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Wood County BOE approves calendar, re-entry plan

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education has approved a revised 2020-21 school calendar and draft re-entry plan, but officials caution both may change before classes resume in September. The board unanimously approved the calendar and plan during Tuesday’s school board meeting. ...

Wood County virtual school enrollment grows

PARKERSBURG — More than a thousand Wood County students have enrolled in virtual school for this fall, and officials say they expect those numbers to increase. Superintendent Will Hosaflook updated the Wood County Board of Education on virtual school enrollment Tuesday, but said parents ...

West Virginia officials monitor for delays in virus test results

CHARLESTON — With more West Virginians being tested for the novel coronavirus, the state’s team of medical professionals and public health experts are concerned about possible lag times between COVID-19 tests and the test results. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, diagnostic ...

Nursing home accuses West Virginia of not helping with COVID-19 testing

CHARLESTON — A nursing home in southern West Virginia at the center of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus accused the state Wednesday of not rushing to help test residents and staff. According to the governor’s office, Princeton Health Care Center in Mercer County reported an outbreak at ...

Wirt County Schools sets reopening plans

ELIZABETH — Wirt County Schools released its re-entry plan, which will involve a staggered classroom schedule at first. Staff will return to work Aug. 24 to prepare for students to start Sept. 8. They will split the students into two groups that will alternate between virtual and classroom ...

Wood County Commission hears update on troublesome properties

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Commissioners on Thursday received an update on two Williamstown Pike properties where officials say are being operated as unpermitted salvage yards. County Compliance Officer Sarah Robinson provided commissioners with copies of cease-and-desist letters served June ...

Belpre expects savings on slip repair

BELPRE — Assistance from the Washington County engineer may help the City of Belpre save hundreds of thousands of dollars repairing a slip on Drag Strip Road. During Thursday’s Belpre City Council meeting — conducted online using the Zoom app due to state restrictions on gatherings ...

Friends recall Hathaway’s fun spirit, love for community

PARKERSBURG — A legacy was once described as “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” Betty “B.J.” Hathaway left behind a legacy of community support, laughter and giving as her accomplishments and spirit are celebrated after her passing Wednesday. She and her late ...

Food drive benefits Children’s Home Society

PARKERSBURG — A food drive organized by labor groups was held in June to help restock the food pantry at the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia’s Mid-Town Family Resource Center. The drive was held June 20 by the Parkersburg Area Labor Council, the Parkersburg-Marietta Building ...

PACF donates $16K to Mid-Ohio Valley art organizations

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has stepped up to the plate to financially help local arts groups struggling through the pandemic. The community foundation awarded $16,000 in operating support grants to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra — Parkersburg, the Smoot ...

Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery collecting food for needy

PARKERSBURG — Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery, which has nine offices in Kentucky and West Virginia including in Parkersburg, is collecting non-perishable canned foods through Aug. 28. The collections will be donated to local food banks. Jack Krajekian, DMD, a partner in Mountain ...

Bob Evans Farm Festival festival falls to pandemic

NEW ALBANY, Ohio — The annual Bob Evans Farm Festival for 2020 has been canceled because of the pandemic, the president of the company said. “This was a very difficult decision as it impacts all of our partners, vendors and the people in the area who look forward to the festival every ...

Wood County BOE backs resolution decrying racism

PARKERSBURG — Amid continued calls for a school board member to resign over a racially insensitive online post, the Wood County Board of Education has approved a resolution decrying racism and promising new programs on diversity and racial understanding. Board President Justin Raber read ...

New lawsuit seeks to keep Waverly Elementary School open

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education is again the focus of a lawsuit concerning the closure of Waverly Elementary School. The suit was filed at the end of June in Wood County Circuit Court by Sharon Corbitt, a Waverly resident and outspoken critic of Wood County Schools’ ...

Manchin discusses H.E.A.L.S. Act, trades barbs with Justice

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says he hopes to see some improvements to the new coronavirus relief bill drafted by Republican members of the U.S. Senate, while he also accused W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice of using money from the most recent relief package as a “slush ...

Doddridge County COVID-19 cases up to four

WEST UNION — In less than a week, Doddridge County went from zero positive COVID-19 cases to four active cases, and a few other counties are seeing an increase in numbers as well. According to a Facebook post from the Doddridge County Health Department Wednesday afternoon, confirmation of ...

Justice, Salango bicker over town water issues, violations

CHARLESTON — Summer typically brings out the water guns, but Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango are having a water fight of their own focused on a small town’s water problem and Justice’s companies’ clean water record. The recent water outage in the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport secures roofing project funds

WILLIAMSTOWN — The grant to secure funds for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport main terminal roofing project was announced Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the award of $273 million for airport safety and ...

Masonic Home cornerstone casket to be opened

PARKERSBURG — Mt. Olivet Lodge #3 at 1507 36th St., Parkersburg, will be opening the cornerstone casket of the Masonic Home at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, for the Grand Lodge of West Virginia. The public is invited to attend.