downtown Parkersburg to talk about the measure which seeks ...

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce discusses the need to close the city’s existing police and fire pension plans during a City Council Finance Committee meeting Wednesday at the Municipal Building. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Joyce: Cutting $2.5M would hurt city services

PARKERSBURG — The budget cuts presented to City Council’s Finance Committee are just an example of how the city could put an additional $2.5 million a year toward its police and fire pension obligations without generating new revenue, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said. “But make no ...

SW Resources President and CEO Terah Klein addresses the gathering Friday morning for the groundbreaking of its new warehouse, which Klein stated she hoped all exterior work will be finished by Jan. 1, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

SW Resources breaks ground on warehouse expansion

PARKERSBURG — What is one day a field of grass, the next could be a construction site. “Could be” has become “is” for SW Resources. Groundbreaking at its Mary Street location took place Friday for a $750,000 warehouse expansion, which will increase the size of the warehouse by ...

Wood County grand jury returns indictments

PARKERSBURG — After a week of deliberations, the September Wood County grand jury returned indictments against 88 individuals Friday, said Wood County Prosecutor Patrick Lefebure. Those indicted were: * Jason Lee Allman, 31, 10 Joyceville Trailer Park, Parkersburg, was indicted on three ...

Pastor Casey Dawson of the Sunrise Baptist Church is the moderator for the Parkersburg Baptist Association. He stands in front of the bandshell at Parkersburg’s City Park where the Baptist Association is hosting the “Party in the Park,” which begins at  1 p.m. Sept. 30 with the Jason Lovins Band. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

Party in the Park celebration to bring local churches together

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Baptist Association is changing, according to Pastor Casey Dawson of the Sunrise Baptist Church. “The change will become visible Sept. 30,” he said. “Many years ago churches met and did things together,” he said. “Churches have grown to the point ...

W.Va. right-to-work injunction overturned

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower’s court’s injunction that blocked the implementation of a right-to-work law passed by the Legislature in 2016. The court reversed a decision by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey, who granted the ...

Williams appears for preliminary hearing

MARIETTA — The Marietta man accused of breaking bones in his 3-month-old son remained in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Friday after his case was bound over to Washington County Common Pleas Court for indictment. Kyle Matthew Williams, 19, of 1101 Cisler Lane, ...

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Members of VFW Post 6387 ceremonially fold a flag at the National POW/MIA Day program Friday at Matamoras Elementary School. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

New Matamoras community, school mark POW/MIA Day

NEW MATAMORAS — When Herman Zerger makes a point, he gently grasps your sleeve, leans into your radius of attention, fixes you with piercing blue eyes and speaks softly. The 93-year-old was the guest of honor Friday at a 28-year tradition in New Matamoras — lunch at VFW Post 6387 and a ...

Vienna residents Joe Brookover, left, and Paul Yeater, right, presented the council with a petition they circulated in opposition to proposed rate increases for water and sewer service. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

Vienna Council discusses utility rate hike

VIENNA — A discussion during Thursday’s meeting of the Vienna City Council of a proposed water and sewer service increase found few opposed to the concept of an increase, but they differed on how to fix the deficit. Mayor Randy Rapp said the reason for the increase came from the only ...

Gov. Justice pushes for road bond approval

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said the upcoming vote for the state road bond referendum will be one of the most important votes residents in the state will ever make. Justice, Chief of Staff Mike Hall, Transportation Secretary Tom Smith and other officials representing tourism, education ...

Justice plans town halls in Parkersburg, Ripley

PARKERSBURG — Gov. Jim Justice brings his Roads to Prosperity Road Bond Referendum tour to the Mid-Ohio Valley today. The governor is scheduled to hold town hall meetings in Parkersburg and Ripley on the $1.6 billion road bond. He says approval of the measure in an Oct. 7 special election ...

Drug trafficking investigation leads to 11 arrests

MARIETTA — Officials say they have cut the head off the proverbial snake of a major drug trafficking network in Southeastern Ohio supplied through family in Columbus. A press conference to announce the investigation and subsequent arrests was held in Wesley Township Thursday. “We ...