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Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department receives traffic safety award

GRANTSVILLE — The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department received its first Community Traffic Safety Award during the AAA East Central luncheon in Bridgeport Thursday. According to Sheriff Jeff Starcher, AAA sends out a questionnaire each year to see what programs in are in place to improve ...

Rev. Ken Calebaugh honored in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Rev. Ken Calebaugh and wife, Pat, were honored this past Sunday in a celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown at 314 West Fifth Street. The 76-year-old Calebaugh was bestowed the honor and title of Pastor Emeritus, while Pat, a retired Williamstown ...

Parkersburg crews respond to two house fires

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to two house fires Thursday. Firefighters responded at 11:24 a.m. to 1020 Williams St. to a structure fire, said Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews. “Smoke and flames were showing from the attic when crews arrived,” he ...

Stone convicted on all counts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. Stone was convicted of all seven counts in an ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce holds annual awards banquet

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored the “Greatest Show” to celebrate another great year of business in the area Thursday. This year, the chamber’s annual awards banquet traded in sit down tables and a buffet-style dinner setting for a circus setting ...

West Virginia charter schools policy put on 60-day comment period

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education will place a proposed charter schools policy on public comment for the next 60 days. The state board met Thursday in Charleston to review policies and agreed to place Policy 3300: Public Charter Schools on a 60-day public comment period, ...

W.Va. 2 widening project in Moundsville nears completion

MOUNDSVILLE — A $15 million widening project on W.Va. 2 from Monarch Stadium to the U.S. 250-Jefferson Avenue extension is nearing completion after almost 18 months of lane changes and detours for motorists. The project is in its final stage. Klug Construction of Moundsville has begun ...

Parkersburg man charged with malicious wounding

PARKERSBURG — Dustin Halko, 37, of 708 13th St., Parkersburg, was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Thursday on a charge of malicious assault after allegedly stabbing a woman in the head with a knife following a verbal argument. According to the criminal complaint, the victim advised ...

Parkersburg Humane Society display offers ornaments with list of needed items

PARKERSBURG —’Tis the season of giving and cold weather, and one thing many people care about are all the strays in the cold. The Parkersburg Humane Society has set up a “Giving Tree” in the Grand Central Mall which has ornaments of adoptable animals in its shelter. On the back of ...

Compliance officer gives report on Wood County properties

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission reviewed two properties on Thursday during its regular meeting, one where significant progress was made to clean it up in line with county ordinances and one that wasn’t. The commission met with Wood County compliance officer Sarah Farnsworth and ...

King talks Bee City U.S.A. in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The First Baptist Church of Williamstown was abuzz Thursday evening as Williamstown kicked off its speaker series as part of its involvement with Bee City U.S.A. Williamstown serves as the only West Virginia town that’s part of Bee City U.S.A., a program that “endorses ...

Grant awarded for accessible sidewalks at Ravenswood fields

RAVENSWOOD — A $5,000 grant was awarded to the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation to install handicapped accessible sidewalks at two baseball fields. According to a new release, the process for obtaining the grant took about five years. The grant was awarded by the Jackson County ...

Justice calls special session on Monday

CHARLESTON — The governor of West Virginia Thursday called a special session of the Legislature to convene at noon Monday. Gov. Jim Justice cited three matters in the call for the special session: spending authority for debt service payments on roads to prosperity general obligation bonds ...

Washington County Commission discusses sewer rates

MARIETTA — Sewers in Devola and flow meters in Belpre were topics of discussion at Thursday morning’s meeting of the Washington County Commissioners. Curt Welch, Belpre Township trustee, said he has been approached by people in Dunham Township about the upcoming sewer rate ...

New Matamoras woman granted judicial release

MARIETTA — A New Matamoras woman was granted judicial release after being in jail less than a year for drug trafficking and having a weapon under disability. Joy J. Headley, 41, of 316 Main St., New Matamoras, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 20, 2018, to one count of the ...

Wood County man sentenced to prison on federal gun charge

CHARLESTON — A Wood County man was sentenced to prison for a federal gun charge, the United States attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said. Robert Adams, 34, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. ...

United Bank challenges Parkersburg schools to raise funds

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and United Bank raised more than $2,000 in a challenge for students and fans of Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South high schools to see who could donate the most money leading up to the gridiron showdown between the cross-town ...

Michael Nau to perform in Nelsonville

NELSONVILLE — Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville is hosting Michael Nau for a backstage performance today at 8 p.m. This show is general admission and audience members will sit on the Stuart’s stage with the performer. Ticket buyers will enter through the breezeway at the East ...

West Virginia BOE approves Wood County school closure plan

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to close three Wood County elementary schools in the spring of 2020. At the state board’s regular meeting Wednesday in Charleston, members voted 7-1 to approve the closure of McKinley and Worthington elementary ...

Charter schools policy placed on 60-day comment period

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Board of Education will place a proposed charter schools policy on public comment for the next 60 days. The board this morning approved placing the 47-page policy on public comment, but doubled the usual amount of time to give both board members and the public ...