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Brunello Restaurant and Bar setting up shop in Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG — In the Blennerhassett Hotel, going from the lobby to what once was Spatz Restaurant, hangs a large sheet of white plastic. It is “what once was” because when the plastic drops, it will be the Brunello Restaurant and Bar, General Manager Larry McIntire said. The obvious ...

Pinewood Derby revving up on March 23

VIENNA — Over 300 local Cub Scouts are expected to participate in the annual Pinewood Derby on March 23 at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. The Kootaga District was formed earlier this year with the combination of the Little Kanawha District and the Blennerhassett District. Cub Scouts ...

Marietta High School student wins round of PioBiz competition

MARIETTA — Kayla Floyd of Marietta High School took the top prize during the first round of Marietta College’s Junior PioBiz competition on March 1. A total of 18 students from Marietta and Parkersburg South high schools presented 15 business ideas during the “Problem/Solution” phase ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce names Kandel Citizen of the Year

MARIETTA — One of the founding directors of the Shale Crescent USA has been named the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. Wally Kandel, senior vice president and Marietta site manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers, also is an advocate for autistic people ...

J.B. Bernstein speaks at Marietta Chamber dinner

MARIETTA — The originator of one of the most unlikely success stories in professional sports was the keynote speaker at the 104th annual meeting dinner of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent and inspirational speaker, has represented major figures in pro ...

West Virginia exports increase for second year

CHARLESTON — West Virginia exports increased for the second year in a row, reaching $8.1 billion in 2018, state officials said on Thursday. West Virginia outpaced the national average growth rate in 2018 as exports increased 14.2 percent while the nation’s exports grew at 7.6 ...

Music in the Park series summer program selected

MARIETTA — The Marietta Welfare League has announced the 2019 Music in the Park series schedule. Concerts are 7-8 p.m. at Muskingum Park in Marietta. * June 6: Veritas Singers (women’s a cappella) * June 13: Marietta Children’s Choir (variety) * June 20 : The Tunesmiths (classic ...

BPA regional winners advance to state

MARIETTA — Thirty-one students from the Washington County Career Center Business Professionals of America youth organization have competed and placed in the top four of the BPA Regional Competition. The students advanced to the state competition March 14-15 in Columbus where winners will ...

Warren High School receives chorus awards

VINCENT — The Warren High School A Cappella, Treble Chorus and Bass Chorus received the highest awards in the Ohio Music Educators Association’s District IX Contest on March 9 at John Glenn High School at New Concord, Ohio. The three choirs received straight I’s. The Treble Chorus ...

O’Neill Senior Center announces spring trip

MARIETTA — The O’Neill Senior Center is hosting a spring trip to the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in Chester W.Va., April 15-16. The trip includes an overnight stay in the resort hotel, $20 in food coupons and $20 free play on the slot machines. The Mountaineer Resort has an indoor ...

Employers, potential workers drawn to Parkersburg News and Sentinel Job Fair

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 200 people and 22 employers converged Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center for a job fair sponsored by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. At events like the job fair, “we get in front of people that we don’t normally get in front of,” said Bill Murin, ...

Four injured in three-vehicle crash on I-77

MARIETTA — An Ohio State Highway patrolman was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus on Friday after a semi-trailer crashed into his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 77 just north of Marietta. Sgt. Eric Knowlton, 39, of Marietta, was headed southbound and initiated a traffic ...

Rucker: Omnibus bill should be brought back in special session

PARKERSBURG — The chair of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee says she plans to bring all of the items in the defeated education omnibus bill back to the table during the upcoming special session. State Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, spoke Friday morning at Golden Corral ...

Hino Motors to consolidate Wood County operations in April

PARKERSBURG — Hino Motors plans to consolidate all of its Wood County operations in April at an assembly plant in Parkersburg, a company official said on Friday. The target date to have the Williamstown operations consolidated at the former Coldwater Creek distribution center off West ...

River City Blues Festival underway at Lafayette Hotel in Marietta

MARIETTA — All ages, appearances and attitudes, and from many places, they gathered Friday night to soak up and surrender to the blues. It was the kickoff for the 29th River City Blues Festival at the Lafayette Hotel. Barb Goldsmith and her friend Jill Starcher came from northern West ...

Butler Street discussions helping pave way for improvements

MARIETTA — How to make walking between districts in the Marietta community friendlier is the next focus of Butler Street discussions. Enrich Marietta, a partnership between city planning officials, downtown businesses and higher education is using the insights of the traffic study ...

Belpre Board of Education to meet Monday

BELPRE — Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley will present information on revamping how the district prepares students for graduation at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Stone Administration Building at 2014 Rockland Ave. The ...

Judge issues order on Vienna man’s lawsuit with city

VIENNA — Vienna resident Lawrence Wilson has sued the city of Vienna three different times over responding fully with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Each time the city has been dismissed on those previous allegations. “Wilson claimed that the city of Vienna failed to ...

Tyler County officials continue home invasion investigation

MIDDLEBOURNE — Authorities in Tyler County have offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information about a home invasion that occurred three years ago. Senior citizens Paul and Janice Wells of Oil Ridge Road were beaten and robbed in their residence on around 1:45 a.m. Jan. 16, 2016. No ...

Wood County Schools looks at dental insurance

PARKERSBURG — Officials say dental insurance for current and former Wood County Schools employees costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more than its allotted funding. A presentation Tuesday to the Wood County Board of Education showed a steady increase of retired employees enrolling in ...