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The Start Westward Monument in East Muskingum Park was dedicated in 1938 as a national monument commemorating the first settlement in the Northwest Territory. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Input sought on Marietta monument

MARIETTA — The Start Westward National Monument in East Muskingum Park, and the park itself, will be the focus of two public meetings beginning today. Officials are looking to gather input from any interested party on what they’d like to see in the Marietta park. The park is host to ...

Wood County Circuit Court sets murder trial dates

PARKERSBURG — Two individuals charged in separate murders had their trials set in Wood County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Another man charged with attempted murder also had his trial date set. William Travis Schoonover, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arrested Aug. ...

West Virginia artist Emalea Rupe stands behind her piece “Words Hurt” at Ohio University Southern, Ironton, Ohio. The piece will be featured in the Women of Appalachia Project exhibit opening Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo by Kari Gunter-Seymour(=)

Art Center opens exhibits

PARKERSBURG — Two exhibits will be featured at the Parkersburg Art Center beginning Sunday. The art center is hosting the ninth annual Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) Fine Art Exhibition and “Women Speak” performance featuring female artists living in or with strong ties to ...

Holiday in the Park to kick off Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Holiday In the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg will kick off with a lighting ceremony Saturday and will remain open through Dec. 31. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Park horseshoe pits where Santa Claus will be handing out ...

Henderson Hall will be offering Christmas tours from Nov. 25-Dec. 30, with a special evening tour on Dec. 9. (Photo Provided)

Henderson Hall offers tours

WILLIAMSTOWN — Henderson Hall has been decorated for the holiday season and will be offering daytime tours from Nov. 25-Dec. 30. A special evening Christmas Tour is scheduled for Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The tour offers all access throughout the hall. Christmas music will be provided by local ...

The Laura Moul photography exhibit, “Journeys” may be viewed at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, through Nov. 31. (Photo Provided)

Laura Moul photo exhibit ‘Journeys’ on display at bank

PARKERSBURG — The Laura Moul photography exhibit, “Journeys,” is on display through the month of November at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 ...

Bellamy Brothers to perform benefit concert

MARIETTA — For the second year tickets are going fast for a benefit concert to provide foster children in Washington County with important pieces of a childhood. “We see that these kids have been really dealt a rough hand and while their foster parents get a stipend for the basic ...

Parkersburg resident Susan Sharp, right, leads off a statement from members of Fairness Parkersburg during Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting, with supporters Daniel Miller, center, of Vienna and Megan Reynolds of Parkersburg waiting to pick up where she left off. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

NDO backers keep pressure on Parkersburg City Council

PARKERSBURG — Supporters of a rejected nondiscrimination ordinance continued their push to revive the legislation Tuesday, citing recent studies they say cast Parkersburg in a negative light. During the public forum at Tuesday’s Parkersburg City Council meeting, eight members of Fairness ...

Wood County gives state $1.4M bill for IEI fire

PARKERSBURG — The county has presented the state with the $1.44 million bill for the expense of fighting the fire at the IEI Plastics warehouse. Wood County Commission President Blair Couch and County Administrator Marty Seufer presented the county’s $1,441,117.05 bill for the fire to ...

The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley recognized several businesses, organizations and individuals Tuesday during its annual awards dinner. Those recognized included: seated from left, Joanie Yeomens, Comfort Keepers; DeAnne Cummings, White Caps Creative Group; Pam Creel, Aspire Salon; Lisa Johnson, PDJ Accounting Services; Rosa Cummings, TownePlace Suites Marriott; and Tara Bailey, Parkersburg YMCA; standing from left, Dave Yeomens, Comfort Keepers; Bob Claypool, Select Office Services; Scott Miller, Miller Communication; David McClure, Camden Clark Medical Center; Christian Wilcox, BB&T; Bob Fehrenbacher, Chemours; Dwight Marty, TownePlace Suites Marriott; Steve Keiser, TownePlace Suites Marriott; Ort Armstrong, Parkersburg YMCA; and Jill Parsons, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Chamber of commerce banquet honors businesses

PARKERSBURG — Local businesses were recognized Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s annual chamber dinner and awards banquet. The event was held at the Parkersburg Art Center and included presentations of seven awards to chamber members in areas ranging from New ...

Left: Anson, left, and Minie Curry. Anson was severely injured during a deployment in Afghanistan. (Photo Provided)

Texas veteran receives locally created helmet

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A common phrase describing our nation’s heroes — our veterans — is “All gave some; some gave all.” How true this is. It is evident when considering the story of a young Army veteran named Anson Curry. Curry lives in Texas, but due to the instantaneous ...

Jackson Middle School seventh-graders, from left, Katelyn Collins, Jenna Carpenter, Lakyn Campbell and Mary Bixman hold their homemade signs in support of veterans along Grand Central Avenue on Saturday. (Photo Provided)

Students display signs in support of veterans

VIENNA — On Saturday, Nov. 11, students from Edison Middle and Jackson Middle schools’ FOR and Builders Clubs donated two hours of their time to honor United States veterans along Grand Central Avenue in Vienna. The club members had been making handmade signs for weeks in preparation ...

Part of Emerson Avenue closed after crash

PARKERSBURG — One person died in a head-on collision on Emerson Avenue north of Parkersburg this afternoon. A man driving a vehicle with Ohio plates was killed in the crash, according to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens. A man in a vehicle with West Virginia plates was transported to a ...

AG: Western Union settlement claims open

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey outlined the claims process for those eligible to receive compensation from a $586 million forfeiture by Western Union Company. The forfeiture, part of a settlement announced in January, resolved a multistate investigation into ...

WVU to train addiction specialists

MORGANTOWN — More than one-fifth of West Virginia’s counties don’t have professionals to counsel those who fall victim to drug addiction, and West Virginia University wants to address the need. WVU held its latest “Academic Media Day” at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown ...

Marietta City Council discusses sewer rates

MARIETTA — Marietta City Council began discussions for next year’s budget this week and Tuesday’s meetings focused on the coming hike in sewer rates. Sewer customers are to see an 11.89 percent increase on their first bill in 2018. In 2017 the increase was 1.5 percent from the year ...

Bearbaiting event broken up in Meigs County

POMEROY, Ohio — A Meigs County man and West Virginia residents face potential felony charges after authorities interrupted an alleged event where hunting dogs were attacking a caged bear. According to a release from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s ...

Williamstown High School senior Susan Fauber is this week’s Teen of the Week. Fauber dreams of traveling.  (Photo by Michael Erb)

Teen of the Week: Fauber dreams of travel

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High School senior Susan Fauber is searching the horizon for her next big adventure. The 17-year-old is still figuring out where life will take her after graduation, but she knows one thing for certain: “I love traveling,” she said. “I’m not really sure ...

West Virginia University Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson, Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher commemorate the news of  Shenhua Group Corp. planning to  invest $83.7 billion to develop the state’s natural gas resources at a press conference Monday at the state Capitol. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Justice: Chinese investment to focus on Ohio River basin

CHARLESTON — The bulk of the development from a proposed deal from a Chinese company to develop West Virginia’s natural gas resources is expected to take place along the Ohio River basin, state officials said Monday. Gov. Jim Justice and Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher held a press ...

Wood County Commission member Jimmy Colombo, left, and commission President Blair Couch, right, along with County Administrator Marty Seufer, front, talk during Monday’s commission meeting. The commission says it will reschedule a presentation to state officials concerning the final cost of the IEI Plastics warehouse fire. (Photo by Michael Erb)

Wood County Commission delays giving final fire bill to state

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission Monday delayed a plan to present a bill for the IEI Plastics warehouse fire to state officials due to scheduling issues and additional costs still being ascertained. County Commission President Blair Couch said the West Virginia Department of ...